Monday, October 20, 2014

The Plain Times of Fairlop

Fairlop Heritage Group recently held a launch for its new website and Teachers Education Packs Key Stage 1 and 2, funded by Olympic Legacy.

It has been created to tell the history of Fairlop Plain situated within the London Borough of Redbridge, only 6 miles (9 kms) north east of the London 2012 Olympic Games Stadium.

Research has revealed a kaleidoscope of significant events within this unique site. From the Ice age, Iron Age, Roman settlements, an ancient Royal forest, Fairlop Oak, Fairlop Fair, RAF military history in two World Wars, the creation of Fairlop Waters, to the Olympic flame rowed across Fairlop Lake in 2012.

It will appeal to people of all ages with a variety of interests, as can be seen from the timeline.

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So, don't waste time here, pop over there (it's just a click away) and have a browse around.

Also we hold our sixth Remembrance Ceremony on 11 November from 1030am. This year we commemorate those from Australia and Poland. All are welcome. Here be details.

David Martin

New Local Forums launch
– your voice matters

From Marketing and Communications at the London Borough of Redbridge

The Council is launching Local Forums - a new way for residents to have their voice heard about issues that matter the most to them. The first Local Forum takes place this month, on Tuesday 28 October at Redbridge Central Library, Ilford, from 6pm to 9.15pm.

The monthly meetings are an opportunity to raise questions, ideas, issues and concerns with officers from different Council services and local organisations.

Each Local Forum will be held at different venues across the Borough and will have two parts; a Market Place where residents can browse stalls staffed by Council officers, Councillors, partner and voluntary sector organisations and a Question Time where Council officers and Councillors respond to questions.

Most meetings will be held in the evening although occasionally Local Forums will be held during the day so as many residents as possible will be involved.

So, if you have a question, concern or issue, or just want to talk through something that might be troubling you, please come along.

· Problems in your local area?
· Want to get involved to change things?

Come to a Local Forum and talk to us about ideas and issues in your local area. Raise questions and concerns about Council services that affect you.

Local Forum meetings will be held every month at venues across the Borough.
There will be two parts to each Local Forum: a Market Place and a Question Time. Most Local Forums will be held in the evening and occasionally some will be held in the day.

Market Place
The first part of the Local Forum is the Market Place. You can browse stalls staffed by Council officers and Councillors to discuss issues that affect you, including planning, litter, parking, benefits and housing.
Partners including the Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Liberty Credit Union, HealthWatch and local voluntary sector groups will also be at the Market Place.

Question Time
The Market Place will be followed by a more formal Question Time, where you can put questions to Councillors and senior Council officers. Questions can be submitted in advance using the form at or asked on the night.

Editor: We understand that the Market Place will last for an hour (6-7pm) followed by a 15 minute break with Question Time starting at 7;15pm.

New Area Forums in Ilford North

From the office of Lee Scott MP

We are introducing two Area Forums to serve the residents of the Ilford North constituency of the London borough of Redbridge. These are a response to the cynical rejection of area committees by Labour. These meetings will allow local people to hear from their Councillors and local groups and to raise their own issues and concerns.

The first forum is composed of wards Hainault, Fairlop, Fullwell and Bridge. Venue is Broadmead Baptist Church, Chigwell Road, IG8 8PE. First meeting Thursday 4th December 2014, 7:30pm.

The second forum is composed of wards Barkingside, Aldborough, Roding and Clayhall. Venue is Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, Essex IG4 5LN. First meeting Thursday 11th December 2014, 7:30pm.

Local MP lee Scott said ‘These new Forums are a replacement for the Area Committees stupidly discarded by the Labour run Council. This demonstrated their total contempt for open pubic consultation on and participation in Council matters. Their clear objective is to allow them to centralise power and deny local people a real chance to have their own say on the issues.’

Cllr Paul Canal, Conservative Group leader said ‘Labour’s summary abolition of 42 Area Committee meetings was a knife to the heart of local democracy.’ He continued ‘Offering local residents one 90 minute “forum” a year is frankly an insult, compounded by the abolition of over 20 local planning Committees. Governance by Town Hall diktat is no replacement for genuine local consultation and involvement.’

Both expressed their thanks to Glyn Hopkin for recognising that democracy belongs in Towns, not Town Halls, by sponsoring these Forums.


Editor's Note:
1. The schedule for Redbridge council's replacement for Area Committees, the Local Forums, can be found here.