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Recorder letters: Pay & display, protect our pubs, Cllr White and Remembrance

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 November 2017

Pay & display may be introduced in Wanstead High Street. Picture: KEN MEARS

Pay & display may be introduced in Wanstead High Street. Picture: KEN MEARS

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

Pay & display will damage trade

We Want Say and fellow campaigners, Wanstead, write:

Out of almost 1,200 people who signed a petition against pay & display in Wanstead High Street, 77 per cent live outside Wanstead, Redbridge Council has stated in new notes from its recent Wanstead Forum.

As the petition was carried out during the Wanstead Festival, Art Trail Wanstead, the local Fringe Festival and local fairs, it’s not so surprising that so many visitors from outside Wanstead signed it.

But it is insightful that “outsiders” bothered to sign it, indicating that they would be less likely to splash out and visit the High Street if parking fees are introduced – a major point that protesters have been making. Our high street will suffer badly if customers stop visiting.

The council leader Jas Athwal also states in the notes, that everybody has already had the opportunity to express their opinions on the subject. But the questionnaire sent out to thousands of households (yet still missing out many) deliberately failed to ask the straight question: Do you want pay & display in Wanstead High Street?

The council says its questionnaire (answered by only 20pc of residents) revealed: 36pc of people thought that the proposed changes would be an improvement. 31pc thought it would not be an improvement, and 24pc indicated that it would neither make it easier nor harder (no difference). 9pc didn’t know.

So even the council’s skewed survey reveals that 55pc didn’t think pay & display would improve parking in Wanstead High Street.

Don’t waste our taxpayers’ money on damaging measures, Redbridge Council!

Parking restrictions are not needed

Josephine Haworth, Ilford, full address supplied, has written to the council and John Cryer MP:

I understand that the residents of the Lake House estate have had problems with people from Waltham Forest parking in their streets following the introduction of parking permits in the nearby areas.

This should not mean that residents of the Aldersbrook Estate will be summarily penalised by the introduction of parking restrictions in the area.

We are approximately 1.5 miles (two kilometres) from Manor Park Station in one direction and two miles (three kilometres) from Wanstead Station in the other direction, so we are not in a zone used by commuters.

There is no problem with parking during week days from 9am to 6pm. Evenings and weekends are more crowded as people return from work. In the event that restrictions may be introduced from an hour per day, this should only be done if residents are given exemption permits. This is a residential estate situated far from transport to the centre of London and parking restrictions are not necessary.

Politicians should protect our pubs

Rita Marston, Gants Hill, full address supplied, writes:

Really good article in the Ilford Recorder this week re Valentine Public House, although the comments by Redbridge Council show a total lack of reverence to the plight of this pub and others under threat in the borough.

Comments made like the “change in the borough’s demographic and cheaper alcohol in supermarkets” as justification are flimsy and if true then the council/government are not irreproachable in causing these issues (eg lower tax on alcohol bought in pubs and raise it in supermarkets instead – this will also help to prevent under age drinking).

The loss of pubs means the local communities suffer and a part of our British fabric, history and culture are lost forever. Government and local councils have a responsibility to protect our culture and identity and not have it sold off as if it did not matter.

I am sure that most Cllrs and MPs are not teetotal and enjoy the atmosphere of a good hostelry (inc the House of Commons bar - for example) so why are they not protecting them? This lack of action has done irrevocable damage to a way of life that’s part of this country’s DNA and unforgivable how this loss is allowed to continue.

Labour should reselect Cllr White

Diana Neslen, Cranbrook Road, Ilford, writes:

It is with the greatest regret that I learn that Cllr Barbara White has not been reselected to run for office in the next election.

Cllr White has always been stalwart in her support for the well being of this borough and for the Labour party. The borough deserves her robust voice in its deliberations and I strongly urge the Labour party to reconsider its decision.

All invited to Remembrance

David Martin, Fairlop Heritage Group, writes:

Fairlop Heritage Group would to extend to all an invitation to our Remembrance Ceremony to be held at Fairlop Waters Country Park, Forest Road IG6 3HN on 11 November 2017. Assemble by the Boathouse at 10.30am.

Requests over cemetery ignored

BRCASIG, The Buckingham Road Cemetery and Surroundings Interest Group, writes:

With Armistice Day falling the day before Remembrance Sunday, it is a culturally significant weekend, a whole weekend for Remembrance, during which time any individual should be able to safely visit a war memorial or any of the numerous war graves in the Buckingham Road Cemetery.

Yet officials have continued to ignore our concerns. Will the noisy building work be halted on each of the culturally significant days of this Remembrance weekend?

BRCASIG has NOT received any response whatsoever from any council officer, nor any councillor, nor any representative of the Westerleigh Group, to the document sent five weeks in advance of Remembrance Sunday – nor indeed any response during 2017 about the cemetery at all.

The Westerleigh Group/Forest Gate Cemetery and Crematoriums Ltd has NEVER replied to any of our newssheets-documents of complaints, despite having been sent them since 2011.

We have not even had an acknowledgment of receipt of our emails, from the Clementswood branch of the Metropolitan Police since June 2017; and for the majority of the six and a half years in which we have been contacting the Metropolitan Police in Ilford, we have simply been ignored.

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