Wally

In May and June 2015, we asked members of the public to contribute to a map of treasured places and spaces in Walthamstow.   We are in gratitude to all who took part and sent us stories about why they were special to them; many were heartfelt and very personal anecdotes.

This is the final online map of places and abbreviated stories.

We produced a booklet of the stories received.  This can be downloaded here.

The spaces and places had to be publicly accessible and not a dwelling; somewhere very small, or very big, somewhere well or little known.  It might be a pub, a park bench or the park, a community centre, a table in a cafe, an allotment or a museum.

We physically tagged the places as part of the E17 Art Trail and printed a limited edition map for those who contributed.  Please see the Where in Wally Twitter feed for a view of the project.

Bill Foster of the Walthamstow diary blog wrote a very nice review of the project.  (Thanks Bill!)

Where in Wally..? was part of the 2015 E17 Art Trail and London Festival of Architecture, and was generously supported by the Royal Institute of British Architects, via RIBA London.

A bit of background to Where in Wally

Our ambition was to investigate what community assets might be (in the broadest sense), to the residents of Walthamstow.  The Localism Act 2012 sets out how Assets of Community Value – ACV’s (of a more restricted definition) can be listed with local authorities, through a nomination process.  At the time of the project there were only two assets listed in Waltham Forest, and both of these were in Leytonstone; The Heathcote Pub (listed November 2014) and Lord Rockwood Pub (listed January 2015).

A Brief AE17 Guide to Assets of Community Value

  • An ACV can be a building or land, including parks and other open spaces. Categories of assets that are excluded include:  A building wholly used as a residence, together with land “connected with” that residence. (Land is treated as adjoining if it is separated only by a road, railway, river or canal.), a caravan site, operational land. (generally land belonging to the former utilities and other statutory operators).
  • Individuals cannot nominate ACVs. Unincorporated bodies can nominate but their application must be signed by 21 members who are listed on the electoral role for the Borough or neighbouring Boroughs.
  • On receipt of a nomination for ACV status the Local Authority has eight weeks to make a judgement on whether the asset should be listed.
  • If the nomination is approved an asset is registered for 5 years. During this period local groups will be given time to come up with a bid for the asset when it is sold.
  • The scheme does not give first refusal to the community group, unlike the equivalent scheme in Scotland; and it is not a community right to buy the asset, just to bid. This means that the local community bid may not be the successful one.

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