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Wood Street wins award

by Aileen Murphy Mon 30 January 2017, 4:04 pm

A street in Walthamstow has scooped a prize at the 2017 Urbanism Awards.

Wood Street won the Great Street Award at a ceremony in November 2016, which celebrated the best placemaking in urban areas across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

The street was selected for the prize from a shortlist of hundreds nominated by architects, planners and developers .

It was singled out for praise due to the diversity of its retail enterprises. After the damage of the riots around five-and-a-half years ago, Waltham Forest Council has invested heavily in developing the area, with projects such as the shop front improvement scheme.

Wood Street was also praised for its places to eat, facilities, artwork and the communities of residents and employees. The adjudicators visited the indoor market, the Georgian village, Golden Parade and the local library.

Soon-to-become council leader, Councillor Clare Coghill, currently cabinet member for economic growth and high streets, said: "Wood Street has a fantastic range of shops and facilities and a wonderful community spirit, so it’s great to see it getting recognised as the great street that it truly is.

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