What will Redbridge be like in the future? Change seems inevitable. There is a huge unmet need across Greater London for housing, and some of the new housing will inevitably be built here. In particular, there is a need for good quality, secure homes for people on low and average incomes, many of whom can't afford to buy somewhere to live when the average price of a home in London is over £470,000. The opening of the Elizabeth line in 2018-19 will also bring changes, as the south of Redbridge becomes more accessible from central London, including the City, as well as from Docklands. A further change affects the finances of local government – financial support from Westminster for local councils is expected to fall by 77 percent between 2015 and 2020, raising questions about how councils can continue to deliver local services.
Two speakers will present different approaches to these issues.
- Simon Parker, the Council's head of strategy, will speak about the Redbridge 2025 project, which is consulting local people about different scenarios for what Redbridge might be like in the future. How can the council maintain what is good in the borough while taking advantage of new opportunities, and do so without increasing social exclusion of some residents?
- Meenakshi Sharma will represent NOISE (Neighbourhoods of Ilford South Engage), which campaigns for development to take place in a way which relates to the needs of all the different parts of the borough. NOISE were recently mentioned in the national media regarding their concerns about the proposed redevelopment of Sainsbury's in Ilford.
Presentations will be followed by questions and discussion.
Anyone involved with a local community or voluntary group is welcome to the to the meeting. For more information contact Colin Wilson at RedbridgeCVS, 020 3874 4135 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1 to 2.30pm, Wednesday 8 November (sandwiches from 12.30pm)
York Room, Redbridge Central Library, Clements Rd, Ilford IG1 1EA
For the full agenda and minutes of the last Voluntary Sector Network, see here.