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Recorder letters: Mardyke, speed humps, homeless animals, GLA, police stations, A&E, Arthur Jones, stealing credit and MP Twitter block

PUBLISHED: 11:07 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 18 September 2017

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Mardyke Farm. Picture: HAVERING FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

Concerns over restoration of land

Rosina Purnell, Havering Friends of the Earth, writes:

Mardyke Farm in South Hornchurch is an old landfill site which has been left neglected since 1993.

It has methane gas problems which means that powerful greenhouse gases have been released into the atmosphere over many years. This land is adjacent to the now scandal-ridden estate of Orchard Village.

Havering Friends of the Earth have serious concerns about the way this site is being “restored”.

A recent planning application means that work is taking place which appears to be destroying Mardyke Farm’s existing ecology.

Havering Friends of the Earth has concerns that so called “mitigation measures” to protect wildlife such as linnets, skylarks and starlings and their nesting habitats have been ignored.

They think that the present restoration plan to “improve” habitats has done little or nothing to protect invertebrates, reptiles and mammals as well as birds.

It is claimed that Havering Council will be making monitoring visits to the site but this could be too little too late.

Far less drastic methods could have been used to restore the land. More environmental assessments should have been done after the 2010 planning application, which would have protected ecology and wildlife.

Does the attached photo look to you as if care and concern for wildlife and ecology is the prime concern of those carrying out this “restoration” process?

Speed humps are more trouble than they’re worth

D Edwards (address supplied), writes:

The so-called cash strapped council is going to waste £85,000 on unnecessary speed humps in Wingletye Lane.

Speed humps are proven to kill or maim more people than they save. They increase noise and pollution due to vehicles having to slow down and speed up and cause damage to vehicles even if the humps comply with government regulations.

Why should the vast majority of law abiding drivers be inconvenienced by these unwanted abominations when a few more speed cameras would cure the problem more cheaply and provide the council with the win/win situation of a nice steady income from the fines?

There are already pelican/pedestrian crossings outside the sixth form college and the other schools so there is absolutely no need for any humps in these locations.

Any perceived difficulty in exiting Minster Way could be dealt with by the introduction of a mini roundabout which would further negate the need for any humps near the college.

We face homeless animal crisis

Jennifer White, PETA UK, London writes:

Anyone capable of dumping kittens who are only weeks old and leaving them for dead is in a worrying psychological state and must be found.

Also deeply troubling is that more kittens will likely suffer a similarly terrifying ordeal if the mother is not identified and spayed immediately.

We’re facing an animal-homelessness crisis which is causing thousands of cats and dogs to be dumped on the street or euthanised in shelters every single year in the UK.

To prevent further cases like this one and to spare thousands of animals neglect or a lifetime spent languishing in a shelter, it’s imperative that people do the right and responsible thing and have their animal companions spayed or neutered.

And PETA strongly urges anyone considering adding an animal companion to the family to visit a local shelter and adopt one, or preferably two, of the loving animals desperately waiting for someone to take them home.

More security needed not less

Alan Cauvain, St Andrews Avenue, Hornchurch, writes:

The Mayor of London is at it again, he now wants to close local police stations in Havering.

It seems the council leader is fighting to stop the closures happening, which I am sure none of the people of Havering want.

We need more security and protection these days, not less.

This is one reason why I feel very strongly that Havering needs to get out of the GLA and merge into the Essex County Council.

Let’s get out of the GLA to make a better life for ourselves by getting better value for the taxes we pay, a lump of which goes to Sadiq Khan to make our lives worse not better.

Have your say on police closures

Cllr Clarence Barrett, Upminster & Cranham Residents’ Association, writes:

As has been reported, in response to a £400m savings exercise, the Metropolitan Police are proposing significant changes to how residents access police services across the capital.

While there are plans to give greater emphasis to dedicated ward officers, the proposals also include the closure of numerous Safer Neighbourhood bases and police stations (Hornchurch and Rainham), across the borough.

