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*****AUGUST UPDATE*****

The consultation feedback has been assessed by the Council and resulted in the following final proposals:-

  • Pay and Display (P&D) is to be installed to the High Street, operating Mon-Sat 8.30am-6.30pm
  • The existing WA resident’s permit zone (behind Wanstead Station) is to be enlarged by a few roads.
  • The existing WB resident’s permit zone (around the Old Police Station) is to be enlarged by a few roads.
  • A new WD resident’s permit zone is to be created around Wellington/Wellesley roads.

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In short, P&D is to proceed much as originally planned, but the wholesale blanketting of Wanstead with Resident’s Permit Zones will NOT now happen. There will be a formal consultation on these final plans in the Autumn with a view to implementation early in the new year.
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The Counties Residents’ Association would like to thank its members for taking part in the consultation, our response rate was considerably higher than the average response rate from other roads in Wanstead.
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Whilst other organisations and individuals are continuing their campaigns against the P&D proposals, on analysing the consultation report from the Council, it is clear there is no consensus from our members as to whether P&D for the High Street would be positive or negative – opinion was divided. As such the CRA Committee have decided to take no further action at this time. Any of our members wishing to continue their opposition are directed to these other organisations (eg the Wanstead Society, #WeWantSay etc) and to engage in the formal consultation process later this year.

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*****MAY UPDATE*****

The consultation period has ended and the feedback is being assessed by the Council. Their findings and proposals are awaited…..

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*****March Update*****
The Council’s consultation has gone live. You should have received a consultation pack (if you’re inside the proposed zone) or a letter/map (if you’re outside). A WaSRA newsletter is being distributed over the next week with their thoughts (CRA is a member of WaSRA) and the CRA are providing both a second newsletter targeted at our local aspects, together with a copy of the Council’s questionnaire. All items have been added to the document links below and more info is available at www.redbridge.gov.uk/parking/parking-changes.

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Wanstead Parking 2017 – The Story So Far
It all started in 2015 when the Council conducted a borough wide online survey, together with three informal Q&A sessions, regarding parking. This led to the LBR Parking Strategy 2015-2020 which states they received just over 3000 (three thousand) responses (<1% of Redbridge’s population) and resulted in three aims:-
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  • Parking policy that supports local businesses
  • Fair and consistent parking charges across the Borough; and
  • Maintaining road safety.
NB only 40% of those respondents suggested that they had a commuter parking problem in their area.
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In December 2016 LBR announced their intention to impose parking restrictions in a 2km² area around Wanstead High Street broadly consisting of Pay and Display parking on the High Street with Resident’s Parking Schemes everywhere else. The whole area would roughly cover a triangle formed by joining the Green Man Roundabout, to the Eagle Public House to Redbridge Roundabout, which excludes any Counties Estate Roads!
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This lead to an extensive campaign against the plan by the CRA and WaSRA, together with groups from the Warren Estate and a petition centred around the High Street. The CRA, under the guise of WaSRA, sought a meeting with the Cabinet Councillor John Howard, supported by an LBR highways officer, during which we criticised the concept, evidence and implementation of such a scheme. Other groups held similar meetings and the Council held two open forum meetings at Wanstead Library.
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Apart from the general objection to the scheme, the greatest concern was the total lack of consultation the Council had undertaken. The CRA added to this view the suggestion that because the basis for the bulk of the plan was anticipated displacement from the Pay and Display parking, displacement which didn’t seem likely, that any rollout of such a scheme should be undertaken in phases only if displacement actually did occur. At this time the CRA in conjunction with the Wanstead Society, composed and distributed a WaSRA newsletter throughout Wanstead.
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The CRA and others attended the Cabinet Meeting and the Council Meeting in January which resulted in the Council capitulating to demands for a full consultation. The scheme which was to already be in force by now was put on hold and a “gold standard” consultation was promised with a rough timeline of consult in March/April and implement in May/June.
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The CRA continued its pressure on the Council by attending the next Cabinet and Council Meetings in February – the latter taking a legal challenge against the Council before we were permitted to attend. In these meetings we presented two deputations, one with practical concerns regarding the scheme and the other with budgetary concerns. The latter, being a full council meeting, was more eventful, but both can be listened to (with failing audio unfortunately) at the following weblinks:-
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At the time of writing the consultation is awaited, but despite the promise of a “gold standard” consultation, our concern is that the Council will simply consult on their much criticised current plan. Full details of our letters and questions/deputations to Council are listed below:-
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Preliminary Documents
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December 2016 Plan Documents
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Campaign for Consultation Documents
CRA Statement to January Cabinet 10/1/17 (Unscripted)
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March/April 2017 Consultation Documents
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August Documentation

A WaSRA report of discussions and decisions of a meeting by London Borough of Redbridge Health Scrutiny Committee on 19th October 2015 regarding the partial closure of beds within the rehabitation wards of Wanstead Hospital.

