Cabinet: Green-fingers, virtual offices and �300,000 to stop people parking on pavements

Anyone looking for a job can make use of a council scheme which has been given an additional �115,000.

The money means the Work Redbridge project will continue for another two years. The website offers information, advice and support to anyone looking to make the next step.

Council leader Cllr Keith Prince, speaking at the Cabinet meeting last night in Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, said: “It’s a virtual office really. You can get advice on training, how to write a CV and what opportunities there are. It’s a very comprehensive website.”

Work Redbridge has held a Jobs and Training Fair as well as an Opportunities Fair for 18 to 24-year-olds.

The project will now continue until March 2015.

There was also good news for the green-fingered after it was agreed to extend weekly collections of garden waste to included the winter months.

Central government has agreed to pay for the scheme for three years and the council will fund a further two years. It was awarded �1.1million for the collections.

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Weekly collections of garden waste previously stopped between November and March and residents had to book collections.

It is expected that extending the scheme will improve the borough’s recycling performance.

Other decisions taken included:

• Area committees will now receive the income from any new parking permit scheme within their areas for the first year. The money raised can be spent on highway projects like crossings, speed humps and road signs. A permit zone in Wanstead is expected to bring in about �10,000 for the council during its first year.

• A project to combat people parking on pavements has been awarded �300,000. Clear markings of where people can and cannot park on pavements is one of the ways the problem could be addressed. Roads which are not included in the London-wide pavement parking ban will be looked at.

• A pilot scheme of re-locatable CCTV cameras has been agreed to catch people breaking driving and parking rules. The moveable cameras use mobile phone technology, meaning they can reach areas other cameras cannot. If the scheme is successful it could be rolled out in the long-term.

• A response to a report on affordable leisure services for young people has been asked for by cabinet. The report was by the integrated youth services working group. More play areas and better safety in parks and open spaces were both identified as areas for improvement.

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