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Recorder letters: Clean streets, Crossrail, Taproom, ageism, thanks, council and Big Stitch

PUBLISHED: 09:47 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:47 03 July 2017

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Romford needs a good clean. Picture: KEN MEARS

Time to clean up filthy pavements

Mrs G Farmer, Havering Road, Romford, writes:

As our railway station is being upgraded etc, it really is time our town was cleaned up too.

Arrive at Romford and step out onto filthy pavements.

The colours of stones don’t even look brighter when it rains because of the layers of dirt.

It has been this way for a couple of years now.

We are likened to Ilford not Brentwood!

Elizabeth line trains would ease peak time congestion

Cllr Darren Wise, Harold Wood, Hill Park Residents’ Association, East Havering Residents Group of councillors (EHRG), writes:

The recent pictures and article in the Romford Recorder showing the new TfL train making its debut on the new Elizabeth line is a welcome relief for commuters to see.

However it would be helpful for TfL rail to run these new trains in the morning and evening peak times to help reduce the overcrowding and cramped conditions on existing trains.

In recent weeks we have seen a few trains withdrawn from service because of faults, causing unnecessary delays for commuters so now is the time to use them.

We were told improvements to Harold Wood Station should have been largely completed by end of 2016 and the plaza type concourse in the car park entrance completed in June 2016, yet the extended platform on the country bound line is still not finished and the ticket office is not yet reopened nor are the lift shafts working.

We were then told the ticket office would be opened in spring 2017 and now we have been told autumn 2017, which is nearly a year late.

Commuters have had to endure many weekends of the TfL rail line shutting with very little visible work being completed in that period.

One would assume that until all the stations are complete, we are unlikely to see the new trains run in the peak times.

This is just another delayed project where TfL have misinformed us of the completion of various works.

Come on TfL, get a move on and compete the works on the stations and get these new trains running at peak times to take pressure off on overcrowding and broken down trains.

MP has made Crossrail U-turn

Eamonn Mahon, chairman, Brooklands Residents Association, Sheila Road, Romford, writes:

Here we go again with our “bandwagon jumping” Romford Tory MP Andy Rosindell in his letter (Future is bright for Romford, Recorder, June 26, 2017) on how enthusiastic he is (he would have us believe) regarding Crossrail being rolled out, and how it will benefit Romford etc.

I’m sure the MP will vividly remember the public consultation at Crowlands School with Crossrail representatives when he stood up and enthusiastically opposed the Crossrail scheme (see letters page Romford Recorder August 13, 20, 27, 2004).

More recently he reiterated his opposition to the development and when asked why, was reported to have replied that his dog would not be able to enjoy his usual walks if the scheme went ahead. Has this MP no shame?

Furthermore, in my opinion, I believe we should all feel so very lucky the Tory prime minister did not get the landslide victory she was so sure she would get at the election.

Had that been the case, it is frightening to think, taking her manifesto into consideration, the damage that would have been foisted on most of us including the long held wish of the Romford MP to scrap the Freedom Pass and the Winter Fuel Allowance for the elderly.

Don’t forget the success of Taproom

Paul Connolly, Bush Elms Road, Hornchurch, writes:

I read Cllr Hawthorn’s letter about the changes to the retail scene in Upminster with interest, however she has omitted the Upminster Taproom from her list of recent, and successful, arrivals.

It would be interesting to have her clarification on this omission as not only since late 2015 has it provided a very sociable watering hole for responsible adults such as myself, the Campaign for Real Ale saw fit to include it their 2017 good beer guide, and the local Camra branch bestowed their pub of the year award in recognition of the efforts of Caroline and Bob to provide a facility much needed and greatly appreciated in the local area.

It should also be noted that the Taproom is one of a very few pubs or bars independently owned and run in the borough of Havering, and provides a refreshing change from the multitude of corporate licensed outlets that have been the only option for a long time.

Cllr Hawthorn; your response please?

