Recorder letters: Local campaigns, no community halls, KMT and dementia

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 August 2017


Cllr Joyce Ryan, Alan Mackensie and football legend Jimmy Greaves all supported the Oakfield campaign.

Oakfield campaign best I’ve seen

Cllr Joyce Ryan, Fairlop ward, writes:

The decision on Oakfield Playing Fields, on whether it will be developed or not, is now with the Planning Inspector and we are expecting a decision in the next two months. Well done to the Oakfield campaign team for sending in such strong and well researched evidence to the Planning Inspector.

About 7,000 residents objected to the Redbridge Labour Group plans by signing two petitions but these were ignored.

Objections were also sent in by Sport England, London Sport, London Playing Fields Foundation Trust, The Football Association (FA), English Cricket Board (ECB) and many other sports organisations.

Probably the most objections to a planning proposal that have ever been received by the council. Unfortunately, your Labour council that says it listens has totally failed to do so.

As a Fairlop Ward councillor for nearly 28 years I would like to say that the Oakfield, Save our Site Campaign (SOS), is the very best campaign I have ever experienced during my time as a councillor.

The Oakfield campaign has been represented at every

council meeting in the past three years as well as preparing petitions and deputations for debate in the Town Hall. Not to forget attendance at area forums across the borough.

The reason this is such an important issue is because our Redbridge green belt land is under threat by your council.

If Oakfield can be developed I ask the question, where in Fairlop, Hainault and Aldborough green belt will the council turn next for more housing?

Take action at Wanstead Park

Paul Donovan, Dangan Road, Wanstead, writes:

Josephine Haworth is right to draw attention to the continuing decline of water levels in the ornamental lake in Wanstead Park.

What are the City of London Corporation (CLC) waiting for before they address this issue seriously?

The regular excuse is lack of funding. The CLC continually tell us they have no money, though it was recently proven that there was an underspend last year on Epping Forest.

We have also been told by Superintendent Paul Thomson that research has shown the footfall for Wanstead Park and the Flats is heavier than previously thought. The actual footfall entitles the area to one third of the £5m budget for Epping Forest – at present nothing like this figure is forthcoming.

The CLC keep dangling out the prospect of a Heritage Lottery bid that will be used to deal with the problems of the park.

Trouble is this nirvana is regularly moved further down the road.

Most recently, the excuse was that there could be pending flood defence work required in the park by the Environment Agency.

Maybe we are waiting for Tesco to pay out again, as they did for the seating in front of kiosk?

This continuous process of inertia, which sees problems like the lack of water in the ornamental lake not dealt with, cannot go on. It is time for the CLC to take some positive action to resolve the issues.

Seniors groups forced out of halls

Name and address supplied, writes:

Very recently, two national organisations I belong to have been given short notice and had to vacate the halls we use.

In both instances meetings were held during the day.

This was to make way for more nursery places (ours are for the more mature citizens).

There’s actually no “shortages” of hall spaces but you suddenly have to make arrangements with speakers and worry about parking.

Have other “senior” people suddenly been pushed out of the regular hall that they’ve been using for a number of years?

Did our authorities not notice how many children were being born in the area each year and realise that spaces would have to be found for little ones?

Most nurseries appear to be provided privately, but I could be wrong.

Support your local theatre

Ken Gaunt, volunteer, Greenslade Road, Barking, writes:

Calling all theatre goers old and new. Your valued support is needed!

As you may be aware, Redbridge Council has ceased their funding to the Kenneth More Theatre (KMT).

Therefore the management have to come up with new ideas to try and make it self sufficient.

The theatre staff will make your visit worthwhile, so tell all your family, friends to come along and see for themselves.

Also for £11 a year you can join the theatre club and throughout the year get tickets at reduced club member price. What better way to enjoy a evening away from the many many repeats on TV and to meet up with friends and family for a sociable evening?

Once you have been to the KMT you’ll be coming back again. So come along theatre patrons, show your support and let’s keep this great theatre open to all.

Nominate for Dementia Awards

Angela Rippon, Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, writes:

I am delighted to be hosting Alzheimer’s Society’s fourth annual Dementia Friendly Awards this year.

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate those people who are making an outstanding contribution towards improving the lives of those affected by dementia.

I feel certain that there will be many individuals in London who should have their work within the dementia community recognised and would be worthy nominees for one of our awards.

Individuals can nominate themselves or others, and there are awards across 10 categories to recognise outstanding work in this area of increasing importance to the whole community.

There is a Young Person’s Contribution of the Year, Fundraiser of the Year and Dementia Innovation of the Year to mention just three of the categories.

Further information about the whole list of categories and how to enter . The closing date for entries is midnight on August 21 and I hope to see a diverse array of nominations from the area.

Our finalists will be selected and invited to a ceremony in London on Wednesday, November 29. Hopefully many of your readers will want to participate by nominating some special people for these awards.

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