Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Barkingside Police Station Update
– It’s Closing: surprised?

So, the “public consultation” is over and as predicted Barkingside Police Station will be closing its doors to the public as of tomorrow 14 December 2017. The rest of the building will gradually close as units are re-located elsewhere. Redbridge will have just the one facility open to the public 24/7 and that is Ilford Police Station on the High Road.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Meanwhile in Croydon – Residents set to benefit from new Waste Contract

One of the joys of having elderly relatives (with no internet access) living in a borough that insists on booking their services “on-line only” is that I get to have an account with them and receive their electronic propaganda newsletter.

Croydon now have a new long term waste contract with Veolia. Here in Redbridge our contract with Shanks is up for renewal in, we believe, two years time. So I thought you might like to see what service Croydon residents are getting and compare that to what we get now and are likely to get mid-way through the next council term.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Redbridge Council Tax to rise again next year
- but more cuts to come

The headline figures are that Redbridge Council Tax will rise by 5% again next April (2018) and there will be another £14million of cuts “savings”. The 5% includes a 3% increase for Adult social care. This is the maximum allowed by central government without a local referendum and we all know how problematic they are.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Meadow Court Nursing Home to Close
– Housing to follow?

After last week’s spat on Twitter between elected Redbridge councillors regarding the impending closure of Meadow Court Nursing Home, (situated on the grounds of King George Hospital), we now have a report from an independent body, Healthwatch Redbridge, telling us what is really going on. The decision to close was made last Thursday, 30 November, by the Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (RCCG). Not that the decision, in itself, is without controversy.

Friday, December 01, 2017

The Hainault Ancient Forest Project

The Hainault Forest restoration project will be looking to bring back a natural and wild ancient landscape, restoring the Forest to a time prior to deforestation in the 19th century and helping it become a premier destination in the South East. The aim is to create a much stronger connection to the Forest, with renovated buildings, farm, café, lake, meadows, glades and woodland, with an exciting range of events, volunteering and training opportunities and education programmes, which will bring the forest to life and help improve the visitor experience.