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Stop plans to scrap all London PCSOs says Pidgeon

by gwynethdeakins on 21 September, 2015

Caroline Pidgeon is leading the fight to save our neighbourhood police teams. As reported here last week, the Met Police are considering plans to axe all 1000 PCSOs in the capital. The Lib Dem Mayoral candidate has launched a campaign to stop this from happening.  ‘PCSOs are the eyes and ears of the police on […]

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Threat to PCSOs in London

by gwynethdeakins on 15 September, 2015

It has been reported in the news recently that the Metropolitan Police is considering abolishing or reducing the number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in order to save money. The future of PCSOs is to be discussed at a Metropolitan Police Management Board meeting on 29 September, and an option to get rid of all […]

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Redbridge LibDem councillors are calling on the Labour Council to abandon its proposals to cut the amount of Council Tax support it gives to the least well off people in the Borough. When the last Government abolished Council Tax benefit, it gave Councils money to continue to provide some financial help to those on lowest […]

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‘Weed’ prefer to have flowers!

by gwynethdeakins on 30 October, 2015

Roding ward is looking a bit weedy! Since the Labour Council abolished Area Committees, funding has stopped for a number of local items. Some of them are small, but important – like the flower boxes at the end of Crescent Road.  These were asked for by local residents and helped to cheer up a dark […]

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Orchard tower block tenants still waiting for refunds

by gwynethdeakins on 6 October, 2015

Tenants of the tower blocks on Orchard Estate, where the new Eco-friendly heating and hot water system (right) was installed in 2013, have still not received refunds of the heating and hot water charges they paid in 2013-14 that were above their actual usage. Under the new system residents are paying less for heating and […]

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Black History Month

by gwynethdeakins on 5 October, 2015

October is Black History Month, an annual national celebration promoting Black contribution to British society and aiming to foster an understanding of Black history. There is a wide range of events taking place throughout London, details here.  Several events are taking place in Redbridge, of which details can be found here (look up under ‘Events and Activities’). […]

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Lib Dems announce candidate for London Mayor

by gwynethdeakins on 17 September, 2015

Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon said she would fight for a London which served the many, and not the few. The party today (Thursday) announced Caroline – who is a member of the London Assembly – as its candidate for next year’s London Mayoral election.  Caroline is well known to us in Redbridge as […]

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W14 – delays and diversions this weekend

by gwynethdeakins on 16 September, 2015

We have heard from Transport for London (TfL) that there are likely to be delays and diversions to the W14 route this coming weekend. The southbound slip road between the M11 and the A406 North Circular will be closed in order to complete the work to strengthen the Nightingale Bridge under the A406.  The slip road will […]

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Hoardings at Charlie Brown’s

by gwynethdeakins on 14 September, 2015

The Focus Team is pressing the Council to repair the fencing around the site at 120 Chigwell Road, where advertisement hoardings were removed earlier this year. We have received complaints from local residents about the eyesore that is now on the boundary of Charlie Brown’s Roundabout, with tatty and uneven fencing giving a bad impression […]

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Planning News – Lilian Gardens

by gwynethdeakins on 14 September, 2015

A planning application for a block of nine flats on the site of two bungalows in Lilian Gardens looks likely to be withdrawn. The application drew objections from many local people in Lilian Gardens, Wynndale Road and nearby roads.  We have now heard that the Council’s Planning Department have asked the applicant to withdraw the application.  […]

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