Waltham Cross is a vibrant market town in the Borough some 12 miles from the centre of London. Originally a hamlet called Waltham within the parish of Cheshunt, it became known as Waltham Cross when King Edward l built the Eleanor Cross monument in 1294. The town centre monument commemorates the resting place of the funeral procession of his beloved wife Eleanor from Lincoln to London after her death. It is one of only three remaining crosses erected after the funeral procession in the country.
With its close proximity to London, the bustling market town boasts a pedestrian friendly High Street, a shopping pavilion and a diverse range of shops and cafes. Markets are held on Wednesdays and Fridays. Regular town centre events and specialist markets are also held in the town centre. The outskirts of the town border the Lee Valley Park. Its surrounding areas contain a thriving industrial location, the historic Cedars Park which contains the ruins of Theobalds Palace, a favoured residence of King James l, and the Olympic 2012 canoe and slalom event's venue, the Lee Valley White Water Centre.
Waltham Cross Town Centre Strategy
Broxbourne Council has produced a programme of ambitious improvements to regenerate the Borough's town centres. The Waltham Cross Town Centre Strategy will guide the development and regeneration of Waltham Cross. Some of the new and completed projects are shown below.
- Eleanor Square - It is proposed that the space at the southern end of the High Street is remodelled into a family friendly, multi-functional area. The Council commissioned a design team to produce a new, high quality town square design. Following a consultation with the local community, the team are now in the stages of concluding a final design. The scheme's focus is on the Eleanor of Castile story and will bring to life this important aspect of the town's history.
- Monarch's Way Advert - This will be a striking invitation to visit the town centre. It will be fixed to the wall in Monarch's Way.
- Park Lane Footbridge - Working with Network Rail, a new footbridge/cycleway is planned to be built to allow safe access over the railway line near Park Lane between the proposed employment sites at Park Plaza, residential areas and the town centre.
Schemes already undertaken in and around the town centre include:
- Fishpools roundabout - A low maintenance, 'riverside' concept topped by a striking wave feature to remember the Olympics 2012 white water events held in Waltham Cross during the London 2012 Olympics.
- Paul Cully bridge - A stunning bridge built in 2010 to link the communities to the east and west of the busy A10 which makes it safer for school children walking to St Mary's High School.
- Railway stations - Undertaken by Greater Anglia and Network Rail in partnership with the Council, improvements were made at Theobalds Grove in 2010 and Waltham Cross in 2012 to enhance the experience of users and to improve the look of the stations. The Council also built a car park to provide additional parking for users of the nearby park and Waltham Cross station.
- Cedars Park Heritage Scheme - Lottery funding enabled £2.5 million historical and landscaping improvements in the park.