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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Wanstead High Street, where Redbridge Council want to introduce pay and display machines.

Redbridge Council has “substantially” changed controversial parking plans in Wanstead, following pressure from residents, the Recorder can reveal.

Residents of Wanstead who are angered by a new pay and display scheme where there has not been any consultation with the public

Wanstead residents and activists have rallied against plans for pay and display parking, saying it will be the “death of the High Street”.

A infestation of 'massive' rats, inset, has been found near the Wanstead War Memorial and a primary school. Picture: Ken Mears; Niall Joyce

An infestation of more than a dozen “massive” rats has been spotted in Memorial Green just yards away from a primary school.

Walkers in a leafy path in Wanstead Park. Picture: Richard Arnopp

These images by a keen amateur photographer and a member of Friends of Wanstead Parklands, show the area at its beautiful best.

The Ornamental Lake, in Wanstead Park, which has drained and created a large swathe of mud.

Keen birdwatchers and other nature lovers have complained that the water level in Wanstead Park’s lakes has significantly dropped, causing large swathes of mud.

Contractors have been brought in to repair electric mains cables after Thames Water were working in the street

National Grid is investigating a damaged cable, which could cause eight weeks of roadworks in a residential street.

Haven House ambassador pop star Rochelle Humes is to present the BBC's 2016 Children In Need appeal on Friday. Picture: Ian West/PA

A Woodford Green children’s hospice has wished good luck to its ambassador Rochelle Humes, who will present the BBC’s Children in Need appeal on Friday.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, Hopes and Dreams founder Ruth Salahi and charity patron Mitch Winehouse, at Sunday's fundraising event.

The founder of a local children’s charity declared its latest fundraising event “the best we’ve ever had”.

The temporary pool installed in Wanstead during the 2012 Olympics. Councillors now want to build a permanent one in the area. Photos by: Ellie Hoskins

Residents have reacted with excitement to the news that Redbridge Council is planning to build a new public swimming pool in Wanstead.

A cyclist in Wanstead Park in the autumn. Picture: Stuart Moore @theRacingBear

Here a keen photographer captured the moment a cyclist zig-zagged through the autumn leaves in Wanstead Park.

Naomi Tolson and son Archie with Kate Crow, who have stopped using the South Woodford Tube station underpass due to the pigeon poo problem, seen inset.

Residents are refusing to use the “disgusting” South Woodford Tube station subway out of fears a flock of pigeons will poo on them.

Wanstead Flats in the morning mist. Picture: Rosemary Stephens

The misty mornings across Wanstead over the last couple of days have encouraged keen photographers to get snapping on Wanstead Flats.

Lost loves of Redbridge

Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Ilford Palais in its heyday. Picture: Barrie Phipps.

Did you while away summer at Valentines Park splashing in the swimming pool or dance the night away at the Ilford Palais? The Recorder took a trip back in time and asked our readers to revisit some of their most loved leisure features in the borough.

Last night's local forum was held in Redbridge Central Library.

The council hopes that the introduction of a £400 fine for fly-tippers will help curb the problem which has blighted many of the borough’s roads.

Habiba Ahmed who is one of the organisers of an upcoming urban food festival in Redbridge

Community activists are setting up a festival to discourage food waste and promote sustainable fruit and vegetable growing.

Reporters Matthew Clemenson and Ann-Marie Abbasah join the Shah Satnam Ji Green 'S' Welfare Force Wing team to clean up an alley between Highbury Gardens and New Road, Ilford.

The unsightly piles of rubbish littering an alleyway off Highbury Gardens, Seven Kings, had become an eyesore for far too long.

The Shah Satnam Ji Green 'S' Welfare Force Wing team clean up an alley between Highbury Gardens and New Road, Ilford.

An army of spiritual volunteers descended on an alleyway, off Highbury Gardens, Seven Kings, to tackle a problem blighting the area.

Cllr Colin Cronin with petition, other councillors and residents in the high street.

A petition has been set up to combat the growing problem of anti-social behaviour in one of the borough’s high streets.

The volunteers collected 16 bags of litter in just 2 hours

During the summer months it can be quite common to see unsightly piles of litter left in the borough’s public parks.

Overgrown gardens in Cheriton avenue

An elderly widow has said she will leave the borough if “disgraceful” incidents of fly-tipping and neighbours’ overgrown gardens continue.

London City Airport CGI

Campaigners have been left angered after a £344m expansion programme at London City Airport was given the green light.

Reporter Ellena Cruse in the tent she has made. Photo Kaaren Cruse

As I walk along the path, armed with a rucksack and a three-year-old, I try to remind myself why I thought sleeping in the forest for a night would be a good idea.

Ron Jefferies and Stella Fletcher on Aldorough Hatch where the paving stones are cracking and breaking up making elderly residents very fearful about tripping up, some are scared to leave their homes

Elderly residents have branded uneven pavements “third world” and said they are too scared to walk down their street due to fears of tripping and injuring themselves.

