Monday, March 30, 2015

Save Oakfield Campaign keeps up Pressure at March Full Council

Notes from Full Council 19th March 2015 provided by the Save Oakfield Site team:

Councillor Athwal responded to concerns about the impact of traffic by saying there were no plans yet to deal with increased traffic and that infrastructure issues would not be considered until developers put forward specific proposals. We are concerned that Councillor Athwal did not provide an answer to the impact on infrastructure of the Council's own proposal to build 800 dwellings, another school and a possible NHS clinic. We draw Councillor Athwal's attention to the Council's 2013 Preferred Options Report and the 2014 Extension Report, which consider accessible development and sustainable transport criteria and concluded that "worsening of highways conditions would be expected" if Oakfields were developed.

Councillor Coomb responded to a question about brownfield sites, advising that 145 sites with the potential for almost 10,000 dwellings has been identified. When asked to join the thousands of people and organisations supporting the finest cricket and football facilities in the borough Councillor Coomb said we were right to be proud of Oakfields.

Councillor Streeting was asked about provision for the national game. He said £500,000 had been spent on changing facilities at Hainault, that the Government had reduced funding, that the FA should be doing more and that astroturf pitches are more efficient. When reminded that clubs at Oakfields were providing grass roots sports to young and old at no cost to the Council but needed secure tenure he said he had attended a meeting at Old Parks and was impressed by the facilities.

Councillor Hatfull was advised that 7% of Redbridge deaths are due to PM2.5 pollution and that residents around Fulwell Cross have consistently been exposed to NO2 levels 50% above maximum limits for human health. Councillor Hatfull was asked what the Council had done to reduce the measured levels of pollution and whether concreting Green Belt Oakfields would cause even more deaths by exposing even more people to even more pollution. Councillor Hatfull advised that the Council was no longer spending money measuring pollution but spending limited money on practical improvements, such as a green walls. Councillor Hatfull said that other boroughs were polluting Redbridge and that children should be educated to walk and cycle.

Meanwhile in the press:
Ilford Recorder Council Meeting - Oakfields
Ilford Recorder - World Cup star at Oakfields Charity Day

Together we will Save Oakfield Site for Redbridge

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Richard Clare, Liberal Democrat - #IlfordNorth #GE2015

Intro: All known candidates for the Ilford North constituency in the 2015 General Election have been offered 400 words on this blog. They will be published if and when they are received. Click the GE2015 label below to see all in one view. We also have Hustings on April 18th

Richard Clare
I was born in Whipps Cross and lived in Wanstead with my family until I left to study in Sheffield in 2011. Now I'm back in my home patch and looking to make a difference for local people. I know that not everybody's happy with everything the coalition government's done over the last five years and I'd count myself among them, but if you look objectively, the Liberal Democrats have achieved a huge amount. Long term unemployment in Ilford North is down by over 40% this year and youth unemployment (18 - 24) down by over 30%. This is due to the hundred thousand jobs and two million apprenticeships we've created over the last five years. We've also managed to deliver our core manifesto ideas of cutting Income Tax for low and middle earners, which means £800 back in your pocket, while cutting the huge deficit we inherited in 2010 in half.

We've legalised same-sex marriage, made a huge investment into sustainable energy projects, overseen the largest state pensions increase in a generation and delivered a huge funding boost for local schools (see my website for how much each local school has recieved). The Conservatives want to keep going with the cuts and pay off the debt on the backs of the poor by bringing in permanent austerity. That's not good enough - the Liberal Democrat plan is to begin reversing the cuts in line with growth once the national debt is going down in real terms. That means the benefits of economic growth will be felt by everybody, rich and poor. If the Liberal Democrats form part of the next government, we'll write the pensions triple lock into law, guaranteeing an end to below-inflation increases under Labour and the Tories. We'll eradicate the budget deficit by 2018, cut your income taxes further and close tax avoidance loopholes.

If you want to see politicians in Westminster continuing to work together in the national interest, if you share our vision of a strong economy and a fair society where everybody has the opportunity to get on in life, consider voting Liberal Democrat this May.

Twitter: @richbjc

Barkingside Lights

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Froglife Dragon Days
- coming to Redbridge in April

Dragon days in Redbridge with Froglife

Dragon Days are family-friendly events, suitable for people of all levels of experience and ability. We think that Dragon Days are a great way to enthuse people with the amazing and often unexpected wildlife that can be found in London. We hold Dragon Days all over the city, and no two are the same, but the one thing they all share is putting wildlife conservation and appreciation – especially of amphibians and reptiles, at their heart.

Friday 3 April 2015 at South Park in Ilford

Saturday 25 April 2015 at Forest Farm Peace Garden in Hainault

Doris Osen, Independent
- #IlfordNorth #GE2015

Intro: All known candidates for the Ilford North constituency in the 2015 General Election have been offered 400 words on this blog. They will be published if and when they are received. Click the GE2015 label below to see all in one view. We also have Hustings on April 18th

Doris Osen
I love Britain and am proud to be British. It is a wonderful country whose people really are hard working, friendly and hospitable.

However, I am seriously concerned about Britain's dire financial situation, its deficit and debt which I believe is the root cause of many problems faced by our citizens. I fear for the younger and future generations who are experiencing poor pay, housing difficulties and debts and am aware that there are far too many disadvantaged people who do not receive the help they need.

I want to have the opportunity to approach members of the government, ministers and heads of Departments to suggest ways to reduce public spending in all areas, including the cost of our government and to campaign for a far more effective Education Service and NATIONAL (not privatised) Health Service.

I want to see a prosperous and financially viable Britain, a better future for our children and grandchildren, a more caring society for the disadvantaged and a fairer distribution of wealth.

MPs who belong to a party have to follow the party line. As an Independent, I am offering the voters of Ilford North a positive alternative to party politicians, someone who cares passionately about this country and its people and is prepared to express her own views and those of her constituents.

Voting for an Independent means voting for someone who really cares 
and is not afraid to speak her mind..
My blog at sets out more issues 
that need to be addressed.