Central Line platform display boards not working (again)

The platform display boards at Wanstead appear to have stopped functioning after working for just 5 days.

The boards, which relay information about the destination and timing of trains, were fixed on 27 November 2019 but were not working on the morning of 2 December.

The previous fault took 29 days to repair. Once again, we wait…

Platform display boards not working for 17 days (so far)

As regular readers will know The Wanstead Post has long campaigned to #improvethecentralline.

Commuters using Wanstead Station will have noticed that the platform display boards stopped working on 30 October 2019 and 17 days later have yet to be repaired.

The Wanstead Post has raised the issue with Central Line management and received the following response:

“I’m sorry for the impact that this is having on your journeys. I’ve had a response from the station that we’re chasing the contractor responsible for maintenance and that parts needed for the fix are on back order. Once received they will be installed as a matter of urgency”.

We wait…

Meeting about expansion at London City Airport

A new date has been announced for the public meeting about expansion plans at London City Airport.

The event will now take place on Thursday 3 October 2019 between 19.00 and 21.00 at Wanstead Library.

A Draft Master Plan published by the Airport in June 2019 outlined plans including a change to the current cap on flights, an increase in the number of early morning and late evening flights and an end to the current 24-hour closure of the airport at the weekend.

A meeting organised by Cann Hall Area Residents in July included robust contributions from many of those affected by the airport and coincided with the launch of a campaign against the proposals by HACAN East.

Group launches campaign against expansion at LCY

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The campaign group HACAN East has launched a petition against expansion plans put forward by London City Airport.

The new petition follows a public meeting during which the airport outlined proposals to change the current cap on flights, an increase in the number of early morning and late evening flights and an end to the 24-hour closure of the airport at the weekend.

The community event was arranged by Cann Hall Area Residents and involved representatives from London City, HACAN East, John Cryer MP and residents from boroughs affected by the airport.

HACAN East has also announced plans to deliver postcards to local communities advising how to complain about the proposals.

A Draft Master Plan was published by London City Airport in June 2019 and the 12-week public consultation runs until 20 September 2019. Full details can be found on the London City Airport website.

The petition created by campaign group HACAN East can be found on the Change.org website.

Robust meeting about LCY development plans

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Last night Wanstead residents attended a lively meeting about expansion plans at London City Airport.

The event was organised by Cann Hall Area Residents and involved representatives from London City, campaign group HACAN East and local Member of Parliament John Cryer.

The Draft Master Plan published by the Airport in June 2019 outlined proposals including a change to the current cap on flights, an increase in the number of early morning and late evening flights and an end to the current 24-hour closure of the airport at the weekend.

Residents from boroughs surrounding London City expressed considerable concern about carbon emissions and the climate emergency as well as the noise disturbance caused by aircraft.

In a tweet following the meeting John Cryer described the event as: “A robust debate from the local residents to say the least!”

HACAN East had earlier launched a major campaign against City Airport’s expansion plans which they claim will include the delivery of thousands of postcards to impacted homes.

The 12-week public consultation period on the Draft Master Plan runs until 20 September 2019. Full details can be found on the website for London City Airport: https://www.londoncityairport.com/corporate/consultation

HACAN East has produced a briefing document for residents wanting to respond to the consultation. The advice can be found on the website for HACAN East: https://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/London-City-Master-Plan-Briefing-July-2019.pdf

Public meeting about airport expansion plans

A local residents’ association has organised a public meeting to discuss development proposals put forward by London City Airport.

The event will include speeches by representatives of London City, the Chair of campaigning group HACAN East and the Member of Parliament for Leyton & Wanstead.

Cann Hall Area Residents have organised the event after widespread concern amongst the local community about noise generated by concentrated flight paths and plans to increase the number of flights. London City Airport published a Draft Master Plan in June 2019 which stated a future target of 151,000 flights by 2035.

Residents in Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bexley and Havering are affected by aircraft taking off and landing at the airport and a report published by the Civil Aviation Authority in 2018 estimated over 900,000 people are directly impacted.

