Keith Prince, GLA member for Havering and Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:25 17 July 2017


We should not sacrifice benefits of London

Bridges appear to have been a common political theme this week, whether people are burning them or failing to build them.

Ukip is looking to burn bridges with London after proposing the amusingly-named Hexit – a suggestion that was deferred at this week’s council meeting.

Havering’s position on the outer edges of London and Essex means people rightly have an affinity with both areas.

However the answer to this slightly unusual identity crisis is not to sacrifice the many benefits we have of being part of one of the greatest cities in the world.

We should embrace the qualities of both and ensure we make Havering the best it can be, whatever side of the boundary people see themselves on.

Another bridge causing controversy this month is in Ardleigh Green. The cramped flyover has long been due for expansion but it was recently confirmed no upgrade work would be taking place for at least another 15 months.

This, coupled with the additional costs mooted for taxpayers, has created an unacceptable situation for residents in the area.

I recently visited the bridge with the local MP and will be pushing TfL for progress on this vital intersection sooner rather than later.

Without reliable and efficient transport links, businesses, commuters, house prices and general standards of life all suffer. Immediate solutions must be found and I will not accept any further delays.

On the subject of transport, plans are on the horizon to expand the Santander Cycle Scheme – or Boris Bikes to you and me.

This is fantastic news enabling more areas of London to benefit and I hope parts of Havering and Redbridge will be high on the list of candidates.

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