Liz Kite, Secretary, Redbridge and District U3A writes:
“We have just become aware that Redbridge Council want to stop Mobility Transport.
Dial-a Ride plus the Taxi Card Scheme will continue but as we all know, they are not adequate and not often able to get clients to places at the requested times.
The meeting of Redbridge Council [Cabinet] is at the Town Hall on Tuesday 9th February. Doors to gallery open at 7,00 p.m. for 07.15 start.
It would be good if as many people as possible came along to the meeting to show their disapproval of the very idea of making this cut. Virtually all the Redbridge groups dealing with older and disabled folk are getting involved and as many as possible are needed to show the strength of feeling against such a possible move. The Ilford Recorder are supporting our opposition and will be taking photographs outside the town Hall. So come along if only for that.The official response from Redbridge Council is here:
Any decisions made by Cabinet will go to Full Council on 3rd March so if you can’t make it next Tuesday there is still a back-stop.
In the meantime there is also a public meeting of the Redbridge Transport Action Group, organized by Transport for All on the afternoon of 15 February at the Redbridge CVS offices in Clements Road.
Meanwhile transport issues abound with complaints that Dial-a-ride drivers are getting PCNs (Penalty Charge Notices) for dropping off elderly people outside Central Library Ilford for meetings of the Redbridge Pensioners Group and eternal campaigner Ron Jeffries is “livid” that Brett Tarmac are holding their community consultation and exhibition on the next round of gravel extraction at Redbridge Football Club in Station Road and not local to the community most affected.
Mind you Brett Tarmac have offered to provide a mini-bus service, so perhaps they may wish to consider taking over the Redbridge scheme full time?