After the experience of the former Redbridge-i forum, as was, where the local area and ward based sub-forums had little or no use, even when all registered members could contribute our council in it's wisdom decided to recreate them in localised forums where only those people whose postcode is registered within that area could contribute. Result - nothing much happening. In fact where I live nothing at all, zilch, zero, diddly squat, silence. I've had to change my registered postcode to find someone to talk to.
Now we get to Redbridge Life, the council's monthly news sheet [checks spelling]. This gets put through every letterbox in the borough, except, presumably, those with a "no free newspapers" notice. The council take great pride in this publication. Blown up versions of the front page of each edition are ostentatiously framed and displayed in the committee rooms of the Town Hall where visiting consultants and VIPs can view them in awe. But do the residents actually want it or read it? Some obviously do, but probably about the same proportion as would answer a public consultation - about 1%.
So, to address this the Labour group, in the form of Bob Littlewood, are proposing that it should be more localised. For this read more expensive. So, people who live in the south of the borough are not interested in what's happening over at Fairlop Waters? People in the west of the borough are not interested in events at Hainault Forest Country Park? Only those people who live in South Woodford are interested in parking arrangements or the library facilities. Nobody from outside South Woodford uses the shops there or the tube station, do they?
So, would you be more or less likely to read it if it were "localised"?
Goldilocks eventually found something that was "just right", but this serendipitous eventuality seems to be eluding both our Councillors and officers.