Increasing economic prosperity, and isolation of those who sought a socialist revolution,
permitted partial rebuilding of the tower blocks and other Council housing which
had proved a terrible mistake all round London. Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust
demolished a number of tower blocks and replaced them with low rise housing, mostly
units with a garden, a return to the form of the streets the tower blocks had replaced.
The Housing Action Trust started work demolishing the Cathall Estate in July 1996
1, with praise from Prince Charles (who had visited Cathall Road in 1992) for being
“homes built on traditional lines” 2.
1 article by Pat Stannard in the Leyton & Leytonstone edition of the Waltham Forest
Guardian of 18th July 1996