Welcome to the July e Newsletter from the Wanstead Lib Dem team.
If you have stories or issues you think we should cover in future editions, we would love to hear from you. You can find our contact details at the end.
Traffic problems causing anguish for Wanstead residents
A serious crash at the junction of Hermon Hill and the High Street on the evening of 30 June was only the latest such incident over recent years.
Despite these repeated incidents, no action has been taken by Redbridge Council. It is not only busy roads and junctions that have such problems. Many residents have been speaking to us of problems with speeding (some leading to accidents) on Hollybush Hill at the Junction with the High Street. We have also been listening of issues with speeding and driving on the pavement in Nightingale Lane. There have been other reported incidents in residential areas across Wanstead Village. Residents have tried to engage with Redbridge Council on a number of these incidents to seek solutions, sadly to no avail.
Remedies are certainly possible, such as the reversal of problematic traffic light sequences on Hollybush Hill. Redbridge Council has a policy to bring in 20mph speed limits for all residential streets. Any progress on this is very hard to see.
We will be pressing Redbridge Council for early action to secure the changes that local residents need. If you would like to share your thoughts around this issue please get in touch with us.
New electric vehicle charging points across Wanstead
A number of new lamp post column slow chargers for electric vehicles have been installed by Redbridge Council on residential streets across Wanstead Village. The charging points can be located using the Zap Map app.
We would like to hear of residents' views and experience of the electric charging points. Please get in touch with us if you are happy to share.
Whipps Cross Hospital Redevelopment - levelling up or down?
The NHS Whipps Cross Health and Care Services Strategy, dated October 2020, made clear that proposals to reduce hospitals beds and the overall space of the hospital are based on "improved integrated working" with both NHS primary care and the local authorities - including Redbridge Council.
Waltham Forest Council is planning over £1m new investment in social services related to the redevelopment. Sadly, Redbridge Council have been much less forthcoming and has only lately woken up to the fact that the proposals assume a greater role for social care. Any discussions between Redbridge Council and the NHS - if there have been any - take place in a murk of non-information, with questions blocked.
Read here on our website for further commentary and information about the redevelopment, and how you can play your part by making your views known.
New Mobility Hub Installed On Wanstead High Street
The anticipated mobility hub was installed by Redbridge Council on Wanstead High Street in June, which aims to encourage sustainable travel. The hub includes electric car charging bays and cycle parking.
If you have experienced the hub since its launch we would like to hear from you. Please get in touch with us if you are happy to share.
High Street Consultation
Redbridge Council are currently holding a 'Improve your High Street' consultation with residents. The high street is an important space for us all which take pride in. Concerns from residents must be listened to by the Council and need to be held accountable. Share your ideas and concerns through the consultation here.
Stay well and we look forward to hearing from you soon,
Crispin, Scott and the Wanstead Lib Dem team.
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