London Borough of Redbridge

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London Borough of Redbridge
London borough
Coat of arms of London Borough of Redbridge
Coat of arms
Official logo of London Borough of Redbridge
Council logo
Redbridge shown within Greater London
Redbridge shown within Greater London
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region London
Ceremonial county Greater London
Status London borough
Admin HQ Ilford
Created 1 April 1965
Government
 • Type London borough council
 • Body Redbridge London Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Labour)
 • Mayor Cllr Felicity Banks
 • MPs John Cryer
Iain Duncan Smith
Mike Gapes
Lee Scott
 • London Assembly Roger Evans AM for Havering and Redbridge
 • EU Parliament London
Area
 • Total 21.78 sq mi (56.41 km2)
Area rank 263rd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 281,400
 • Rank 37th (of 326)
 • Density 13,000/sq mi (5,000/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1]

34.5% White British
1.4% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
6.6% Other White
1.1% White & Black Caribbean
0.6% White & Black African
1.2% White & Asian
1.2% Other Mixed
16.4% Indian
11.1% Pakistani
5.7% Bangladeshi
1.1% Chinese
7.4% Other Asian
4.4% Black African
3.2% Black Caribbean
1.2% Other Black
0.6% Arab

2.1% Other
 • ONS code 00BC
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Postcodes E, IG, RM
Police force Metropolitan Police
Website www.redbridge.gov.uk

The London Borough of Redbridge (About this sound pronunciation ) is a London borough in north-east London, England. It is known for its award winning parks and open spaces, excellent transport links and thriving shopping areas.

Its administrative headquarters is at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford. The local authority is Redbridge London Borough Council.

Etymology[edit]

The name comes from a bridge over the River Roding which was demolished in 1921. The bridge was made of red brick, unlike other bridges in the area made of white stone. The name had first been applied to the Redbridge area and Redbridge tube station was opened in 1947. It was earlier known as Hocklee's Bridge.[2]

Places of Interest[edit]

Parks and open spaces[edit]

Redbridge is one of London's greenest Boroughs, with more than 35 parks, playgrounds and open spaces to enjoy. These include Hainault Forest Country Park, with 300 acres of countryside including adventure play areas, cafe and petting zoo. Roding Valley Park, a wildlife sanctuary with a wide range of flora and fauna and woodland areas to explore. Fairlop Waters Country Park, which offers a huge range of activities both on and off the water. The award winning Valentines Park, situated next to the beautiful Valentines Mansion, ornamental gardens, bowling green and outdoor gym among other attractions. Claybury Woods and Park, a conservation area that features and ancient area of oak and hornbeam woodland, meadows and wildlife ponds.

Six parks have attained the prestigious Green Flag Award.

For more information, see Redbridge parks and open spaces

Arts and culture[edit]

Valentines Mansion is a Georgian country house and gardens in the grounds of Valentines Park, Ilford. The 300 year old restored building attracts thousands of visitors every year. There is also a Gardener's Cottage Cafe and regular art installations and exhibitions.

Redbridge Drama Centre in Churchfields, South Woodford, offers young people aged five to 21 the chance to take part in a professional performance and gives the public a year-round opportunity to see live shows in this part of the Borough. It has a television studio and edit suite where film and videos are made.

Kenneth More Theatre in Oakfield Road, Ilford opened in 1975 and the theatre in Ilford Town Centre has since served up a diverse programme of amateur and professional performances to the local community with new shows most weeks.

Redbridge Museum is situated in Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Redbridge Museum explores the many places, people and events in over 150,000 years of the Borough's history. The museum also features interactive displays, a multi-media Children's Trail and touch displays to help bring the past to life. There are also regular changing exhibitions for visitors to enjoy.

Libraries[edit]

Redbridge has 13 libraries across the Borough. This includes the Redbridge Central Library, in Clements Road, Ilford, which had a major refurbishment in 2012. The libraries offer a number of services including reading clubs, story time sessions, study areas and learning resources.

The libraries in Redbridge are:

  • Aldersbrook Library
  • Clayhall Library
  • Fullwell Cross Library
  • Gants Hill Library
  • Goodmayes Library
  • Hainault Library
  • Redbridge Central Library
  • Keith Axon Library
  • Seven Kings Library
  • South Woodford Library
  • Uphall School Library
  • Wanstead Library
  • Woodford Green Library

Sport and Leisure Facilities[edit]

Redbridge has a number of sports and leisure facilities including the fantastic road and off road cycling tracks at Redbridge Cycling Centre, top class water sports at Fairlop Activity Centre, in Fairlop Waters and sporting facilities at Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, in Forest Road, Fairlop. Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, in Barkingside features a swimming pool, dance studio and spa.

There are also a number of outdoor gyms in the Borough's parks. The gyms can be found in the following parks:

  • Ashton Playing Fields
  • Claybury Woods and Park
  • Elmhurst Gardens
  • Forest Road Playing Fields
  • Goodmayes Park
  • Ray Park
  • Valentines Park

There are two local football teams both playing in the Isthmian League Division One: Redbridge F.C. (not to be confused with Dagenham & Redbridge) and Ilford FC. In addition there is fellow Non-League football club Barkingside F.C. who play at The Oakside stadium.

The borough was one of the locations of the 2010 Mayor of London's Sky Ride. Along with Ealing, it was the first time the event took place in Outer London boroughs as well as in central London.

Geography[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Redbridge is an ethnically diverse borough. However, there is a major north-south divide; the south of the borough, thus including Ilford, has a very high foreign and non-British population, whereas the north is mostly the opposite.

The Clementswood ward, which covers the Ilford High Road and the area east of Ilford Lane, had a White British population of 9.4% at the 2011 census. This was closely followed by the Loxford ward, which covers Loxford and the south of Ilford, at 10.2%. The third and fourth lowest wards were Valentines (the area north of Ilford station and south of Valentines Park) at 14.2%, and Newbury (between Newbury Park and Seven Kings) at 15.6%.[3] The White British population fell by 29.8% in Redbridge - the country's fourth highest drop, only behind neighbouring Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Slough.

At the 2001 census, the Monkhams ward (the area between Woodford and Buckhurst Hill) had the largest White British population, at 89.1%. Hainault followed at 88.6%, Bridge at 85.6%, Church End at 85.1, and Fairlop at 84.1%.

The Indian group is the largest ethnic minority, and claimed over a fourth of the population proportion in Seven Kings, Goodmayes and Clementswood wards in 2001.

Transport[edit]

National Rail[edit]

Fairlop Loop (Hainault Loop)
Central line to Epping
(formerly to Ongar)
Roding Valley
M11 motorway
Chigwell
Woodford
Grange Hill
Hainault depot
Hainault
Fairlop
Barkingside
Newbury Park
A12 Eastern Avenue
connection closed 1956
(Ilford curve closed 1947)
Gants Hill
Redbridge
Wanstead
Leytonstone
Central line to Central London
GER to Shenfield
Seven Kings
Junction now site of Ilford Depot
Ilford
GER to London Liverpool Street
Route Frequency
Abellio Greater Anglia service from London Liverpool Street to Shenfield 6 trains per hour
Station Image Opened[4] Notes[4]
Ilford Ilford station building2.JPG 20 June 1839 map 1
Seven Kings Seven Kings stn building.JPG 1 April 1899 map 2
Goodmayes Goodmayes station building.JPG 18 February 1901 map 3

These stations will be operated by Crossrail in 2018. Except Ilford which will still be operated by Abellio Greater Anglia with Crossrail calling there.

London Underground[edit]

Central line Fairlop Loop Epping Branch.

Station Image Opened[4] Notes[4]
Snaresbrook Snaresbrook station building.JPG 14 December 1947 map 4
South Woodford South Woodford entrance east.JPG 14 December 1947 Opened as South Woodford (George Lane); renamed 1947map 5
Woodford Handicapped/disabled access Woodford Station.jpg 14 December 1947 Terminus of Hainault Loopmap 6

Hainault Branch following the route of the A12 road from Wanstead to Newbury Park.

