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Council leader to stand down

by Marco Cillario Mon 19 December 2016, 12:40 pm

Waltham Forest Councilís leader will stand down in May 2017, it has been announced.

Councillor Chris Robbins, who has led the local authority for eight years, announced his decision during a full council meeting last Thursday (15 December).

Robbins said it was the “right time to let someone else take the reins”, explaining: “Despite the challenging financial situation, we are financially stable and have built a strong reputation with our residents and with the rest of London.”

He said he believed the council had achieved “a great deal since 2009”, when he took over as leader.

In 2012 Waltham Forest was one of the host boroughs for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the same year the William Morris Gallery re-opened to the public after a major redevelopment project.

Leyoton Jubilee Park was created when the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.

At the Cleveland Place complex in Walthamstow town centre, The Scene opened in November 2014, with a nine-screen cinema, five new restaurants and 121 new homes.

And Lea Bridge Station officially reopened in 2016 after 31 years.

“I am confident the next leader of the council takes over a borough with much to look forward to and that he or she will continue to build on our achievements,” continued Robbins.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the years. We could not have achieved as much as we have without working in partnership with the community and with other organisations,” he concluded.

Robbins, who has been a council member since 2002, will continue as a councillor for Grove Green in Leyton.

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