Sunday, November 23, 2014

U-Turn if you want to

The latest round in the long running saga of the U-Turns in Clayhall Avenue by the width restriction is about to take place. The Traffic Management Order (TMO) was issued last July and representations have been made, mostly by those who would be adversely affected, and therefore objections to the proposal to extend the U-Turn ban up to the width restriction. The officers in the council’s highways department have considered the situation and produced a report for councillors to consider which recommends no further action, that is keep the status quo where U-Turns are currently banned at the junction with Claybury Broadway.

Under the old regime this would have gone back to Area Committees 3 and 4 for a final decision but as they have been scrapped the report is now destined for the Neighbourhoods and Communities Service Committee scheduled for December 3rd. However, the principal protagonists, Cllr Robert Cole (Clayhall) and Cllr Gwneth Deakins (Roding), both sit on this committee so it should be an interesting debate what with councillors from Wanstead and Ilford sitting in judgement on what is a very localised issue.

One interesting feature of the officer’s report is the number of representations (37) suggesting a traffic lighted junction to link Roding Lane North and Roding Lane South which is by far the simplest and least costly alternative and has been advocated by Cllr Ian Bond (Roding) for some time, but this would probably exacerbate the problem at the other end of Roding Lane South where they have a roundabout but can’t get on it. However, as with any change to traffic regulations there will be winners and losers and such a proposal would undoubtedly increase traffic in Roding Lane North and South (but not on the Hill Farm Estate) resulting in a backlash from residents fronting those roads.

The section of Clayhall Avenue
where Cllr Bond claims there
have been no accidents
Also the notion that U-Turns at this location are a problem only at peak times and that there have been no accidents is worthy of a bit more scrutiny. A large part of the problem here is large vans and lorries doing 3-point turns to access the industrial estates on the other side of Southend Road at ALL times of the day. The railings that were there to protect pedestrians from these manoeuvres are now gone, but then I suppose peds don’t matter.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Transition Town Redbridge Gets Down to Business

“Health, Happiness and Apple Pie”: An Introduction to TT Redbridge, the inaugural ‘mini-summit’ of the Transition Redbridge group was successfully hosted on 25th October with a series of talks and lively debates at the temporary business hub, the ‘Enterprise Exchange’ at the Exchange in Ilford.

Rakesh Rootsman and Mehul Damani skilfully facilitated the event which included sub-groups discussing food growing and local workshops (based around skillsharing).

The event provided the opportunity to discuss Transition Ilford Wholefood Buyers Coop which was launched shortly after...

Transition Ilford Wholefood Buyers Co-op

The Transition Ilford (sibling of Transition Redbridge) Wholefood Buyers Co-op was launched to great fanfare on 31st October with a wide range of organic, socially responsible, healthy and most importantly, tasty food available for all who sign up to it. For those not yet aware of the concept, the products are bought from responsible, local wholesalers in bulk and hence, at discount rates to be sold via the group. The list below shows the wide range of products available.

40% Buckwheat Noodles | Pearl Barley | Jumbo Oatflakes | Cha Soba (Green Tea) Noodles | Millet | Oatbran | Brown Rice Udon Noodles | 100% Buckwheat Noodles | Wholewheat fusilli | Long Life Tofu - ambient | Linseed | Loose tea | Braised Tofu - canned | Peanuts | Red Split Lentils | Tempeh | Strong wholemeal flour | Soya alternative to milk | Brown Rice Short Grain | Brown Basmati Rice | Sultanas - s/f oil dressed

If you would like to find out more about this exciting venture, please contact Rakesh
Rootsman on

click here

Feeding Local People in Crisis

St. Peter’s church Aldborough Hatch has supported the Redbridge Foodbank for some years but the need has never been greater. Over 30,000 people in Redbridge (that’s 10%) are living on the edge of poverty. When you have no financial safety net, a sudden crisis, such as bereavement, benefit delay, home repossession, redundancy or illness can leave you unable to feed yourself or your family. Redbridge foodbank works to support people who find themselves on the edge of disaster.

The following foods may be delivered to St. Peter’s Church at service times on Sundays or on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 12noon or contact Shirley Rudge (TEL: 020 8590 5882): Milk (UHT or powdered), sugar, fruit juice (cartons), soup, pasta sauces, sponge puddings (tinned), cereals, rice puddings (tinned), tea bags/instant coffee, instant mashed potato, rice/pasta, tinned meat/fish, tinned fruit, jam/preserves, baby food/ nappies, biscuits, snack bars, treats – chocolates. sweets, toiletries (men and women), tin openers.

Making a Difference
I sit so downhearted on that old wooden chair
My hair is unwashed and my youngest in care
The flat feels so cold and a draught chills my feet
As I gaze at the bills I know I can’t meet.
How did I get here, does anyone care?
So many have plenty, it’s all so unfair
Child care’s so expensive and wages are low
So what shall I do? I really don’t know!
My eldest is hungry, there’s little to eat
And help from the Social expenses won’t meet.
My eyes fill with tears, but then I think ‘Soap!’
For a friend’s little gift had given me hope.
She’s been to the Foodbank where people were kind
And whatever your background a welcome you’ll find.
The food that’s donated will help you get through
And if you need some advice that’s available too.
Now . . . I’ve talked to my doctor who quickly agreed
That a voucher for Foodbank would help with my need
So while life is still hard, I know others do care
And give thanks to them all for the love that they share.
Vic Danzelman

This article first appeared in the St Peter’s Church Broadsheet December 2014.