It was founded in 1962 as an offshoot of the Leytonstone Express & Independent. In 1965 it became the Walthamstow, Waltham Forest Independent, then in 1972 it was merged with the Walthamstow, Waltham Forest Guardian & Gazette to become the Walthamstow, Waltham Forest Guardian & Independent. After spending most of the 1980s as the Waltham Forest Extra, the Independent title was revived in 1990 in the Chingford, Walthamstow, Leyton & Leytonstone Independent, and the original Waltham Forest Independent re-emerged a year later.
It’s published by Newsquest (London), and complements the paid-for weekly tabloid newspaper the Waltham Forest Guardian, with which it shares a website as well as editorial staff and offices in Epping.
It comes out on Fridays. An e-edition (free) is also available from the website.