Campaigners have accused London City of misleading people about the consquences of its development plans.

“To say that the airport is not being completely straightforward with residents would be a massive understatement,” said John Stewart, Chair of HACAN East, which represents local residents.

“It is becoming clear that for most people, if the expansion plans go ahead, the noise climate will get worse.”

The Cann Hall Area Residents Association meeting will take place at Buxton School, Cann Hall Road, E11 at 19.30 on 30 July 2019. The Draft Master Plan 2020-2035 can be found on the London City Airport website and the public consultation period runs until 20 September 2019.

Community views sought

Data from Redbridge Council

Redbridge Council has launched a public consultation to inform the development of a waste strategy for the Borough.

The survey asks a series of questions about issues such as waste, recycling and fly tipping.

According to the Council, the local authority collected 673.9 kilograms of black sack rubbish from every household in the Borough in 2016/2017, the third highest amount for any local authority in England.

In 2017/2018 Redbridge Council collected more than 110,000 tonnes of waste and sent approximately 26,000 tonnes for recycling, composting or reuse, according to data released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The research revealed that 15 out of 33 London boroughs recycled a smaller percentage of household waste in 2017/2018 than in 2016/2017. London is currently bottom of the table for recycling compared to the rest of the country.

“The amount of rubbish we are collecting is rising higher than the rate of population growth in the Borough and we need to reduce this wastage to lessen the environmental impact and improve the local street scene,” say the Council.

“Our motivations lie in making the Borough as clean and safe as possible for residents and workers.”

The online survey can be completed here.

Turn waste into wealth, says Prince Charles

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The Prince of Wales has called for more emphasis on a circular economy in a speech to the Business in the Community ‘Waste-to-Wealth’ Summit in London.

“The small steps we have taken towards a circular economy will need to become giant strides if we are to achieve the required changes before time runs out,” he said.

The Summit brought together over 200 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society to discuss ways to double the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030. The Prince delivered the keynote speech exploring initiatives to improve waste management and recycling and examining ways to take better care of the planet.

“We are using resources faster than Nature can replenish them and damaging our own life-support system,” he said.

During his talk the Prince acknowledged the change in public attitudes since the broadcast of the BBC Blue Planet series which revealed the damage to the environment and wildlife caused by discarded plastic.

“Every discarded plastic drinking straw, wet wipe, cup, bottle or bag tells a clear and unequivocal story of waste and missed opportunity, both to generate value and to address the over-arching challenge of climate change, recently listed of course by the World Economic Forum as amongst the biggest threats facing the world,” he argued.

The speech ranged across areas including energy and materials efficiency, recycling, better processes and litter picking as well as the importance of the business community working together to achieve change.

In a section devoted to initiatives in other countries the Prince referred to the recent revelation he had taken his own sons litter picking.

“From a very young age, Swedish children are taught to recycle, both at home and at school. There is even a national day on which children across the country gather to pick up litter and clean up their surroundings. Incidentally, I’d forgotten that I’d taken my own children litter picking all those years ago, nor did I realise they paid any attention at all!”

In a personal ending the Prince said: “We are the first generation to understand, in full and terrifying detail, that we are testing our world to destruction. And we are the last to be able to do something about it. If we do not act, our children and grandchildren will not be able to sort out the mess; that is the problem. So, with a new grandchild on the way I do not want to miss that opportunity”.

Frustrations shared on social media

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Redbridge residents have been using social media to share their frustrations about some of the claims made in Redbridge Council’s Streets Strategy published in July 2017.

Written by Councillor John Howard, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, the document made claims about the Council’s performance. These included:

  • Our performance on keeping our streets clean has been consistently high.
  • Our high streets are clean, safe and well-maintained.
  • 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.

Local residents have been using Twitter to contradict some of these claims, however, as well as comment on their experience of Council services.  Examples include:

 

The Streets Strategy made various commitments on behalf of the Council some of which are due to be delivered by 2020. Redbridge Council committed 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).

It seems local residents and community groups will make use of social media to provide constant feedback and monitor progress as the Council continues to work towards these goals.