Search

Havering Council to spend bonus funds on one-off projects

15:47 16 January 2014

Harrow Lodge Park

Harrow Lodge Park

Archant

Havering Council will use £1.3million of its government ‘bonus’ for three one-off projects.

The New Homes Bonus is given to council’s based on the amount of extra council tax revenue raised for new-build homes, conversions and empty homes brought back into use.

The council is proposing funding of £300k to clear silt from the lake in Harold Lodge Park, Hornchurch, £500k to provide 4G football pitches in Broxhill sports park, Harold Hill and the same amount to improve roads and fix pot holes across the borough.

Cllr Roger Ramsey, cabinet member for value, announced the plans in his 2014/15 budget report.

He said the recent rain and bad weather was the reason for the money being used to “beef up” the existing funds used to deal with streetcare.

“People have been telling us about problems everywhere with the rain and the bad weather,” he explained

“We are providing an extra £500k to beef up the money we already have.

“It will enable us to get extra people in to help our streetcare team.”

After already spending £3m on Broxhill sports park, an extra £500k injection is being used to complete the state-of-the-art complex within two years.

The lake in Harold Lodge Park will be cleared of silt “as soon as possible” and in time for the Havering Show at the end of August.

But Cllr Ramsey warned they need to be “careful.”

He said: “We don’t want it to be damaging to the wildlife so it should be done after breeding season in April.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:22
File picture of Romford station

Two men were arrested and a woman was knocked down by a bus in a night of drama outside Romford station last week, it has emerged.

Yesterday, 17:16
Milly and Becky at Rainham food bank's Christmas event (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

It’s a festive staple for most, but a basic Christmas dinner is out of reach for much of the borough’s most disadvantaged.

Yesterday, 17:07
Barkingside Magistrates Court

A roadside car salesman has clocked up a bill of almost £2,500 for selling an Audi with false service history and mileage.

Yesterday, 11:15
police tape

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

Most read news

WW100

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

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Prices are dropping like nobody’s business – and they’re set to fall further in January.

Cook congratulates employees on one of the biggest year’s in Apple’s history.

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

The online encyclopaedia created a special video showing how the year’s event are linked.