Search

Local Elections: Questions for candidates in Hornchurch, Emerson Park, Elm Park and Ardleigh Green

07:00 05 May 2014

In the run-up to the local elections, the Recorder wants to keep you informed about your voting options.

This week we asked residents of Hornchurch, Emerson Park, Elm Park and Ardleigh Green.

In the coming weeks the Recorder will focus on the other areas of Havering.

If you have questions you would like the parties to answer, email them to sam.blewett@archant.co.uk and state where you live.

1. Do the candidates wish to cut the amount that is paid in special responsibilities allowances?

2. There are no seats in Haynes Park, will you be providing seating and maintain other parks in the area?

3. There is not enough in Hornchurch to attract people, about a year ago there was meant to be a market set up like they have in Upminster, would you consider something like this?

Conservative response:

1. We have accepted a reduction in special allowances by reducing the number of cabinet members and scrutiny chairmen

2. Parks should have numerous benches. The borough has many parks and we continue to maintain these to guarantee access and use

3. The TfL regeneration has given Hornchurch new life, with few empty shops, it is an exciting place to live. The retail mix is being reviewed

Independent Residents’ response:

1. It’s always been our view to cut councillor’s allowances and their numbers in each ward from three to two to make a council tax saving

2. It’s important to maintain parks, they should be kept up to standard so our children can play safely, and residents can sit in comfort

3. A local farmers’ market would not only support the community in healthy eating, but also at help regenerate shopping centres

National Liberty Party’s response:

1. Many people’s wages have been cut. In solidarity these allowances should be cut too and the savings ploughed into protecting vital services

2. As contributing to our “quality of life”, all parks should have seats so visitors can enjoy the surrounding beauty in peace and comfort

3. Yes. Markets attract people who may otherwise not visit. A shopping centre needs custom to survive and we are all losers if shops close

Residents’ Association response:

1. We’d reduce costs by reviewing governance structure, number of positions, level of payments and workload. Value for money is key

2. We would consult with park users and Friends of Haynes Park to place seats where they would like them. The same for other parks in the area

3. Specialist market days in town centre, events calendar for Elm Park, Hylands and Hacton. Promoted via libraries, website and media

Labour response.

1. The number of special responsibility allowances should be below the maximum number recommended by the independent panel and the allowance itself should be the London average

2. We’ll improve facilities in all parks, work with “friends of parks” and encourage the groups to form. Seats will be a priority

3. We’ll consider any proposal which will attract people to the town centre and will work with retailers to ensure sustainability of our centres

Ukip response.

1. We believe all the allowances need to be reviewed. Also the number of committees and those receiving special responsibility allowance

2. All the parks will continue to be maintained and improvements such as seating will be made where the budget allows

3. It is essential that our high streets remain vibrant and we will consider this and other ideas to improve them

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Cast members from the community musical Our House rehearsing at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

A community musical is bringing together music-lovers from all walks of life in a wild and hilarious show set in north London in the eighties.

Yesterday, 12:00
Russell Triggs jumping out of a plane to fund his daughter's operation

The thought of his daughter gave a father the courage to jump out of a plane to raise funds for an operation to help her walk.

Yesterday, 10:00
Maureen and Raymond Fisher follow his dad Jacks guidance on how to make the perfect brew

Top classified information about how to make the perfect brew has at last been shared by the owner of Romford’s oldest cafe.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Amanda Poll competes in Summer of Sound

Hundreds gathered to watch musicians fill a Romford mall with song on Saturday as the latest round of Summer of Sound saw eight contestants selected for the next heat.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Snake found Havering Police on Monday  Credit: @MPSHavering

Police are trying to trace the owner of a pet snake discovered on the loose.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Aiden Mahony, known to friends as Oggy, was stabbed in January

A man accused of stabbing a football fan to death in a Hornchurch pub will face a retrial, after the jury failed to reach a verdict yesterday (Friday).

Friday, June 24, 2016
Time FM Steve Allen.

Brexit, floods and homework were the topics debated in this week’s Time 107.5FM paper review today.

Friday, June 24, 2016
Market Place, Romford

Traders and shoppers have said how happy they are about the UK leaving the European Union.

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

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe