Do you Love Redbridge? Barkingside website founder wants to know
An entrepreneur has launched a website that allows borough residents to rate councillors, schools and services in order to “put back in to the community” he feels so grateful to.
Khalid Sharif, 38, of Fullwell Avenue, Barkingside set up loveredbridge.com after struggling to express his gratitude to Ilford North MP Lee Scott, who helped his mother receive care for dementia.
The website allows visitors to give a star rating from one to five for individual councillors and MPs, as well as schools and borough businesses.
Residents can also leave a comment that Khalid claims is “a chance to say thanks and give opinions”.
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He added: “Lee Scott went above and beyond for me and my family, so this is partly a way to let others say thank you.
“We want to be part of a greater Redbridge and community deserves a bit of a telling off for letting areas get so bad.
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“Some of the councillors that have not dealt with the online world need to realise that a lot of their voters get there information this way.
“The message I want to get across is just because someone criticises, doesn’t mean they don’t love Redbridge.”
The early reaction from councillors has been positive towards the site, though Cllr Wes Streeting has some concern over the amount of users needed to give a true reflection of public opinion.
He said: “I think it’s a really interesting concept and if it takes off it can provide all kinds of benefits for residents.
“The key thing will be getting sufficient numbers to make it representative.
“Sometimes the council are in danger of listening to the people that shout the loudest, so I just hope this gets enough users.”
Church End ward Cllr Richard Hoskins added: “I just hope no one starts playing games with it and favouring councillors or certain parties.