Friday, November 02, 2007

Barkingside Lights

Christmas lightsChristmas starts on 16th November in Barkingside High Street. At 5pm the High Street Christmas lights will be switched on. There will be jugglers and clowns for the kids, Santa will be in town and we may even get a brass band. The Traders have chosen Haven House as their charity for this event and the buddies will be at the switch on.

The Traders are making a real effort to regenerate the High Street and make it a place where local people want to go shopping. Our Local MP is on board and efforts are being made to get blue chip companies to set up here. But they can’t do it without us. If we want say, a Marks and Spencer in our High Street then we have to show that we are here and ready to use it.

The recent report saying that there are not enough supermarkets, frankly has just not grasped the situation.

The four largest supermarkets in the UK - Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco - together now account for nearly three-quarters of all grocery sales at supermarkets and convenience stores. Three UK supermarkets control almost a quarter of the UK's clothing market between them and this is growing rapidly, forcing smaller retailers out of business. Monopolies or cartels inevitably lead to higher prices and less consumer choice. The massive scale and reliance on fossil fuels for transport, fertilisers and copious amounts of packaging are not good for the environment. A fifth of all car journeys in the UK are either to or from a supermarket, a situation that can only worsen if their numbers increase.

9 comments:

  1. A big supermarket in Newbury Park has started providing recycling facilities for tetra-packs.
    Well done to that recycling site.
    A gold star for a supermarket?

    an activist

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  2. Yup there are 4 in Redbridge at present. See:
    Tetra Pak update

    But no gold star for the supermarket. this is down to Tetra Pak see:

    Tetra Paks and recycling

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  3. Thank you B21,I clicked on the links.
    Am I flippant? Should you be tying your recycled newspapers with what looks like industrial force plastic twine as appears on the picture?
    an activist

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  4. save our allotments9:47 am, November 05, 2007

    Could we not have some pantomime illuminations on the allotment sites? Snowhite and the 7 (+2) dwarves perhaps (ie Cllr Weinberg and the other 9 cabinet members) on one site, Dick Whittington and his cat (Cllr Weinberg and Cllr *******) on another; and for Jack and the Beanstalk who could be the ugly giant?

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  5. Activist,
    Well spotted. No you should not. Just put 'em in the recycle bin singly.

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  6. Bonfire night, on the allotments, Guy Fawkes?, ...One night to remember, year after year.
    an activist

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  7. Clowns and jugglers in Barkingside! So is there a cabinet meeting at the library then?

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