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Opinion: Could you be a friend to the River Rom

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 August 2018

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.

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The London Assembly doesn’t sit in August but that is no excuse for AMs to take an extended holiday.

I have used the first part of August to get out and about in Havering and Redbridge, meeting residents and listening to their concerns.

It is impossible in a short column to run through everything that has happened over the past few weeks, but I wanted to share a couple of highlights.

I was grateful to the Romford Conservatives for organising a series of open meetings which I attended, along with the Leader of Havering Council, Cllr Damian White, and ward councillors.

One of the issues which was raised at these meetings was the state of the River Rom. Parts of the river are now essentially small streams and whole sections are crying out for a clean.

I am sure that various blockages along the river have exacerbated some of the floods we have seen in recent years.

Years ago, there was an organisation committed to cleaning up the river which unfortunately no longer exists.

Cllr White and I are setting up a new Friends of the River Rom group and I would really like to hear from any Romford Recorder readers who might be interested in getting involved.

I can be contacted via Keith.Prince@london.gov.uk.

I spent an evening out in Romford recently with the local police and the Havering Community Safety Partnership team.

I visited the Youth Bus kindly sponsored by McDonald’s Romford and then shadowed officers as they made their way through the crowds with Mad Max – a drugs dog.

Max managed to sniff out a few people carrying drugs quite quickly, which

illustrated to me how the police and local council are commendably cracking down on the scourge of drugs in Romford.

I want to publicly thank the police and all those working with the Safer Community Partnership for all they do to keep us safe.

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