Station Image Opened[4] Notes[4]
Wanstead Wanstead station building northwest.JPG 14 December 1947 map 7
Redbridge Redbridge station entrance east.JPG 14 December 1947 map 8
Gants Hill Gants Hill stn southwest entrance.JPG 14 December 1947 map 9
Newbury Park Newbury Park Tube station.jpg 14 December 1947 map 10
Barkingside Barkingside station building.JPG 31 May 1948 map 11
Fairlop Fairlop station building.JPG 31 May 1948 map 12
Hainault Handicapped/disabled access Hainault stn building.JPG 31 May 1948 map 13
Grange Hill Grange Hill stn entr.JPG 21 November 1948 lies on the boundary between the London Borough of Redbridge and the Epping Forest districtmap 14

Buses[edit]

Ilford Hainault Street Bus Station, where nine different bus routes terminate.

Numerous London buses run through and within the borough. These include routes 20, 62, 173, 368, 387, 397, 549; night bus routes N8, N15, N86; school bus route 667, 675, 679; and other routes 958. And also these routes :

Route Number Route Via Operator Operation
25 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Hainault Street to Oxford CircusLondon Underground Holborn London Underground, Aldgate London Underground, Stratford London UndergroundLondon OvergroundDocklands Light Railway First London 24 Hours. London Buses service. Times
66 Handicapped/disabled access Leytonstone Station London Underground to Romford Station National Rail Wanstead London Underground, Redbridge London Underground, Gants Hill London Underground, Newbury Park London Underground Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
86 Handicapped/disabled access Stratford Bus StationLondon UndergroundLondon OvergroundDocklands Light Railway to Romford Station National Rail Manor Park, Ilford National Rail, Seven Kings National Rail Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
101 Handicapped/disabled access Wanstead Station London Underground to Gallions Reach Shopping Centre Manor Park National Rail, East Ham London Underground, Beckton Docklands Light Railway Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
123 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Hainault Street to Wood Green Bus Station Gants Hill London Underground, Walthamstow, Tottenham, Turnpike Lane London Underground Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
128Handicapped/disabled access Claybury Broadway to Romford Station National Rail Barkingside, Gants Hill London Underground, IlfordNational Rail Arriva London 24 Hours. London Buses service. Times
145Handicapped/disabled access LeytonstoneLondon Underground to Dagenham Asda Redbridge London Underground, IlfordNational Rail, BecontreeLondon Underground Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
147Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Hainault Street to Canning Town station London UndergroundDocklands Light Railway East Ham London Underground, Newham General Hospital, Custom HouseDocklands Light Railway Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
150 Handicapped/disabled access Chigwell Row to Becontree Heath Bus Station Hainault London Underground Barkingside, Gants Hill London Underground, Ilford National Rail Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
167 Handicapped/disabled access Debden London Underground to Ilford Hainault Street Loughton London Underground, Barkingside, Gants Hill London Underground Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times
169 Handicapped/disabled access Barking Town Centre National RailLondon UndergroundLondon Overground to Clayhall The Glade Ilford National Rail, Newbury Park, Barkingside London Underground Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
179 Handicapped/disabled access Chingford National Rail to Ilford Hainault Street Woodford Green, South Woodford London Underground, Gants Hill London Underground First London Daily. London Buses service. Times
247 Handicapped/disabled access Barkingside Station London Underground to Romford Station National Rail Hainault London Underground, Collier Row Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
275 Handicapped/disabled access Walthamstow St James Street Station National Rail to Barkingside Tesco Highams Park, Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
296 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Sainbury's to Romford Station National Rail Gants Hill London Underground, Newbury ParkLondon Underground, Rose Lane Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
308 Handicapped/disabled access Wanstead Station London Underground to Clapton Park Millfields Road Forest Gate National Rail, Stratford London UndergroundLondon OvergroundDocklands Light Railway, Leyton London Underground First London Daily. London Buses service. Times
362 Handicapped/disabled access Grange Hill London Underground to King George Hospital Hainault, Marks Gate, Chadwell Heath Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times
364 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Hainault Street to Dagenham East Station London Underground Goodmayes National Rail, Becontree, Dagenham Heathway National Rail Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times
366 Handicapped/disabled access Redbridge Falmouth Gardens to Beckton Station Docklands Light Railway Redbridge London Underground, IlfordNational Rail, Barking National RailLondon UndergroundLondon Overground Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
396 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Sainbury's to King George Hospital Gants Hill London Underground, Newbury ParkLondon Underground, Little Heath Stagecoach London Daily. London Buses service. Times
462 Handicapped/disabled access Hainault The Lowe to Ilford Hainault Street Grange Hill London Underground, Barkingside, Gants Hill London Underground Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
EL1 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Station National Rail to Barking Reach Ilford Lane, Barking London UndergroundLondon Overground, River Road Blue Triangle 24 Hours. London Buses service. Times
EL2 Handicapped/disabled access Ilford Station National Rail to Dagenham Dock StationNational Rail Barking London UndergroundLondon Overground, Thames View Estate, Dagenham Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times
W12 Handicapped/disabled access Walthamstow Coppermill Lane to Wanstead Station London Underground Walthamstow Central National RailLondon Underground, Whipps Cross Hospital, South Woodford London Underground HCT Group Daily. London Buses service. Times
W13 Handicapped/disabled access Woodford Wells to Leytonstone Station London Underground Woodford Green, Snaresbrook London Underground, Wanstead London Underground HCT Group Daily. London Buses service. Times
W14 Handicapped/disabled access Leyton Asda to Woodford Bridge South Woodford London Underground, Wanstead London Underground, Leytonstone London Underground Arriva London Daily. London Buses service. Times
W19 Handicapped/disabled access Walthamstow Angel Avenue to Ilford Station National Rail Walthamstow Central National RailLondon Underground, Leytonstone London Underground, Manor Park National Rail Blue Triangle Daily. London Buses service. Times

Travel to work[edit]

In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were: driving a car or van, 23.5% of all residents aged 16-74; underground, metro, light rail, tram, 6.2%; train, 6.2%; bus, minibus or coach, 4.6%; on foot, 3.7%; work mainly at or from home, 2.6%; passenger in a car or van, 1.5%.[5]

History[edit]

The borough was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 as a merger of the former area of:

Redbridge Town Hall on Ilford High Road
Former local government district Population (1961)[6]
Municipal Borough of Ilford 178,024
Municipal Borough of Wanstead and Woodford 61,416
northern part of the Municipal Borough of Dagenham around Hog Hill 3,569
south eastern part of Chigwell Urban District around Hainault 7,071

All of which had been transferred from Essex to Greater London by the Act.

Redbridge London Borough Council[edit]

Summary of Council results:

Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Others
2014 Labour 25 35 3 0
2012 No Overall Control 29 25 7 2
2010[7][8] No Overall Control 30 26 7 0
2009 No Overall Control 31 14 13 5
2006[9] Conservative 33 18 10 2
2002 Conservative 33 21 9 -
1998 No overall control 23 28 9 2
1994 No overall control 23 30 9
1990[10] Conservative 42 18 3
1986 Conservative 45 17 1
1982 Conservative 51 12
1978 Conservative 50 13
1974 Conservative 45 15
1971 Conservative 42 18
1968 Conservative 55 5
1964 Conservative 45 15

In June 2007 Redbridge London Borough Council introduced Redbridge i, a website using personalisation and customisation techniques. In May 2008 Redbridge i was used as the basis for the Redbridge Conversation, a public consultation asking everyone who lives or works in the borough to talk about the long-term improvements they want to see, and how the council should pay for them.

Education[edit]

Redbridge Council is the Local Education Authority. The Borough has the accolade of sending more young people to university than any other borough in the country in both 2011 and 2012. GCSE and A Level results are consistently higher than the Country's average.

All schools in the borough take part in the Redbridge Schools Choral Festival, a biennial music festival held in the Royal Albert Hall in Knightsbridge.[11] It was inaugurated in 1976. Around 1,900 children from Redbridge schools take part in each festival, with the latest edition being held in 2012.

Maps[edit]