Author Archives: racheltripp

Do you have an idea for a local project?

The new round of community assemblies has started, with our first Forest Gate and Maryland community assembly held last week. If you aren’t familiar with this work in Newham, where local residents can vote to allocate money to projects created … Continue reading

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Thank you!

It’s now May the 17th and I feel like I am only now emerging properly from the post-election haze and back into something like normal life again. The last few weeks before an election are always busy with campaigning but … Continue reading

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The Forest Gate Festival needs you

I got this message from the organisers of the Forest Gate Festival. Read on to find out how to get involved, to secure the future of our much loved community festival. Are you…an organisational talent, a social media whiz, a … Continue reading

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Litter and street cleaning

As with so many other issues, street cleaning can feel a bit incendiary, so part of me hesitates to post this. But here goes… I had a couple of weeks where I had a small flurry of emails from residents … Continue reading

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Launch of the Forest

Am SO delighted that this cold and grey January has been brightened up by the launch of the Forest: an online magazine for Forest Gate. Dreamed up, hosted and promoted by the ever-creative Aiden at Tracks E7, his newest creation … Continue reading

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Astroturf on Wanstead Flats?!

I have to admit that when I first heard someone say there was a plan to put astro-turf on Wanstead Flats, I assumed that it was a rumour that was unfounded. Quite apart from anything else, I remember vividly meeting … Continue reading

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Improved recycling

We had such good news at Council last night that I had to log on quickly and share it. I know that James Asser, Nilufa Jahan, and a dedicated bunch of officers have been working hard behind the scenes for … Continue reading

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Helping to shape the Local Plan

I wanted to share an email that I received about the process to review Newham’s Local Plan. There is lots of information online about what a deceptively boringly titled ‘Local Plan’ is, but in essence it sets out a vision … Continue reading

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Affordable homes – letter to the Newham Recorder

I wanted to share with Forest Gate North residents, but also with anyone else concerned about the housing crisis, a letter that my colleague Councillor Daniel Blaney and I wrote to the Newham Recorder this week. ‘Genuine affordable homes plans … Continue reading

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FGN letter to Borough Commander Richard Tucker

Sasha das Gupta, Anam Islam and I put together a letter to Newham Borough Commander Richard Tucker. We sent this to him, but also wanted to give residents a chance to read it and to be transparent about how we … Continue reading

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