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.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Natural Capital - Gimmick or Saviour?

Last month, the Natural Capital Account for London’s Public Green Spaces was published (see www.london.gov.uk/natural-capital-account). This is a controversial matter, as some people believe that putting an economic value on our natural assets causes more issues than it solves in terms of conserving and promoting natural landscapes.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

TfL Announce Go-Ahead for Crossings at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout

We are delighted to report that Transport for London (TfL) have announced today that the scheme for installing pedestrian and Cycle crossings at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout is to go ahead.

This follows a consultation exercise earlier this year in which an overwhelming 84% of respondents backed the scheme and is the culmination of years of campaigning for these vital safety measures by local residents and councillors.