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Extra costs for Council tenants

by gwynethdeakins on 2 February, 2017

Although Council tenants will be getting a rent reduction of 1% by order of the Government, Redbridge is putting up other charges that they have to pay. The Council is proposing to charge its tenants who have equipment like stairlifts in their homes, £1.64 per week for their maintenance – whilst the Housing Revenue Account […]

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Central Line below capacity

by gwynethdeakins on 27 January, 2017

Lib Dems have revealed that last month there was not a single weekday when the Central Line operated with the required amount of trains during peak times. And on just two days at weekends that month the Central Line operated with the required amount of trains. TfL have told us that the Central Line trains […]

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Council Tax support -reduced by Labour again

by gwynethdeakins on 22 January, 2017

At last week’s Council meeting, Labour turned down the Lib Dem proposal not to reduce Council Tax support for the poorest taxpayers, only allowing an exception for disabled people.  We’ve argued that the reduction in support for the others is needless – the Council is already saving £1m because fewer people overall are eligible for Council Tax […]

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Now Post Office blow for South Woodford

by gwynethdeakins on 12 January, 2017

South Woodford Post Office is among the 37 Crown Post Offices  announced for closure this week. This is a heavy blow for the area following on from the proposed closure of the Royal Mail delivery office. Just as the Council is planning to increase the number of households in the area, the basic services which […]

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More news from TfL on Charlie Brown’s

by gwynethdeakins on 9 January, 2017

Lib Dems continue to keep up the pressure on TfL to carry out the long-promised installation of pedestrian crossings at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout. GLA Member Caroline Pidgeon has tabled a Question to the Mayor of London and recently received the answer below.  It reveals that there is to be a public consultation on a proposed […]

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£50 garden waste collection to go ahead

by gwynethdeakins on 9 January, 2017

Redbridge Council’s Labour administration has confirmed its decision to go ahead with charges for collection of garden waste, despite calls by the Opposition parties to review it. Lib Dem and Tory councillors ‘requisitioned’ the decision to Overview Committee for further scrutiny and tried to refer it to Council.  But their effort was blocked by Labour. […]

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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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