Search

OPINION: Keith Prince, London Assembly member

PUBLISHED: 10:43 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 19 June 2017

Archant

The community is showing its true value

City Hall returns to normal service this week after a general election that few would have predicted and a barbaric terrorist attack that few can comprehend.

In times like this, community shows its true value and the sight of people coming together to unite after the horrendous atrocities at Borough Market was truly inspiring.

It was this feeling of community that took me to the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre in Romford last month. The centre is being forced to move as developers prepare to bulldoze their current home.

I met with the leaders of this important community group who are concerned they will be forced out of the town centre. It is so important these kinds of facilities are easily accessible within the community and I will be assisting where I can in finding them an appropriate new home.

Another important local development is the proposed retirement village in Main Road, Romford. I went to an open event to view the plans, which on first viewing did prompt some concerns. It is something I will be watching closely with interest as it is so important we have the right sort of developments in our area.

In political news, I’ve taken over as chairman of the Transport Committee at City Hall. In this role I fully intend to fight for a fairer deal for our hard-working black cabbies, as well as campaigning to improve motorcycle safety across our city. Transport will be a key area of interest over the coming 12 months if we are going to overcome the immense challenges facing London’s transport network and its public services.

Our scrutiny of the mayor on this front will take on heightened importance.

To that end I spent four weeks last month on jury service doing my civic duty.

Latest Romford Stories

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Havering Council has launched a new look for its waste collection trucks to encourage residents to reduce their waste.

17:50

Essex collected their first win of the Specsavers County Championship season when they despatched Lancashire by 31 runs with more than a day to spare at Chelmsford.

There was no grand finish at the Emirates, where the Hammers slumped to their 1,000th top-flight defeat at the hands of the goal-grabbing Gunners.

15:17

He is in the middle of his best ever season and the heavy favourite to win a sixth world crown, but Ronnie O’Sullivan says his secret is simple – a green salad and a jog.

10:00

Lakeside Hammers boss Will Pottinger hailed last heat hero Nick Morris after they snatched a 45-44 win at Ipswich.

09:23

Essex’s James Foster says the defending champions have work to do to complete a win over Lancashire at Chelmsford.

08:00

Royal Victoria Docks will play host to the British leg of the UIM F1H2O World Championship in June.

12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

PROMOTED CONTENT

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

NC Construction Services Ltd, based in Hornchurch, Essex, is branching out into residential home improvements and refurbishments after many years working in the commercial sector, in direct response to potential clients looking to add space and value to their property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Awards Directory

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now