We want Redbridge to be a great place to live. This might sound like a modest ambition, but delivering on it requires bold steps to renew our borough and transform the way our council works. We have set out five clear priorities for the next decade:
Regenerate the borough to benefit our residents and integrate new communities
Keep the borough clean and safe
Be a great place to live as a family
Tackle the root causes of social challenges
Build a brilliant council
A key theme across all our priorities is the need for a new relationship between the council, partners and residents. While local government services play an important role in shaping the future of Redbridge, the ambitions we have forged in partnership with our communities can only be delivered with the active participation of those communities. We need our residents to work with us to keep the streets clean, tell us what it means to be a great place for families and to bring their culture into our public spaces.
Our part of the deal will be to provide the best possible services and support, while becoming a more open and democratic organisation, giving residents a real voice in the way we make decisions.
In the short term, our priority is the quality of our streets and public realm. Our goal is to work with our communities to deliver a cleaner, safer borough. We will do our part with a new approach to Civic Pride services, with neighbourhood coordinators working alongside communities and a thorough modernisation of our street services: bringing in new technology to maximise productivity, targeting our work on blackspots across the borough and using well-designed communications activity to shift behaviour.
At the same time, we must act on our longer-term ambitions to regenerate the borough and put our services on a sustainable footing. We will step up the pace of development around Ilford, with new affordable homes and leisure facilities, always keeping the views and needs of residents at the forefront of our work. We will redesign our services to focus on tackling the root causes of problems – putting the health and wellbeing of the public at the heart of everything we do, supporting our residents to live independent lives and giving the borough’s children and young people a louder voice.