Monday, October 20, 2014

New Local Forums launch
– your voice matters

From Marketing and Communications at the London Borough of Redbridge

The Council is launching Local Forums - a new way for residents to have their voice heard about issues that matter the most to them. The first Local Forum takes place this month, on Tuesday 28 October at Redbridge Central Library, Ilford, from 6pm to 9.15pm.

The monthly meetings are an opportunity to raise questions, ideas, issues and concerns with officers from different Council services and local organisations.

Each Local Forum will be held at different venues across the Borough and will have two parts; a Market Place where residents can browse stalls staffed by Council officers, Councillors, partner and voluntary sector organisations and a Question Time where Council officers and Councillors respond to questions.

Most meetings will be held in the evening although occasionally Local Forums will be held during the day so as many residents as possible will be involved.

So, if you have a question, concern or issue, or just want to talk through something that might be troubling you, please come along.

· Problems in your local area?
· Want to get involved to change things?

Come to a Local Forum and talk to us about ideas and issues in your local area. Raise questions and concerns about Council services that affect you.

Local Forum meetings will be held every month at venues across the Borough.
There will be two parts to each Local Forum: a Market Place and a Question Time. Most Local Forums will be held in the evening and occasionally some will be held in the day.

Market Place
The first part of the Local Forum is the Market Place. You can browse stalls staffed by Council officers and Councillors to discuss issues that affect you, including planning, litter, parking, benefits and housing.
Partners including the Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Liberty Credit Union, HealthWatch and local voluntary sector groups will also be at the Market Place.

Question Time
The Market Place will be followed by a more formal Question Time, where you can put questions to Councillors and senior Council officers. Questions can be submitted in advance using the form at or asked on the night.

Editor: We understand that the Market Place will last for an hour (6-7pm) followed by a 15 minute break with Question Time starting at 7;15pm.


  1. Whatever happened to the Library in Barkingside High Street as a meeting place? - or isn't the High Street not accessible enough.

    1. I believe they will get round to us about August 2015 ...

  2. ...if they can find their way in!

    1. Having been there today, I know what you mean!

  3. Interesting to see how these work, no specific agenda, no funding, how will we ensure we are heard, seems as if those who.speak loudest will prevail,. Waiting with bated breath to see what happen .......