Search

Recorder readers disagree with council’s decision to approve gypsy and traveller site

07:00 06 August 2014

Havering Town Hall.

Havering Town Hall.

Archant

Recorder readers have strongly opposed the granting of planning permission for an “established” gypsy and traveller site on Green Belt land in Romford.

Havering Council’s Regulatory Services committee met last Thursday to decide the fate of the pitch on Vinegar Hill, Lower Bedfords Road.

Occupants have lived on the land near the junction with Straight Road for 10 years without formal planning permission after a temporary right to remain expired in 2004.

In a poll posted on the Recorder’s website, nearly 80 per cent opposed the application, which sees a small number of individuals permitted to remain on the site for another three years.

Cllr Ron Ower, the committee’s vice chair, said the move was temporary measure to accommodate gypsies and travellers in the borough as part of its statutory duty, and the site was “established”.

The Residents’ Group councillor added, of the decision to grant planning permission: “From memory, I do not think there was any opposition [at the meeting] to that one.”

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 14:30
The fire brigade were called after a car caught fire in Chase Cross Road, Collier Row Picture credit: Derek Higgs

A passer-by has captured the moment a car erupted into flames this afternoon.

Yesterday, 13:35
Havering College of Further and Higher Education Quarles campus in Harold Hill

A college campus could be sold to the council and redeveloped into homes or new education facilities.

Yesterday, 13:20
Anyone with information about missing Tara Webb should contact police via 101 or by tweeting @MetCC

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a missing woman described as vulnerable.

Yesterday, 10:30
Romford Samaritans June, Dennis and Margaret outside Romford station where they have been giving advice to people on Blue Monday

It wasn’t all doom and gloom on the day dubbed the most depressing of the year as three well-wishers gathered outside a station to cheer up commuters.

Yesterday, 09:30
A man lays a wreath during a Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration event at the Imperial War Museum in London.

“We need to respect everybody in our community and eliminate hate,” warned the leader of Havering Council.

Yesterday, 09:00
The Romford Shopping Hall grotto raised £1,887 for the Harold Hill First Scout group. L to R Joanna Paveley, Jenny Lamb, Santa, Michelle Fitzgibbons and Barbara Hall

Santa’s visit to a busy shopping centre in the borough has helped to raise nearly £2,000 for a scout group.

Yesterday, 07:00
Essex Military and Flying Machines Show in Upminster.

A long-standing air show which draws in thousands of people each summer will not be staged in the borough for the first time in 10 years.

Mon, 16:30
A dream came true for six-year-old Ishmael Belony. Picture: Griffiths Photographers.

A brave boy who spent nearly the first year of his life in hospital got the chance to walk out with some of his football idols.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

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.

MyOffers H&M Competition

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