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Opinion: Don’t try to make us like central London

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 April 2018

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.

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It was refreshing to read Andrew Rosindell MP last week in Romford Recorder talking about our community and values.

He’s certainly not wrong when he says “Mayor Khan and Labour are not interested in areas like Havering. They care only about inner London and will impose ill-conceived and damaging policies on us.”

Unfortunately, we have been ordered to live like central Londoners when our area is completely different to that of central London. Our area is predominantly young families and small businesses rather than richer inner-city dwellers.

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone – in which drivers will be charged £12.50 per day – is a great example of the mayor trying to impose things that work in central London on the rest of us. This is another attempt by the mayor to channel some cash into his terribly mismanaged TfL budget.

This will put families out of pocket as things like taking your child to school, buying groceries or attending a hospital appointment, will come with a charge.

It will also mean small businesses will be made to cough up for going about their daily routines, which I find completely unacceptable.

Strangling the local community for every penny they’ve got is not something I’m very happy about, and I will do everything I can to prevent it. I want to see my community thrive and know that young families and businesses aren’t going to worry about extortionate additional costs.

People should have more of their own money to help their families, and by introducing this unnecessary charge…it adds unnecessary worry.

We have a vibrant community feel here in Havering something which we should celebrate at every chance and not dampen by trying to make more like central London.

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