Residents quiz the panel at new Havering Community Questions

15:00 20 November 2012

Cllr Michael White

Cllr Michael White


More than 30 residents attended the new Havering Communty Questions.

The public forum, which replaced the Ask the Cabinet meetings took place on Monday November 19 in Havering Town Hall in Main Road, Romford.

The panel included Dr Atul Aggarwal, who leads Havering’s new GP commisioning group, council leader Michael White and Chief Supt Mick Smith.

The meeting was chaired by Mark Sweetingham, the editor of the Romford Recorder.

It saw residents quizzing the panel about a range of topics including the future of St George’s Hospital and their local Safer Neighbourhood teams.

The meetings are set to take place quarterly in different locations throughout the borough, but resident Lorraine Moss said that there weren’t enough oppertunities for residents to speak to Cllr White about their concerns.

She said: “I feel that these meetings are not fit for purpose.

“Who did you consult about introducing these meetings?

“The most obvious people to speak to would have been those that attended the ask the cabinet meetings but we weren’t consulted.

“The only other chance that people have to chat to you is at the Meet the Leader sessions, but they take place during the day so they are not ideal for people who work full time.”

Leader of the Council, Michael White said: “I think this is a much better public forum than the ask the cabinet meetings.

“They provide an opportunity for people to ask questions to those people who run public services.

“This is the first meeting that has been held and I would like to take it out of the town hall.”

He added: “I think I am the only leader in London that stays in the town centre and talks to people, I do that every four weeks so I am always open to speaking to residents.”

The session was webcast and can be viewed at


Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 12:00
Havering Town Hall.

Havering Council has approved releasing more than £83million to provide affordable housing in the borough.

Yesterday, 12:00
Campaigners demonstrate in front of the Mecca Bingo hall in Hornchurch after Lidl submitted a planning application to demolish the Tower building

Campaigners battling to save the Mecca Bingo Hall building in Hornchurch are vowing to battle on and will appeal a decision not to list the building.

Yesterday, 10:00
Borough commander Jason Gwillim told the Recorder it was

The Borough Commander and MPs have welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s decision to scrap cuts to police forces.

Fri, 16:10
Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson with her national journalism award

Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson was highly commended in a national journalism awards evening in Birmingham last night.

Fri, 15:45
Time FM Steve Allen will host the chat with the Recorder's Chris Carter and Laura Burnip

A swan that got police in a flap, term-time holidays and Havering’s mirocpub were the topics covered on today’s Recorder paper review on Time 107.5FM.

Fri, 13:29
Ryan Machin and his mother Michelle Bennett at their home in Romford after Ryan took the last British Airways flight back from Sharm el-Sheikh to London

A 17-year-old who worked in a hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh was one of the last passengers to be repatriated to the UK and calls on people not to be afraid to return to the holiday resort.

Fri, 11:28
Two fire engines attended a house fire at an address in Park Lane, Hornchurch on Wednesday evening and a man was rushed to hopistal where he was treated for smoke inhalation

A man was rushed to hospital for smoke inhalation after firefighters were called at a flat in Hornchurch on Wednesday evening.

Most read news

News from your area


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


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder