Dad-of-two wants to stop Ilford becoming a ‘concrete jungle’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 September 2016
From his fourth floor balcony Fahad Sheikh can see first hand the changes happening in Ilford.
The flat in Roden Street, which he shares with his family, overlooks both the Britannia Music Site and the nearby Sainsbury’s store, which are the target of planned developments.
On the empty Britannia site work will start on building 354 homes later this year, while the supermarket has had a planning application for a 683 flat skyscraper, above the shop, rejected.
Both form part of Ilford’s Housing Zone in the town centre, which will receive funding from the Mayor of London to build more than 2,000 homes by 2021.
Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal described this as regeneration he could only “dream about”, but dad-of-two Fahad told the Recorder he’s “furious” about the plans.
“Every since I moved in in 2010 there has been building work going on, constant noise pollution,” the 30-year-old software developer said.
“The parking situation is ridiculous, there is nowhere to park so people are parking illegally on pavements everywhere.”
Fahad explained in his block there were only 12 spaces for 72 flats, and in July Sainsbury’s proposal was rejected partly for not providing a single regular parking space for almost 700 homes.
Fahad continued: “The council just think about numbers, they cannot just pass everything, they have to think about the impact these buildings will have on the residents.
“I want to live in an area that’s nice to live in, that has enough schools and doctors’ surgeries, not a concrete jungle.”
Meenakshi Sharma, of Neighbours of Ilford South Engaged, who are supporting Fahad, added: “We are meant to be a civilised country that cares about its residents.”
Cllr Athwal responded strongly: “We can either let Ilford die as it has been for many years or do something about it.
“I do get frustrated when residents say they are not involved, we are the most involving council ever.
“We have a consultation out for the Local Plan, and each of these developments has held their own consultations.”
The Labour leader urged Fahad to contact his ward councillors and take part in the consultation.
If you want to have your say on the Local Plan visit redbridge.gov.uk/localplan.
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