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Collection rates fallen

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:11am Friday 25th July 2014

From the Ascham Homes (housing association) annual report, you can see that rent collection for 2013/2014 has improved over that for 2012/2013.

Lib Dems help the poorest

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:08am Friday 25th July 2014

Local worst off families in our borough have all benefited most from the Liberal Democrats in government.

Doctor’s door was always open

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:07am Friday 25th July 2014

Many senior members of the community in the Leyton Green area will be saddened to learn of the death of Dr David Lawrence, whose surgery was at 707 Lea Bridge Road from 1953 until 1983.

Borrowers: payday not only way

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:06am Friday 25th July 2014

The recent reports that payday lending company Wonga was sending out fake solicitor letters to cash-strapped customers who couldn’t afford their fees to frighten them is just further evidence of why people should take great care before borrowing money from a payday lender.

People have not had a voice on libraries

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:05am Friday 25th July 2014

No-one disputes that we need to keep funding the libraries in Redbridge. But it looks as though the controversial proposals to subsidise South Woodford Library by opening a gym and to move Woodford Library to Sir James Hawkey Hall are going to be pushed through without any proper public consultation or a serious business case to show whether these moves will be effective.

Payday not the only way

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:03am Friday 25th July 2014

The recent reports that payday lending company Wonga was sending out fake solicitor letters to cash-strapped customers who couldn’t afford their fees to frighten them is just further evidence of why people should take great care before borrowing money from a payday lender.

Tour was missed chance

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:02am Friday 25th July 2014

The opportunity to waste money obviously hit Epping Forest District Council, yet again with the arrival of the Tour de France celebrations on July 7.

Tea hut part of the forest

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:01am Friday 25th July 2014

I am a volunteer with a group of adults with learning difficulties who clear scrub in Epping Forest, a task which they thoroughly enjoy come rain or shine.

Speaking Out: Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi on the Israel/Palestine conflict

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

9:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, 61, of Highams Park, is a primary school teacher in Waltham Forest.

Speaking out: Fred Rose on commemorating the Tour de France

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

5:32pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

Fred Rose would like to see a plaque, statue or flag made to mark the Tour de France passing through his town

Planes fly in face of health

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:43am Monday 14th July 2014

When did Wanstead become the main flight path for planes coming out of London City Airport?

Did Tour de France race arrive early?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:42am Monday 14th July 2014

I walk to work every day and every day I take my life in my hands owing to cyclists who believe that they not only have a right to cycle on the pavements of Wanstead but that I as a pedestrian am an unacceptable and annoying obstacle.

Expensive loans are not the only answer

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:41am Monday 14th July 2014

The recent reports that payday lending company Wonga was sending out fake solicitor letters to cash-strapped customers who couldn’t afford their fees to frighten them is just further evidence of why people should take great care before borrowing money from a payday lender.

Pension guarantee gives security

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:40am Monday 14th July 2014

I was pleased to see last week that Lib Dem pensions minister Steve Webb had announced that one of the biggest changes in the state pensions scheme in recent history was to be written into law.

Day of Le Tour was one to remember

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:38am Monday 14th July 2014

I would like to tell you how well Waltham Forest council organised the spectator arrangements for the Tour de France whizzing through the area on Monday - a once in a lifetime experience.

Game not so beautiful now

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:37am Monday 14th July 2014

I salute the bravery of the head of Epping Primary School when banning the so-called ‘beautiful game’ simply because it’s nothing of the sort.

Hero in a mucky tale

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:36am Monday 14th July 2014

I want to commend the gentleman who dealt with dog mess on Oak Hill (between Woodford Green and Loughton), which had nothing to do with himself.

Race caught Essex spirit

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:35am Monday 14th July 2014

Thank you to the residents of Essex and the visitors who came to the county to watch stage three of the Tour de France on Monday.

Tories must get their priorities right on fraud

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:34am Monday 14th July 2014

The Conservatives lack joined up thinking.

Team Epping was winner of Le Tour

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:33am Monday 14th July 2014

At the last minute some- one realised that we had the world famous Tour de France going through our little town of Epping and we weren’t ready.

Cyclists need to stay off footpaths

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: South Marches Scouts will be holding a bike fundraiser this weekend.

9:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

With the  the Tour de France coming through Woodford on Monday, July 7, it would be an appropriate time to quote what cycling commissioner for London Andrew Gilligan told the  Buckingham Road Cemetery and Surroundings Interest Group (BRCASIG) eight months ago, on November 7 last year.

Whipps care was excellent

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Gregory Benchetrit had denied the charges.

2:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

I was discharged from Whipps Cross Hospital on May 25 after spending four weeks as an inpatient.

Join the fight against sexual violence

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: child

1:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

After William Hague convened ministers from around the world at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, women in South Sudan are being tied up and raped as they try to seek safety from the conflict there.

Trouble is brewing over tea hut issue

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Bikers rally near the tea hut in High Beech (EL78006_1)

12:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

May I thank you for your eloquent defence of the Epping tea hut (Editor’s View, Guardian June 26).

Attacks on me are just a case of sour grapes

11:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

With regard to the letter by Cllr Stallan (UKIP fails to raise housing problems, June 26).

Cabinet system not best way to run a council

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Flags werev flown at half mast outside the Epping Forest District Council offices in High Street, Epping

10:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

Councillor Stallan appears proud of the cabinet system in our district, where the Conservative group councillors vote through whatever the cabinet decides in secret meetings.

