Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 May 2018


This week we spoke to Lawrence Segal who last week was in the paper after he was given the FA’s Order of Merit award after 50 years of selfless work establishing himself as a well-known volunteer across all levels of football in Essex.

What is your connection with the borough?

I have lived within the London Borough of Redbridge since 1969 having moved here from East Ham.Although never working within the borough I have done voluntary work being a leader for a large Jewish youth centre and also been involved in grassroots football at all levels, from senior to youth clubs and heavily involved within the refereeing movement.

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

Ilford’s connectivity to London and Essex. With main line transport and central line within easy reach of any part of the borough.

What one thing would you change?

Without doubt, the one thing I would change is the current mindset to sell off green areas and sports fields for housing.

Whilst I appreciate more social and affordable housing is required, there must be sufficient brownfield sites that can be used to meet quotas. If the current trend continues, those moving into the borough will have insufficient green areas for social activities such as the playing of football and cricket.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Diverse. Convenient. Dangerous.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

The most inspiring person I know is my wife. She is a faith leader within the borough. Whilst always having time for others she never forgets her family. Always available to listen and assist those requiring help with the added burden of nursing me during the past few years following periods of ill health. Her dedication and ceaseless work ethic never fails to amaze me.

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

I would look at the education system and syllabus and ask is it doing the job for which it is intended. The additional stress being placed on teachers through the National Curriculum seems to be defeating the object. Students need to be taught about the country and borough they live in. National and local history is a way to engender a spirit of togetherness.

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

As editor I would focus on the superb and excellent work being done by ALL parts of the NHS within the borough. Nationally it receives an enormous amount of criticism, but if you have had cause to use its services you will realise that the dedication of those who work in our hospitals, medical centres and other departments is second to none and they should be championed within the pages of our local papers.

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