Council Leader and former pupil of Mayfield school, Jas Athwal, 46 and wearing his blue turban with matching pocket handkerchief, said that the move is in response to market forces and that the rate will be set at a very reasonable £2.99 per month which represents a good deal and value for money. He went on (as he usually does) to say that Redbridge Council aims to provide first class services for a 21st century borough and that this cannot be achieved with a cut of 70% of our grant from central government without some form of free market revenue earnings to balance the books.
Opposition Leader and keen cyclist, Paul Canal, 59 and sporting his usual hi-viz knee length cycling socks and elbow pads, was delighted with the move. “At last” he spluttered, half way through his taxpayer funded bacon roll, “this dire administration has seen the sense of a commercial approach to council services and we can now expect an upturn in our local economy”. Not to be outdone he continued, (he usually does too) “Now that they are listening we will table suggestions to extend this approach to chargeable Eventbrite bookings for the public to attend
Disability and community campaign groups also reacted favourably. Jon Abrams, 41 and wearing a Metalhead t-shirt with calf length trousers and open toed sandals said, “many of our clients are reluctant to access free services as they feel they are mumping off the state. Charging restores their dignity and we expect take-up to increase dramatically.”
Unusually Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North, part-time job-share councillor for Aldborough ward and former recipient of free school meals, was not available for comment or a photo opportunity.
Meanwhile, we understand that the Liberal Democrats have not left the Council chamber since the last Full Council meeting on 17th March as they are determined to finish their speeches on the European Union membership motion.