Q&A: My Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 November 2017
lan and Angela Banner, of Redbridge Pensioners’ Forum, share their views of the borough
What’s your connection with the borough?
Alan: I have lived in Redbridge for over 40 years. I like to shop and eat out locally to help support local businesses. Since I retired I have made many friends in the Ilford area.
Angela: I have lived in Redbridge for over 40 years.
What are the best things about living in the borough?
Alan: I like the diversity of the people and places of worship, the libraries, the parks, the Kenneth More Theatre, the transport links, and local shops.
Angela: Libraries, parks, green spaces, travel links, rubbish and re-cycling collections, theatre, local groups, Redbridge CVS, Redbridge Faith Forum, shopping.
What one thing would you change?
Alan: Stop people getting on to buses with their fast food and leaving the packaging on the top floor of the bus.
Angela: Stop the building of so many flats which are spoiling the borough.
Use three words to describe the area?
Alan: Multicultural, interesting, friendly.
Angela: Vibrant, schools, parks.
Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?
Alan: My wife Angela, she has looked after me and tried to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Angela: My husband.
What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?
Alan: All roads have prominent street names and all shops have a visible street number to make them easier to find.
Angela: I would streamline the justice system so that those who cause death by dangerous driving receive long prison sentences.
If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?
Alan: Exposing crime and antisocial behaviour.
Angela: Council cuts which take away services from the elderly who don’t know how to speak up for themselves eg loss of meals on wheels services.