In July 2017 Redbridge Council published a Streets Strategy which outlined initiatives to “create a clean, safe and vibrant Borough that people are proud to call home”.
Written by Councillor John Howard, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, the document made claims about the Council’s performance and identified commitments to be fulfilled.
Here are some of the claims made by the Council:
- Our performance on keeping our streets clean has been consistently high.
- The Community Safety Partnership have worked together to deliver a 40% reduction over the past four years in the crimes that most affect residents and businesses.
- Our high streets are clean, safe and well-maintained.
- We invest in a range of services to support and manage the different types of street users to ensure our pavements and streets are safe for people with mobility and sensory disabilities.
The Council made the following commitments. They will:
- Develop a behaviour change campaign to discourage people from littering and fly tipping in the first place.
- Prioritise enforcement action against those that commit enviro-crime and publicise prosecutions for fly tipping, littering and dog fouling.
- Work with local takeaways, pubs, clubs and businesses to make them more accountable for reducing waste and cleaning up after themselves and their customers.
- Support multi-agency working by organising ten Redbridge Action Days each year to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and other street scene issues (nine days have taken place in 2017/2018).
- Work closely with schools to further develop School Travel Plans that encourage walking and cycling to school and work to achieve green routes to school.
- Convert all street lights to LED over the next 2 years to improve the quality of lighting and reduce energy consumption (this is due to be completed by 30 November 2018).
- Work with business communities in our key high streets to find ways to improve the quality of their local environment.
- Reduce fly tips by 50% (by 2020).
- Increase enforcement activity for street scene offences by 30% compared to base line year 2016/2017.
- Make sure 99% of street lights are working (by 2020).
- Increase recycling by 10% (by 2020).
- Plant more trees in locations to improve air quality (by 2020).
Just over a year into the strategy, The Wanstead Post is seeking comments from readers about how effectively they feel it is being delivered in Wanstead.