Sarah Ludford visits Redbridge

Sarah Ludford, the Lib Dem London Member of the European Parliament, visited Ilford today to help our local Focus Team.  She is seen (right) with some Redbridge Lib Dems!

Planning News

Some recent applications:

0788/14  – 9, Lambs Meadow, Woodford Green, IG8 8QD. Detached outbuilding in rear garden.

0656/14  – 15, South View Drive, SouthWoofdford, London, E18 1NP.  Demolish existing rear extension. Single storey rear extension with garden terrace. Alterations to roof to create a gable end. Loft conversion with rear dormer. Alterations to first floor rear windows. Internal alterations. 

0314/14 – 297 Chigwell Road  IG8 8PL.  Demolish rear extension.  New single storey rear extension.  Formation of new side and rear wrap around ramp with handrail extending to rear detached garage.

0381/14 – Development site at Dean Court, Pulteney Road – three storey office building.

And some recent decisions:

0418/14  – 30 South View Drive: Loft conversion with rear dormer incorporating a Juliette balcony. Hip to gable roof alteration. Four front roof lights.  Cert. Lawfulness Proposed 

0602/14 – 144, Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, IG8 8LJ  Single storey rear extension with a depth of 6.0 metres,highest point of 3.0 metres and height at the eaves of 3.0 metres. Prior Approval - Prior Approval Not Required

0094/14 – 1, Primrose Road,  South Woodford E18 1DD.  Two storey side extension with hipped roof.   E18 1DD Granted/Approved – with conditions.

3447/13 – 63, Onslow Gardens, South Woodford, London, E18 1ND Conversion of garage into habitable room.  Single storey rear extension and part first floor rear extension. Loft conversion with rear dormer and hip to gable roof alteration. Two front roof lights and one new window to flank wall.

Application Type: Level of Decision: Decision Despatched Date: Case Officer: Decision:

Cert. Lawfulness Proposed – Decision: Unlawful

0142/14 – 5 Charnwood Drive, South Woodford, London, E18 1PD  New first floor side extension and canopy over existing ground floor side extension. (Summary)  Approved – with conditions.

0391/14 – 157-159, St Barnabas Road, Woodford Green, IG8 7DG  Demolish existing awnings. Single storey rear extension. Approved – with conditions

0386/14 Telecommunications Mast  Adjacent Civic Amenity Site,Chigwell Road, Woodford Green. Existing monopole to be replaced with new monopole. Existing GSM antennas and LNA’s to be retained. Existing UMTS antennas to be replaced. Existing UMTS LNAs to be replacedwith WBMHAs and 800 MHAs added. Existing GSM & UMT’s feeders to be renewed and new 800 feeders added. UMTS feeders to be diplexed with 1800 at UCU’s and new DC SAMI cabinet. 2 No new 2KW rectifiers to be installed in existing Eltek cabinet for DC SAMI power supply. (Summary).[!]  Prior approval granted.

 

Elmhurst Gardens – meet the park keeper!

The keeper who looks after Elmhurst Gardens, Bill Frost, is going to be available to meet the public for special tours between 1130 and 12 on 7 April, 5 May and 2 June.

Of course those of us who visit the park regularly know Bill very well already, but this is a specific opportunity to hear about the latest news and planned improvements.  We are sure he will get a good audience!  (Above, Bill’s hut behind the daffodils pictured recently.)

New Credit Union for Redbridge

A credit union opened for business in Redbridge on 1 April.  Councillors had been pressing the Council for some time to set up a credit union in the Borough, as the economic situation and the growth of pay-day lenders and loan sharks potentially leads to financial hardship for many people.

Liberty Credit Union, which already operates in Havering and Barking and Dagenham,  will now extend its services to Redbridge residents and local workers.  Redbridge Council has given a grant of £50,00 towards its work.

Credit unions are regulated, not for profit organisations that provide alternative savings and loan services. Their advantages include:

  • Mutual and ethical savings – you can choose to save as little or as much as you can afford
  • Affordable loans – products suited to your individual needs
  • Run by you, for you – members of credit unions control their own finances and have a say in how it is run
  • Puts you first – listens to your needs and develops the products and services that you want

Membership of Liberty Credit Union costs just £1. If you’re interested in joining, more information is available on the Council’s website Redbridge i –  www.redbridge.gov.uk or visit Liberty Credit Union at www.lcu.org.uk.

Another day of serious air pollution

On another day of high air pollution facing London new evidence from Stephen Knight AM, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesman, reveals the lack of support given to schools located near to the pollution hotspots of London’s busiest roads.

Based on a survey of 935 London schools and nurseries that are situated within 150 metres of a road carrying more than 10,000 vehicles per day the survey reveals that just two per cent of schools are even aware of the airTEXT service which provides free daily air pollution forecasts for Greater London. This is despite the Mayor consistently claiming that airTEXT provides an adequate pollution alert service to vulnerable Londoners.

The results from the survey also reveal a further lack of awareness of the information and support services available to children at schools affected by high levels of air pollution that is provided through the Mayor’s Cleaner Air 4 Schools education programme.

Key findings of the survey also include:

  • Only 5 per cent of schools were aware of the ‘Cleaner Air 4 Schools’ education programme in London
  • Just one in 20 head headteachers reported receiving any information about air pollution in the last 12 months from either their local authority, Transport for London or the Greater London Authority.

Such a lack of awareness of the help and support available to schools is in complete contrast to the awareness amongst the schools that their pupils were affected by air pollution, with 80 per cent stating that they were concerned about the health effect of poor air quality on the children attending their school.

