Recorder letters: Goodmayes’ Tesco and coronavirus

PUBLISHED: 15:57 01 April 2020 | UPDATED: 15:57 01 April 2020

The new development in Goodmayes will be made up of 1,280 homes, a new school, village hall, commercial space and cafes. Picture: WESTON HOMES.

The new development in Goodmayes will be made up of 1,280 homes, a new school, village hall, commercial space and cafes. Picture: WESTON HOMES.


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

Tesco should withdraw homes plan

Bob Archer, Paul Scott and Andy Walker -, write:

Keith Stanbury says campaigners are being “defamatory” to say the proposed Goodmayes Tesco Development of 1,300 homes is toxic.

The Gladman judgement sets out why NO2 pollution from traffic is toxic to health per this extract at paragraph 102 of the judgment “Both “moderate adverse” and “substantial adverse” impacts are considered likely to have a significant effect on human health, according to the 2015 publication Land Use Planning & Development Control: Planning for Air Quality [produced by Environmental Protection UK and the Institute of Air Quality Management].”

The Gladman judgment refused a development on air quality grounds, there can be no doubt if the Tesco development goes ahead there will be substantial additional traffic pollution at nearby schools. Redbridge Council is aware of how bad air quality is locally and is taking a series of measures to reduce the damage to health, especially child health.

Tesco also appear aware of the damage their development will cause because Keith writes that “air quality has been monitored at seven school locations by the developers for almost a year”. The mystery is why have these monitoring surveys have not been published, perhaps Keith could help with this.

It will be very unfair if these seven surveys appear just before the planning application is heard this summer. If Keith does not have copies, perhaps Tesco will disclose this key information. The concern is these seven surveys will cross the thresholds set out in the Gladman judgment, if not, why are they not published?

Not only will a cumulative traffic pollution load of 1,300 homes in a small area, already contaminated by so high NO2 levels, be toxic, the residents will also suffer from the pollution caused by heavy construction lorries coming to the site for years.

Tesco should think again about the damage this development will do to the health and well being of our community and withdraw their plans.

Questions about Tesco application

Philip Barker, Ilford, full addresss supplied, writes:

The recent letter from Keith Stanbury raises several questions: including firstly is the Goodmayes Residents Association in favour of the Tesco application in its current form? If it is, has this been approved by a vote of its members?

Does Keith Stanbury believe tower blocks of up to 22 storeys will enhance or damage the landscape of Goodmayes and Redbridge? Given that high rises are more expensive to build and maintain, does he believe the resulting rise in land prices is in the interest of low income residents struggling to stay in the city?

If he advocates ascertaining the facts, can he provide the figures for what the rents and service charges and shared ownership costs will be in the so called “affordable housing” part of the proposals to determine if it is in reality affordable?

Two reasons why I don’t vote Labour

Daniel Green, writes:

Messrs Wes Streeting and the shadow health minister are two reasons why I no longer vote labour. They are trying to score political points from the Covid-19 outbreak, using the vulnerability of my generation as an excuse

I am an 85-year-old with a triple bypass and other health liabilities but I intend to survive for the next five years in order to see these two hypocrites end up where they richly deserve: on the opposition backbenches.

I intend to vote conservative at the next general election for only the second time in my life. Then I will die happy

PS I think Corporal Jones (Dads Army) would know what to do with this pair.

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The real enemy is climate change

Ashley Gunstock, Redbridge Green Party, lead spokesperson, writes:

If this coronavirus crisis has taught us nothing else, it has shown that we cannot do without each other. Human beings, as much as the other animals inhabiting this earth, tend to pull together in their hour of greatest need.

Just as in wartime, save for a selfish minority, we have gathered together for support, comfort and in some cases solace. But why does it require a life-threatening event for people to be there for each other? Why do we act with humanity and humility in this ‘virtual world’, only for a short period of time in no man’s land - and then resume the fighting when all is said to be back to ‘business as usual’?

Well, I have some unwelcome news for you. When this battle is over, there is a far greater conflict looming, far worse and longer-lasting than that in which we are engaged at present. This epidemic is but a symptom and precursor of the ever-growing Climate Crisis which is the cause of many of the difficulties we are facing now and will continue to face in future. It must be addressed before anything like ‘normal service’ can ever be resumed.

We need to ensure that the community spirit which is rising now at this time of desperation remains in place for the unimaginably trying times ahead. In other words, as soon as this battle with coronavirus is won, if we are to truly move forward and survive as a civilisation on this planet, it is imperative that we go on and defeat the real enemy and win the war against Climate Change.

Ban foreign travel for period of time

Judith Freedman, Ilford, full address supplied, writes:

With coronavirus now a global crisis the following needs to be implemented.

Hopefully we will recover from the coronavirus sooner rather than later.

Before any foreign travel is reinstated everyone, and I mean everyone, should be medically examined and tested for coronavirus on entry and departure globally. At the same time medically examined.

When the pandemic ceases no foreign travel should take place for a certain period of time to make absolutely sure nobody is carrying the disease.

Hopefully the testing kits will be more widely available by the time foreign travel is reinstated, which clearly is not going to be anytime soon.

The government need to step up on the above when we get back to normality.

I would also like to add, that all the cutbacks on vital services that were made, have now backfired.

Don’t worry and stop panic buying

Cllr Khaled Noor, Barkingside ward, writes:

In the past few days, the widely reported by news outlets and on social media platforms showing frightening images of empty supermarkets shelves – was in stark contrast of the scenario we have witnessed on news reports coming from countries going through major socio-political unrest, civil war or total meltdown of economy as a result of uncontrolled inflations.

In short, the causes of inflation vary depending on the particular circumstances of the given marker and fiscal or monetary policy.

In the UK, fortunately we have a strong market economy and stable democracy (despite all political debates). In London we have the headquarters of some world class financial institutions and trading sectors to maintain a fair balance of the supply and demand equilibrium of consumer goods and services. Although at present the global shares and capital market is going through a period of turmoil in recent weeks but the economic pain caused by the coronavirus outbreak is likely to be reversed in due course as governments of major economies have taken various financial measures to address the negative impact to the economy.

Therefore, it is reasonable to say that we as individuals or consumers shouldn’t be too worried for lack of supply of necessary household and staple goods on our supermarket shelves as a result of the coronavirus outbreak if we all act sensibly and stopped panic buying. It is fair to say that the recent trend of panic buying and tendency of stock piling household items is unjustified and unnecessary, and ultimately.

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