Central Line noise between Wanstead and Leytonstone

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In response to a query from The Wanstead Post about the continuing screaming noise when trains travel between Wanstead and Leytonstone, London Underground’s Director of Asset Operations, Peter McNaught, said:

“We understand the importance of minimising noise levels on the tube and we are determined to do more to achieve this.

“We have carried out a huge programme of work and spent over £200 million replacing and grinding over 500km of track and installing over 11,000 new shock absorbent fixings across all of our Night Tube lines, which help reduce the sound when trains run over them. We are also actively exploring other options to reduce noise levels even further such as installing noise barriers and noise dampening pads as well as ensuring new rail infrastructure incorporates noise reduction technology.

“As we continue carrying out all this work I encourage anyone affected by noise to contact our dedicated customer services line, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will then send our engineers to investigate and work out how we can reduce the noise most effectively.”

Popular music festival returns

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Music in Wanstead Park will take place on Saturday 14 July 2018 after the festival was taken over by new organisers.

The event features musical cabaret artist Tricity Vogue (and her all girl swing band), jazz/soul/blues singer Toby Corton and instrumental three piece Forty Elephant Gang as well as live bands from Wanstead High School and the Sing Up Choir.

Food and drink will be provided by CHAOS children’s charity, Time For Tea, The Wanstead Tap, Burgess & Hall and Maud’s Ice Cream.

Family tickets are available priced at £34 for two adults and two children.  Adult tickets cost £12 while children are £6, under 3s are free.

Further information can be found at: https://www.musicinwansteadpark.co.uk/

Local Authorities to be notified of rates of stability for children in care

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The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report tracking the experience of children in care.

The Stability Index gathered data from local authorities in England to assess how frequently children in care were changing home, school or social worker over the course of a year.

The report found that most children in care experienced some kind of instability in one form or another throughout the course of a year with almost 2,400 children (6% of children in care attending school) changing home, school or social worker in 2016/17.

The Index revealed that some children experienced several types of instability within the same year while some also experienced repeated instability over two years.

Over 3,000 children (6% of those in care in both 2015/16 and 2016/17) experienced four or more placement moves over two years including 1,300 (3% of those in care in both 2015/16 and 2016/17) who experienced multiple placement moves in both years.

Among children in care who were enrolled at school, around 1,600 (4%) experienced a school move two years in a row.

“Every day I hear from ‘pinball kids’ who are being pinged around the care system when all they really want is to be settled and to get on with normal life,” commented Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England.

“These children need stability, yet far too many are living unstable lives, in particular children entering care in their early teens. This puts them at greater risk of falling through the gaps in the education system and opens them up to exploitation by gangs or to abuse.”

“I want all local authorities to make reducing instability a priority and to measure it. I would also like to see Ofsted assessing the stability of children in care as part of their inspections and for the Department for Education to start asking for data on this in their annual returns from Local Authorities.”

Following publication of the report, the Children’s Commissioner will be writing to every Director of Children’s Services and every Lead Member for Children’s Services to notify them of their local area’s rates of stability. She will also ask them to adopt the Stability Index as a tool for identifying areas of concern and for measuring progress and improvement.

Councillors set date for advice surgery

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The newly elected councillors for Wanstead Village are planning to host their first advice surgery on Saturday 9 June 2018 at Christ Church in Wanstead Place.

Residents have been advised to attend if there are any issues they would like to raise.

New contact details, including email addresses, for all councillors in Wanstead Village and Wanstead Park wards can be found on the updated website for Redbridge Council.

M&S “will be opening in summer 2018”

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Rumours continue to circulate in Wanstead about whether the new Marks & Spencer’s food store will ever open.

Following a request for an update, an M&S spokesperson has issued the following statement:

“Due to construction delays, our new Wanstead store will be opening in summer 2018.

“We’d like to thank the community for their patience. We will provide a date for opening as soon as we can.

“We’re working hard on the store and remain committed to bringing the very best of M&S to Wanstead.”

Redbridge improves ranking on league table of measures to secure a healthy and sustainable food future

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Redbridge has improved its ranking on a league table of measures to secure a healthy and sustainable food future.

The ranking was created by Sustain which advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals.  It is an alliance of organisations which must be wholly or partly interested in food or farming issues and includes among others the Green Alliance, the Campaign for Real Farming, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Child Poverty Action Group, Compassion in World Farming and the Fairtrade Foundation.

One of Sustain’s projects is the London Food Link which works for a healthy, sustainable and ethical food system for the capital.

They have produced an interactive map rating each London Borough on progress in certain areas including animal welfare, food culture in schools, Fairtrade Food and the Living Wage.

Some of the key 2017 results for Redbridge are:

  • Fairtrade Food – Council has yet to pass a resolution in support of Fairtrade and is not yet making significant progress towards Fairtrade status.
  • Food Culture in schools – Borough where some schools are engaged in Healthy Schools London and/or Food for Life.
  • Good Growing – Council involved in two of the above core initiatives to encourage food growing.
  • Healthier Catering – Council is participating in the Healthier Catering Commitment scheme or has developed its own healthier catering scheme for businesses.
  • Local Declaration – Council has signed the Local Government Declaration on sugar reduction and healthier food.
  • Living Wage – Council is not involved in any of the initiatives covered in the report to encourage better pay.

Relative to other boroughs, Redbridge’s score improved 42% in 2017.

The full interactive map can be viewed here.

Local Elections 2018: Labour win Wanstead

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Wanstead Village and Wanstead Park wards will be represented on Redbridge Council by candidates from the Labour Party following the local elections held on 3 May 2018.

Jo Blackman, Paul Donovan and Daniel Morgan-Thomas won in Wanstead Village while Sheila Bain and Paul Merry won in Wanstead Park.

The Labour Party made gains across the Borough winning 51 of the available 63 seats while the Conservatives now hold just 12.