Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Parking in Redbridge
– Just the Ticket?

Earlier this year, in July, we had a Redbridge Council Consultation on Parking provision within the borough. There were 1,659 responses from which a draft strategy is being developed and we are now at stage II where you can feed back and tell them if they are on the right track. It’s a short internet survey and it’s very heavy on strategic words and intentions, which hardly anybody could object to (Barnum statements), and short, well actually non-existent on any firm proposals on what exactly they propose to do. Go see for yourself.

We really need to challenge the myth that parking on High Streets helps business – it does not. 30 minute free parkers are not the type of customers High Streets need. Supermarkets and shopping Malls know this and provide parking away from the main shopping area, which is then safe, pollution free and a pleasant environment and, this is the key point, encourages shoppers to spend more. We need to start thinking about our High Streets in the same way, but this is only difficult because High Street traders do not see themselves as a collective and mutually dependent upon each other, sadly reflected in their lack of support for and involvement in the "Business Partnerships".

There are also two public meetings where you can feed back to the council with your views:

Wednesday 21 October at the Local Forum meeting
Prospect Hall Community Centre, 28 - 42 Prospect Road, Woodford Green IG8 7NA
6.30pm to 7.30pm - parking discussion
7.45pm to 8.45pm - regular Question Time

Monday 2 November, 7pm to 8.30pm
Fullwell Cross Library, 140 High Street Barkingside IG6 2EA

Before you do so you may wish to consider this interesting little fact. If the proportion of public space allocated to cars, as opposed to people, were replicated in the way we design homes, this is what we would end up with …

Courtesy Savvas Verdis

Friday, October 02, 2015

New Bus route along Forest Road to commence on 9th January

Following the public consultation on the proposals to re-route the 462 bus route along Forest Road back in February and March this year, Transport for London report that they will be going ahead with a slightly amended version of the original proposal.

Don’t get your hopes up that it will serve the cemetery, the cycle centre or the Business Park at the end of the road, because it won’t. The slight amendment is to allow passengers to stay on the bus during its stand time at Limes Farm estate rather than having to get off, walk across the estate and get on again.

The consultation itself received 546 responses, 539 from members of the public and seven from stakeholders. 77% were in favour or partially in favour of the proposal, with 21% against with 2% undecided.

Subject to the necessary physical works for the new bus stops and stand being completed to schedule the new service is planned to commence on 9th January 2016.

For more details including the full consultation report and TfL's response to issues raised, please go to

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Enforcement, fly-tipping, beds in sheds, booze ban & Handyperson scheme

New Enforcement Team
A brand new uniformed enforcement team will soon begin to be put in place. The new team will be charged with improving civic pride and clamping down on those who don’t treat the Borough with respect.
The Redbridge Enforcement Team will be made up of 19 officers, with a further 26 to support them. They’ll be tackling the issues we know most matter to you like anti-social behaviour, licensing, and envirocrime.
Find out more about the Redbridge Enforcement Team

Fly-tipping near bins
Residents are being reminded not to dump their rubbish or recycling outside bring banks and communal bins if they are full. Yes, if you leave your recycling next to the bin it is fly-tipping and if caught you will get fined.
As part of its crackdown on fly tipping the Council has recently issued 20 £80 fixed penalty notices to those dumping rubbish near communal bins or bring banks.
Read more about fly-tipping near bins

Beds in Sheds
The Council has taken action to shut down 93 outbuildings which have been used as unlawful residential accommodation as part of a tough clampdown on ‘beds in sheds’.
These developments can be dangerous, poor quality places to live and a nuisance to people living in neighbouring properties.
How we are tackling beds in sheds

Street Drinking
The Council is looking to take tough action against those who drink in the street in certain hotspots in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.
A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) could soon be in place to address persistent street drinking and associated problems in the west of the Borough.
A scheme that sees off-licensees volunteer not to sell cheap super strength beers and ciders has been hailed a success.
All shopkeepers who took part in the pilot in Cranbrook Road, Ilford, now have permanent conditions on their licences not to sell beers, ciders and lagers over 6.5%.
Find out more on the booze ban scheme

New Handyperson scheme
A new Handyperson [sic!] scheme has been launched to provide small home repairs to vulnerable residents.
Working in partnership with the Council and local organisations including Age UK and London Fire Brigade, the scheme run by Home Energy Efficiency Training Ltd (HEET) will undertake various types of jobs to keep residents safe and make their homes easier to keep warm.
Read more about the Handyperson scheme

Monday, September 21, 2015

Google comes to Barkingside

Ilford North’s Wes Streeting MP and internet giant Google are inviting local businesses to attend a special workshop on the 9th October. The Digital Garage on Tour will arrive in Barkingside to give local businesses in Redbridge the chance to attend a free masterclass and learn crucial skills for the digital age. The seminars will take place at Fullwell Cross Library, 140 High St, Ilford, IG6 2EA.

Experts from Google will run two seminars that offer advice and tips to local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on making the Internet a growth engine for their business.

The Digital Garage on Tour has been designed to support and advise businesses regardless of their technical expertise – from complete tech novices creating their first website through to improving an existing website and online marketing.

To sign up, register at

Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North said: “Supporting local businesses was one of my priorities at the recent election, so when Google mentioned their Digital Garage on Tour I jumped at the chance to bring them to Ilford North. The workshops are free and will provide practical advice from real experts on making the most of the digital revolution to support local businesses. I hope to see lots of local businesses there on the 9th October.”

The Avenue Open Mic

Introducing Sam Castell-Ward, singer/songwriter, member of the Traveling Tilburys and Redbridge Music Lounge. Sam now runs a weekly open mic night and is keen to encourage any musicians (including YOU perhaps?!) to join the growing ranks of Thursday night participants. Sam is an excellent and supportive host and will welcome new as well as seasoned performers. Sam writes:

'The Avenue Open Mic is welcome to all performers at all levels every Thursday at The Avenue pub, 902-910 Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park IG2 7HZ. It's really close to Newbury Park Station and the 66, 296 and 396 buses stop near and there's also a big car park outside.
Sign up time to put your name down if you want to perform is from 7:30pm and the night starts at 8pm.
We have a PA with 2 mics and stands, a music stand, keyboard, guitar amp and bass amp. We can also play any backing tracks you have.'

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