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Fountains to make a comeback across Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 18:06 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:12 19 April 2018

The fountain dating from 1898 in Valentines Park

The fountain dating from 1898 in Valentines Park

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Just as the warm weather kicks in, Redbridge Council has announced that the iconic water fountains in Valentines Park, Ilford and George Green, Wanstead could be reopened.

The fountain dating from 1898 in Valentines ParkThe fountain dating from 1898 in Valentines Park

As part of a scheme to provide more drinking water facilities in the borough and to drive down plastic bottle use, the local authority will also install new water points in town centres.

Labour member, Kam Rai said money from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be used to turn this plan into a reality.

“We launched consultations through the year asking for ideas so that the funds can be used to improve the local areas through resident-driven objectives and this has led to planting trees, improving toilet facilities, playground equipment and bulb planting amongst many others.

“One of those great ideas has to been to reinstate water fountains.

“As part of being a greener borough and better place to live we have set aside funds from CIL to bring water fountains and bottle refill points into operation in Redbridge.

“We are looking at high streets particularity and open spaces such as Valentines Park and once feasibility has been concluded I look forward to commencing the work.”

The Victorian park fountains in Ilford and Wanstead will be inspected to make sure that they do not have lead inside them, and cleaned before being turned on.

“We are determined that Redbridge becomes an even better place to live, and by being innovative and working with residents we can make exciting improvements to our area,” added Kam.

Gwyneth Deakins of the Liberal Democrats said the plans will be good for the environment if they stop people drinking from plastic bottles.

“I hope they maintain the fountains and have the money to maintain them as well,” she said.

“You don’t want loads of weeds poking out and if you don’t look after them it makes the place look worse, and not better.”

Conservative member, Paul Canal said he supports any initiative that allows people to access clean drinking water and reduce the use of plastic bottles and added: “As long as it is cost-effective and sustainable and used across the whole of the borough.”

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