Recorder letters: Elections and garden waste

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 May 2018

Redbridge Council election vote count. Picture: AARON WALAWALKAR

Redbridge Council election vote count. Picture: AARON WALAWALKAR


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

Tories to blame for own defeat

Trevor Wilding, Addison Road, Wanstead, writes:

The Labour party swept the board at the local elections in Redbridge, including taking the Conservative stronghold of Wanstead.

Was this due to

• The popularity of their policies? No!

• The quality of Conservative candidates? No!

• The lack of hard working tellers on election day? No!

Conservatives lost big time, due to their national policies and poor local organisation and have through their failings condemned the residents of Redbridge to four years of rising Council Tax and more cutbacks in public services from Labour.

Who is to blame for this catastrophic failure? Was it the candidates, who spent many hours canvassing throughout the borough?

They ran very good campaigns and were greeted with engagement on the doorstep, however they were shabbily let down by a national and local party organisation that clings to the vision of a hard Brexit, refusing visas to people wanting to join the NHS and still thinks that Britain rules the waves with an empire.

On a local level the reasons are far deeper and more fundamental. The party organisation has become arrogant and complacent and it assumed that it was not in danger in Wanstead and as result provided little or no support to its candidates in that area.

Had both the national and local party supported its candidates more robustly by putting “boots on the ground”, as Labour did, promoting their campaigns vigorously, Wanstead and many other wards would have remained Conservative.

The average Redbridge voter will say that the Conservative candidates that they met on the doorstep and in the High Street had good ideas and were championing local issues and concerns such as street cleaning and road maintenance.

People told them that they would be happy vote for them on a personal basis but that they have no confidence the Conservative Party organisation could or even wanted to provide a modern thinking council which could deliver 21st century policies for residents.

By becoming complacent and not listening to people the Conservative Party has not only let its own candidates down, but more importantly let the people of Redbridge down as a result its amateurish approach to running electoral campaigns.

Unless the Conservative Party both nationally and local accepts the fact that it cannot go on living in the past and needs to change it will end up in the same state as Ukip.

Labour had the common sense after the failures of Neil Kinnock to modernise. We need a new Conservatism with modern, progressive thinkers to protect the country from the wasteful policies of Labour, not the current incumbent dinosaur politicians.

It was great fun to be a councillor

Lloyd Duddridge, Bridge ward candidate, writes:

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the residents of Bridge ward who voted for me and my running mates in the local elections.

In the end it did not prove enough but to come within eleven votes in a traditional Tory stronghold is no mean feat. We only got this close because people voted for a positive campaign that wanted to get results for Woodford.

It has been a great honour and often great fun to be a councillor in Roding ward for two years.

It has been a busy two years, one where we have got more schools places for local children, two great new pedestrian crossings so people can cross our roads in safety, new lifts and safety provisions on the Orchard Estate, a working group into the proliferation of HMOs in the borough, from June hopefully a greener and safer Charlie Brown’s roundabout and the return of Woodford Town football club to Woodford.

I must say a huge thank you as well to Cllr Gwyneth Deakins who, though we differed politically, always cared for people in the area where we live.

So, thanks again to all those who voted for me, to those who put their trust in me. I am going nowhere and look forward to both supporting my Labour colleagues in the running of the council, while making sure that Woodford – the place I call home – gets the results that it deserves. I hope to see many of you in the stands at Woodford Town next season.

Thanks for voting me on to council

Cllr Beverley Brewer, Labour, South Woodford ward, writes:

I would like to thank the residents of South Woodford for participating in the local elections and for electing me as one of their new representatives on Redbridge Council.

In particular I would like to thank my fellow candidates, Greg Eglin and Mark Walker; my agent, Josie Torrice and the outgoing members for the predecessor wards, especially Lloyd Duddridge.

All of them played their part in securing the remarkable increase in Labour support across our area.

I look forward to serving the community for the next four years.

Labour win due to demographics

Randhir Singh Bains, Shere Road, Gants Hill, writes:

Although Labour has every right to celebrate its success in the last week’s local election, let the party not forget that it success in Redbridge is largely due to the ongoing demographic change in the borough.

Now we know why the last Labour government was so keen to encourage mass immigration.

Its underlying agenda was more to do with electoral politics and less to do with economics.

Given that new immigrants tend to vote Labour, what better way to increase Labour’s electoral support in London and elsewhere than to import new supporters from abroad?

Collection of garden waste not working

Judy Freedman, Ilford, full address supplied, writes:

I would like to point out that the new garden waste (fortnightly) collection is not working out for me, and probably not for others either.

I seem to have two bags out the front of the house forever.

By the time the waste is collected, the garden is due to be done again, which means there is garden waste out front continuously.

I am also finding that there are missed collections.

It may be free again, but surely that is why we pay Council Tax.

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