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OPINION: Keith Prince, London Assembly member

PUBLISHED: 10:43 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 19 June 2017

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The community is showing its true value

City Hall returns to normal service this week after a general election that few would have predicted and a barbaric terrorist attack that few can comprehend.

In times like this, community shows its true value and the sight of people coming together to unite after the horrendous atrocities at Borough Market was truly inspiring.

It was this feeling of community that took me to the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre in Romford last month. The centre is being forced to move as developers prepare to bulldoze their current home.

I met with the leaders of this important community group who are concerned they will be forced out of the town centre. It is so important these kinds of facilities are easily accessible within the community and I will be assisting where I can in finding them an appropriate new home.

Another important local development is the proposed retirement village in Main Road, Romford. I went to an open event to view the plans, which on first viewing did prompt some concerns. It is something I will be watching closely with interest as it is so important we have the right sort of developments in our area.

In political news, I’ve taken over as chairman of the Transport Committee at City Hall. In this role I fully intend to fight for a fairer deal for our hard-working black cabbies, as well as campaigning to improve motorcycle safety across our city. Transport will be a key area of interest over the coming 12 months if we are going to overcome the immense challenges facing London’s transport network and its public services.

Our scrutiny of the mayor on this front will take on heightened importance.

To that end I spent four weeks last month on jury service doing my civic duty.

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