Public fountains? I’ll drink to that

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 April 2018

This drinking fountain in Valentines Park. Picture: ANTHONY BARCLAY

This drinking fountain in Valentines Park. Picture: ANTHONY BARCLAY

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With the national focus on the problem of plastic plaguing our environment, it is encouraging that Redbridge will soon have public drinking fountains.

Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems agree that the fountains should help reduce the need for people to carry plastic water bottles.

The news is particularly welcome after the recent warm few days, reminding us that summer isn’t far away (we hope).

People carrying water bottles seems a relatively new phenomenon.

Have we just become more aware of the importance of keeping hydrated, particularly in hot weather?

Perhaps there used to be more public drinking fountains.

The council says that not only will it bring the fountains in Valentines Park and George Green back into use, it will also install some in the town centres.

Let’s hope that comes about regardless of who is in control at the council after next week’s election.

Reducing the huge numbers of plastic bottles can only be a good thing.

Mind you, how runners in the London Marathon would manage without plastic water bottles is another question.

Well done to all those from Redbridge who managed to complete the 26 miles in the hottest London Marathon on record.

Just completing the course was impressive enough without the huge amounts of money they have raised for charity.

Those charities are in your debt.

And well done to all those who turned out to cheer along friends, family and complete strangers.

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