M&S “committed” to Wanstead

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There has been speculation on social media that the promised Marks & Spencer Simply Food store due to open in Wanstead is to be replaced by an outlet for American fast food chain KFC.

This rumour is untrue according to information received from Marks & Spencer.  An M&S spokesperson told Wanstead Ward News:

“Our new Wanstead store will be opening in early 2018. We’d like to thank the community for their patience. We will provide a date for our opening as soon as we can. We’re working hard on the store and remain committed to bringing the very best of M&S to Wanstead.”

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Redbridge spends £14k on ‘civic regalia’

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The Redbridge Council website.

Redbridge Council has spent more than £14,000 on ‘civic regalia’ since 2015 an investigation has found.

The figure was revealed following a Freedom of Information request regarding amounts spent against Council cost codes.

In 2015/2016 the Council spent £7,417 against a cost code allocated to ‘civic regalia’ while in 2016/2017 the figure was £6,785.

At a meeting due to be held on 18 January 2018 Redbridge Council will vote on reducing council tax reduction support from 80 per cent to 75 per cent for working age households.

In December 2017 the Council was ordered to pay £4,500 in compensation by the Local Government Ombudsman after it upheld complaints from families who suffered “considerable discomfort” after being placed in unsuitable accommodation by the Council.

As part of the investigation information was requested about spending against other cost codes but the Council has so far failed to respond in full.

Clarification on the ‘civic regalia’ items purchased and a quote was requested via email from the Press Office at Redbridge Council on Friday 5 January.  No response has so far been received.