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.