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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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.”

New mayor stands down over wife's criminal past

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Mundill Mahil
Met Police
Mundill Mahil was sentenced to three years in jail for her part in the death of Gagandip Singh

Redbridge’s newly elected mayor has decided to step down, but says he stands united with his wife, despite her controversial past.

Shortly after Cllr Variner Singh-Bola announced his new position last week, it was revealed his wife Mundill Mahil had once lured a man to his grisly death and served three years in prison.

Ms Mahil’s conviction or grievous bodily harm in 2012 came after she enticed 21-year-old Gagandip Singh to her student flat in Brighton.

Mr Singh was then beaten over the head by another man, tied up and thrown into the back of a Mercedes which was set alight.

Ms Mahil was sentenced to three years behind bars for greivous bodily harm in 2012, but was released on licence in 2014.

She married Cllr Singh-Bola in 2016.

After these relevations about his wife’s past made national headlines, today Cllr Singh Bola has decided to step down from the role “in the interest of his family.”

Redbridge brings in automatic number plate recognition

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More known criminals could be caught and prosecuted as automatic number plate recognition cameras are installed throughout Redbridge.

The council’s Labour group promised to bring in the new technology as part of its local election manifesto in May this year.

The cameras are being brought in to tackle crime and improve safety, wanted vehicles will be more easily identified and the technology can be used to find members of organised crime, travelling criminals and even terrorists.

The authority has pledged £1.5m to the scheme and installation began this week, with 18 cameras going live.

In total, 41 cameras are set to turned on over the coming days with 14 digital display boards positioned as drivers enter the borough, which will show car registrations as they pass. In a recent public consultation, 96% of those who responded came out in favour of the plans and the council has worked with the police to determine where and how many cameras will appear throughout the borough.

As part of the £1.5m investment, the council is also upgrading its CCTV systems.

Streets to become car-free to let kids play

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Some streets will become car free for certain times of the day to allow children to play outside their homes.

Redbridge Council introduced the Play Streets scheme as a pilot earlier in the year and has decided to roll it out formally due to its popularity.

Cabinet member for civic pride Cllr John Howard said: “The feedback has been positive, we have seen this work in other boroughs, such as Hackney which has a really good green streets campaign.

“It gets the whole street out, a whole mix of the community; you can talk to your neighbours and get to know the people living around you like you would not have before.

“It is a chance to reclaim the roads back from traffic and it has been popular all over the borough, I do not think there has been anywhere it has not been well received.”

Roads in Gants Hill, Barkingside and all over the borough have taken part in the pilot and the cabinet member explained the cost to the council to run the scheme is minimal.

The plan is to roll the Play Streets scheme out on a quarterly basis and the council is encouraging people to apply to make their street part of the initiative.

Swimming gold medallist opens new leisure centre

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James Silby
Alice Richardson

A Commonwealth gold medallist has opened a new leisure centre in Goodmayes.

Swimmer James Silby (pictured) joined council leader Cllr Jas Athwal and Redbridge mayor Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara to cut the ribbon at Mayfield Leisure Centre next to Mayfield School.

The champion breaststroker brought along his two world championship medals, those he said “mean the most” to him, and dived into the pool to show off his skills.

The new complex in Kinsfaun Road features a gym, a six-lane swimming pool and studio and cost Redbridge Council just £5.25 million to build.

Ilford to host 'Day of the Dead' festival

The Mexican Day of the Dead festival is a unique celebration, where those loved and lost are remembered.

Ilford High Street will come alive this Saturday in a spectacle of costumes, giant puppets, music and dance.

The celebration is based on Dia de Los Muertos - a Mexican holiday celebrated on 2 November throughout Mexico, in particular the central and south regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere.

For more information, visit redbridge.gov.uk.

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Redbridge Council weighing up council tax reduction scheme

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Redbridge Council is considering whether to roll out a council tax reduction scheme to help those on state support.

However, the authority wants to hear from residents before it makes the final decision.

The Labour-led council claims central government funding cuts and the introduction of Universal Credit has made the existing scheme "no longer fit for purpose."

Redbridge Council says keeping the current scheme will mean modest changes in income under Universal Credit and frequent changes to the council tax levels residents pay.

As part of the scheme, the council has said it will: provide a hardship fund for vulnerable residents facing financial difficulties; help residents find work and provide money advice to support financial independence.

The consultation closes on 12 November.

Free water refill point for Valentine's Park

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The Mayor of London has announced a free water refill station for Valentine's Park in Redbridge.

The new refill point will sit in the centre of the park and is part of Sadiq Khan's iniative to cut down on plastic waste.

Tom Copley of the London-wide Greater London Authority said: "We are likely to have more heatwaves in future, so this initiative by the Mayor is an important one.

"Providing local people with the means to refill for free will also lead to less plastic waste, which we know has an adverse impact on the environment.

"This announcement today is a positive step forward in terms of the Mayor taking action on single-use plastics."

Plastic water bottles make up 10% of all litter found in the River Thames. Up to 75% of flounder (a type of fish) in the Thames were found to have ingested plastic.