£242m generated for local councils by residential parking permits since 2016

Local councils in the UK have collectively earned more than £242 million from residential parking permits since 2016, according to new research by Churchill Car Insurance.

In 2018 the income generated by the permits was £77.2 million or the equivalent of £200,000 per day, while in 2017 the permits raised £87.6 million.

Between 2016 and 2018 the number of roads requiring permits increased by 2,500, while the number of parking permit applications decreased from over 2m in 2016 to 1.4m in 2018. In London, an estimated 6,604 roads required a parking permit in 2018.

The cost of parking permits varies across the UK due to a range of factors. In the London Borough of Lambeth, the price depends on vehicle emissions or engine size. In Norwich, the cost depends on the length of a vehicle while in Edinburgh the street location and vehicle emissions affect the price.

In February 2018 Redbridge Council introduced new parking rules on Wanstead High Street and in surrounding roads following a controversial public consultation. The new scheme included the introduction of residential parking permits for certain roads costing £20 for a 12 month permit for one vehicle and £100 for a second 12-month permit.

According to the latest Parking Annual Report 2017/18, Redbridge Council received income of £1.65m from on street parking, which included money received from residential parking permits. The £7.085m surplus generated from the overall Council parking account, which included income generated from parking enforcement, traffic contraventions, on street parking and off street parking was used to “fund Concessionary Transport and other transport and highways-related improvements”.

Council wins grant to combat knife crime

Redbridge Council has been awarded £500k to tackle knife crime and gang culture across the Borough.

The grant has been secured from the Government’s new Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Fund.

The money will be used to support a joint initiative with BoxUpCrime, a social youth organisation founded by Stephen Addison MBE. The project will help to deter young people from getting involved in crime and gangs by offering a mix of boxing training, education and mentoring.

Operating in Barking and Dagenham, BoxUpCrime has worked with more than 2,000 young people and helped reduce serious youth violence by 25 per cent across the London Borough.

“Every borough in the capital has seen the devastating effect that gangs and knife crime can have on all sections of the community,” said Councillor Elaine Norman, Redbridge Council Cabinet Member for Childen and Young People.

“Tackling crime is one of our priorities and we firmly believe that early prevention is one of the most useful tools we have.

“With the funds secured for this project we will be able to give many young people in our borough the support they need to avoid getting sucked into a life of crime and ultimately fulfil their potential”.

Stephen Addison, Founder of BoxUpCrime, said:

“As an organisation we are really excited to be working with Redbridge Council in order to rebuild misguided dreams of young people who have gone on the wrong path. We want to make boxing accessible for young people from different walks of life all over the borough. As an organisation we strongly believe in harnessing the talents of young people and giving them the opportunity to make their aspirations come true”.

Pioneering commitment to heart health by Council

Redbridge Council, working with the London Hearts charity campaign, is planning to install 30 public access defibrillators across the Borough.

The new equipment will be easily accessible in public places so that immediate help can be given to anyone suffering severe heart problems.

According to the UK Resuscitation Council, defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of someone collapsing with a cardiac arrest can produce survival rates as high as 50-70%.

The project is one of the largest of its kind to be undertaken by a local authority and will be funded by the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy which pays for health care facilities, school improvements, leisure centres and transport.

“We are committed to improving lives so I am absolutely delighted that we are rolling out these vital defibrillators so that the local communities we serve will be able to benefit from their use,” commented Councillor Kam Rai, Deputy Leader at Redbridge Council.

“In an emergency a defibrillator can be the difference between life and death, which is why we are ensuring that this essential equipment is installed in high-traffic areas where anyone can reach them and provide the crucial response in a life-threatening situation.”

Kimberley Lloyd, Operations Manager for London Hearts said:

“As a result of their partnership with London Hearts, Redbridge Council have demonstrated their pioneering commitment to heart health within their community”.

The Leisure Centre is the first location in Wanstead to have a defibrillator fitted. An interactive map on the Redbridge Council website will be regularly updated as additional defibrillators are installed in the area.

Council leader to appear on BBC Radio

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The Labour Leader of Redbridge Council has agreed to take part in an in-depth interview on BBC Radio London.

The discussion is part of a series created to help Londoners get to know their local politicians.

Councillor Jas Athwal represents Mayfield ward and is the Leader of Redbridge Council. He is Cabinet Member for Growth and Leisure and has been Leader of the Labour Group since October 2011. In December 2018 Mr Athwal was named UK Councillor of the Year at the annual SME4Labour Excellence Awards.

The interview is due to be broadcast on Tuesday 19 February 2019 with timings yet to be confirmed. Follow @BBCRadioLondon on Twitter for further information.

Hundreds of thousands spent on CCTV in Redbridge

Redbridge Council spent £383,000 on CCTV during the financial year from April 2017-March 2018.

This is more than surrounding boroughs including Waltham Forest, Newham and Barking & Dagenham but less than Havering.

Net expenditure on CCTV in Waltham Forest during the same period was £65,000, in Barking & Dagenham it was £202,000, in Newham it was £364,000 while in Havering it was £472,000.

There were 492 employees monitoring CCTV in Redbridge in 2017-2018 compared to 83 in Waltham Forest, 519 in Barking & Dagenham, 705 in Newham and none in Havering.

According to figures provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Redbridge Council spent more on CCTV than it did on Housing Standards (£202,000), Trading Standards (£281,000) and Food Safety (£291,000).

Research by The Times newspaper has revealed a national trend of local authorities spending millions of pounds on CCTV while cutting services in other areas.

The Redbridge Council website states the Borough has “one of the most advanced Council CCTV systems in the country, helping to keep residents and visitors safe”.

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.

Wanstead makes the national news

The mysterious appearance and disappearance of a metal plaque on a bench in Wanstead has generated national news coverage.

The BBC and Sky have featured stories about a memorial to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein which was attached to a wooden bench outside the Oxfam charity shop in the High Street.

Local resident and journalist Victoria Richards spotted the plaque which read: “In Loving Memory Of Saddam Hussein 1937-2006”.

She subsequently tweeted a picture of the tribute and her post was retweeted over 5,000 times and received more than 32,000 likes.

Following the furore the plaque was quickly taken down by Redbridge Council.

“We didn’t give permission for this to be put up and it has been removed,” a spokesperson for the Council said.

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.

 

 

What do you think of the Streets Strategy?

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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.

 

Children in Redbridge ‘gang affected’

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Thirty-nine percent of children in Redbridge have been identified as “gang affected” in a new report presented to the Council.

The Youth Justice Plan 2018/2019 by Councillor Elaine Norman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, was discussed at a meeting on 17 July 2018.

The Plan found the number and proportion of young people who are known to be “gang affected” has been increasing since 2014.

In 2014/2015 the percentage was 10.6 while in 2017/2018 it was 39.2.  Reasons for the increasing trend were described as “due mainly to better police intelligence and identification of cases”.

The Borough has a statutory duty to formulate, implement and publish an Annual Youth Justice Plan which sets out how Youth Justice Services will be provided and funded.  The report must also set out how the Youth Offending Service will be composed and resourced.

The Plan identified priorities for 2018/2019 which included maintaining the low level of young people entering the youth justice system, supporting vulnerable young people from re-offending and strengthening collaborative work on serious youth violence, child sexual exploitation, knife crimes and gangs work.

Statutory partners involved in the delivery of the Youth Justice Plan include the Metropolitan Police, the Probation/National Offender Management Service, The Connexions Team, the Mental Health and Well-being Service and North East London Foundation Trust.

The Redbridge Youth Justice Plan 2018/2019 will now be submitted to the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.