Snaresbrook & Wanstead committee meeting - ‘Rat run’ action, Wanstead Festival and George Green news

Residents of a Wanstead road turned into a rat run by motorists called for further action from councillors at last night’s area committing meeting.

The area one committee, of Snaresbrook and Wanstead councillors, agreed to spend �1,005 on traffic-calming measures in Wellington Road.

Residents previously presented a petition signed by over 100 people calling for action.

They say drivers use their road and Nelson Road to avoid the traffic lights on Hermon Hill and that the speed and volume of traffic is “detrimental” to them.

The councillors agreed to add SLOW markings in Wellington Road and markings at the Wellington Road-Wellesley Road junction.

Brackets and sockets for two vehicle activated signs which are moved around the area will also be put in place.

But Peter Hodgkinson, of Wellington Road, said: “If it’s allowed to continue we foresee all manner of problems.

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“We would welcome further opportunities to address our issues and concerns.”

Cllr Michelle Dunn, a Conservative councillor for Wanstead ward, said: “We did take on [residents’] concerns which is why there are measures put forward in the discretionary budget.

“We will continue monitoring the area.”

- Wanstead Festival

The committee agreed to spend �9,292 on this year’s Wanstead Festival which is being moved to August 12 to coincide with the closing day of the Olympic Games.

The budget includes �2,300 on stage and technical equipment, �795 on table football and �290 on a children’s theatre.

A council report said the festival could benefit from “Olympic themed projects” and it will take advantage of Olympics “look and feel” dressing of Wanstead.

Cllr Alex Wilson, the meeting chair and Conservative councillor for the Wanstead ward, said the Met Police had raised no objections to the timing of the event.

Cllr Thomas Chan, a Conservative councillor for the Wanstead ward, wanted the classic car show included and for local sports clubs to be involved.

The 2011 festival attracted about 5,000 people.

- George Green

Cllr Dunn said “there was no way” George Green, Wanstead, would be turned into a car park during the Olympic Games.

Redbridge Council recently made an informal request to the City of London Corporation, the green’s guardians, raising the possibility.

The council has now abandoned the plans.

She said: “We made officers well aware where we stood as a committee.”

- Redbridge Green Fair

A request for �500 funding towards the Redbridge Green Fair to be held in Valentines Park, Ilford, in June was rejected by the committee.

Cllr Sue Nolan, the Conservative councillor for Snaresbrook ward, said: “I see areas five and seven found �6,000 in 2009 but only �1,000 each [for 2012 fair].

“We do have the Wanstead Festival and have committed �10,000 to that… we don’t go to other area committees to fund it.”

Cllr Wilson said the committee will send a comment to areas five and seven asking them to consider increasing their funding.