The Green Party came to Oakfield on Tuesday 1st March – picture below. Sian Berry the candidate for London Mayor is in the centre. Lee Burkwood, their London Assembly candidate for Redbridge & Havering is on her right (front row). They are both very supportive of the campaign to save Oakfield and opposed to building housing on Green Belt.
Sian said, there are plenty of brownfield sites and publicly owned land in London that could be made available for development, adding that there is no need to build on Green Belt for a very long time.
After the visit Barkingside 21 took them along to the roundabout for a briefing on the traffic congestion and air quality issues there, followed by a welcome lunch in the New Fairlop Oak.
Later that same day Zac Goldsmith (Conservative candidate for Mayor) was in Barkingside High Street with Keith Prince (Conservative candidate for Redbridge & Havering) who had visited Oakfield before Christmas. It is hoped he will be persuaded to cite Oakfield in his manifesto – as the most outrageous example of planning to build on a Green Belt site that is cherished by thousands of residents as a sports hub and asset of community value.
Both Zac and Ilford North MP, Wes Streeting will be speaking in support of Oakfield at the London CPRE event to launch their major new report next Wednesday the 9th March. Also booked to speak are assembly members Jenny Jones (Green) and Stephen Knight (Liberal Democrat). Nicholas Hurst and Chris Nutt of the Save Oakfield team will be there.
The CPRE Report is called Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land in Greater London: the real story. It details the extensive threats to Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land in London and the real story about why threats are increasing. It features Oakfield on the front cover (below) plus a chapter inside.
Following on from this the Save Oakfield Society plan to present a Deputation to the Redbridge Full Council meeting in the Town Hall on Thursday 17th March.
Meanwhile there is a glimmer of movement in the bowels of the Town Hall on the Development Plan front and the Playing Pitch Strategy. The “Redbridge Local Plan 2015-2030: Pre-Submission Draft for Consultation” now appears in the council’s forward plan and guess what, the dates start immediately after the London elections on May 5th. The actual report has not been released for scrutiny yet and we are not sure if the LDF Advisory Panel papers are public documents, but it should be available when it goes to the Neighbourhoods Service Committee. The dates are:
12 May - LDF Advisory Panel 1
19 May - LDF Advisory Panel 2
26 May - Neighbourhoods Service Committee
7 June - Cabinet
21 July - Full Council