Friday, November 16, 2018

Saving our Libraries – Community Hubs

Elsewhere in the UK libraries are closing at an alarming rate as austerity and budget cuts bite ever deeper into the ability of local authorities to provide even their statutory services. The latest, and close to home, is just across the border in Chigwell, Essex, because it is “underused”, but look closer and there’s more. But some authorities have found a way not only to future-proof their libraries but make them even better, and very successfully – by combining them with other services as a Community Hub.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Psychology of Open Plan Office Recycling

Open plan and agile workplaces plus hot-desking have been around for at least 25 years now but it seems the design of these spaces have not really accommodated recycling facilities too well. Enter two of our antipodean cousins in New Zealand who are challenging office behaviour with their award-winning recycling bins and advice about where to put them. They’ve been in business for a couple of years down under and are now entering the UK market.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

King George Hospital – The Plan Unfolds

Following on from our earlier post where we concluded that King George Hospital may be set to close, we now have sight of the East London Health and Care Partnership’s Strategic Estates Plan dated October 2018. It’s here, PDF 12.6MB. It’s quite a lengthy document and covers the whole of East London (plus Harlow in Essex, more on that later) so we have picked out the relevant parts, but the whole document is there for you to read if you wish. It seems that a Health Service presence will be maintained on the King George site, but (there’s always a “but”) it is planned to be very different to what it is now.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Love a Duck

It’s half term and time for children to spend a bit of time with their grandparents. Trouble is we grandparents were brought up in an age when we got taken to the park and fed the ducks bread. Apparently, this is a really bad thing to do, but not everyone agrees.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Let’s Talk Rubbish

The Redbridge Cabinet member for Rubbish is keen to have your views. He’s putting together a new Waste and Recycling Strategy which will probably be published as a glossy magazine and up the borough’s recycling rate. The sort of things he wants answers on are: “Are you interested in food waste collections? Maybe want a bigger recycling bin? Tell us and we can shape our borough”.