Recorder letters: Fly-tipping. A&E confusion, advice on care homes and fundraise for the NSPCC

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 August 2018

The overgrown hedge on Fulwell Avenue

The overgrown hedge on Fulwell Avenue


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

Wendy Reed, of Ranelagh Gardens, Ilford, writes:

I have lived in Ilford all my life - over 70 years - and, up to now enjoyed doing so. However, nowadays there is no joy at all.

On top of tripping over people sleeping rough and being pestered by beggars always wanting money, we now have another big problem happening in most of the streets which the council appear to be ignoring.

The pavements and gutters are an absolute disgrace with the amount of weeds growing, some if which are over 1 to 2 foot tall and even winding around lampposts.

Usually the council send someone round each year spraying our streets with weed killer, but obviously not this year.

I have had to pay out so much money buying weed killer and also paying my gardener extra money to clear the pavement outside my house.

I have phoned the council about this problem but it appears from my conversation with them that nobody is interested.

Please will someone address this problem before we are completely overrun by all these weeds and let’s get Ilford looking smart again.

No one listening on A&E future

Mr A Still, York Road, Ilford, writes:

So it appears obvious that even if it causes more deaths among us non-important people, King George A&E will be closed and dam what we think.

What’s more they don’t care, they will get treatment.

What do we have to do? Take to the streets?

I bet suddenly there would be lots of police available then (unlike the ignoring of the continued, regular robbing of the people at the Green Lane cashpoint) as reported in the paper (Ilford Recorder, August 9).

Advice on moving into a care home

Lucy Harmer, director of services at Independent Age, writes:

I am writing to tell you and your readers about a new, free advice guide from Independent Age, the older people’s charity, called Settling into a care home, which aims to make the transition of moving into a care home easier.

There are currently more than 400,000 people living in care homes in the UK, but many new residents don’t know what to expect when they get there, or how to plan ahead for their move.

Moving to a care home can be a very stressful time for older people and their families.

It’s a big change and it can take time to adjust to the new surroundings. The guide aims to make this process smoother and less stressful.

Settling into a care home, which was written with advice from care home staff, residents and family members, offers advice on planning ahead to help the move go smoothly.

The guide includes topics such as thinking about what to take, questions to ask before you get there, and tips on what to expect when you arrive, as well as advice for friends and family about helping someone else settle into a care home.

Independent Age has also launched a free, online checklist for moving home to accompany the new guide, which can be accessed via:

Settling into a care home is free to order and download from or can be ordered for free by calling 0800 319 6789.

Those who need additional support or advice can call the charity’s Helpline on 0800 319 6789 to arrange to speak to an adviser.

Join half marathon to help NSPCC

Rupa-dey Amin, NSPCC fundraising head, London and the South East, writes:

There’s still time for runners to sign up to this year’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in aid of the NSPCC.

The 13.1 mile autumnal city run, which takes place on Sunday, October 14, will take participants past world-famous landmarks and through four of London’s eight Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Registration, which closes mid-August, costs just £1 with runners asked to raise a minimum of £400 for the children’s charity.

Everyone who signs up for the event will receive their own personalised NSPCC running vest, a fundraising pack, regular emails and support hotline, training advice and support from a team of expert coaches, plus dedicated support from the NSPCC’s fundraising team.

This is a fun event that is perfect for runners of all levels and experience.

Abuse changes childhoods, but so can we. By taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon event for the NSPCC, the money raised will help the charity be there when a child needs a helping hand.

For more information about the race, call 020 3772 9720 or email

To find out more about fundraising for the NSPCC,

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