The report also calls for the Mayor to consider offering grants to improve the indoor air quality of London’s most polluted schools, so ensuring that all classrooms have access to adequate air filtration and ventilation systems.

Setting out why action is so necessary to protect school children from air pollution Stephen Knight said:

“At present only feeble steps are being taken by the Mayor to inform Londoners about air pollution. The Mayor’s claim that the airTEXT provides an adequate service to help vulnerable Londoners is totally demolished by the results of this survey.

“We should never forget that children are at great risk from air pollution because of their smaller lung capacity, and their height which means that they are often closer than adults to tail pipe exhaust emissions from vehicles.

“Of course there are numerous reasons for the current levels of high pollution, including dust being blown over from the Sahara, but the harsh reality is that these week’s exceptional factors are just exacerbating daily problem of high levels of pollution that exist everyday in many parts of London.”

NB You can subscribe to the free airTEXT air quality alerts. For text message alerts, send “airtext” to 78070. For voicemail or email alerts, or for the smartphone app, visit the website at http://www.airtext.info

New planning application from South Woodford Muslim centre

A new planning application has been submitted to the Council by the South Woodford Muslim Centre.  Details can be found here and then by searching on the planning reference 0925/14.  The deadline for any comments to be made by members of the public is 21 April.

A Conservative brands Hill Farm residents as “selfish” (again!)….and runs!
Conservative, UKIP and Independent councillors voting for the U-turn ban at last night's meeting

Conservative, UKIP and Independent councillors voting for the U-turn ban at last night’s meeting

There were angry scenes at last night’s Area Three Committee meeting, as Tory councillors once again pushed through their proposed ban on all U-turns at the width restriction in Clayhall Avenue.

Addressing the meeting, Cllr Robert Cole called Hill Farm residents “selfish” – for exercising their democratic right to petition the Council!   He becomes the second Conservative to make this accusation this year.   He also claimed it is possible to drive from Clayhall Avenue up to Beehive Lane roundabout, and back to Clayhall Avenue, in “five minutes at most“.  Cllr Cole then proceeded to heckle both Roding councillors and Hill Farm residents, as they tried to explain their concerns to the Committee.  Afterwards he had to flee quickly to his car, to avoid being accosted by angry residents in the car park!

Both Cllrs Ian Bond and Gwyneth Deakins spoke up for Hill Farm residents.  Cllr Bond believes last night’s decision may not be legal:  due to a mistake in the paperwork, the Council failed to give the required notice.  It is now relying on the “cases of special urgency” provisions to allow the decision.  Sadly and inexplicably this was agreed by the Labour Leader and Chair of the scrutiny committee.

Cllr Deakins with some of the Hill Farm residents who attended the meeting.

Cllr Deakins with some of the Hill Farm residents who attended the meeting.

But, of course, there isn’t anything remotely urgent about the Clayhall Avenue U-turn issue!  It’s been around for years, and requires a new Traffic Order and formal consultation (as Conservative councillors last night conceded) before anything can be done.

When last night’s decision is published tomorrow, LibDem councillors intend to use the Council’s ‘requisition’ procedure to put everything on hold and force a debate at the next meeting of the new Council, in June.

 

 

Budget delivers LibDem tax cut

The Budget has confirmed victory for Liberal Democrats in our campaign to deliver an £800 tax cut for people on low and middle incomes.

key_Tax_cuts_Budget_2014Cutting income tax by £700 – by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 – was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat 2010 manifesto. That comes into effect next month.

The Budget today has confirmed that the tax-free threshold will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 for 25 million working people since 2010.

Liberal Democrat policy is to continue to increase the threshold in the next Parliament to £12,500.

The Budget also includes:

  • A boost for apprentices
  • A fuel duty freeze
  • Giving people control over their pension savings – removing the need to be tied into annuities 
  • Help for savers – reducing tax on savings for people on low incomes and improving ISAs
  • Help for small businesses
  • Tax-free childcare worth up to £2,000 per child
  • More measures to clamp down on tax avoidance

 

Tour de France trophy visits Redbridge

Last week the Tour de France ‘Grand Depart’ trophy was on display at Ilford Library.

The Tour de France, the world’s greatest cycling race, will pass through Redbridge on 7 July as the race goes from Cambridge, via the Olympic Park, to the finish on the Mall in central London.  It will pass down Woodford High Road.

The trophy is being taken around all the places in England that are on the route for the three days the race will spend in this country.

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins is seen with the trophy (and the T-shirt marking the last time the Tour de France visted London in 2007!).

Redbridge Cabinet: our Young People take the stage

youngcabinetLast week saw the seats in the Council chamber occupied by members of the Redbridge Young Cabinet, meeting to discuss how to spend £100,000 of Council funding on key priorities identified by local young people.

Last October, young people met in chamber for the Redbridge Youth Debate, where Cllr Bond and the other party leaders fielded a range of questions on local issues.  From this meeting, the issues most concerning our young people were agreed as:

  • jobs, work experience and careers advice;
  • mental health issues affecting young people, such as self harm;
  • crime and safety, particularly travelling home from school.

Following this meeting, Cllr Bond and the Council’s Leader agreed to ask the local Youth Cabinet to come up with proposals for tackling these problems.  Last week the young people made and agreed their proposals:

Cllr Ian Bond said:  “Our young cabinet members handled it very professionally. The work they did to identify issues that are relevant to young people was particularly interesting and I look forward to seeing their proposals in action; I am confident they will be agreed by the council.  I started off on my own ‘school council’ as a youngster and I can definitely see a few future councillors or politicians among them!”

Pictures of the Young Cabinet meeting are published by the local paper here.

 

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