Redbridge London Borough Council

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Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 51 Total councillors 51 Change+13

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 12 Total councillors 12 Change-13
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Children's services rated 'outstanding' in Redbridge

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Inspectors have rated a borough’s children’s services ‘outstanding’.

Officials from education watchdog Ofsted visited Redbridge and ranked its services among the top performers in the country.

Inspectors visited between April and May and praised ‘exceptional leadership’ in the borough.

The inspection report said: “Senior managers demonstrate relentless drive and ambition for children, leading to the provision of consistently strong and highly effective services for them.”

Inspectors said services had strengthened since the last inspection.

The borough’s overall rating went up from ‘good’ in 2016 to ‘outstanding’ at this visit.

The report added: “This exemplary management has created conditions that afford workers the time, professional expertise and capacity to get to know children and young people well.

“This best practice secures positive experiences and good progress for children.

“The regulator found child protection services that were outstanding during the last inspection, including the ‘front door’, described as a model of efficiency and excellence, have been further enhanced, meaning that even the best services have improved.”

The council was also praised for its handling of gang risks, county lines and exploitation issues.

Councils rake in millions after selling off public land

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Both Waltham Forest and Redbridge councils have made substantial sums selling off public land.

Between 2014 and 2018, Waltham Forest Council sold off nine sites gaining a total income of £29,641,578.

During the same period, Redbridge Council sold off 10 sites and made £942,543 from the sales.

In Waltham Forest, land sold off included St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Walthamstow, sold to the Catholic administrative body Chelmsford Diocese, for more than £1 million.

Willowfield School in Walthamstow was also sold to an academy company for £5 million.

In one sale, the council sold off a car park in Walthamstow for a massive £21 million to a development firm for new housing to the built on the site.

In Redbridge, sites sold off included flats, houses and reservation strips at the back of people’s houses.

The council even had a statutory sale of the Thames Water Pumphouse, which was sold to Thames Water Utilities for just £1.

A spokesman for Waltham Forest Council explained the authority has been selling off “underused” property and land across the borough to enable it to deliver more homes, commercial and leisure space.

They said: “The money gained from these sales has gone onto pay for improving services and facilities that our residents rely on including refurbished Children and Family Centres, Adult Learning Services as well as new sports facilities such as the Feel Good centre’s in Leyton and Walthamstow.

“We will continue to reduce our estate in order to prioritise funding for the services that residents rely on and ensure that the we have the homes and commercial space that Waltham Forest needs.”

Redbridge swears in its new mayor

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Redbridge has sworn in its new mayor.

Cllr Zulfiqar Hussain, Labour councillor for Clementswood ward, has been named the 55th Mayor of Redbridge at the council’s annual Mayor Making ceremony.

The new mayor, who lives in Ilford, spent 42 years working for the Post Office and held the role of Justice of the Peace for 22 years.

Cllr Hussain has been a ward councillor since 2010 and said he was “honoured”.

He added: “It is a huge privilege and an honour to be the first citizen, Mayor of this Borough. I would like to thank all the councillors for bestowing this honour to me.

“Redbridge is a multi-cultural and religious borough. It’s a nice place to live and work here, I have been living in Ilford for the past 50 years and enjoy every bit of it.”

Mobile library to be shelved

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Redbridge's mobile library is due to be decommissioned.

The council instead wants to boost the home library delivery service as a replacement for the “unreliable” 14-year-old vehicle could cost up to £300,000.

The mobile library is due to come off the road on 1 June.

Iain Varah, chief executive of the council’s partner Vision, said: “We are currently one of only two boroughs in the capital to run a mobile library service, but it has now become unreliable and the significant cost of a replacement means it’s not viable to continue with the service.

“In Redbridge, we are bucking the national trend by keeping all our static libraries open, maintaining opening hours and investing in facilities. In the last few months, we’ve undertaken a major upgrade to improve online and interactive services and run one of the most popular library services in London, with both issues and visits increasing.

“But in the current financial climate we must be realistic and to continue running first-class static libraries for the overwhelming majority of our customers, we must make this change.”

The council instead wants to boost its ‘Books on Wheels’ service as an alternative for those who cannot reach a library on a temporary or longer-term basis.

Redbridge Council wins £4.2m to restore ancient woodland

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Hainault Country Park
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Redbridge Council has won £4.2m in funding for Hainault Country Park.

The funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will be used to back the authority’s "Hainault Ancient Forest – a landscape for the future" – which plans to restore the country park and protect it into the future.

The scheme will include training opportunities for Redbridge residents and aims to enhance people’s experience of the area.

The restoration work will also help protect a number of species, including the rare Barbastelle bat spotted there in 2017; the first time it had been seen in London for 50 years.

The council and its partners will also invest an extra £1.5m into the project, bringing the total investment in the area to £5.7 million.

Jas Athwal, council leader, said it was "fantastic news".

“Hainault Forest Country Park is one of our iconic parks and this generous funding will enable us to upgrade the space and protect the park for many generations to come," he said.

Covering 800 acres, Hainault Forest includes 250 acres of greenbelt, ancient woodland and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

It is the last fragment of a medieval Royal hunting forest established by Henry I that included Hatfield and Epping.

The new plans will see investment into the SSSI, landscape and buildings, improvements to the existing children’s zoo and expanding the range of activities on offer.

A total of 158 species of bird have been recorded in the forest and more than 940 species of invertebrates such as butterflies and dragon flies have also been found.

Ros Kerslake, CEO of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Hainault Ancient Forest is both a wildlife haven and the backdrop to the lives of a large and diverse local population.

"The Forest is now at a crossroads where it’s in desperate need of investment to avoid further deterioration.”

Levy could force pubs to shut early - landlord warns

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A landlord has warned that a new tax on pubs and restaurants opening late into the night could result in earlier closing times and loss of service.

Redbridge Council has proposed a late night levy on pubs and restaurants selling alcohol between the hours of midnight and 06:00.

The tax – to pay for policing and clean-up costs – could cost businesses up to £4,500 per year and is expected to raise up to £115,000 in its first year.

A manager at O’Neill's pub in Ilford is worried the new tax could affect the business.

He said: “I’ve just been informed about this today. It is ridiculous that they’re putting that on people in the area, now Ilford has changed.

“We are less busy than we were and the council are the ones who brought in the late night licences in the first place and now we’re going to have pay for it.

“I need to speak to my bosses, but if we have to close early to avoid the levy, which is not yet decided, then we’re going to lose the service.”

The council said the funds raised would used to fund late night policing and clean-up efforts due to late-night supply of alcohol.

A council spokesman said: “If a late night levy is introduced, Redbridge Council will be working with the police to find the best ways to spend the revenue raised.”

Woman fined for leaving recycling next to 'unemptied bin'

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Recyling bin in Redbridge
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A single mother has been fined £400 for leaving her recycling next to an unemptied bin for collection.

In December Bonnie Janes was struggling to fit all of her plastics and cardboards into the overflowing bin at Hermon Hill recycling centre.

She decided to place the rest next to the bin for collection.

On New Year’s Day the 38-year-old received a letter from the Redbridge Council demanding £400 for fly-tipping.

Ms Janes said: “I don’t think they can justify it, the council hasn’t come back to me with any reason for the refusal of my appeal.

“I’ve been washing and seperating my recycling for years, trying to do the right thing.

“I could have thrown it in landfill but I am a lifelong environmentalist, I was just trying to do my bit.

“It’s their fault that the recycling bin wasn’t emptied for me to put my recycling into.

“Now they’re just trying to bully me into paying the fine. I cannot afford it. They have shown no humanity or decency. I am so cross and sad.

“I feel bullied and persecuted.”

The Trafalgar Place resident: “I’m a low earner with restricted hours because I am committed to the school run.

“Life is a struggle and I do my best to do the right things. And the thanks I get is a £400 fine. I don’t have £400.

“And if I have to pay this, the council will be making my life even more difficult than it already is.

Ms Janes, who is a lifelong vegetarian, said she will take the appeals process as far as it can go to fight the fine, even to court in necessary.

She added: “I feel very strongly about the environment but now I just feel insulted, they’re accusing me of fly-tipping, I couldn’t believe it."

A spokesman for Redbridge Council said: “Fly-tipping is taken very seriously by the council and costs large sums of money to clear up.

“Tough action through penalty notices is a necessary way to keep our neighbourhoods clean and deters people from dumping rubbish.

“There is a sign at the site stating that anyone leaving items next to the bins would be prosecuted. Ms Janes has admitted to leaving the boxes there and the appeal has been refused.”