Death Knell to sound in Barkingside.
Looks like the new Redbridge Loyalty Card is "too little too late"!
It's so weird! Redbridge Council is out there, scratching their heads, genuinely trying to make life better for us (and the Borough). However, we are invisible to them and inaudible and our opinions are not welcome, although we try our best to be heard. They will give their last pennies to 'consultants' who give us the benefit of their vision of what is best for us and we watch in vociferous dismay.Is there a solution to this strange situation?annesevant
Yes,Anne, there is: 6 May 2010.
Are you suggesting that Anne stand for council only my Swingometer has gone all wobbly.
Hoy mackerel, I was looking for the document referring to the outdoor gym in the park for Claybury park when a suggestion grabbed my attention.Straight into the archives of redbridgei and dated 1st April 2008, published by the redimanager and signed by the Chief Executive:Questions posed on the forums are sent to the relevant Councillors and Chief Officers so that they know what has been raised by forum users. Often the questions are answered by forum users before Councillors or Officers get an opportunity to respond. This sharing of community knowledge is one of the main objects of Redbridge i. In other cases, web managers provide links to other parts of Redbridge i where the information is available. But I agree that we need to make sure that responses from the Council, particularly officers, are more rapid and detailed. As chief executive I receive regular and frequent synopses of the forums, as well as detailed technical reports about the operation of the whole site. Most of all, I read the forums on a daily basis, and take careful note of what people are saying. There are now over 10,500 registered users of the site; in an average week there are 30,000 visitors. This is a dramatic change in local democracy and in the management of public services. It will inevitably take the organisation real time to come to terms with its implications, and change behaviours to match.Roger HampsonChief Executive
Note the Date!
I know! What is sort of funny is that my reference to the Holy Mackerel is quite appropriate for a French person: our idea of a trick on the first of April is to pin a fish on unsuspecting targets!annesevant
"This is a dramatic change in local democracy and in the management of public services. It will inevitably take the organisation real time to come to terms with its implications, and change behaviours to match."And as we now know, they never did come to terms with it,and had to change OUR behaviour. by dispensing with the forums, rather than change their own.
Perhaps wecould get back on topic???Last night's public meeting to look at the detail of the consultants' recommendations for Barkingside was, in my view, highly successful. It was packed to capacity, generally well-controlled by the B21 Chairman, with some very relevant - passionate, even - views from the floor. Each item put to the vote had a very clear majority (whether for or against) and the Council can be in no doubt about what people expect to see. But when will it happen? The Council needs to give a high priority to this scheme before Barkingside turns into another Gants Hill.I was somewhat puzzled by one proposal - thankfully rejected. That was the one that would have seen the northern end of the High Street having its roundabout turned into a "town square" with the principal traffic flow out of the High Street directed into Forest Road. Did anybody tell the consultants about the low bridge at Fairlop Station?It was interesting to hear how many people wanted the High Street cleared of street clutter - some of it introduced by Redbridge Council, but most of it put there within the last couple of years by TfL (Transport for London) at huge cost met from our council tax. Tfl requires major reorganisation to make it fit for purpose. Perhaps that could happen quickly, and simultaneously with the regeneration of our High Street.
I heard another (I stress) rumour this morning. That the Cheescake Shop is shutting down, although there's no outwards evidence / signs of it yet.
A report of Monday's meeting is here
More Rumours. Holland & Barrett may be taking over from Chadz. And the greengrocer next to Chequers, apparently, is to become a "Turkish Off License". Not sure how a Turkish one differs from any other Off License. Any ideas?
Perhaps a Turkish Off Licence is one that serves hookahs.It will no doubt be Delight-ful.Scottish & Newcastle are currently running "The Chequers", in order, it is said, to recover some outstanding bills. Beefeater Inns & Taverns have advertised that they are applying for a Premises Licence. No news on whether it has been (or will be) granted but the site looks set to remain a Pub pro tem.
Are you full of Eastern Promise?
Many years ago somebody working in what is now the pet shop (Kingsway Sports in those days) was reputed to be a hookah - at least, it sounded like that....