Recorder letters: Christopher Lombard, London Plan, Post Office closures, IODS and save lakes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 December 2017

Christopher Lombard was killed 21 years ago this week. Picture: THE LOMBARD FAMILY

Christopher Lombard was killed 21 years ago this week. Picture: THE LOMBARD FAMILY


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

We still need answers 21 years on

Denise Hastings (Lombard), Western Australia, writes:

I write to you once again on the 21st anniversary of my brother Christopher Lombard’s murder.

You all know about this dreadful act that took place all those years ago at the then Island nightclub in Ilford on December 1, 1996.

So many atrocities have happened over the last 26 years and many people have suffered and known of the heartbreak it brings.

We are all too aware that nothing will ever bring our loved ones back but we must keep them in our hearts and always remember them, and this is why I write every year just to remind you of just one soul that is missed so much and will never be forgotten.

Why is it that some people get bestowed upon them royal orders such as Baroness for a fate that many of us have suffered in silence. All my family are asking for is answers if possible, even an offer of a reward of £25.000 has brought no luck!!!

Once again my thoughts are with all who have suffered at the hands of these criminals, not just my family.

I live in hope.

We should all fight London Plan

Paul Scott, Sandhurst Drive, Ilford, writes:

I believe amongst many other people in this particular part of Greater London that we should oppose the London Plan, as it will involve far too great a spread of high rise as well as higher density development within the more suburban neighbourhoods.

The scale of these potentially planned high storey buildings will block daylight for the nearby residents within the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge as well as Havering will inevitably create more congestion which will worsen the quality of life around most parts of outer London.

Also the car parking spaces allocations are generally far too low for these types of residential developments which will result in a higher number of carsbeing parked in surrounding areas too.

Suburban London really needs a larger amount of low level commercial units with associated landscaping around them because the less developed boroughs need them rather than high rise and often cramped as well as unaffordable housing.

Above all, the Greater London councils ought to strictly limit the construction of more tower blocks especially when incidents such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy have proved that high density living is neither particularly safe nor desirable.

Residents have the chance to voice their objections in any form to the GLA by March 2018.

Stop Post Office closure plans now

Lee Burkwood, Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party, writes:

The local Conservative Party have been rallying against the proposed closure of the sorting office in South Woodford.

Remember, this was the party that sold off our Post Office only four years ago to the highest bidder.

Since then, across the country staff have lost their jobs, conditions have got worse and sorting offices have closed.

Whilst I support the efforts to keep the sorting office open, it is harder to do this when the organisation is owned privately and therefore has no obligations to the public that use this service, with shareholders’ needs of paramount importance.

The Tories have said that they are working with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on this, but the CWU also want to see our Post Office bought back under Public Ownership to guarantee it is as a universal service for all.

I urge the Post Office to halt this closure but also urge the government to do the sensible thing and end the failed privatisation experiment to secure the long-term future of sorting offices across the country.

Well done to all IODS performers

Ken Gaunt, Greenslade Road, Barking, writes:

I wish to congratulate the Ilford Operatic and Drama Society (IODS) on a great performance last night of South Pacific.

The choreography, scenery was brilliant and the whole cast put on a superb performance which drew the audience into the magical island of Bali Hai.

Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking.

Based on the anecdotes of a real-life US Navy commander who was stationed on an island, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, who falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner on the island who has two children from his late Polynesian wife; and at the same time, US Lieutenant Cable who falls for a beautiful island native named Liat.

Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise.

Urgency needed to save park lakes

Paul Donovan, Dangan Road, Wanstead, writes:

The scene in Wanstead Park at this time of year offers a panorama of colours, with the yellows and coppers blending against the greens and reds, amid a constantly changing natural scene.

It is a breath taking experience, for those of us lucky enough to be observing the different seasons of change throughout the year. The park is a real gift to people living in this area – a green lung as it were.

However, it has been alarming over recent years to see a deterioration in the state of the park. The most visible sign of the decline has been the emptying of water from the lakes.

The park has a unique water system, with the five lakes effectively regulating water flows between them.

Well that is how it worked for hundreds of years but recently the system has broken down.

The work that needs doing is premised on attaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over recent years the City of London Corporation has postponed even applying for this money, having presented it as a panacea for resolution of all the parks problems. Things though do seem to be slowly moving ahead but we need some urgency to resolve the issues of our beautiful park.


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