Opinion: Together we will build a brighter future
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 May 2018
It is official, havering is the last Conservative-led borough in east London!
With a fantastic victory on May 3, the voters have fully endorsed the Conservative vision for our great borough.
The vision is clear, it is one in which we will seek to protect Havering by keeping it truly special.
Havering is unique and we are in a matchless position of not only having great transport links from our towns into the city but we are also able to celebrate our historic market town of Romford in keeping with our Essex traditions.
Protecting the sense of community when we are associated with London, but still part of the county of Essex is at the forefront of the Conservative agenda so that we are never fully absorbed by our sprawling capital.
Our borough is changing, this is something that we cannot stop however we can safeguard it. One of the most important issues to deal with is the protection of our green belt land as under no circumstances do we want Havering to become a concrete jungle.
I truly believe the last local election was a crossroads, and with the first full council meeting having taken place on Wednesday, I am glad to say that we have a promising new council leader, in Cllr Damian White, who will be prioritising the provision of frontline services for everyone in Havering.
With the elections over, the composition of our council now clear and a Conservative-led coalition in power, I believe that this administration will rise to the challenges ahead over the next term.
We have achieved plenty in the last four years in delivering the Sapphire Ice Leisure Centre, a new sports park, new libraries, and maintained the quality of our green spaces, all despite the financial squeeze.
There is work to be done but the attraction of our borough is indisputable in the fact that so many people want to move to Havering.
Only with a steady hand and an experienced council can we tackle the latest trends of crime and the threat of rapid urbanisation. Together we will build a brighter future.