At a time when community safety is of critical importance, the cuts imposed on the police by the government are of great concern.

The plans and consultation document, entitled Public Access and Engagement Strategy, can be found here and I would urge residents and businesses alike to respond to the consultation, either online or in writing, before the closure date of October 6.

Strong opposition to A&E proposals

Denis O’Flynn, Harold Hill Labour Party, writes:

On Monday night (September 11) a very well attended meeting held in Romford Central Library with members of the public strongly voicing their objections to the threatened cancellation of the night accident and emergency service.

Those in attendance were very pleased to hear that the leader of Havering Council Councillor Roger Ramsey would be pressing for a review of the decision on the closure and a letter from our GLA representative also pledged support.

Representatives from three political groups were in fact the guest speakers and were Councillor Keith Darvill, Labour, Councillor Michael Deon Burton, South Hornchurch and Councillor Phillip Martin, Ukip.

Sadly not one councillor from the administration or the main opposition were in attendance.

Other groups represented were from the medical, legal and the teaching professions – all of whom expressed their concern on the effects of the Queen’s if the threatened closures went ahead.

Members of the Harold Hill Labour Party were in strong force and raised concerns given to them by local residents on such issues as ambulance services, parking at the Queen’s and public transport.

It was felt that Queen’s was already overworked and waiting time grew longer each week.

And many of the Hill residents were keen to point out the number of hospitals that had closed and houses built in their place.

Again the concern raised by the local residents and supported by the Labour councillors in attendance was the fact that the community had an extremely high elderly number of residents who found the present waiting time sometimes worse than their illness and argued that if the King George service was cancelled it would have an extremely serious effect on the long term health of the Harold Hill community and indeed Havering and surrounding boroughs in general.

Great example to today’s footballers

Nicola Banks [address supplied], writes:

I have followed your fantastic story on Romford’s football hero Arthur Jones. Not only was he a brave man, but he came across as a born leader who looked upon Romford and his country as worth sacrificing his time and his life for.

When you look at some of today’s players and the money they command, reading this story might make them realise how lucky they are to be fortunate enough to have these opportunities thanks to the sacrifices people like Arthur made.

I also find it amazing that we haven’t heard of Arthur before.

My congratulations go to the Romford Recorder for sharing this with us.

• Editor’s note: We can’t claim all the credit – thanks goes to historians Terry Felton and Linda Rhodes who provided the articles

What thunder did Labour steal?

P Clark, [address supplied], writes:

I read with some interest and frankly some amusement the letter in your paper and was struck with the attitude of the writers Lorraine Moss, Jon Sargent and Rachel Barker who claim Harold Hill Labour Party were stealing their thunder. And I ask myself, what thunder?

Where were they when Labour fought to save Central Park from partial development?

Where were they when residents on the Briar Road fought against the loss of their green spaces?

Labour was there and gave every support to the residents but the so-called Independents were voting with the Conservatives to bring us down.

Can we look at the HH Independents and see what they really are.

Lorraine and Jon were in the Labour Party only a short while ago and left and Lorraine has been in residents’ associations as a candidate but was rejected by the people in Romford.

I read my Recorder and I read about the Independents who, once elected, join forces with the Conservatives.

Finally, how many so-called Independents give their home phone number, home address or email?

On HH only a Labour councillor can be contacted day or night.

I write this letter lacking experience in such matters but I know what is going on and as I was conned once and will now be on my guard for future promises.

Surprise Twitter block by our MP

Ewan Newall, Lynton Avenue, Collier Row, writes:

Andrew Rosindell has surprised a group of us, his constituents, yet again, and blocked several of us on Twitter.

Now, you may be of the belief that this is not such a big deal.

But, in the age where politicians announce vital plans on social media (US President #45, to cite one example), and are easily accessible on such platforms, one could argue that blocking anyone, let alone one’s constituents, counters democracy and freedom of expression.

Granted, such a block would have been acceptable had I been rude towards him in any manner, but I most certainly was not, and nor was anyone else.

We merely disagreed with what he had to say.

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