Where You Live: Redbridge

Where you live >> Redbridge

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Redbridge’s neighbourhoods, from South Woodford to Ilford, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Redbridge the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 100,973 Redbridge households and putting an average £445 back into pockets. (Point 2) (GLA, Press Release, 1 February 2012, link: GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link).
  • Investing in the local high streets with nearly £5 million of funding for Redbridge. (Point 6) (GLA, Outer London Fund: Round Two Winners announced, link).
  • Investing in local transport by refurbishing three of Redbridge’s Central line stations, building Crossrail with four stations in Redbridge and over, improving pedestrian access at Woodford station and Gants Hill, and investing £16.2 million in local transport in Redbridge. (Point 8) (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).
  • Boris is benefitting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom Pass until 65.
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 100,973 households in Redbridge (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011), putting £445 back in the pocket of households.

Restoring green space

  • Fairlop Plains Park. Fairlop is one of eleven London parks that received £400,000 funding from the Mayor to deliver a fantastic makeover. Previously the Redbridge Park had little on offer for youngsters and access to the green space was via a very busy road. Part of the funding was used to create paths which link the park directly with a new zebra crossing by the tube station, making access to the park safer. The project has also delivered new paths and cycle ways, better signage, a natural play park for children, plus a 'Boulder Park' for climbers of all ages and abilities (GLA, Press Release, 1 October 2010, link).
  • Green spaces. 18 green spaces were created for Redbridge residents to grow their own food under Boris Johnson (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • 221 street trees. 221 street trees have been planted in Redbridge under Boris Johnson (London Assembly, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing”’ (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000 (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 297 more patrols per month in Redbridge In 2010-11 there were 297 more  patrols per month in Redbridge than in 2008-9. (London Assembly, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 22 February 2012, link).
  • Robberies, youth violence and bus crime in Redbridge have reduced. There has been a 16% reduction in the number of robberies in Redbridge. Youth violence in Redbridge is also down 17.5% and bus crime has fallen 21.6% (MPS Statistics, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded six sport participation programmes in Redbridge so far. (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 11 organisations in Redbridge are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants to offer free sports coaching to London (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £16.2 million of funding for local transport in Redbridge. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested £16.2 million to boost local transport in Redbridge. This includes improvements to roads, walking routes, cycling facilities and pedestrian crossings in the borough. In 2011 alone £5.1 million was invested in a variety of projects including improving pedestrian routes in Chadwell Heath, regenerating Ilford town centre's eastern approach and improvements to walking and cycling routes (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).

Underground

  • Upgrading the Central Line trains. The entire fleet of 85 Central Line trains is being refreshed, with improvements including new seat backs and pads across the line's 25,000 seats and sitting perches, and work to replace train windows (TfL Website, ‘Central Line Upgrade’, link).
  • Upgrading three Tube stations in Rebridge. Three of Redbridge’s ten Central line stations have been refurbished: Wanstead, Gants Hill, and Hainault (TfL, Upgrade Plan Timeline, link; TfL, Business Plan 2011/12-2014/15, link).
  • Four Crossrail Stations will be built in Redbridge. The new line will help to provide a better East-West links for the borough. They are: Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmayes, Chadwell Heath (HMT, Spending Review, 22 October 2010, p.23, link).

Rail

  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Redbridge is now the 24th highest oyster- using borough on national rail services (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Improved Gants Hill interchange. Major works carried out by TfL under the Mayor’s ‘Great Outdoors’ scheme have helped make this a much easier to use junction for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, with new lighting, traffic signals and pedestrian and cycle crossings to reduce congestion for vehicles. Pavements and carriageways have also all been resurfaced and new trees planted. The scheme has resulted in improved traffic and pedestrian flows through the area and also seen the creation of brand new public spaces for use by residents and visitors alike (GLA, Press Release, 1 October 2010, link).
  • Introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works by utility companies in those boroughs, such as Redbridge, which have adopted the scheme (GLA, Press Release, 11 January 2010, link London Councils, London Permit Scheme: First Year Evaluation Report, 27 May 2011, link). 25% applications by utility companies to dig up roads in Redbridge have been refused following the introduction of the permit scheme (ibid.).

Buses

  • Bus service improvements. Eight bus routes in Redbridge have been expanded and/or improved under Boris Johnson (TfL, Bus Service Changes May 2008 – January 2012).
  • Bendy Buses removed. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses. TfL estimates this will save more than £7 million a year (TfL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).
  • Redbridge had a bendy bus route removed. Routes 25 run through the borough of Redbridge, this route had the bendy bus withdrawn.

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. Cycle Superhighway 2 will run through Redbridge from Ilford to Aldgate by 2015 (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link)

Housing

  • 820 total affordable housing units completed in Redbridge.  430 social rented and 390 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Redbridge between 2008/09 and 2010/11. (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006,1007,1008).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more two more visits to Redbridge in four years than Ken Livingstone made in eight. Boris Johnson has visited Redbridge five times since July 2008 whilst Ken Livingstone visited Redbridge three times in his eight years as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 - April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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