The Waltham Forest Matters Annual Awards for 2017

It’s that time of year folks, and as this blog rapidly approaches the treasured 100,000 hits mark (OK, we admit it, 50,000 of them come from Cllrs Loakes and Robins) here are our awards:

Picture of the year


(From a couple of years back, true, but just too much of a cracker not to include)

Sentence of the year

‘The company Knice Industries ltd is dormant and had never traded and that the councillor has applied to strike the company off the Companies House Register’

Mark Hynes, LBWF Director of Governance and Law, tells it like it is to a resident

Social observation of this year (and every other)

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Dandy of the year 

Cllr. Alan Siggers (keeping the Conservative link with rock music going by channelling Rick Parfitt)

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‘Showered with LBWF money but absolutely useless’ company of the year

Shared by the E11BID Co. and North London Ltd. (both of which, inexplicably, are still ‘active’)

Most selfless LBWF officer of the year

Chief Executive Martin Esom, who putting on one side his £195,000 p.a. job at the council, graciously agreed to help out the Health and Safety Executive, too, and at only £503 per day. A CBE surely beckons.

Housing expert of the year

Hather ‘Bed in a Shed’ Ali, who describes himself thus: 

‘A young aspiring man, with the flare and aptitude to succeed. I am ambitious and versatile with proven sales and administrative skills. Also have exceptional analytical skills as well as an extrovert personality. Enthusiastic about daily challenges. Regarded as a business leader with particular strength in developing and generating new leads. Currently, in a highly responsible and a governance role leading and managing within a strong cohesive team creating more opportunities for new business leads. Well versed in relationship management, team management, sales, lettings, property management and strategic planning. An excellent communicator having consistently shown that I can deliver a service exceeding customer expectations providing them with a clear direction and accountability for the service’.

Walter Mitty of the year 

Hather Ali (see above)

Junior manager of the year (and winner of the Nicola Adams special award)

Cllr. Anna Mbachu

(‘Ms Mbachu saw the claimant at her desk, went over to her and said, “pack your things and leave right now.” She gave the claimant no further explanation for this instruction. This took place in the open office with other members of staff present….)

‘Yes we Cannes’ air traveller of the year (the Richard Price shield)

Cllr. Clare Coghill

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Journalist of the year (and this is no joke) 

Michelle Edwards, for tenaciously and forensically reporting on what it is like to live through a LBWF ‘redevelopment’.

Best wishes for 2018 to all our many readers!