Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Community Engagement

a woman's engagement ring The Inspir8tion event went off with a bang reports the Wanstead & Woodford Guardian. But not everyone is pleased. “Plantagenet” reports on the Music in the Park event held on the same day.

"Well I just played the gig and it was exceptionally well organised and the bands were fantastic (excluding comment on my own band of course that is for others to say). What was a great pity was that the council, having nearly ruined it earlier as this blog explains, then went on to completely ruin it anyway. As I was told, they decided to put £30,000 into a FREE event on the same day just a short way away. Drawing away a huge amount of potential support for this charity event. I really HATE the way councils can spend YOUR money upsetting the playing field. Sure we all want stuff for free but when there is a major paying CHARITY event going on is not a good time to give away taxpayers money. It should either have been held off for another weekend or another day OR there should have been a nominal charge just to play fair. As a result of the council acting so inconsiderately Barnados was made to suffer. Its one thing if you put on a commercial venture and it suffers from competition from another, better, commercial venture; that's business. But a charity event destroyed by a council event is not only "not cricket" its not even football!"

Well, it was a bank holiday weekend so it COULD have been scheduled for Monday or they COULD have advised what would be happening so that others had the opportunity to move to Monday. Not that I have much sympathy for Barnados – now 78% state funded and run by an ex-civil servant, that’s our money too. There are so many small charities that get by on the goodwill of volunteers.

And that’s not all. The Redbridge Carnival is also having problems with our “3 star” Council. They are having to change venue with two weeks notice.

11 comments:

  1. I sent off my son, my daughter, her partner, their 7yr old son and their baby to Barkingside Rec on Sunday afternoon when the sun started shining. They wanted to let the 7yr old have a run around the playground, and then if the baby was happy, they would go on to the music bit.

    Only they weren't allowed to enter the playground, so they turned around and came straight home. Since there were only a few people at the concert apparently, this seems a little short-sighted, fund-raisingwise!

    Now, since the playground is fenced off from the rest of the field, I don't see why it was closed off, but if someone from the BBP would like to explain, I'd be willing to listen.

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  2. Redbridge Council's Leisure Department could not organise an orgy in a brothel.

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  3. In respect of the Carnival the facts are that the Council took the decision after listening to the residents concerns about the proposed venue. I applaud the Council for taking, in my view the correct decision, and we should not criticise them for actually doing what residents wished. I believe the Carnival Organisers were themselves wrong to assume that permission was going to be given when the full legal process had not been completed. As there were residents objecting to the safety aspects of the venue granting permission could not be a foregone conclusion.

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  4. My earlier comment was not in respect of the carnival - nobody in his right mind would consider South Park to be a suitable venue. The outcome was therefore inevitable.

    I do believe, however, that the council were ungracious and unhelpful towards the Barkingside Business Partnership's efforts. It was especially unhelpful - crass, even - to organise a "free" event (costing all of us £30k) to take place on the same day.

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  5. I have just checked the homepage of the redbridgei and, the implication (pending permission) is that the details of the route only need to be finalised and that South Park would be the destination.
    Local people have been vociferous about this choice of venue, listing many many valid reasons.
    Why wait so long to make firm plans. This is not fair on anybody.
    And, why has the redbridgei not updated its website information.
    annesevant

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  6. Because, Anne, Redbridge-i is a load of crap managed by muppets.

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  7. Oi! Hickey!
    That's rather unfair on the Muppets.

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  8. Well, Morris, if you could change the c**p word for 'manure', I would be so happy, like a pig in muck!
    annesevant
    ps: no, I don't want the carbolic treatment, thank you!

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  9. The Redbridge-i site showed that a posting was submitted yesterday at 8.50 by a member named "xiaotiansmile". It was not published, so I took up the matter with the council's relevant Director. Now all reference to it has been removed, and the post remains unpublished!

    At 14.04 on Friday the last post acknowledged on the site was at 7.07 am Thursday. Clearly a very popular site for which the public displays such unbounded enthusiasm.

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  10. We are still clamouring for your return on the redbridgei website Monsieur Hickey.
    As somebody put it to me, Morris is harsh but he can back his comments and explain and that makes it fair.
    In the good old days we could check comments as they appeared, before they were vetted, and that was hilarious.
    annesevant
    What on earth was smilex trying to convey!

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