Thursday, March 23, 2017

Streets Commission in Full Swing

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.

6 comments:

  1. I don't know which Fullwell Avenue you walked down but the one I walk along day in, day out, is littered with, well, litter, bags dumped on corners, untidy front gardens and the section between Mossford Lane and Caterham Avenue looks, frankly, tacky, uncared for and unloved. Maybe you walked along the other side of the road, where the owner/occupiers live. It's almost a different world. What a difference crossing the road makes.

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    1. I was on *your* side of the street. And I take your point about the front gardens, but I was referring to litter on the public highway.

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  2. Fullwell Avenue is a tip. I get the 169 at Calne Avenue there is rubbish on the corner,and this morning bags of goodness knows what piled against the hedge which had obviously been dumped.A little way along behind the bus stop washing is now being hung along a railing and on a clothes horse.It looks awful

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    1. I look forward to meeting you next Monday and hearing your views on how we should air our washing.

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  3. It’s interesting to note that on the Continent; France, Spain, Italy, Germany, they don’t seem to have the problem with litter that we do here. My own experience has always been that Continental streets are generally immaculate, especially in France. Is it because their people are more disciplined and/or conscientious than we are or is it perhaps that the unemployment rate in all these countries is appreciably higher than it is in Britain and they are able to employ labour which is happy to take menial and low-paid jobs like street cleaning which might be more difficult here?

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    1. I checked your assertion that we have a lower unemployment rate:
      https://www.statista.com/statistics/268830/unemployment-rate-in-eu-countries/
      It holds for France, Spain and Italy but not Germany.
      Where do we go from here?

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