Redbridge Council has announced that it will, after all, conduct a “full and thorough detailed consultation” into its parking plans for Wanstead. It’s the second change in two days to the council’s proposals and followed a partial alteration which was announced on Wednesday. The results of the consultation will be published in their entirety, the council has promised.
The council statement reads:
[su_panel background=”#dddcdd” border=”1px none #cccccc” shadow=”0px 0px 0px #eeeeee”]Council announces changes to Wanstead parking plans after listening to residents
After listening to residents the Council Leader has announced it will be making changes to the parking plans that were set to be introduced in Wanstead in February. Our initial approach was to present a scheme to residents, take on feedback and make changes to the scheme so that a balanced approach could be found that works for residents, businesses and commuters. Further feedback over a period of up to 18 months would have been sought before the final scheme was consulted on as part of making any scheme permanent. Upon further reflection; and having listened to residents at both the Neighbourhoods Service Committee and at Cabinet, we have decided to carry out a full and thorough detailed consultation, with the results published in their entirety. Further information on the consultation will be sent to Wanstead residents in the coming weeks.[/su_panel]
The new position seems to Wansteadium to be a complete victory for those Wanstead campaigners – and, to be frank, this website – who were demanding a consultation take place.
On Monday our (first ever) editorial said:
Unless Redbridge Council undertakes to do the proper consultation, it’s hard to avoid the suspicion that this scheme is nothing to do with improving parking – it’s simply an easy way to raise cash for the council. For a political party to do that in an area where it doesn’t stand to make significant electoral losses would just be shabby. It’s time to show that that’s not the case.
As far as Wansteadium can see, this is everything we were asking for.
The #WeWantSay campaigners welcomed the announcement and have issued a letter in response to the council announcement and will proceed with tonight’s meeting at the Scout Hall.
— WeWantSay (@WeWantSay) January 13, 2017