Redbridge is an outer north-east London Borough, with a culturally rich, well-educated community of 305,900, and almost 100,000 households. The borough is divided into 22 wards, served by 63 councillors in total. The Labour Party retained control of Redbridge Council following the elections in May 2018. Labour won 51 seats giving it an overall majority. The Conservative Party secured 12 seats.
Redbridge’s population has grown by nearly 65,000 people since 2001 and is predicted to continue to grow at a faster rate than the rest of London.
The borough is diverse, with a wide variety of religions, over 50 different nationalities and the third highest proportion of under-16s in the capital. In 2016, Redbridge was ranked the happiest borough to live in, providing an insight into the well-being of our residents.
Local Facilities and Regeneration
Redbridge boasts one of the best living environments in London and is one of the capital’s greenest boroughs. There are more than 35 parks (six of which have attained the prestigious Green Flag Award), playgrounds and other open spaces which provide a wealth of outdoor leisure opportunities. It enjoys an enviable reputation for its excellent transport connectivity, with 4 railway stations, all of which will serve Crossrail, 11 tube stations and more than 500 bus stops.
There is a growing evening economy including a theatre, two cinemas, a wide range of restaurants, night time venues and bars. We are working hard to develop this further benefitting from Business Improvement District status in two locations that has enabled businesses to manage and invest in their local trading environment.
We also plan to introduce a cultural quarter in Ilford, bringing a number of healthier dining options for our residents under one roof. We worked with residents to co-produce the Ilford Manifesto, which sets out the key principles that will inform the regeneration of our main town centre. We want to bring all of our town centres and high streets to life and improve what they all have to offer for our community.
There are high levels of educational attainment in Redbridge, with 92% of our schools being rated as outstanding or good by Ofsted. The 2011 Census showed that 34% of the population aged 16 and over were qualified to degree level, compared to 27% in England & Wales. In 2017/18, Redbridge had a higher percentage of pupils who achieved both a 9-5 pass and a 9-4 pass in both GCSE English and maths than both the England and London average.
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