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The Lib Dems have revealed that £60 million of the public’s money is now being held in a cash pile by TfL due to a growing number of Oyster cards that have not even been used for at least one year.  The huge cash pile is due to the soaring levels of money that Transport […]

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Weeds, Weeds and more weeds !

by hughcleaver on 9 May, 2014

After receiving scores of complaints about the overgrown weeds outside Regency Court we tried to find out who owned the strip of land. It turned out no-one did.  Certainly, apart from some guerilla gardeners who tried to clear the area, no one had cared for it. So the Council were persuaded to register ownership. When […]

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First World War Centenary Commemoration

by hughcleaver on 9 May, 2014

The Council, with local groups, has set up a full programme of events. Leaflets and the Council’s website give more details here. The Library and Museum Service have been given Lottery Funding to collect and publish information about local people involved in the First World War. If you are interested or have any information then […]

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Pupil places crisis worsens !

by hughcleaver on 9 May, 2014

Parents across the country are rightly furious about the lack of places for their children in a school near their homes. Here in Church End families living in what has traditionally been the Churchfields catchment area are being offered places in schools miles away, and often very difficult to access. While we have given an […]

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Bedford Road still in the eye of the storm

by hughcleaver on 9 May, 2014

Events surrounding Bedford House grew even more bizarre when the developer who owns the house submitted plans to redevelop the two adjoining properties he did not own as well. It is possible to submit a planning application on a property you do not own with the agreement of the owner. The developer had omitted to […]

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Cllr Hugh Cleaver has been looking at the workings of the Localism Act, and how it is being used elsewhere. Hugh says “The Localism Act allows an area to put together its own local “neighbourhood” plan to reflect and protect its particular character. This is starting to happen in London and we think it can […]

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Redbridge Lib Dems launch 2014 Manifesto

by hughcleaver on 9 May, 2014

Stronger Voices build Better Communities The Liberal Democrats have today published their manifesto for the 2014 elections. The LibDems argue that the major issues facing the Borough are the continuing need for more school places, protecting and improving the local environment, working with the Police to combat crime, and action to tackle the growing housing […]

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A Fair Council Budget in hard times

by hughcleaver on 29 April, 2014

This year was the fourth joint Lib Dem/Conservative Budget. With Lib Dem hands firmly on the purse strings there was no increase in Council Tax again this year. It is a fifth year running that has happened. We introduced free on-street parking for the first 30 minutes. That should help shoppers and businesses. Now we […]

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CELEBRATING GEORGE LANE

by hughcleaver on 29 April, 2014

The most successful local shopping centre in Redbridge More people visit our local shopping centre, and spend more money here than in any other local borough shopping centre. Credit must go to the variety of traders we have. The borough award to a local storekeeper for raising the profile of local shops was well deserved. The […]

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Library Plans on hold

by hughcleaver on 29 April, 2014

We will not allow the Vision organisation (the Council’s semi-independent Leisure arm) to railroad through its plans to resite the Children’s Library in South Woodford Library, or move Woodford Library to the Hawkey Hall. Following objections from ourselves and many others, there will now be more consultations before final decisions are taken in the summer. […]

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