A new five-year plan has been set to enhance Romford town centre.

Romford Business Improvement District (BID) says that as part of the plan, it will aim to make the town centre “more inclusive and modern”, while still reflecting characteristics and heritage of Romford.

After being re-elected for a further five-year term with 65 per cent of locals voting for Romford BID to continue to invest in the future of Romford, director Julie Frost said “there is still so much more” the team aims to do.

A crackdown on safety and security of businesses in the town is one major factor, with a push to invest in the Crime Reduction App and provide daytime security teams.

Romford BID also says that more lighting will be implemented, along with an increase of floral displays and improved recycling services.

A promotional campaign through radio, press and digital campaigns will also take place to improve Romford’s profile as a destination setting.

BID represents 404 businesses in the town and is funded through levies paid by the businesses.

Romford Recorder: An aerial view of Romford High StreetAn aerial view of Romford High Street (Image: Google Earth Pro)

Ms Frost said: “Waiting for this result has been one of the most nerve-wracking periods of my life.

“I am Romford born and bred and I have put everything into raising the profile of the town, celebrating its diversity, and making it a more beautiful and welcoming place to visit.

“We have achieved remarkable things in the last five years but there is still so much I want to do so I am ecstatic with this result and grateful for all the levy payers’ positive votes.

“I will also work tirelessly over the next five years to ensure all those that didn’t vote realise how essential we are to the town and to appreciate we are creating real change for future generations.”