A WaSRA speech to the London Borough of Redbridge Health Scrutiny Committee regarding the partial closure of beds within the rehabitation wards of Wanstead Hospital.

A WaSRA speech to the Planning Inspector regarding the planning application at 73 High Street (old Joliffes site).

A WaSRA speech to the London Borough of Redbridge Health Scrutiny Committee regarding the partial closure of beds within the rehabitation wards of Wanstead Hospital.

A WaSRA speech to the London Borough of Redbridge Council regarding the saving of Wanstead Police Station from closure. Informal meeting notes are also provided. The speech was also used by the Wanstead Village Directory in their monthly publication here.

The speech from the CRA to the West Regional Planning Committee in opposition to the planning application for 31 Nutter Lane (1212/11).

Day 4 of the Chepstow Public Inquiry in which the second and third schemes by Telford Homes are being considered (3398/08 and 2393/09 respectively) was again quite a long day as within days 1 and 2. Telford’s second witness, David Wood (their architect) was on the stand for the entire day and in fact the Inquiry had to relocate at 5pm from the main council chamber so that his re-examination could continue.

His main evidence was relatively swift, all be it interupted for clarification arguments at several points. The main cross examination by Redbrige was however painfully slow and seemed to gain little in the 4-5 hours of questioning - Mr Wood was very considered (annoyingly so from the perspective of the CRA’s position) in defending Telford’s case regarding Scheme 2 (flat roofs on Nutter).

The CRA got to question Mr Wood quite extensive and again Mr Wood was annoyingly defensive regarding the flat roof schemes, however, several points (all be it minor ones) were conceded such as the depth of the Scheme 2 houses (the ones we do not like) not being 16m in depth as had been suggested, but rather 18m. Roding Cottages which had been described as “early 20th century” by Mr Wood was also picked up to be wrong as they were built in 1892.

CRA questioning got some small admissions that there were some design “problems” with the Scheme 2 houses, in that they are cramped at the left hand end, their layout somewhat dictated by spatial problems (TPO trees in the way) and that the overal result was less than pleasing.

It soon became apparent that Telford’s third witness, discussion of conditions and unilateral undertakings would not be possible in the remaining time alloted. A sixth day was therefore added to the proceedings. Day 5 will be on the 14th June from 10pm in the council chamber with day 6 to be sometime w/c 28th June (date/venue tbc).

Documentation from Telford Homes

 

Documentation from Redbridge Council

 

CRA Documentation

 

Other Documentation

 Inspectorate Decision Paperwork

NB The above links will be updated over each day’s proceedings and duplicated across each days report.

Day 3 of the Chepstow Public Inquiry in which the second and third schemes by Telford Homes are being considered (3398/08 and 2393/09 respectively) was much faster paced than the first two days. In addition to hearing from the remaining third parties (Wanstead Society and the CRA), Redbridge’s second and final witness (Julie Williams) and Telford’s first witness (Chris Hicks) were also fully processed.

Early “housekeeping” issues would seem to have finally put to bed the matter of whether the Wanstead Grove Conservation Area was legally designated – it was as it turned out (phew)!

The Wanstead Society spoke first and were repesented by both Marian Temple and Roger Estop with the latter being quite extensively cross examined by Telford. Next it was the CRA’s turn represented by Malcolm Dowers who was cross examined by both sides given our split stance (against scheme 2, for scheme 3). Apparently some in Redbridge Planning believe the Counties Estate has routes as far back as “medieval times” which was news to us. We pointed out that the earliest building on our patch is Applegarth which is 17th century.

Redbridge’s second and final witness gave evidence in general support for Redbridge’s case, ie in support of the grounds for refusal of each scheme. Much was made by the Telford camp that no mention of English Heritage’s stance regarding the schemes was included in their evidence.

Telford’s first (of three) witnesses gave evidence primarily on the basis of procedure. The CRA’s efforts to secure a redesign of the houses (scheme 3) were welcomed and reported by him as being “more successful” than those on scheme 2 (whilst saying scheme 2 houses were still acceptable in his opinion). Cross examination and re-examination followed, including some questions from the CRA as to whether English Heritage had approved scheme 2, or rather (as we suggest) delegated further decision to the local Conservation Officers.

Day 4 is scheduled for 9.30am on Thursday 27/5/10 again in the Council Chamber with an indication that it will run for as long as is needed to fully hear Telford’s remaining two witnesses and to “round table” discuss the conditions.

Documentation from Telford Homes

 

Documentation from Redbridge Council

 

CRA Documentation

 

Other Documentation

 Inspectorate Decision Paperwork

NB The above links will be updated over each day’s proceedings and duplicated across each days report.

CRA speech to Area 2 in support of Local Studies Department of the Redbridge Library Service.