Recorder letters: King George Hospital, thanks to Cllr, parking, childhood games and classic football

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 February 2018

Land on King George site has not been sold off for development.

Land on King George site has not been sold off for development.


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

We must not sell hospital land

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive BHRUT, writes:

I’d like to clarify a few points from last week’s letter. We must not sell off hospital land, to provide reassurance for those who may have been alarmed.

I can reassure our patients and residents that we have not sold any land from our King George Hospital site for development.

Redbridge Council is reviewing the possibility of removing some of our land from green belt, as well as several other sites in the borough, as part of its draft local plan.

This is why some of our land has been included in the plan. The document is still in draft stage and we’ll continue to liaise with the council.

It’s really important that we use our land in the most effective way to best meet the health needs of our local population now and in the future.

I must also refute claims in this letter that the safety of our patients is being compromised by lack of beds.

We increased the number of critical care beds across both our hospitals to 52 last year to help us meet winter demand.

We’ve found this to be sufficient to meet the demand we have been experiencing over the busiest weeks of the year.

Patient safety is our highest priority and something we would never compromise. In fact, steps we’ve taken to improve patient safety were praised during a visit by the health secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England’s medical director at the time, Sir Bruce Keogh, at the end of last year.

Our staff work extremely hard, sometimes under challenging circumstances, to provide the best possible quality of care to our patients and it is not helpful when incorrect information is shared.

The East London Health & Care Partnership has confirmed our emergency department at King George Hospital will continue to operate as normal while we and our partners consider more options for the way we deliver urgent and emergency care.

The model we finally adopt will provide excellent, safe patient care and meet the needs of local people now and in the future.

Thanks councillor for your help

Mr A Kesgin, Broadmead Estate resident, writes:

I would like to congratulate and thank Cllr Lloyd Jacob Duddridge in helping us overcome and tackle a huge issue with anti-social behaviour in our area. It had become an enduring issue for residents.

We are highly impressed with how responsive and understanding he was towards the situation.

The anti-social behaviour in brief, was caused by the threatening and sometimes even violent behaviours of certain groups lingering in the area which caused some distress to some residents.

Despite years of reporting these acts to the council by different residents, we failed to see any significant action being taken to improve the safety of the area.

However, Cllr Lloyd Jacob Duddridge has used his authority as a councillor to make very positive progress in combatting this issue.

For instance, he has gotten in touch with the police to ensure the installation of more CCTV cameras in the area to monitor anti-social behaviours.

This has majorly improved the situation in the area very rapidly.

For this reason, we would like to express our gratitude for taking care of this safety issue for us personally.

Parking decision a retrograde step

We Want Say, full name and address supplied, write:

If you can’t beat ‘em, ignore them, hide the decision-making and go ahead with the plans anyway.

That’s Redbridge Council’s response to local residents who oppose pay and display for Wanstead High Street, which is now due to start on February 18.

Pay and display in Wanstead’s case was left to Labour Cllr John Howard, backed by council leader Jas Athwal. Leaving such contentious issues to any one councillor to decide is a dangerous system. This major retrograde step in running local government needs to be challenged then changed by politicians who want to be elected.

The council has chosen to ignore the 55 per cent of people who disagreed that high street parking would be easier with pay and display; another nine per cent who responded to the Wanstead parking consultation said they didn’t know, so also didn’t back the proposal.

Why did the council bother asking such a multitude of questions? If the high street pay and display goes ahead, it has wasted all the money and time spent on that consultation.

In addition, Wanstead’s local council forum – a main place for airing concerns – wasn’t even publicised on official notice boards. And a question about parking restrictions which was submitted in advance and accepted for the forum wasn’t allowed to be raised on the night. The council has also ignored the petition against pay and display, signed by 1,180 people in 11 days.

Many local people believe the restrictions will hit businesses, deter many drivers from visiting Wanstead High Street and cause traffic delays and accidents. And it will create extra pollution from people continually pulling in and out of short-term spaces.

Remembering childhood games

Mr L R Jackson, Romney Marsh, Kent, writes:

In John Barfoot’s article about childhood pastimes of Ilford in the 1930s (April 13, 2017), he could have added ‘Knock down ginger’ – propping empty glass milk bottles at an angle so that as a door was opened, the bottle would fall inwards (not get broken falling on the tiled or cement path), or tying two door handles together with a little slack and knocking on one.

Also flicking cigarette cards to maybe complete a set of 50 for an album by Players.

My son brings down old copies of the Recorder when he visits as he knows I am still interested in local Ilford events. I was first in Ilford in South Park Crescent (1930-1939) then off Ley Street (1943-1954) and South Park Road (1954-1987).

When Barkingside played Arsenal

Rob Meyers, local football historian, full address supplied, writes:

On February 1, 60 years ago Barkingside met Arsenal in a friendly football rematch at the side’s Oakside Stadium.

The two teams had previously met on Boxing Day 1955 and Barkingside beat the Gunners 3-2.

This second match was to be a convincing win for Arsenal 5-0, where Eire international Joe Haverty scored a hat-trick.

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