New public forums in the pipeline, according to Wes Streeting, deputy leader of Redbridge council

Cllr Wes Streeting is finalising public forum plans before the next council meeting

Cllr Wes Streeting is finalising public forum plans before the next council meeting

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Plans to introduce new public forums are being finalised, according to the deputy leader of Redbridge council.

Neighbours reacted with anger folliwing the new Labour council's descision to scrap area committee meetings last week.

And responding to calls for an alternative, Cllr Wes Streeting, said an announcement would be made on the make-up of the new meetings at the next meeting of full council on July 17.

He said: “We are proposing a more stream-lined one-stop-shop where the public can have more of a say than the traditional area committee meetings.

“The overwhelming majority of the public did not attend the meetings with only an average attendance of 24, so it was clear they were just not working.

“We want to make these meetings more welcoming than they are currently, which are intimidating and more like an Anglo-Saxon or feudal court with councillors passing down decisions from on high.

“Our new public forums will be based on slightly larger areas than the current committees but that is not necessarily a bad thing, we think the new system will mean more people want to attend.”

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11:24am Fri 27 Jun 14

MorrisHickey says...

Will the real council leader please stand up?
Will the real council leader please stand up? MorrisHickey
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12:58pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Double the red tape now then

Why not leave things as they were?
Double the red tape now then Why not leave things as they were? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

1:15pm Fri 27 Jun 14

T. Watts says...

Oh Boo Hoo! The Tories didn't win!

We can't come to terms with it !

We're still whinging on about it!

Boo Hoo!
Oh Boo Hoo! The Tories didn't win! We can't come to terms with it ! We're still whinging on about it! Boo Hoo! T. Watts
  • Score: 3

12:29pm Sun 29 Jun 14

D M says...

Perhaps Wes Streeting,is getting the publicity,rather than Jas Atwal,because there is a General Election,in May 2015 and the Labour candidate will be Wes Streeting,in Ilford North.

As for the proposed one stop shop system,I believe no decisions will be made and a system on how to spend money in specific wards will have to be worked out.

I predict meetings will be in the main made up of Labour supporters discussing how great they think the Labour Council is.
Perhaps Wes Streeting,is getting the publicity,rather than Jas Atwal,because there is a General Election,in May 2015 and the Labour candidate will be Wes Streeting,in Ilford North. As for the proposed one stop shop system,I believe no decisions will be made and a system on how to spend money in specific wards will have to be worked out. I predict meetings will be in the main made up of Labour supporters discussing how great they think the Labour Council is. D M
  • Score: -1

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