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Fighting Labour plans to gag public and councillors!

by gwynethdeakins on 4 January, 2017

LibDem Leader Cllr Ian Bond has been leading the fight against proposals from the Council’s Labour administration to ‘gag’ councillors and the public at Council meetings. This follows on from Labour already having abolished local Area Committees, abolished local Planning Committees, moved most local decision-making behind closed doors at the Town Hall, and severely curtailed […]

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Lib Dems oppose garden waste charges

by gwynethdeakins on 20 December, 2016

Redbridge’s Labour administration recently decided to introduce charges for collecting garden waste – in the summer only – a move likely to reduce Redbridge’s already low recycling rate by a further 2%. But Opposition Councillors have ‘called in’ the decision for further scrutiny at the Council’s Overview Committee. We hope to get some changes by […]

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The Boundary Commission is now looking at parliamentary constituencies nationwide, with the Government intending to introduce a new set for the next General Election in 2020. We were shocked to see the draft proposal split Redbridge between five different constituencies, with our local area once again being divided: the former  Wanstead & Woodford wards are […]

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The Local Government Boundary Commission today publishes its final proposals for new wards in Redbridge, on which the 2018 council elections will be fought. For South Woodford and Wanstead the good news is that the draft proposal – which followed the idea put forward by the Conservatives of dividing the area along (or close to) […]

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Planning Application for former Switch Bar

by gwynethdeakins on 7 November, 2016

The Council has received a planning application for the former Switch Bar in George Lane.   The Planning Reference is 5118/16.   It is for 77-81, and 83-85, George Lane, and asks for permission for ‘Change of use of ground floor from Use Class A3/A4 to Use Class A1/A2 (that is from sale of drink and food […]

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Sign our petition against Delivery Office closure

by gwynethdeakins on 1 November, 2016

The Lib Dems are calling on the Royal Mail to rethink their plans to close the Royal Mail Delivery Office in South Woodford. This Delivery Office serves an ever-expanding population, currently standing at approximately 20 000 people, and local people have been able to collect their parcels and letters locally. With the Office being within a few […]

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Victory in St Barnabas crossings campaign!

by gwynethdeakins on 26 October, 2016

At last, after more than two years of delay, pedestrian crossings are being installed in St Barnabas Road. It is a victory for local people, supported by the Lib Dem Focus Team, who have demanded a crossing near the junction with Gordon Road, as this is where many children going to nearby schools cross the […]

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New Planting in Elmhurst Gardens

by gwynethdeakins on 25 October, 2016

The Friends of Elmhurst Gardens are working hard to keep the park looking good.   The rose beds needed revamping and  Friends Brian Mazdon, Kathie Teahan and Frank Collins and Bill Frost the park keeper, with other Vision park staff, dug the holes for new trees and plants.  Felicity Banks helped with some planting. Also children from Oakdale and […]

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CIL funding consultation

by gwynethdeakins on 21 October, 2016

The Council has contacted us to inform us of a consultation on the expenditure of CIL money in our area. CIL (the Community Infrastructure Levy) is a charge on most new types of development within the borough. Most of the CIL money is spent on boroughwide priorities such as schools, leisure centres, health care facilities, […]

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Broxbourne Avenue gas works

by gwynethdeakins on 13 October, 2016

We have been informed that National Grid Gas are planning to carry out gas main renewal works in Broxbourne Avenue, from the junction of Cranbourne Avenue to the junction of Charnwood Drive, South Woodford.   The works will start on Friday 14th October 2016 and are expected to be completed on Monday 7th November 2016.  Delays can be expected […]

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