This year has been a busy and exciting time for the Council and for the Borough as a whole. The Cabinet and Council Officers have been working hard to deliver on our promises and working with our exciting new management team to ensure we can make Redbridge the best place in London to live, work and play. Earlier this year, Redbridge was named the happiest place in London by the Office of National Statistics, so we are well on our way to achieving our goal.
The Council has, this year alone delivered some big reforms; including the introduction of £400 fines for illegal dumping which is having a big impact on the cleanliness of the Borough. We’ve opened the new Loxford Leisure Centre and have two more pools in the pipeline in Mayfield and Wanstead, all of which will help with the health and wellbeing needs of our children. We are delivering on our promise for more affordable homes for residents, this is helping relieve the housing pressure in London and helping the most vulnerable in our community.
We’ve also been working with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on ways we can improve transport systems and services in Redbridge, and we’ve confirmed with the Mayor that next year step-free access work will be delivered at the Newbury Park Central Line Station; and new trans will be delivered onto the TfL Rail service in ahead of Elizabeth Line/CrossRail Services in 2018.
I was also, this year, able to visit the Calais Refugee Camp “the Jungle” to see for myself the extent of the refugee crisis in Europe, this was an emotional experience and showed a crisis literally on our doorstep, that we cannot ignore – Redbridge Council championed the Dubbs Amendment provision for unaccompanied children in Calais; and we directly assisted five refugee girls from the camp in resettling here in Redbridge.
We’ve achieved so much, I simply can’t list them all, but all these achievement and more are down to the hard work and dedication of everyone in the Council and the Community – I just want to say Thank You!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – and I look forward to working with you all next year to make Redbridge even better!