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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Takeaway refused permission for later opening

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A council has refused to allow a takeaway to open later after residents objected.

Bim’s, in Ilford Lane, Ilford, asked Redbridge Council’s licensing sub-committee for permission to stay open until midnight from Sunday to Thursday and 01:00 on Friday and Saturday at a meeting on 24July.

But local residents claimed the restaurant has caused issues with littering and anti-social behaviour, which they said would get worse if it opened later.

They also alleged the restaurant breached its current licence by staying open well into the evening, until 04:30 on one occasion.

The business has posters displayed which warn customers not to engage in anti-social behaviour, although residents argued they have not worked.

The council committee said: "The refusal of the applicant to accept any responsibility for the activities of his customers outside of the premises gives us no confidence that this licence can be granted without undermining the licensing objectives."

The restaurant will continue to operate at its current hours, closing at 23:00.

Redbridge gets first permanent testing centre

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Redbridge’s first permanent coronavirus testing centre will open tomorrow in Ilford. The new walk-through facility will open at Mildmay Road Car Park, following “months of behind-the-scenes talks” according to the council leader.

The free swab test, available for even those with mild symptoms, can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Council leader Jas Athwal said: “Since the start of the pandemic I have been relentlessly pushing for a permanent Covid-19 testing facility in Redbridge.

“We are a densely populated, hugely diverse area and so it is essential that all local people can easily get tested close to home as soon as they experience symptoms.

“I’m really pleased that after months of behind-the-scenes talks Redbridge will now finally have a permanent testing centre, open to all our local residents, right in the heart of our community.

“This testing centre will run alongside the regular visiting centre in Gants Hill so people from across Redbridge should be able to access testing easily.

“If you’re displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19, make sure you go and get tested as soon as possible.

“Widespread testing and tracing is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our friends, families and neighbours safe and well.”

He also advised residents “to take care when they go out”, adding that the return of lockdown in Leicester demonstrates “we’re still far from home and dry where Covid-19 is concerned”.

Those being tested are asked not to travel by taxi or public transport and to wear a face mask both on the way to and from the centre and while inside.

Council to 'address problems' with Wanstead Market

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Redbridge Council has said it will “try and address problems” with social distancing that arose on the reopening of Wanstead Market.

The government announced on 24 May that street markets would be allowed to reopen from 1 June.

Wanstead Market reopened on Sunday with stalls spread two to three metres apart, floor markings and two roads temporarily closed.

After asking for feedback from residents on Twitter, the council received a number of complaints about how the first day was handled.

Tim Cuddeford tweeted: “It was impossible to socially distance on the Tesco side of High Street, I suggest pedestrianising the whole of High Street on market day and have stall holders on road.

“Road closures did not help with the major problem of too many people on the pavement.”

A Redbridge Council spokesperson responded to claims PPE could have been worn by all market traders.

They said: “We appreciate that not all visitors to the markets chose to follow social distancing measures, and we are working closely with the markets to try and address problems that arose on Sunday.

“It has been extremely helpful to get feedback from local people on this issue.”

Schools donate 1,000 pieces of PPE to NHS

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Thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been donated to local hospitals in Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

Whipps Cross hospital staff with donations
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Every secondary school in Waltham Forest has donated to Whipps Cross Hospital, according to one head teacher.

Woodbridge High School in Woodford alone donated 360 pairs of goggles to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

NHS staff are facing shortages of vital personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves and aprons, to prevent them catching and spreading Covid-19.

On 31 March, the headteacher of Kelmscott School in Walthamstow, Sam Jones, said: “Over 1k more goggles gratefully received by @WhippsCrossHosp today. “Donations from every secondary school in the borough. An astounding team effort.”

Medical physicist Adam Gibson added: “Stunning to see how Waltham Forest schools are pulling together to help the local hospital out."

Waltham Forest Council had previously called on local businesses, such as butchers and nail salons, to donate any spare equipment they could.

Two London councils trying to house all rough sleepers

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Waltham Forest and Redbridge councils say they are working hard to house all their rough sleepers after new coronavirus instructions from the government.

Last week, local councils were asked by the government to find housing for rough sleepers by the weekend to allow them to self-isolate and prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Redbridge Council, which previously allowed an Ilford day centre to remain open to support rough sleepers, has now set up a “special facility” at the Ryedale Care Centre.

Waltham Forest Council, meanwhile, is “working hard” to find accommodation for all rough sleepers and encourages residents to notify Streetlink if they see anyone still sleeping rough.

Figures from the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (Chain) show there were more than 100 rough sleepers in Redbridge at the end of last year.

Cabinet member for housing and homelessness Cllr Farah Hussain said on Friday that staff were “working around the clock” to house everyone.

Redbridge Council in price hike crack-down

Redbridge Council enforcement officers
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Redbridge Council enforcement officers have visited more than 300 business to tackle reports of price hiking.

Shoppers, particularly in Ilford, claimed staples like toilet roll and flour quadrupled in price in some shops amid pandemic-induced panic-buying.

