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Recorder letters: Parking machines, fly-tipping, IHRA, KMT and car-free day

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 September 2018

Cash can no longer be used to pay for parking at Wanstead Library. Picture: GOOGLE

Cash can no longer be used to pay for parking at Wanstead Library. Picture: GOOGLE

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

Bring back coin parking machines

Paula Russell, chairman Redbridge and District U3A, writes:

Most of the council parking machines in Redbridge will take coins, but Wanstead Library, Fairlop Waters and possibly others I do not know about only take payment by phone.

Our U3A meets at Wanstead Library and members complain that is difficult for them to use. Most have mobile phones but noise levels and difficulty seeing screens in bright sunshine or cloudy conditions have led to some having to park further away to avoid the problem.

I feel that phone-only car parking is discriminating against anyone with even a slight sight or hearing problem.

I would be interested if others feel this way and if it is possible to return to machines that take coin and phone payments.

Do any other readers see this as a growing problem?

Fly-tipping is now out of control

Janice Marler, Seven Kings, Ilford, writes:

I would like to say that fly-tipping is out of control.

I live in Seven Kings and work in Seven Kings Health Centre. Every day on my way to work, there are mattresses, household waste, fridges, freezers, etc, all being dumped on our streets.

I am constantly emailing the council for them to pick these items up.

We need more CCTV cameras, especially in areas that are vulnerable, like the stairs opposite Seven Kings Station. People can just drive up Salisbury Road and dump what they want there.

These people who fly tip do not have any respect for others or our borough.

Reason I was against IHRA

Barbara White, full address supplied, writes:

Cllr Howard Berlin and Cllr Ruth Clark berated me for my letter of August 30.

At the time of full council when the decision was taken, as I have already stated, it was passed on the nod coming as it did with the declaration of the IHRA. Since that time I have made it my business to discover why the issue is so contentious and my research has indicated to me that there are major flaws in its construction and usage.

I am not the only one who believes that the IHRA is flawed. Some Rabbis, The Jewish Voice for Peace, University and College Union etc are some more names to add to the list. Liberty, Britain’s leading human rights charity, believe it is flawed as do some local councils who are only adopting the 38-word text.

The councillors insist that the Tory party has incorporated the full IHRA definition into its policies. This is not strictly true. The Tory Party in July included an interpretative annexe to their discrimination policy which alludes to the IHRA definition but it is extremely vague and it is unclear exactly what it incorporates. It does not show clearly full adoption of the IHRA code including all the examples.

The councillors challenge the idea that IHRA will undermine the freedom of speech. It already has in universities up and down the country where protests have been banned, lectures have been circumscribed and conferences proscribed.

The councillors believe that that by putting in a caveat about Palestine the Labour Party is “insulting Jewish people”. It is indeed insulting to believe that we as Jews are all of one mind.

Many Jews have been the most vociferous critics of this definition.

Has MP passed letter to Corbyn?

Ashley Kissin, Mayor of Redbridge 2014/15, writes:

On August 26 I wrote and hand delivered a letter to my MP Wes Streeting about the crass antisemitic remarks made by the leader of his party regarding British Zionists (meaning Jews) not knowing British history which was well documented in the press and on social media.

In my letter I pointed out what the Jewish community has done for this great country of ours for over 350 years and asked him to pass this on to the leader of the Labour Party.

At this moment in time (12.10pm on September 12) I have not had an answer or even a written acknowledgement of my letter. Why not Mr Streeting?

Have you just put my letter on the back burner or are you waiting for a reply from your leader which I am sure you will not get!

Your answer please.

Brilliant Betty Blue Eyes

Kenneth Gaunt, Barking, writes:

A big round of applause to the whole cast for the KMT Production of Betty Blue Eyes, the musical based on the film Private Function, at the Kenneth More Theatre.

The scenery, choreography, acting, dancing and songs were brilliant. The show is full of eccentric characters, such as the strange odd couple, Gilbert – an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold - an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – “She’s 74 and ravenous”; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, not forgetting our star, Betty the pig who they want to kill for meat but who they all fall in love with and find they can’t fulfil the task.

Again a big round of applause for a super two hour show.

Let’s all enjoy our car-free day

Tom Copley AM, writes:

This Saturday marks World Car-Free Day. It will be fantastic to see streets and public spaces across London, usually overrun with traffic, transformed to play host to events, activities and parties.

As well as bringing local communities together, the day will see many Londoners leave their cars at home and use more sustainable transport.

The biggest impact of reducing congestion will undoubtedly be seen in improvements to air quality.

Whilst car-free days offer many benefits to Londoners, they can only momentarily lessen our capital’s dangerous levels of toxic air. It is clear that longer-term solutions are needed, and the mayor is delivering some of these through his implementation of the T-Charge and the extension of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

I would urge Redbridge Council to also play its part, and apply for a portion of Transport for London’s Liveable Neighbourhoods funding to enhance our local public spaces and make them friendlier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

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