Ageism is ruling the job market

Paul Clements, Weald Way, Romford, writes:

I was somewhat miffed at the last general election when Labour in particular was very keen to gain the support of the younger generation.

I heard very little from the three main parties of what I consider to be the lost generation of individuals like myself in their 50s who could become redundant and find it highly difficult to obtain new employment due to our advancing years.

For someone like me and many of my peers we have a lot to offer, including a wealth of experience in our various fields, yet with a few exceptions seem to be overlooked for a younger generation of bright young things who will hop off somewhere else in a couple of years.

I’m afraid ageism is now by and large ruling the job market and despite the adaptability and general reliability of the older worker the scrapheap of the job market seems our only destination.

Thank you all for your generosity

Elizabeth Preston, volunteer fundraiser for First Step, South End Road, Elm Park, writes:

Just a brief note to say thank you from First Step, Tangmere Crescent (your local children’s charity) to the people of Havering, in particular Spencer and his team at the Mercury Mall, Romford, for allowing us to bucket collect on Friday morning.

We raised nearly £90 which will help the local families of disabled and special needs children.

It was good to chat with local people who either gave money or were interested in our upcoming events ie 5k run, July 26 at Raphael Park or our golf day on Sept 8.

Also over the weekend we had a busy “Tea Treats” with a talk by Elm Park Horticultural Guild which raised approx £200 and another successful quiz night where again over £1,000 was raised.

We will also be at the Rotary Village Fete on the Queen’s Theatre green as well as Bee Themed Day at Ingrebourne Valley Visitors Centre on Saturday, July 1, so pop by and say hello.

Once again many thanks for your generosity we appreciate every penny!

Rainham is being ignored by council

Mr E F W Dean, Fagus Avenue, Rainham, writes:

The council’s decision not to fight the gravel extraction should come as no surprise. Anything regarding Rainham will never be considered by this present council.

This will also apply to the proposed housing development along the A1306.

Now that Rainham comes under the Dagenham/Rainham area this council will not concern itself with what occurs in this area.

Rainham has for years been the dumping ground for the waste from London. Don’t expect this council to start giving Rainham any consideration now.

Plan for 30,000 homes is madness

Cllr David Durant, Rainham and Wennington Independent Residents Group, writes:

The Conservative and East Havering Residents Group coalition administration’s promotion of the booklet Havering - Making a Greater London that includes a “vision” to build 30,000 new properties is a sign of madness, because to build that many properties would require the construction of nearly 1,700 per year, 530 more than the GLA mayoral target of 1,170 per year.

Presently, there two large GLA housing zones in Romford and Rainham, plus various sites under an ambitious council “re-build our council estates” programme that will total around 10,000 properties, even without the provision of the necessary infrastructure and services being guaranteed.

The idea that a further 20,000 properties could be built without adversely impacting upon the environment illustrates how far the present administration has become out of touch with the interests of local people.

The cabinet member for housing has said the 30,000 figure derives as “our share” as a member of a London “sub-region”, rather than to meet Havering’s specific housing needs and this is why the Independent Residents Group has submitted a council motion calling on the council not to commit itself to any housing numbers above our present already excessive target.

Join the Big Stitch in aid of BHF

Richard Fletcher, area manager, British Heart Foundation, writes:

I’m calling on all keen and novice sewers to take part in The Big Stitch this July by heading to your nearest BHF shop, buying an item and injecting your own fashion flair to it by practising sewing and dressmaking skills.

Every item bought and re-vamped throughout July will bring us one step closer to ending the devastation caused by heart disease. Every year, heart and circulatory disease kills around 13,500 in London and currently, 716,000 people in the city are living with its burden so the need to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat these terrible conditions is more urgent than ever.

If you post your before and after picture on social media throughout July, tagging the BHF on Twitter, Instagram or on the BHF’s Facebook page and using the hashtag #TheBigStitch, you will be in with a chance of winning a night out at a West End show with YouTube sensation, Just Jodes for you and a friend.

For more information on The Big Stitch and to find your nearest BHF shop

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