Recorder letters: King George A&E, KMT, EU referendum and trading

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 July 2017

Catherine Davison

Ilford’s MPs and Wes Streeting fighting to save King George Hospital from closure. Picture: CATHERINE DAVISON

King George Hospital A&E

Mr A Still, York Road, Ilford, writes:

Regarding King George A&E. I was very ill recently, very ill indeed.

I managed to get to King George and they pulled me through – intravenous drip, blood test, urine test and antibiotic tablets.

I can’t bear to think of trying to get to Queen’s.

King George was pretty full on its own. How can all of Ilford A&E get to Queen’s as well as their own patients? People will die!

Thank God for Mike Gapes and the others fighting for common sense.

We call on council to renew theatre lease and funding

Cllr Joyce Ryan, Howard Berlin and Ruth Clark, Fairlop Action, write:

We have seen on key local issues like Oakfield Playing Fields and gravel extraction in Aldborough that Redbridge Council have a continued policy of placing importance of money ahead of health and recreation.

It is well documented that our council are trying to sell off our two best sporting fields, which are Oakfield and Fords. In Aldborough our council are prepared to risk structural damage to a 155-year-old church for the monetary gain of gravel extraction which experts advise will cause health risks to residents.

However, there is another key local issue looming and this has been mentioned in recent letters to the Ilford Recorder. It disappoints us to warn residents but our only theatre in Redbridge Kenneth More Theatre (KMT) faces a closure threat due to Redbridge Labour administration withdrawing funding from April 2018.

We should all be proud of our iconic and popular theatre. It is not just about funding as we are calling on Redbridge Council to renew the lease to give the theatre long term security. The cost to residents of the funding is approximately 1p per week. How can we value the entertainment pleasure to residents? Above all we should be thinking about our youth who perform at this famous and landmark venue.

The Labour administration wish to turn Ilford town centre into a cultural centre but seem determined to close their own civic theatre that gives opportunities to many organisations and individuals in many and various ways.

Do you want the KMT to close? If not act!!

We in Fairlop Action will fight to keep our wonderful theatre open. We call on the leader of Redbridge Council to confirm that the lease will be renewed and that funding is maintained from April 2018.

KMT is important to town centre

Ken Gaunt, volunteer, Barking, writes:

I was pleased to read Cllr Barbara White’s letter in the Recorder on supporting the arts.

I quite agree with Cllr White, the arts are a very important part of the life and the community.

As for the Kenneth More Theatre, September will be an important time for the theatre to come up with new ideas to hopefully keep the KMT going.

With your support hopefully the KMT will survive, so come on buy a ticket for one of its many shows throughout the year.

What better way for a lovely surprise birthday present for a friend or family and a nice evening out to the theatre in a relaxed atmosphere and drink at the bar before the show and meet up with other family or friends over a nice social evening.

With all the new developments in the pipeline for the town centre and the new Elizabeth line coming, the KMT, the only theatre in Redbridge, will be a more of a benefit to the community and what better way for all the different communities to come together.

EU referendum: Let’s move on

Will Podmore, Clavering Road, Wanstead, writes:

It is time to move on from debating the merits and demerits of last year’s referendum campaigns, time to move on from commenting on comments made by the national leaders of the campaigns, time to move on from focusing on the process of the debate rather than on the substance of the issue.

There were no names on the ballot paper, no political parties. It was not a choice between political leaders or between political parties. So the referendum decision was not our verdict on the campaigns. The question posed to us was not “Which campaign do you think told fewer lies?”

The referendum question was, , “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

We should accept that in a mature democracy people tried to answer this question in good faith, making the best judgment we could, just as we did in 1975 and just as we do in elections.

Yes, lies were told, but the process, messy as it was, does not invalidate the decision.

Some still talk of a moral victory, as if the side that lost the vote but fought the cleaner campaign should have won. But, aside from the fact that nobody should be a judge in their own cause, we have a long tradition in this country of respecting majority decisions.

This means that we accept the outcomes of democratic votes, even when a large minority of us would have liked the decision to go the other way.

We are agreed that no minority, however sincere and well-intentioned, can overrule the majority decision. We understand that no minority has a veto over the decisions that flow from that majority vote.

We must Keep Britain Trading

David Wells, chief executive, Freight Transport Association, writes:

As the country begins the serious negotiations on leaving the European Union, it is important that as a nation we understand the impact of what we have voted to do.

There is no doubt that the UK relies on goods and services from the continent and Ireland to keep us fed, clothed and supplied. Most of our exports are destined for countries in the single European market. Nevertheless, the government has decided that we will not only leave the EU in 2019 but we will also step out of the European Customs Union as well.

Leaving the Customs Union means, in theory, the re-introduction of checks and inspections of freight vehicles at our busy and congested ferry ports – the first time that has happened since 1992. Roughly 40 per cent of Britain’s international trade by value leaves or enters the country on a truck and we will all quickly feel the effect on our standard of living if these flows of goods are disrupted by new border controls – just think of the French wine, Dutch cheese, Spanish fruit, German motorcars, Belgian beer, Italian washing machines…

But the decision to quit the Customs Union doesn’t have to be a showstopper. With imagination, use of modern technology, a can-do attitude and well-targeted investment the new arrangements can be implemented so that disruption to trade is kept to an absolute minimum.

The Freight Transport Association is calling on politicians of all parties to recognise just how important logistics is to a successful Brexit and to work with us urgently to find the best ways to Keep Britain Trading once we do leave the EU.

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