The new 'town square' in Barkingside - part of the Better Barkingside improvements - will be called Ken Aston Square after a public vote in favour of the former Head of Newbury Park School.
Ken Aston was an English teacher, soldier and referee - famous for having invented the red and yellow cards in football!
Wes joined local residents for an afternoon of entertainment and celebration with councillors and MPs from all parties and hundreds of local residents. The developments, which are in the final stages of completion, were made possible thanks to funding from the Greater London Authority and the efforts of Redbridge Council under the leadership of the previous Coalition administration and the current Labour administration.
Speaking at the event, Wes thanked everyone who made the Better Barkingside project possible and praised the involvement of residents in shaping the plans. "It was great to see so many residents enjoying the celebrations and also nice to see current and former councillor colleagues come together on a cross-party basis" says Wes. "This has been a real team effort. I particularly want to thank John Sharrock and the Barkingside 21 team who have been heavily involved in developing the vision for the Better Barkingside project."
New public toilets have been approved by the new Labour Council, fulfilling one of Labour's pre-election pledges. Wes says: "Although Conservative members of the Council have questioned the value of these public toilets since the election, residents in Barkingside have been campaigning for these public conveniences for years. I hope they'll make the new town square even better for residents."