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Councillors quizzed on Charlie Brown’s housing plans at cabinet meeting

PUBLISHED: 09:25 07 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:32 07 September 2016

Redbridge town hall

Redbridge town hall

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Cycle routes, solar panels and plans for temporary housing at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout where just a few of the items on the agenda at last night’s cabinet meeting at Redbridge Town Hall.

During a calm, brisk cabinet meeting, councillors faced questions from members of the South Woodford Society on why their area had been chosen as a development zone in the new Local Plan.

Matthew Shaw said: “I would like to ask the cabinet why residents were forced to find out about plans for temporary housing around Charlie Brown’s roundabout through the grapevine, rather than through an open consultation.

“How temporary is the housing going to be and how was the site considered suitable despite the risks of traffic, pollution, flooding and the lack of healthcare and education provision in the area?”

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, Cllr Helen Mary Coomb, responded: “The temporary housing would be temporary structures, anything that was built would still have to go through a full housing consultation and this is just a headline at the moment.

“Obviously the pollution, mitigation and flood planning would have to be looked at quite closely before we submitted a planning application, which would then be heard by the regulatory committee and well publicised.

“And in terms of education and healthcare provision, we would only be using this site to house people already in the borough, so we’re not expecting any strain on those services.”

Cabinet members at the meeting were also presented with an update on the Quietway cycle route, proposed by Transport for London, which would improve the cycling connections between Barkingside, Gants Hill, Ilford and Aldersbrook and would extend as far as Mile End.

The council still hope to extend the scheme into Hainault should more funding become available.

Another item on the agenda was the leasing of small areas of airspace in selected schools to a community interest company who would install and maintain solar panels on the roofs to provide schools with free renewable electricity.

Cabinet member for children and young people, Elaine Norman, agreed to delegate authority to council directors to negotiate the finer details of the deal.

For a full report on the entire cabinet meeting, pick up a copy of this week’s Ilford Recorder, on sale from tomorrow.


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