Monday, October 20, 2014

New Area Forums in Ilford North

From the office of Lee Scott MP

We are introducing two Area Forums to serve the residents of the Ilford North constituency of the London borough of Redbridge. These are a response to the cynical rejection of area committees by Labour. These meetings will allow local people to hear from their Councillors and local groups and to raise their own issues and concerns.

The first forum is composed of wards Hainault, Fairlop, Fullwell and Bridge. Venue is Broadmead Baptist Church, Chigwell Road, IG8 8PE. First meeting Thursday 4th December 2014, 7:30pm.

The second forum is composed of wards Barkingside, Aldborough, Roding and Clayhall. Venue is Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, Essex IG4 5LN. First meeting Thursday 11th December 2014, 7:30pm.

Local MP lee Scott said ‘These new Forums are a replacement for the Area Committees stupidly discarded by the Labour run Council. This demonstrated their total contempt for open pubic consultation on and participation in Council matters. Their clear objective is to allow them to centralise power and deny local people a real chance to have their own say on the issues.’

Cllr Paul Canal, Conservative Group leader said ‘Labour’s summary abolition of 42 Area Committee meetings was a knife to the heart of local democracy.’ He continued ‘Offering local residents one 90 minute “forum” a year is frankly an insult, compounded by the abolition of over 20 local planning Committees. Governance by Town Hall diktat is no replacement for genuine local consultation and involvement.’

Both expressed their thanks to Glyn Hopkin for recognising that democracy belongs in Towns, not Town Halls, by sponsoring these Forums.


Editor's Note:
1. The schedule for Redbridge council's replacement for Area Committees, the Local Forums, can be found here.


  1. Had Mr Scott and his Conservative pals been clever, they would have aimed for some cross-party agreement (or at least offered such) before proceeding to arrange this initiative. Sadly, since "Conservative", "clever", and "initiative" are words rarely found in the same paragraph let alone sentence, these meetings come as complete news to me from reading B21...

    Ian, Leader LBR LibDems

  2. And just what, if anything, have you and your splinter group proposed? Sour grapes - and certainly not 'liberal'.