Recorder letters: Residents’ parking, parking charges, council charges, barring Jewish residents, plant trees, Brexit and nominate an autism champion

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 October 2018

Residents fear permit parking will be imposed against their wishes. Picture: KEN MEARS

Residents fear permit parking will be imposed against their wishes. Picture: KEN MEARS


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

Parking plans go against residients

Alan Branch, full address supplied, writes:

I see a worrying theme here reading about residents’ parking, possibly a funding strategy by the council?

Proper answers were never received to objections to the Aldersbrook scheme which was imposed earlier this year but does not seem to be in any way justified.

Now, in my area around Horn Lane, Woodford Green the council seem likely to impose resident parking restrictions even though I understand that over 60per cent of residents in the area has voted against it.

Cllrs Stephen Adams and Clark Vasey are supporting residents but are not optimistic that they will succeed in stopping this.

Perhaps further articles may help to inform the borough’s residents of the wider direction in which we seem to be heading.

We can’t visit park because we’re deaf

Eileen Hosler, Craven Gardens, Barkingside, writes:

Oh how I agree with Paula Russell.

Bring back coin parking machines in our local parks.

My friend and I are severely deaf so are not able to use a phone. This means we cannot use our favourite parks – Valentines Park and Fairlop Waters – which is a great loss to us and other deaf friends.

Please help us.

Repairs bill is a council racket

Mr A Still, York Road, Ilford, writes:

With reference to your front page last week ‘Homeowners’ shock at £20k council bill’ for service charges and repairs. It is nothing but a racket, legalised theft.

This always happens and it is worse with a Labour council.

The council are short of cash, especially for their wage and pension bill. So they go for an easy target.

How the hell can these working class people find up to £20k?

Plus you’ve got these “add ons” ie asset management, fees, prelims and overheads. What’s management? What’s prelims? Just words tacked on to get as much cash as possible from these poor people.

And the contract awarded to so and so! You could have all the mentioned work done for about £10-£20k. Windows new, are cheaper when you buy a block full.

What a racket.

Meeting barred Jewish residents

Ze’ev Gee, full address supplied, writes:

As a Jewish resident living in the London Borough of Redbridge I am appalled that Jewish members of the Redbridge community were barred from the Momentum meeting held at Ilford Library on the evening of the October 4.

This meeting was advertised by Momentum with no mention on their website that it was a closed meeting for members only, therefore Jewish members of the community applied for tickets and received them only to be refused entry at the door, or having entry rescinded.

They merely wanted to stand up and support the Jewish community should the word antisemitism raise its ugly head once again at this Labour supporters meeting.

Denying entry made it perfectly clear that the subject of antisemitism was not open to discussion.

Shame on Momentum and the Labour Party who seem to be dragging our country into the abyss.

Chance to apply to plant trees

Keith Prince, London Assembly Member for Havering and Redbridge, writes:

One of the latest announcements to come out of City Hall is in relation to tree planting – 49,000 free trees are going to be made available to Londoners, with the trees due to be planted on over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 to mark National Tree Week.

This is, of course, all too little too late.

The mayor promised before his election that two million trees would be planted during his four-year term, a pledge which he has subsequently dropped.

However, I welcome any move to help make Havering and Redbridge greener so I would urge interested readers to apply by November 5 via

Don’t disrespect our Brexit decision

Will Podmore, Clavering Road, Wanstead, writes:

Jeremy Corbyn said in July, “It’s not our policy to have a second referendum. It’s our policy to respect the result of the referendum.”

But the pro-EU group Labour for a People’s Vote wants “a public vote on the deal with an option to remain in the EU.”

That means disrespecting our democratic decision in 2016.

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer now says, “nobody is ruling out remain as an option”. And nobody is ruling out Labour losing the next election as a result.

Sir Keir has also refused to rule out extending Article 50. In an interview with talkRADIO’s Ross Kempsell at the Labour party conference, Sir Keir said, “We don’t know when we’re going to get a deal. The October deadline might slip to November, November might slip to December.”

All too many Labour Party members love the austerity-enforcing, Greece-destroying EU, which is bound by its treaties to embrace capitalism’s four neo-liberal freedoms.

The EU is like TTIP, but worse. TTIP was built on the EU’s four freedoms, but only the EU makes these freedoms into constitutional obligations.

Nominate for an autism award

Carol Povey, director, National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, writes:

The National Autistic Society is looking for people and organisations who’ve done something amazing for autistic children, adults, or their families.

Perhaps it’s a teacher who has helped a child achieve something great, an autistic adult who has been campaigning tirelessly or a business that has put a lot of effort into making their workplace accessible.

If any of your readers know of a person or organisation like this, please nominate them for our seventh annual Autism Professionals Awards. We want to celebrate their achievements, so we can improve understanding of autism and inspire other people and organisations to make a difference too.

The nominations close on Friday, October 26, 2018.Find out more by visiting

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