Residents given the wrong impression

Chris Carter AS YET another blueprint is called for in the drive to revamp Ilford Town Centre, residents may well ask where the money has gone. Cabinet member Cllr Nick Hayes was somewhat evasive about how much has been spent over the past eight years, but there s n

Chris Carter

AS YET another "blueprint" is called for in the drive to revamp Ilford Town Centre, residents may well ask where the money has gone.

Cabinet member Cllr Nick Hayes was somewhat evasive about how much has been spent over the past eight years, but there's no doubting it will be in the millions.

So what has Redbridge got for its money? A "detailed investigation" on the Kenneth More Theatre, which basically stated the blinking obvious, that the building needs major refurbishment.


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We have had several rather fetching artists' impressions teasing people with the hopes of a Covent Garden-style piazza with happy gamboling couples enjoying the ambience.

Several glossy packs were produced over the years full of stats and statements which any fool could have come up with.

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Ilford Town Centre is still in need of a revamp - or more accurately an image change. Many see the town as a somewhat decrepit by day, while at night a no go zone.

But the urge to bring in more consultants must be resisted. Redbridge residents have the right to demand a value for money scheme, which will mean more than a glossy brochure or a flashy artist's impression.

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