Monday, October 16, 2017

There is No Housing Shortage
– But it’s no Comfort to the Homeless

Tomorrow, Tuesday 17th October, is the start of the Planning Enquiry dealing with Sainbury’s appeal over Redbridge Council’s rejection of their plans to build around 700 flats on top of their store in Roden Street, Ilford. It’s at 10am, City Gates Church and is scheduled to last 8 days until 24th October but that may not be the case now that Redbridge Council have withdrawn their opposition. The point of contention was the number of “affordable” units with Sainsbury’s offering a mere 4% and the council wanting more.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

More Cuts to Local NHS Services – Round 2

You may recall back in March of this year proposals to cut certain NHS services and procedures to a total of £55million under the public relations banner “Spending NHS Money Wisely” or to be more precise spending less money wisely.

Well, we are now onto Round 2 of spending even less money wisely.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Humungous Fly Tip on Hurstleigh Gardens

Here in Redbridge, as elsewhere, we have quite a few Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). One such is Hurstleigh Gardens Open Space, which includes a wooded area that is part of the ancient Cocked Hat Plantation. It is nurtured and looked after by our Nature Conservation Team with the help and assistance of dedicated volunteers. And it has been vandalised.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Shape of Redbridge Future?

Are we Going for Gold or Brexit Blues? Will Crossrail end up as a white elephant with Heathrow’s third runway in Paris and Canary Wharf moving to Frankfurt, with Ilford stranded on a sea of luxury tower block flats nobody can afford to live in? These are questions currently taxing our local councillors and officers. And it seems they need some help.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

So long and Thanks for all that Jazz

We had noticed that we had stopped receiving flyers for the Friday Night music events at the RAFA club on Cranbrook Road. Now we know why. The RAFA club has finally closed its doors – another sad loss. But when one door closes ….