Council leader Jas Athwal called for “swift action” from the Government, while Labour MP Wes Streeting threatened to “name and shame” price-hiking shops.

Yesterday, Ms Athwal tweeted: “Following reports of some unscrupulous local shops hiking up prices we’re sending out council enforcement officers to investigate.

“We will not tolerate profiteering.”

He later added: “Over the past 24 hours our council enforcement officers visited 333 businesses.

“The vast majority of local businesses are doing their part, following Government instructions and supporting our community – the rest will be visited and stopped.”

Residents reported seeing items like hand sanitiser on sale for as much as £19.99.

Anyone concerned about price-hiking is asked to report this directly to the council leader by emailing Jas Athwal.

Concern over council's £2m 'accounting error'

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Redbridge councillors on the people scrutiny committee were alarmed to learn of a £2 million accounting error.

The People Directorate, in charge of adult and children’s social care, has a predicted overspend of £12.122 million for the next financial quarter, £2 million higher than it should be.

Councillors from both main political parties were concerned mistakes of this size “in several areas” could affect their ability to plan ahead properly.

Cllr Ross Hatfull (Lab, Valentines) said: “Usually I have a lot of sympathy with officers because I understand the pressures you are under and the challenges on ever-decreasing budgets.

“But I look at this and have to admit being quite concerned. We are adding £2 million onto our overspend due to basic accounting errors in the forecast.

"We use these forecasts to try to reign things in."

Corporate director of people Adrian Loades explained it was possible the system had become “too complex” with “maybe not everybody understanding some of the assumptions”.

Responding to the error, a Redbridge Council spokesperson said: “The forecasting errors should not have happened, and we should expect that they are as accurate as possible.

“Actions were already underway to improve forecasting, and processes have been reviewed and strengthened to ensure that this does not happen again.”

'County lines' drug report highlights teens involved

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At least 184 Redbridge teenagers and children have been involved in ‘county lines’ drug dealing in the last year and a half.

Drugs operations involving the borough’s young people stretch as far as Wales, according to Redbridge Council’s missing children’s team.

Others have been found in Southampton, Exeter, Bath, Colchester and Ipswich.

A former crack cocaine user told the Sun newspaper in April last year that kids as young as 12 delivered drugs in Ilford.

Speaking at a people scrutiny committee meeting last night, Cllr Ross Hatfull (Lab, Valentines) said residents in his ward were frustrated to see “the same kids delivering drugs” months after reporting it to the police.

He added: “They are feeling that they tell police, they tell 101, they tell the safer neighbourhood team and do not see much happening very quickly, even though it’s serious.”

Redbridge Local Safeguarding Children Board chairman John Goldup said that “ongoing, consistent, hard work” was being done but that the “changing picture of child exploitation” was the board’s biggest challenge.

Equality pledge will mark Holocaust Memorial Day

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Six million Jews were murdered during World War Two
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Six million Jews were murdered during World War Two

Redbridge Council will launch its Equality Pledge at a ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The millions killed by Nazi persecution, as well as genocide victims in Bosnia and elsewhere, will be honoured in a ceremony at Valentines Park Memorial Garden on Monday.

Partner agencies, schools and the public are invited to join the council in committing to fight hate and inequality by signing the pledge, explaining how they will make the borough more inclusive.

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is the time for our community to remember those who suffered unimaginable horrors during the Nazi regime, to honour survivors and victims and to make a stand against persecution.

“The Redbridge Equality Pledge is our way of showing our commitment to making our area welcoming, inclusive and fair.

“As a council we have values which we are proud to adhere to and we are asking our partners, residents, neighbours and friends to share those values.

“Everyone can make a commitment towards helping make sure we are all treated equally and fairly by others, regardless of our race, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability – giving us each the freedom to be who we are.”

Council's prostitution crackdown 'a disgrace'

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Redbridge council’s efforts to reduce prostitution are a “complete disgrace” that will endanger vulnerable women, an activist group has warned.

The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECOP) warns that a £20,000 trial to change the mindset and behaviour of those soliciting sex will only force sex workers into more dangerous situations.

The trial, announced earlier this month, was funded by a grant from the Local Government Association and will focus on South Ilford, a prostitution hotspot.

The council has also increased its council enforcement presence, CCTV and police patrols in the area, as well as banning attempts to buy sexual services in public.

ECOP spokesperson Laura Watson said: “Criminalising clients does not stop prostitution or stop the criminalisation of workers. It does make it more dangerous for sex workers, which is our concern.

“The need for clients does not go away but clients become nervous to stop, which means women don’t have the time to negotiate, check them out, see if there’s anyone else in the car or let a friend write the licence plate down.

“You just have to jump in the car rather than take time and that’s a very dangerous situation the council are putting women in.

Redbridge Council's leader Jas Athwal said: “The overriding objective of our enforcement work has always been to tackle the men who we know are illegally soliciting sex.

“Rather than being arrested, women are engaged and signposted to support services to try and help them find other sources of income, and help them come to terms with any trauma they may have experienced."

He said residents had appealed to the council for help after "daily confrontations with men soliciting sex, in their front gardens, high street and alley ways".