Last Monday evening was the first of the public focus groups for the new Streets Commission being run by Redbridge Council. There is one left next Monday 27 March 7-9 pm at the Orchard Estate, Woodford. (Book here) Your last chance to influence the new strategy for safer, better streets in Redbridge.
There has also been a focus group for young people selected by local secondary schools and there is also a session later specifically for councillors. As you might expect the demographic missing is the one in the middle, 25-40 or millennials as they are sometimes called. If that’s you we want your views.
On my way to the Monday meeting I passed a favourite fly-tipping spot outside an electricity sub-station and look what has appeared. All very well but can you see what will happen?
On leaving the meeting, which was heavily influenced by the subject of litter, I made an effort to look. The High Street was spotless. All the way down Fullwell Avenue not a cigarette packet to be seen. A tiny bit of litter in the hedge by the 169 terminus, but other than that, nothing. Clean and tidy.
There are three clear messages so far. Perceptions, communications and engagement.