Author Archives: racheltripp

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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Housing repairs

I receive a large amount of casework relating to repairs to Newham-owned and managed Council homes, as well as repairs and maintenance by Newham-owned but Housing Association managed properties. When I got the following update from the Cabinet lead for … Continue reading

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Street trees and greening

I have had an increasing number of queries recently about trees, and specifically about street trees. I think there are probably a few reasons for this. The first being that in general Forest Gate residents do love greening, and trees … Continue reading

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What helps, what gets in the way of being able to self-isolate?

A few weeks ago now in one of our councillor briefings we heard from our Public Health team about a really fascinating piece of research they’d commissioned, looking at the issue of self-isolation. I was stunned to read in the … Continue reading

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More low traffic neighbourhoods

Intro A quick update from me on some non-Forest Gate North news: more low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) being introduced in Newham. I sent this update out to a list that I keep of people who are particularly interested in active … Continue reading

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Councillor report February 2021

Hello to all those reading this, and I hope you’re all keeping well and safe. This is my latest ward report, which as ever I’ll begin by explaining that I write as a means of accountability to those Labour members … Continue reading

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Become a vaccine peer supporter

Yesterday I tweeted the welcome news that Covid infections in Newham, although still eye-wateringly high, are finally starting to come down. After a pretty tough few weeks of staying at home, it is so heartening to see that all the … Continue reading

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Recycling trial

You might remember that I mentioned in my last ward report that Newham was running a recycling trial, which included many streets in Forest Gate North. This included offering residents on certain roads the chance to recycle a wider range … Continue reading

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