Search

Death-inspired protest to be staged by Rainham campaigners

12:38 13 March 2014

A funeral-inspired protest walk will take place on Sunday and campaigners are urging residents to join them, dressed in black.

Tony Turvey, of Rainham Against Gravel Extraxtion (RAGE) has organised the walk in an attempt to stop the planning application for a gravel extraction site in Wennington Farm.

Protestors will walk down Wennington Road while a lorry drives alongside carrying a coffin, representing the “death of Wennington village.”

The plans submitted to the council would see digging for eight and a half years and angry protestors believe the increased traffic from lorries and diggers would bring dirt and mud to the roads.

Tony said: “We believe it will be the death of the village and damaging to whole of Rainham. We want residents to send a message that we don’t want the gravel extraction site here!”

“It will see thousands of extra lorry movements on the old A1406 [now A1306] bringing more dirt and danger to the area.”

Residents are being asked to meet at the Tesco car park in Wennington Road at 10.30am on Sunday. The walk will start at 11am and pass through the village, turning left at the Clock Tower and onto The Green near Saint Mary and St. Peter Church.

Supporter Graham Williamson, chairman of Adamsgate Action Group, said: “Rainham has been used as a dumping ground and despoiled for decades. We were promised no further dirty industries or applications would blight Rainham if the council could prevent it. Well they now have a chance to honour that promise and turn this application down!”

Dagenham and Rainahm Labour MP Jon Cruddas will also be joining in the protest.

He said: “I visited the site of the proposed extraction pit and was shocked to see the operation would back right onto people’s homes. The people of Wennington need to be heard and listened to by Havering Council.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

07:00
Doctors are urging the government to scrap diesel cars, especially in London boroughs like Havering. Picture: PA.

Almost a third of cars in the borough run on diesel and are contributing to a ‘health emergency’, according to health leaders.

Yesterday, 12:00
60-years-ago

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Cheryl Cable and Clare Kelly are walking a total of 600,000 steps in February to raise money for the Havering Association for People with Disabilities

Charity supporters have pledged to walk hundreds of miles in aid of a disabled charity close to their hearts.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hackney Colliery Band with leader Steve Pretty in the foreground, holding a megaphone. Picture: Aidan Harris

This week, leader of the Hackney Colliery Band Steve Pretty, which performed at Queen’s Theatre this month, shares his top 10 favourite tunes.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch in 1910

Prof Ged Martin reveals his theory about the 448 historical coins dug up in 1938

Friday, February 17, 2017
Some of Clockhouse Primary School's best-dressed pupils of World Book Day 2016. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Each year, hordes of Willy Wonkas, Mad Hatters, Gruffalos and Harry Potters walk the nation’s classrooms for the ultimate celebration of literature – World Book Day.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Lorraine Worrall

A mum of five who appeared on a Channel Five television programme last night has spoken out against the abuse she’s received online.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Robert Barron, 22,  is a playwright from Hornchurch.

Perhaps the greatest writer known in the English language, Shakespeare has been celebrated throughout history and his plays continue to attract a sea of adoring fans.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

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