This week the Recorder is launching our Shop Local campaign to support the borough’s independent shops and businesses.

Havering Council leader Damian White has described plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Seedbed Centre and Rom Valley Retail Park in Romford as “unsuitable”.

Havering now has its highest ever number of Green Flag parks, after two more were awarded the accolade this year.

A fundraising page has been set up to support the family of a Hornchurch school worker, who has died suddenly.

Havering parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated from flu this winter.

Almost a fifth of businesses visited by Havering Council have not been complying with Covid-19 rules.

Two councillors have proposed changes to Havering’s local plan, including restricting the height of new buildings to 10 floors.

The number of Havering residents testing positive for Covid-19 has reached a record weekly high, according to the latest figures.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has criticised the government’s new Covid-19 tiered restrictions, saying they will cause “enormous” economic damage and worsened mental health.

A long-serving member of Andrew Rosindell’s office has been honoured for her services to the community in Romford.

A Rainham nurse has been awarded an MBE for her “instrumental” efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has rejected a call to apologise for comments he made about the Met’s policing of an anti-lockdown protest in London.

A senior cop has called for harsher penalties for assaults on police officers, which have risen sharply across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham.

MP Jon Cruddas has warned south Havering will become a “developers’ playground” if reforms to the planning system go ahead.

A man has revealed how his life has changed since suffering multiple serious injuries in a hit-and-run collision four years ago.

A Hornchurch playwright is to lead an online programme for budding writers as she bids to inspire the next generation into the industry.

A new train will come into action on the Romford to Upminster London Overground line from Monday (October 5).

More than 1,000 homes are part of proposals for the redevelopment of Rom Valley Retail Park in Romford.

A Harold Hill man has completed a fundraising challenge to walk one million steps in a month.

A man has praised the “heartwarming” community response that enabled his wedding to be rearranged at short notice to beat the new limit on guests brought in by the government.

Residents have moved into the first homes completed at a housing development on the former St George’s Hospital site in Hornchurch.

In the first of a series of features shining a light on the work of the Met Police across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham, reporter Michael Cox speaks to Detective Superintendent Paul Trevers on his role as head of local investigations and much more...

Havering has won 15 gold awards in this year’s London in Bloom.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has urged his constituents to continue visiting pubs and restaurants despite tighter restrictions announced by the Prime Minister.

A Harold Hill man is attempting to walk one million steps this month in his latest charity fundraiser.

Havering Council has apologised to a disabled man after an ombudsman found it was at fault for failing to return his confiscated blue badge - leaving him without one for three months.

Sales at a Hornchurch firework shop have trebled compared to last year as the virus puts a pause on public displays.

There will be no TfL Rail services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield on some Sundays in October and November due to engineering work.

A Romford boy and his dad travelled to all 20 Premier League grounds in one weekend and raised more than £1,800 for charity.

Havering Council has confirmed that a walk-through coronavirus testing centre in Harold Hill will open tomorrow (September 19).


The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start for the small and medium-sized companies. Let’s get businesses ready to take advantage of new opportunities...

It can be of great comfort to those we leave behind, to know that in our last moments we were comfortable, well looked after and surrounded by those that we love.

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