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
Councillors change compared with 2014

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  1. Public services must wash their own face, says council leader

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Redbridge Council wants public services like the borough’s libraries to pay for themselves as it embraces “commercialisation”.

    The council’s leadership agreed the charity which runs many of these services should decrease its reliance on council funding over the next five years.

    Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure (Vision – RCL) has managed a variety of the borough’s cultural and leisure services for nine years and its contract is now up for extension until 2026.

    Inspired by the success of the gym added to the South Woodford Library in 2015, Redbridge Council now expects more services to pay for their way through profit-making additions.

    It intends to replicate the profits of South Woodford Library & Gym by adding another gym to Woodford Green Library, which is around half an hour’s walk away.

    Council leader Jas Athwal said: “This is the modern way of working, we want to have everything we do ‘wash it’s own face’.

    “This will make (Woodford Green) Library financially independent and therefore take it away from future threats of cuts.

    “While others have closed libraries, this council is not only maintaining but also improving them and safeguarding them for the future.”

    He added that the renegotiation of Vision’s contract will allow the council to “modernise the relationship” and “get as much out of it as possible”.

    The building work at Woodford Green Library on Snakes Lane West will cost an estimated £280,000 and the gym is expected to deliver a net profit of £2,000 in its first year.

    This is based on the assumption that it will gain at least 450 members in the first 12 months.

    By its third year, it is expected to deliver an annual profit of at least £200,000.

    The new facility will replace back-office space at the library and will have 40 exercise stations and changing pods.

    Work will also be done to improve the library space itself, such as by replacing soft furnishings and adding flexible shelving.

  2. Millions for Redbirdge Council to tackle homelessness

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Redbridge Council has been awarded almost £4m by the government to help the homeless, more than eight times the amount given to neighbouring Waltham Forest Council.

    The bulk of the funding, almost £2.5m, will be used to build 26 studio flats for the homeless, 18 at the Ryedale hostel in Ilford and a further eight at a site yet to be decided.

    The council will use the remaining money supporting people in the short-term between now and March next year.

    Waltham Forest Council was awarded £455,387 of short-term funding and no long-term funding.

    The council was asked to comment on this decision and declined to do so.

    Redbridge council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said the extra funding was “certainly welcome news” and will “provide stability for some of our most vulnerable residents”.

  3. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  4. Council ponders cyber security after Hackney attack

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A single email could be enough to bring down Redbridge Council’s whole IT system, according to a senior council officer.

    At a people scrutiny committee, councillors discussed the danger posed by a “serious” cyber attack like the one that hit Hackney Council on 13 October.

    More than a week later, Hackney residents are still unable to pay rent or council tax, access housing benefit payments, apply to the housing list or report noise complaints.

    An attack against Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council in February, after which it took weeks for services to come back online, is estimated to have cost the authority more than £10 million.

    Committee chairman Cllr Paul Merry (Lab, Wanstead Park) asked for “reassurance” from officers given Redbridge Council is “at this stage very IT dependent”.

    Corporate director of resources Maria Christofi responded: “It can be something as simple as one email with one link in it that can cause the whole system to go down.

    “We are constantly messaging staff so they understand what an attack could look like, what a suspicious email could look like and what they should do if they are unsure.

    “You can’t legislate what someone might click on, you need to be there to mitigate the damage should it happen.

    “What’s important is to ensure that our back-ups are secure and it depends how sophisticated the attack is.”

    The council’s “cyber security strategy” for the next financial year is currently in development.

  5. Quiet streets scheme scrapped after campaign

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Planters blocking off Redbridge roads as part of controversial ‘Quiet Streets’ trials will be removed over the next two weeks due to widespread opposition.

    Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal announced on Twitter this morning that the schemes in Barkingside South and Cranbrook West were being scrapped.

    In mid-September, the council began blocking off residential roads in two areas to funnel traffic down main roads, inspired by Waltham Forest’s Mini-Holland.

    It was expected that the trials, which aimed to reduce traffic, pollution and accidents, would last until “roughly the end of the year”.

    The schemes have been unpopular with many, with more than 4,000 residents signing a petition against the Barkingside trial alone.

  6. Redbridge 'should consider local lockdown' as Covid infection rate soars

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The coronavirus rate in Redbridge is now high enough that the borough should “consider a local lockdown”, according to a London-wide document.

    The borough’s infection rate per 100,000 people was 55 last week, compared to an average of 21 across England.

    London boroughs with a rate of more than 50 are considered “areas of intervention” under the government’s “contain framework”. This is according to a table titled “London region phased approach to outbreak response”, which has been published in reports by both Hackney and Barnet council.

    Covid testing site in Redbridge

    Councillor Mark Santos, responsible for health, social care, mental health and ageing, said: “We’re closely monitoring the situation and have increased our communications and engagement with our communities here in Redbridge.

    “We are consistently promoting the key messages to our residents the key ways to reduce the risk of acquiring Coronavirus. If the situation worsens, we will act by following the national public health guidelines that other regions have had to implement.”

    Redbridge Council did not respond to questions about whether it would adhere to the phased response published by other councils.

    According to the document, London boroughs with infection rates of 25 per 100,000 should restrict religious gatherings and social contacts, while enforcing mandatory masks.

    Earlier this month, Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal and Cllr Santos wrote to Matt Hancock calling for Ilford’s coronavirus test centre to reopen to walk-in appointments.

  7. Takeaway refused permission for later opening

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

  8. Redbridge gets first permanent testing centre

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

  9. Council to 'address problems' with Wanstead Market

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.”

  10. Schools donate 1,000 pieces of PPE to NHS

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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

    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.

  11. Two London councils trying to house all rough sleepers

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

  12. Redbridge Council in price hike crack-down

    Redbridge Council enforcement officers

    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.

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

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.”