Welcome to this April edition of the Wanstead Lib Dem Newsletter. Many thanks to all those who contributed articles this time. 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.
Sylvan Road House Demolition Proposal
The recent purchasers of 8 Sylvan Road, a 150 year old Victorian house, have been given permission to demolish the property and put up flats. This is despite strong opposition from local residents who argued new flats would not fit the local landscape. Even the council's own heritage officer argued against the application because the house is "a good example" of Victorian architecture.
We say this is a real shame. Local communities ought to have more say when it comes to decisions like this.
New Wanstead Leisure Centre Swimming Pool Planned for Late 2022
Redbridge Council finally announced this month the delayed completion of the new swimming pool as part of the Wanstead Leisure Centre redevelopment, with work due to start this summer for completion in late-2022.
The local Lib Dem team will be keeping an eye on the progress of the much-delayed pool which has been promised for a number of years now.
New Café Kiosk For Christchurch Green
This month saw the announcement by the Council of a new cafe kiosk situated by Woodbine bus stop. The kiosk will have the capacity to host a variety of small events for the local area and will hold an alcohol license. For more information of the Council's plans, please see here.
We support investment into our green spaces like this but have asked the Council to clarify how often it intends to sell alcohol. Is it for events only, or does Redbridge hope to build a new pub on the green? This application could substantially change the nature of the park and what it used for and residents need to have a clear picture as to what is being proposed.
Campaign Launched to Save 10 Endangered Species
This month saw the launch of a new campaign to protect 10 species at risk of extinction in the local area. Launched by Wild Wanstead, in collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust and Wren Wildlife, the campaign aims to raise awareness and provide advice for what local households can do to help. For more information please see here.
Wheelie Bin Roll Out
Following a pilot programme in February 2020 involving 7,000 residents, Redbridge Council have this month announced the full roll out of wheelie bins for every household. One aim is to reduce household waste and increase recycling per household. Recycling rates in Redbridge remain of lower than most London Boroughs.
Some residents have voiced complaints that the council did not bother to consult properly over the roll out and that they are not interested in listening to individual circumstances. Please do let us know what you think about the new wheelie bins.
Stay well and we look forward to hearing from you soon,
Crispin Acton, Scott Wilding and the Wanstead Lib Dem team.
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