Wednesday, 30 June 2010

"Active" Topics

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Where have all the members gone?
long time passing,
Where have all the members gone?
long time ago,
Where have all the members gone?
gone to open forums every one,
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Aggregates, Aggrevates

Were you aware that "the Council is committed" to providing HALF-A-MILLION TONS of aggregates (gravel and ballast) , shared with Havering? Most of the proposed areas for additional mineral extraction are to the north of Forest Road (private sports grounds). Area 3 and 4 Councillors are on the case. There is a consultation exercise and you can support or reject the proposals (or state 'No Preference') by e-mail to no later than July 26th 2010.

This 'commitment' appears as a "Borough-Wide Primary Policy" in a Development Plan Document of May 2008.

This appears to follow on from a London Aggregates Working Party (LAWP) report that refers (para. 4.9) to a report on Redbridge (LAWP09/03) , which I am unable to locate on the Internet.

As most of the Club Groundsmen working on the north side of Forest Road well know, this area contains poor quality GRIT at a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Most grit nowadays is supplied from rock-crushing plants.

The document that is essential to the Consultation is now available on-line, having previously been blocked! Perish the thought that the Council would make it difficult for us to get hold of information!

You can send your responses by email: or using the Council’s freepost address at:

Minerals Development Plan:
Issues and Options,
Development Plan Document
London Borough of Redbridge
Ilford IG1 1DD

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Woad Twaffic

TV News programmes have reported that The Police Pagan Association has obtained for its Members the same rights as other Faiths within the Police Service to have "religious" holidays taken into account when rostering duties.

Paganism in the Police has previously reached senior levels

This certainly gives a new meaning to "The Boys in Blue". Woad is a plant (Isatis Tinctoria) related to the cabbage (Brassica) that yields indigo dye. Julius Caesar in "De Bello Gallica" (Gallic Wars) records that the pagan Britons painted their bodies with a blue pigment but this is now believed to have been a copper-based dye.

What special "holy days" should they have, apart from the Solstices and Equinoctes? The Norse God Loki ("The Skywalker") was the god of fire and of thieves and liars, which might be appropriate for Police Officers (as they deal with such people). Loki was always mocking the Chief God, Odin or Woden, so perhaps they should have every Wednesday off.

As honest pursuers after justice they could perhaps consider October 28th., Feast day of St. Jude, the Patron Saint of Lost Causes and therefore of Lawyers, or December 1st., that of St. Eligius, the Patron Saint of goldsmiths, silversmiths , minters of coinage (which gets stolen, frequently).

Redbridge Police were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

Friday, 11 June 2010


Over on B21 there have been 2 complaints in 2 days about the standard of English in documents from the Council in the public domain (who cares what they do in the privacy of their own offices). There have been numerous cases of errors, Libary, Paki,declere, along with factual errors- for several issues Redbridge Life only went to 10,000 homes (it should have read 100,000), £76million in the Big Conversation,not to mention the Council Gobbledygook

“Of particular note is the new MyNeighbourhood application through which we will create an interactive, ultra local, communications network that links residents to their own communities, and to information provided by the council and other local organisations. This development will enable us to expand the impact of existing resources and learn more about combining new, web-based technologies to enhance information flow and resident interaction”

and this is one of the better examples, I doubt that the author – The Chief Executive knows what this means, yet alone the reader, and if you understand it, you also now know that is has not worked.
Redbridge boasts of the success and high standard of its schools, there is little evidence of it in the public face of Council documents. But the Senior Officers are almost without exception Graduates, and as such you would expect them to impose a degree of literacy on their subordinates. It is clearly apparent that nobody proof reads anything, nobody checks anything and quite often officers are not capable of writing clear concise properly punctuated documents. Senior Officers may consider this to be acceptable, the people that pay for it do not, and worse still, all these documents that are published on Redbridge I are available to be universally ridiculed on the World Wide Web. It is not necessarily the error itself, but the lack of care and interest it shows, and if employees can’t spell properly what else are they doing, what else is hidden.
It is time that the Council had a “Sky” literacy year, closing all the roads to spelling errors, bad punctuation, and gobbledygook, for the duration. It can be done with care, and the WILL of senior officers.

We will of course help you by quietly and unobtrusively pointing out the errors we find,.

Thursday, 10 June 2010


The Mildmay Neighbourhood Learning Centre are running a training course for Absolute Beginners on Basic Computing and How to get on-line.

So, where does Redbridge Council advertise this?

On the Redbridge-i council website!


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Car Crime

I thought I would warn people who maybe didn't know already, that my car was broken into on Wanstead Park Road yesterday during the day.  Fortunately nothing has been stolen because I don't leave stuff in my car but I gather there have been quite a few car break ins along this road and would warn anyone parking there to be careful.  The person who broke in clearly smashed the front passenger window and leant in to check the glove compartment and the arm rest storage area but didn't unlock the car or get in.  They may have been disturbed by someone.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Another lorry hits the bridge

...a little belatedly perhaps, but maybe this might help us all shame Transport for London into actually doing something for a change instead of refusing to acknowledge there's a problem here.....

Front page on Yahoo.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Can Pay, Should Pay!

So, our new Redbridge Administration has started life by making savings, not by cutting services although that may yet come, but by cutting the costs of administration. They have reduced the number of cabinet positions from 10 to 9 and the number of scrutiny committees from 8 to 5.

Unfortunately, this good start has to some extent been undone by the opposition party who fielded an ineligible candidate at the elections in May, so we are now faced with an unnecessary by election on July 8th costing the council, and us taxpayers, about £12,000, and I suspect the opposition a seat in the council chamber.

Frankly, the Ilford South Labour Party should be footing the bill. It is entirely down to their inadequate selection procedures that these additional costs are to be incurred. It is called taking responsibility for one’s actions and making due reparations. They are very fond of making us pay if we outstay our welcome in a car park and the scope for that has somewhat increased today.

There is a petition to this effect here, but if you sign it please bear in mind that you will be giving your email address to unknown parties, so you may wish to use a disposable one. You can set one of these up for free at Yahoo, Hotmail, Google Mail and probably a few more places.

There is also a Poll over in the right hand side bar.

Bearing in mind that petitions and polls are open to abuse you may also wish to express your opinion directly to the leader of the opposition, contact details here.