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TfL gives millions to Redbridge Council to spend on paving stones in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 10 September 2018

New granite slabs have been purchased. Photo: Andrew Baker

New granite slabs have been purchased. Photo: Andrew Baker

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If you were given £4million pounds to rejuvenate Ilford town centre, what would you spend it on?

In a Freedom of Information request seen by the Recorder, Redbridge Council spent millions of pounds on paving stones.

In reply to the question what is “the cost of replacing new paving stones in Redbridge wards, especially in Ilford town”, the council confirmed, money was spent as part of rejuvenation of the area in connection with the Elizabeth line, “We are currently carrying out Crossrail Complimentary Measures (CCM) around the area of Ilford Station,” said Terry Andrews civil engineer for Redbridge in response to the FOI question.

“These CCM works involve improving and upgrading the public realm around the Station and ultimately through the Town Centre.

“All the CCM works concerning Ilford Station amount to nearly £4m.”

Mr Andrews confirmed that the works are being funded through a number of sources, with the majority of the cost being met by Transport for London as they are “leading on the overall delivery of the Crossrail project”.

The remainder of the funding is being met by developers in the Ilford town centre area through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The council worker explained that the slabs being used aren’t just any slabs but high-quality granite rocks.

“The material that we are using in the main pedestrianized areas that will connect Ilford Station to the Exchange and the town centre are high-quality granite slabs which are capable of accepting high loads,” he wrote.

“The remainder of the areas that are not part of the main thoroughfares are being replaced with fibre reinforced concrete slabs.”

It isn’t only new paving that the council is focusing on and the Recorder reported last week that Ilford was getting a six-week deep clean thanks to a £300,000 increased budget.

A town centre supervisor has been appointed to oversee the cleanse, which involves teams of extra street cleaners, armed with power washers, scrubbing pavements at night and collecting litter during the day.

Among the new equipment drafted in is a Glutton vacuum cleaner, which can clear hard-to-reach pavement cracks, and mechanised street sweepers.

More than 80per cent of readers said they couldn’t see a difference so far and another poll will be conducted at the end of the scrub.

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