December 11 2013 Latest news:
Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Thursday, September 5, 2013
In recent months, the invisible Havering border that runs across Rush Green has become easier to see.
That’s because of regeneration cash pumped into the Dagenham side by the council there, which has left the Romford sections of Rush Green Road and Dagenham Road looking a little shabby.
But Havering Council says that will change with £150,000 that has been earmarked to spruce up the high streets.
The Local Implementation Plan (LIP) money from Transport for London, topped up by Havering Council, will be used to repair and replace pavements damaged by lime trees, put in new benches and street furniture, and resurface some shop forecourts.
“Barking and Dagenham were given some money to regenerate their side, which made ours look a little bit untidy,” explained StreetCare boss Cllr Barry Tebbutt. “It didn’t look nice.”
Work will start in the autumn, with a break for Christmas so trade isn’t disrupted.
Cabinet member for community empowerment Cllr Robert Benham added: “In a challenging economy, it is right and proper that we do all we can to support our local retailers.
“This tranche of work goes some way in our continued programme to protect and revitalise our local shopping areas.”
Elm Park’s Broadway is also set for improvement, with £250,000 ploughed into the high street to improve the paving outside the shops between the station and the former Elm Park pub.
The work will be conducted piecemeal following consultation with traders, meaning the road will never be completely shut off and bus stops will be unaffected.
Cllr Tebbutt said: “With Elm Park specifically we wanted to support the existing community with an environment that residents can be proud of and local shopkeepers can benefit from.”
After a break for Christmas, work in both town centres will continue into spring 2014.
Three men will today go on trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court for the rape of a woman in Romford last year.