Our Streets enewsletter July 2020
Published: 27 Jul 2020
Growing for it
Hainault residents Julia and Linda have been caring for the planters at the local tube station which were installed as part of the exciting Bloomin' Businesses project last year. Julia says:
"I'd noticed that our lovely community could benefit from this project to spruce up the area around the station and bring local organisations and people together. We've been coming to plant and water every week and the station staff have been very supportive. I’ve donated extra watering cans, and Linda bought a hose so that we can fill them up quickly. The Nasturtiums and Calendula are blooming and Iv'e also sown some seeds recently, hopefully they will come up!"
Could this be you?
Last year businesses across the borough took on planters as part of our 'Bloomin' Businesses' initiative to brighten up their outside space and the local community. The planters were funded by the Redbridge Community Infrastructure Levy and are pictured looking brilliant in Barkingside and Fulwell.
The great news is we're running the scheme again this year and we want you (or someone you know!) to join in. If you are a business owner get in touch and see how we can work together to bring splashes of colour like these to your business door and community.
Love coleslaw hate waste
Who could resist this healthy, summery classic? Last month we brought you homemade hummous from scratch and now here's another gem to help you love your leftovers, saving money and waste. Coleslaw is versatile and it doesn't mind if you get creative.
Try experimenting with finely sliced cabbage and the last apple and carrots lurking at the back of the fridge. A dollop of natural yoghurt or watered down mayonnaise combined with mustard, seasoning and that lonely half a lemon will work a treat as a dressing. Enjoy with anything from wraps to main meals!
Working together to get the job done
Our Enforcement Officers and Cleansing Teams have been working together on a new borough-wide fly-tipping initiative. Enforcement officers are informed by the Cleansing team of fly-tipping hot spots before they clean up the mess. The enforcement team then have a chance to investigate the source of the fly-tip and issue Fixed Penalty Notices to perpetrators where possible.
This is a great new proactive approach to cracking down on fly-tipping across the borough. Great work team!
Have bulky waste to get rid of? Don’t dump it, book a bulky waste collection.
Taking action against litter
There are three things we can do to tackle litter in our borough and send a message to each other that we want to take pride in where we live.
Firstly we can take a carrier bag with us when we go out, so that when picnicking, we can always be sure to have somewhere to stow our rubbish until we find the nearest public bin, or return home to dispose of it.
Secondly, we can take action by litter picking as Councillor Paul Donovan has been doing in Wanstead with fellow councillors. They've collected many bags of rubbish as pictured.
Finally, and the moment we've all been waiting for since it's postponement earlier this year, we can take part in the Great British September Clean! It is run by Keep Britain Tidy who have published guidelines on participating safely.
South Team Enforcement and Engagement Officers spent an afternoon door knocking almost 200 residents living near fly-tipping hot spots in Ilford. The team shared strategies to combat fly-tipping in the area, along with advice and information on recycling and waste disposal.
Beth, our newest Engagement and Education Officer (pictured in orange) loved being out meeting residents in her area.
Prepare to bloom
The Big Bulb Giveaway is back and will be opening for applications from community groups, residents, gardening clubs and schools soon. With support from the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund we're calling upon Redbridge to plant in spaces visible to the community to grow pride in the borough.