Sunday, January 25, 2015

Zero Tolerance & Civic Pride

It is an established fact that a neighbourhood that looks and feels unloved and untidy will attract crime and anti-social behaviour. We all have a role to play in keeping our local community ship shape and tidy. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to sweep the road outside your house, but it does mean you have a duty to report issues and problems.

Redbridge council has an excellent on-line Report-It facility for things like defective street lights, dead animals on the road, broken kerbstones, fly-tipping and untidy front gardens. It’s there for you to use. If we all leave it to someone else it doesn’t get done.

We are also responsible for what we do not do, but could reasonably be expected to do” – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty 1859.

Redbridge council now also has a FREE bulky waste collection service, but I doubt it deals with dead donkeys like this one fly-tipped in Epping Forest.

Meanwhile CleanUpUK has organised a litter pick on the Commonwealth Estate, Ilford on Sunday 1st February between 1-3pm. It starts at the Cranbrook Baptist Church in Wellesley Road (which is not in Cranbrook ward but Valentines ward).

CleanupUK is a charity whose objectives are to help residents get involved in keeping their area free of litter. By doing this they hope to help communities gain a sense of ownership and pride, leading to increased involvement in keeping their area clean, strong and safe.

Whilst the initial task is litter-picking the bigger picture is to build community links and get people out from behind locked doors and working together towards a common goal, strengthening community spirit.

CleanupUK began the Beautiful Boroughs project in 2011 and now has over 40 groups in 5 Boroughs, with 5 new boroughs including Redbridge planned, providing guidance, supplying equipment for events, helping with initial marketing and giving advice as to where funding can be sought to ensure sustainability.

Gloves, bags, litter pickers and refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring children along. For further information, contact / 020 8220 3157.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Riding the Roding
– Vote for the missing link!

The London Borough of Redbridge has made an application to the GLA Big Green Fund that is now out for public vote. This is for a very worthwhile project which has the Friends of Wanstead Parklands' strong support as well as Barkingside 21 and we hope yours too. The Voting page is here and the poll closes on 2 March 2015.

This is the message from Redbridge -
The Roding Valley through Wanstead project will make some of the borough's best riverside open space, accessible for cyclists and less able people. This new riverside cycle path between Wanstead Park Road Recreation Ground and Redbridge Roundabout will finally connect the completed south and north sections of the Roding Valley Way green cycle route, making off road cycling possible from Newham, through Redbridge and up to Essex following the River Roding. The project does not forget the River too, improvement works on this steep sided and straight stretch of river will dramatically enhance the habitat and water flow, benefiting wildlife and people. 
Residents surrounding Wanstead Park and Ilford will benefit directly from this project, with planned repair and re-opening of the much loved and missed Coronation footbridge over the river. Locals and visitors alike will have a wonderful new cycling and walking route giving access to the borough's stand out natural green spaces including the River Roding, the Roding Valley Park and Wanstead Park, without barriers or long detours.

Funding from the GLA will unlock all these improvements for wildlife and people, completing this important missing link, so do not forget to vote!