Friday, January 13, 2017

An Eclectic Round-up

Well, according to my stats quite a big percentage of readers of this blog do so on an iPhone or Tablet, which means that the information on the side bar is stripped out and they don’t get to see it, unless they hit the view web version button. So here is an eclectic mix of stuff you may have missed …

First up it seems that Crossrail are in a pickle due to Cross & Blackwell. The vaults of their warehouse have been unearthed underneath the old Astoria Nightclub in Charing Cross Road as part of the excavations for the new Tottenham Court Road station. Who knew that Ketchup used to be called Catsup? IanVisits has the full story here, with pictures and news of other Crossrail finds.

Talking of finds, fly-tipping is not what we want to see in our neighbourhood and our Council is taking this very seriously and working with partners such as the City of London Corporation who are responsible for amongst other places, Wanstead Flats. Redbridge report here on the latest prosecution and £9,000 fine for dumping on a site of special scientific interest.

On the subject of waste one company is asking if people need classes to be taught how to recycle correctly. In some areas the recycling is so contaminated that it all just goes straight to landfill. We reported earlier on a case in neighbouring Waltham Forest but we have no information about Redbridge (surprised?).
From leaflet campaigns to door-knocking and practical demonstrations, a multi-pronged approach could really bring forth results, spokesperson Mark Hall explains.
“And where the adults won’t listen, we can take the message into schools,” he says. “Children and young people have traditionally been the standard bearers when it comes to changing adult habits on recycling.
“After all, they’re the generation that’s going to have to clear up this mess we’re in.”
With millions of British people getting their recycling spot-on week-in, week-out. It’s a shame that there are a few who simply don’t get it right and wreck everybody’s efforts.
“It’s these people we have to reach,” says Hall, “The message is everything.”
Also on waste, and following our ReStart party last December, there has been an effort to identify repair businesses which fix battery-powered gadgets and appliances in four boroughs of east London. Over 160 have been identified with half “existing” in some form online, and half surviving entirely via word of mouth and passers-by. The list is not up on-line yet, and we’ll let you know if we find out, but the message is that the repair economy is out there, you just have to look for it.

Meanwhile, over on SophiaHubs Geoff Hill of the Redbridge Chamber of Commerce writes a guest blog with his views for 2017.
Frequently the health of local business is indicative of the well-being of the community; if the businesses are doing well this is reflected in a thriving community with local organisations and activities and a sense of being part of a neighbourhood.
The message for 2017 for all Redbridge enterprises, large, small or micro, must be to become engaged with the life of the local and wider community because they make up the customers, workforce and neighbours who support our thriving business community.
Some way to go there for the traders in Barkingside High Street.

Finally there’s the Met’s Be Safe campaign. It’s all about doing the simple things, and remembering to do them.
Crime prevention isn’t rocket science. We know that simple crime prevention steps are effective and can make a big difference in keeping people and their property safe. However, research commissioned by the MPS showed that whilst many Londoners feel they already have a good awareness of basic crime prevention, these actions are not carried out for a variety of reasons.

We want to encourage Londoners to think about crime prevention in a different way, and to reappraise their own crime prevention behaviours and the actions they can take to protect their property and make their community safer.


  1. One problem with recycling is that no two councils seem to sing from the same hymn sheet. We've now moved away but return to Redbridge from time to time and my wife confesses to be totally confused by the two recycling regimes as much of what we now put in the recycling here is verboten in Redbridge.

    Or is it?

    If we take it to Chigwell, far more is acceptable there than if we put it out in the bin - yet the same contractor runs both the waste collection service and the recycling centre! Of course, the ability to recycle more at Chigwell has to be offset by the cost and by-products from burning the fuel to get it there ...

    Is the world going mad or is it just me ...?

    1. I just pile it up in the garage until I have a boot load, which will be more frequent now as it will include green waste ...

    2. Booting up your piles must be quite painful, B21. Let's hope it's not too frequent an occurrence.

  2. How come home-owners are practically held at ransome to recycle and those who live in flats just put the rubbish in a standard any-old-rubbish bin to go to the four winds?

    1. Why do you assume that "home-owners" don't live in flats and don't recycle?