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What do you want the future of Redbridge to look like?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 27 October 2017

Redbridge Council chief executive Andy Donald, council leader Cllr Jas Athwal and cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Helen Coomb with the regeneration tote bags. Picture: Catherine Davison

Redbridge Council chief executive Andy Donald, council leader Cllr Jas Athwal and cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Helen Coomb with the regeneration tote bags. Picture: Catherine Davison

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What will the skyline of Redbridge look like in eight years? Could the soon to close Bodgers turn into a trendy cereal cafe?

Business leaders with Cllr Jas Athwal, Cllr Helen Coomb and chief executive Andy Donald (Credit: Andrew Baker)Business leaders with Cllr Jas Athwal, Cllr Helen Coomb and chief executive Andy Donald (Credit: Andrew Baker)

On the cusp of Crossrail, residents are being quizzed by Redbridge Council on how the borough should accommodate future development.

In three far-ranging scenarios, the visions of Redbridge in 2025 consider the effects of a growing population, regeneration and gentrification.

Labelled “Glittering Prizes”, “Brave New Towns” and “Invincible Suburb”, they were devised by the council, Metropolitan Police, Redbridge College, Redbridge CVS and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

“It’s very unlikely that we will live in some sort of utopia in ten years,” said Simon Parker, corporate director of strategy for council.

Could this be turned into a cereal cafe?Could this be turned into a cereal cafe?

“There will be upsides and downsides. We all know that Redbridge is on the fringe of change - how do we handle it?”

In “Glittering Prizes”, Ilford is “up-and-coming” and “new bars and restaurants are opening all the time.”

A branch of Whole Foods, a high-end organic grocery store, has opened and among the new customers are university students from the new east London Imperial College’s campus.

But house prices have rocketed, leaving the vulnerable behind and more and more residents are living in temporary accommodation outside London.

And in “Brave New Towns”, Seven Kings was on the front cover of Time Out, “heralded as the new Stoke Newington for its eclectic array of multicultural businesses, its nightlife and its diverse local communitities.”

But there are inevitable housing problems and the borough’s public services face immense pressure.

Meanwhile, “Invincible Suburb” grapples with the problem that every Redbridge resident has discussed more than once - is the borough more London-centric or does it really belong in Essex?

“Every borough has been on this journey,” adds Mr Parker.

“We can go for growth, we can gentrify.

“But how do we get as much as possible of it right?”

Residents can answer the quiz online and read more about the scenarios here.


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