Tory leader and Bridge ward councillor Paul Canal with angry local residents protesting against the continued closure of Ray Park footbridge. Photograph: Angela Sims

Demands for a park footbridge to be repaired have been ramped up – a year after it was closed over safety concerns.

Volunteers standing behind the fruits of their labour.

A crowdfunding site is set to launch next week in a bid to make the dream of a pocket park in Ilford a reality.

Cllr Ross Hatfull at the launch of Redbridge Council's civic pride campaign.

More residents are coming forward to report fly-tipping as a result of the Proud To Call It Home campaign, a leading Redbridge councillor has claimed.

Peta Jarmey planting in Wanstead

A gardeners’ group hoping to inspire others in the borough has been transforming “sad” plots of public land.

Maureen Keating and Mike Hacker at their open garden in Barkingside.

A keen amateur gardener hopes other residents will be inspired by her beautiful back yard, after holding an open garden for charity.

Redbridge's Nature Conservation team work hard to keep the borough's green spaces tidy

The borough’s park rangers are arguably the unsung heroes of Redbridge’s fight against littering.

Muhammad Gangat receiving the Mayor's Community Award for Making A Greener Redbridge from Cllr Barbara White in March

A 19-year-old who helped improve the energy efficiency of two of the borough’s schools has called on residents to follow his example.

The Recorder joined Redbridge Council enforcement officer Jules Onalaja investigating fly-tips. Tip in Green Lane, Seven Kings. Picture: Ajay Nair

Engaging with the community is key in the crackdown on a culture of littering and fly-tipping, according to a senior enforcement officer.

The Recorder joined Redbridge Council enforcement officer Jules Onalaja investigating fly-tips. Tip in Green Lane, Seven Kings. Picture: Ajay Nair

Engaging with the community is key in the crackdown on a culture of littering and fly-tipping, according to a senior enforcement officer.

The junction underneath the A406 north circular flyover between Ilford and Manor Park. Picture: Google

A project to create a green gateway between Redbridge and Newham will go ahead after £1million funding was secured.

The Recorder has launched the Pride in Redbridge campaign to encourage everyone to play their part in keeping the borough clean.

The Recorder is calling on readers to join our new campaign to tackle fly-tipping, littering and anti-social behaviour.

The launch of the pride in redbridge campaign at Valentines Mansion.
Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, with the council leader Jas Athwal, and Mark Benbow,

A new campaign encouraging residents to take more responsibility for looking after the borough aims to target renters and transient residents.

The launch of the pride in redbridge campaign at Valentines Mansion.
Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, with the council leader Jas Athwal, and Mark Benbow,

“Please help us, to help you make our borough a better place to live,” this was the council leader’s passionate appeal to Redbridge residents.

A panel fielding questions from the public at the Jack Carter Pavilion, Oakfield Playing Fields. SOS chairman Chris Nutt, Barkingside 21 secretary Alan Howe, former Ilford North MP Lee Scott, Frenford Clubs chairman Nicholas Hurst, London Green Belt Council chairman Richard Knox-Johnston, and Greater London Assembly member for Redbridge Keith Prince. Picture: Ajay Nair

Campaigners looking to stop a playing field from being developed on are set to make their voices heard at a full council meeting next week.

Winston Way Primary School pupils Noor, Ketrin, Ahmed, Muzzamil and Sabaa with their certificates for gardening with the Ilford BID.

Schoolchildren have brightened up Ilford town centre by planting beautiful flowers in new public pots.

Councillors, pupils, teachers and governors celebrating the decision to build a pool at Mayfield School, Goodmayes, in 2014.

The public will get their first glimpse at plans for a new public swimming pool in the borough – the first since Ilford Baths closed in 2008.

New North Road Hainault

Plans to cut down a “magnificent” willow tree in Hainault have been met with opposition by residents.

Scott Whitehead, otherwise known as the

As the European Union referendum approaches, politicians on both sides have been accused of filling the debate with hot air.

Chipmonk in new enclosure in Valentines park.

To celebrate the arrival of two furry new residents, Valentines Mansion and Gardens are launching a competition for children.

Protestors at the meeting: (L-R) Wes Streeting, Ilford North MP, Aldborough councillors John Howard and Debbie Kaur-Thiera, Gerald Padfield, a farmer from Hainault Farm, Keith Price, GLA Member and Redbridge councillor. Photo: Ron Jeffries

A residents group has threatened to appeal a planning application for gravel extraction if the consultation period is not extended.

Siblings Adam, 12, Jacob, seven, and Safwa, two play games with a police officer in the annual Redbridge Green Fair festival in Valentines Park, Ilford.

Lots of fun was had on Sunday as people from different parts of the community came together to enjoy a popular green fair.

Marian Temple working on some flowerbeds she is helping to transform outside of the Cornerhouse and opposite Wanstead Station

Guerrilla gardeners are transforming “sad” patches of soil into flowery delights all around the borough.

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