City of London should do the job it is meant to do

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Bradley Melton, who runs the business in Hill Wood, High Beech, has been told by the City of London Corporation that the lease will be put up for offer when it expires in December.

9:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

I have lived at the Elms for 12 years and only once, nine years ago, have trees and bushes in the road been cut.

Shrubs near roads need cutting

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The professional decorator also captured these adorable images of the feathered creatures

8:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

The footpath that runs from Coopersale into Stonards Hill Epping has been here all my lifetime, which is more than 71 years.

No sympathy when my husband died

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Whipps Cross Hospital.

2:20pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Having lost my husband last year, I feel compelled to write about his last hours in Whipps Cross Hospital.

On the hunt for relatives of tragic Hurricane pilot

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

10:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

I am currently writing my second book, this one being entitled Hurricane – Courage and Sacrifice, for publication this year.

Every child has right to safety

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

10:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

It is fantastic news that schools in England are now legally required to support children with medical conditions such as asthma, cancer, type one diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, stroke, coeliac disease and anaphylaxis.

Freedom to take pictures crushed

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

9:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

Thank you for raising issues of photographers’ rights in your recent item in the Guardian showing photographers taking pictures of a bus to highlight that local photographers had been having problems since at least 2009.

UKIP fails to raise housing problems

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

9:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

I feel I must respond to the letter from Cllr Butler (Guardian June 19) and his accusations of my apparent rudeness and arrogant and childish behaviour on May 23 – accusations I deny.

Editor's view - if it ain't broke...

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

8:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Keep this unique refuge in the forest

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

8:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

This tea hut has been in the family for over 80 years and I cannot see why it needs to go out to tender when there is no need for change.

Smack on the hand is not a big deal

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

7:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

After reading the local Guardian this week, I had to smile to think a pre-school has shut down after a child having had a slap on her hand for pulling other children’s hair.

Save this unique part of the forest

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

7:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

We are writing in regard to the article in the Guardian on the tea hut in Epping Forest.

Trade deal threatens high food standards

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

6:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

Following the food scandals of recent years, people are becoming much more aware of what goes into our food. The last thing we need is lower legal standards, but a deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could result in exactly that. The EU-US trade deal aims to ‘harmonise’ European and American rules in food safety and many other areas, which in practice may mean slashing European standards to match the much lower US levels. So, products like hormone-treated beef and pork, and chicken washed in chlorine, sold by US companies but currently banned here, could appear on supermarket shelves in the UK. Food is just one area in which this deal would give multinational companies much more influence in our lives. Health care and education are among the others. The deal threatens our ability to run our society in the way we choose, and it must be stopped.

Democracy is under threat

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

6:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

It’s a basic principle of democracy that governments should be able to make decisions in the interests of the people who elected them.

Boom in fracking and private NHS looming

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

5:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

Many people are involved in local campaigns to protect the NHS, oppose fracking, or tackle fuel poverty.

Eager for news of class of '52

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eager for news of class of '52

5:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

A few years ago as a result of placing a letter in your newspaper, I found an old Walthamstow friend named Arthur Brown after 50 years of wondering where he was now.

Speaking Out: Karen Tillett on counterfeit goods in Waltham Forest shops

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Karen Tillett

9:22am Thursday 26th June 2014

Joint operation found almost half of shops selling counterfeit alcohol and cigarettes.

Speaking Out: Claire Norman on protecting green spaces

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Speaking Out: Claire Norman on protecting green spaces

12:43pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

Green Party activist Claire Norman is speaking out on her love of Walthamstow, Hackney and Leyton Marshes. 

Speaking Out - Swati Vyas on the need for people of African descent to get tested for HIV

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Swati Vyas is health partnership manager of Redbridge CVS.

12:10pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

Swati Vyas works for Redbridge CVS, which has launched an HIV project aimed at raising awareness of the disease within the African community in the borough.

Speaking out: Keith Mitchell on potholes

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Keith Mitchell

12:35pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

Keith Mitchell is frustrated at the growing number of potholes in his road

Speaking Out: Ajmal Masroor on Muslim marriage breakdown

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Ajmal Masroor says separating does not need to be a negative experience

10:24am Thursday 19th June 2014

Ajmal Masroor is the director of The Barefoot Institute, a charity helping Muslim families deal with the breakdown of marriages.

Classic literature not stocked by library

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Former homeless mother made MBE

10:09am Tuesday 17th June 2014

The million pounds spent on Leyton library must be a boon for people using computers. But for the elderly it's a nightmare, trying to get the lift from downstairs to come up or from the top floor down has been a problem.

Thanks for supporting Red Cross

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Former homeless mother made MBE

10:02am Tuesday 17th June 2014

May I thank both the residents of Epping Forest district for their generous support of our Red Cross Week this year and the E15 Acting School who kindly held a street collection raising a magnificent £244.81 for the work of the Red Cross. This is a very welcome contribution to the vital work our members do helping those who find themselves in crisis situations.

Arrogance of Tories benefits UKIP

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Former homeless mother made MBE

11:02am Monday 16th June 2014

I am glad that Cllr Stallen (Guardian, June 12) occasionally misses my contributions in the council; however he seems to have conveniently forgotten that I was present on the committee when the council house building programme was agreed.

Labour dominance equals complacency

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Former homeless mother made MBE

9:42am Monday 16th June 2014

In reply to Chris Duran (Letters, June 11) I have been told by many people since the local election that Labour are far too dominant in the borough and this will inevitably lead to complacency and possible door opening to potential corruption in public financial transactions and democratic record keeping. Time will prove to be the best judge.






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