Friday, September 18, 2020

Plans to build two blocks of flats on the Mont Rose College site in Gants Hill - the same place another development was rejected last year - are being opposed by residents and one of the ward’s councillors.

At least seven schools in Redbridge have confirmed cases of coronavirus and the rate of infection is at 37 cases per 100,000 people, levels not seen since April.

A Youth Parliament member has urged people to register to vote as part of a week-long campaign to increase voter numbers.

As the first of the Quiet Streets planters have been installed in Barkingside, a group of residents have expressed their objections to the scheme.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal has called for an investigation into the handling of a complaint which saw him prevented from standing in last year’s general election after revealing he was cleared of all allegations against him.

Redbridge Council has warned the owners of a restaurant and bar in Woodford Green that was failing to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Redbridge Council’s controversial “late night levy” on night-time alcohol sales has been delayed yet again.

The MP for Ilford South has called on the government to extend the furlough scheme, believing such a move would give people “real hope of a better tomorrow”.

Hundreds of people in Redbridge are receiving support while they attempt to claim asylum in the UK, new figures reveal.

Motorcycle journalist and Barkingside South resident Bob Pickett explains why he thinks the council’s Quiet Streets trial needs some major amendments

Redbridge Council’s cabinet member in charge of housing and homelessness has announced her resignation from the role.

Redbridge Council is holding a series of virtual events to give people the chance to tell it what services matter most to them and potential ways to make vital savings over the next five years.

As Redbridge schools re-open this week the council held a virtual meeting to answer parents anxieties about sending children back and what will happen if there is a Covid outbreak.

Redbridge Council plans to become much stricter about alcohol licences in Ilford Lane in response to anti-social behaviour and residents’ complaints.

The trial of a Redbridge councillor charged with electoral fraud has been postponed again until January.

Redbridge Council paid out £984,000 last year to help benefit claimants struggling with housing costs.

A chain kebab shop located in a hotspot for crime and disorder has asked the council for permission to stay open until midnight.

A record low number of pensioners in Redbridge are using a government scheme to help pay their council tax bill amid the coronavirus crisis.

A tea room will not be allowed to stay open later at weekends after the council insisted the owner breached his licence more than once.

Struggling businesses in Redbridge have received tens of millions of pounds through schemes to help them survive the Covid-19 crisis, figures reveal.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting says the government must act to protect students, as he declared the ongoing A-levels saga “bigger than the Dominic Cummings scandal”.

The number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for routine treatment at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) soared to a record high in June, new figures reveal.

Allowing a popular cafe to stay open later could attract “low lifes” and add to anti-social behaviour, residents have argued.

Violent crime could rise in Redbridge and across the capital if the government does not provide more funding for the police, says Redbridge Council’s deputy leader.

Businesses selling food and drink in Redbridge can now apply for licences to serve customers outside more easily as part of new measures to help promote social distancing.

The owners of a new restaurant accused of planning to open a shisha bar say they plan to reapply after they were refused permission to serve alcohol and late night food.

A popular burger takeaway as been refused permission to open later in the evenings after residents objected.

A new Street Watch, where resident volunteers, supported by the council and police, can help patrol their neighbourhood is being launched.

A footpath has become the centre of a dedicated campaign, backed by MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, after it was blocked off by a private landowner.

Residents and councillors have accused the owners of an as-yet unopened Mediterranean restaurant in Clayhall of plotting to turn it into a shisha bar.

Redbridge Council has been awarded a £5,000 grant from the Mayor of London to expand healthy eating options.

Neighbours have urged councillors not to allow a popular burger restaurant to stay open later in the evening.

Redbridge Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for the second year running, though not everyone feels the recognition is warranted.

Redbridge Council’s change in primary school admissions policy, where sibling priority is lost if the family move more than a mile away, has been partially upheld by the schools’ adjudicator.

A house will never be used as temporary accommodation again after residents complained of drug use and anti-social behaviour.

A £2million government boost to the town hall’s coffers has been greeted with scorn.

An independent Growth Commission has been set up to help the borough make the most of new economic, social and environmental opportunities.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting joined a Google webinar designed to help support local businesses.

Plans to build hundreds of flats on the site of a landmark furniture shop have been sent back to the developer for not providing enough affordable housing.

An application to install a 5G phone mast in South Woodford has been refused by Redbridge Council after hundreds of people complained.

More than 400 people have objected to plans to put up a 5G telephone mast in South Woodford, including two ward councillors from opposing parties.

More than 100 babies are missing out on potentially life-saving jabs in Redbridge, with vaccine uptake remaining below the level the World Health Organisation says is needed for herd immunity.

A permanent walk-through coronavirus testing centre will open in Ilford on Wednesday, July 15.

A tree has been planted in Valentines Park to mark the 25th anniversary of Srebrenica, the 1995 massacre in which 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed.

Residents of a tower block next to Ilford Station say the sounds of trains, Crossrail construction and platform announcements are keeping them up at night.


For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

Ever been to a restaurant or shop and wondered what a dry aged steak was – and why it came with a higher price tag than fresh meat?

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