Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Flying the Flag

Well, we seem to have a bit of a flag theme going on, so as it’s St George’s Day it’s out with the Cross of St George. As you will notice this flag has horizontal, vertical and reflective symmetry. So it’s impossible to fly it upside down, except it is. It’s just that you can’t tell if it’s upside down or not.

St George himself will be slaying a Dragon in Ilford Town centre at High Noon plus other stuff.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Le Tour de France is coming to Redbridge

I’ve never understood why the “Tour de France” has any part of its route in England. It’s like holding the Oxford/Cambridge boat race on the Seine, it just doesn’t seem right. However, I was vaguely aware of it because the trophy was on display at Ilford Central library a while ago. I just didn’t realise the route was coming through part of Redbridge and what the scale and implications were until Ron emailed me. He explains:
This Tour de France is going to cause major access problems. It kicks off at Leeds on 5th July and by Monday 7th July it hits Essex. Coming through Cambridge - Chelmsford - Epping - Lea Bridge Road finishing at Buckingham Palace via The Mall.
Street furniture is to be removed, if felt it could be dangerous. I believe Epping council are already preparing easy removal furniiture to facilitate. The roads along the route will be closed early morning (8am) until 4pm in the evening. It’s said no-one apart from emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross the route and all access roads to the route will be closed. This will virtually divide Essex and London from East to West.
There will only be a few places to reach the 'Other side' - underpasses like M25 for instance, but for the life of me I cannot see a crossing point for motorists to use- from Epping ( M25) through into London.
I understand the long close down is because the Sponsors preceeding the race (throwing out their goodies) will take1-2 hours to pass before cyclists are expected. This being the final stage of the race the riders are expected to be well straggled out followed by the entourage of up to 5000 officials.
The scale of the Event is huge with 200 riders, 2000 vehicles and up to 5000 officials and press staff using the route. The event organisers will work with all agencies to ensure the minimum road closure timeframe is in place but they warn closures will be in place for up to 8 hours.
I’m rather looking forward to seeing the race come through and acknowledge the sponsors will pick up the bill for costs to local authorities etc but who should be organising information on access during this 10 hour shut down? I hope they dont leave it too late to advise people. How will the likes of Doctors and Carers get to reach their patients if they dont know? Contingency plans are a must, but little info to the public is being given. Maybe I'm worrying too soon - but time flies. Perhaps B21 might find out more?
Many of our members who live on this side of the Epping New Road and stable their horses in the High Beach area will have to organise getting their mounts looked after.
Ron King.
Secretary, Epping Forest Riders Association.
So that’s 10 vehicles and 26 people for every bicycle. On a Monday. A schoolday. The route enters Redbridge from Essex on Epping New Road, proceeds along High Road Woodford and then Woodford New Road to Waterworks Corner in Waltham Forest. There are at least eight schools along that route in Redbridge. And waterworks roundabout will be closed to traffic.

Here’s the page on Redbridge-i to keep you up to date.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Next in Line
– Green No 2 Caroline Allen

All creatures great and small.

I am standing for the Green Party in Europe because I want to see a different kind of Europe.

I work full time as a vet in North London. I’m not a professional politician, but a normal person who believes in what the Greens are doing in Europe to make life better and secure our future. I am sick of the mainstream parties, but rather than resort to negativity I am a Green because I want to work positively. Greens support a referendum as a path towards a different and better Europe, one that works for people not corporations.

The Greens sit in the 4th largest group in the European Parliament and have real achievements, unlike those who sit back, take the money and do not deserve your vote. I want to build on this, as well as using my expertise in food, farming and animals to work in these important areas.

Greens aim to build an economy that puts people first. Greens introduced an EU wide tax on banker’s bonuses and continue to push for better bank regulation and a ban on toxic investments. Your London Green MEP Jean Lambert has been heavily involved in defending the Working Time Directive and creating opportunities for young people.

Greens work for freedom and equality. Greens championed legislation on equality and age discrimination. Greens successfully fought off legislation (ACTA) that would have destroyed our internet freedom.

And of course Greens will protect the environment; from your local green space and wildlife to taking coordinated action on climate change. The time for debate is over; our natural world is under sustained attack. Only we will protect it while also protecting our health by fighting toxic pollution.

Please do find out more here: Vote for the Common Good or contact me via email. And vote for positive change on May 22nd.

Twitter: @Green_Caroline

The Next in Line for the main 5 parties in the London Region Euro elections have been offered 300 words on this blog. They will be published if and when they are received. This is the third. I have created a new label below which readers can click to see them all together.