On Thursday 3 May 2018 voters will go to the polls in local elections across England.
In the local area candidates will be selected to represent the newly created Wanstead Village and Wanstead Park wards on Redbridge Council.
Wanstead Ward News has been meeting some of the candidates.
Patrick Bennett is standing for the Conservative Party in Wanstead Park.
“I have been part of the Aldersbrook community of Wanstead Park for over 10 years and lived in London for nearly 50 years.
In Wanstead Park we have a lovely environment with plenty of green spaces. We need to preserve these areas for not just now but future generations. I am a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and I am actively involved in trying to protect their habitat especially on Wanstead Flats.
I take a keen interest in the issues that affect my community and I was involved in the petition to bring back the free green garden waste service that the Council charged for in 2017.
I would like to serve as a Councillor for Wanstead Park to represent everyone and to provide an experienced voice on the Council to reflect their views in local matters. I want to ensure that they are consulted and not dictated to by the Council.
In recent years I have seen a significant decline in our municipal services, such as street cleaning. A recent survey mentioned that 50 per cent of residents think that the Council is doing a poor job of keeping the streets clean and tidy. There has been more anti-social behaviour, such as drinking on the street, and dumping of household and green waste in prohibited areas. These issues need to be tackled immediately.
We are your candidates actively involved in the community and we want the chance to present a powerful voice for the Park.”