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Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 October 2017

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This week we speak to Mark Glazer, the chairman of Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch. Mark is a South Woodford resident with his family, and has lived in the borough for 59 years.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I am the chairman of Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch Trust, having lived in Redbridge for all my 59 years, it is my home and I’m proud to have raised a family here and they have stayed too.

I care a great deal about the neighbours that live here with me. Yes, all 300,000 of them. I became a watch coordinator around the same time I set up my own company working from home back in 1998ish.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

Contact with new people, hearing their views, trying to make things more sensible. Working together with a great team of people that also care. Despite all the minor gripes and moans, I am not aware of a better place to live.

The challenges we face are not earth shattering, but they do change. Variety is the spice of life.

What one thing would you change?

Politicial brinkmanship displayed in public. We do and should all be working together, not sniping at each other. So much energy wasted, achieving nothing. More teamwork, less political point scoring.

Use three words to describe the area?

Vibrant, innovative, interesting.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Apart from my wife, Chief Inspector John Fish. There was a man truly trying to help the community, he went to great lengths to listen to feedback from the residents of Redbridge and came up with some very considered plans to address the issues. He spoke plain English and to the point.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

None. Too many laws encourage a nanny state in my humble opinion. The people don’t need more laws without the resources to enforce them. What’s the point? By the way, in a democracy, is it not parliament that introduces new laws, not the PM. Or is it the European Parliament?. Maybe a combination of all three. Anyway, PM is a job that I would not consider (for all the tea in China).

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

The issue of community engagement and communication, the paper would probably do a better job than the authorities in assessing the priorities. We all want better cleanliness, less rage, more consideration for others and less crime. These are basic ideals, have been for while.

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