‘Boris snub is such an insult’ claims Harold Wood residents

CAMPAIGNERS against plans to build homes on the former site of Harold Wood Hospital have accused London Mayor Boris Johnson of ignoring them.

Opponents of plans to build 810 homes on the site in Gubbins Lane are angry that they have been waiting almost two months for Mr Johnson to respond to them about the controversial proposals.

Campaigner Cat Trinder said: “It’s very upsetting because we put a lot of work into taking our campaign to Boris’ office but we have had no reply.

“It’s terrible because we are just in limbo, we don’t know if the flats are still going ahead or what is happening.”

In November about 100 residents, including Harold Wood Cllr Brian Eagling, presented 4,000 hand-written letters objecting to the plans to the Mayor’s office at City Hall.

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Mr Johnson was not in at the time, but campaigners left the letters and Cllr Eagling also left a note calling for a meeting with him.

Protestors were expecting to get a reply from the Mayor saying that he had received their letters but instead they have had no correspondence from Mr Johnson or his office.

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Cllr Eagling said: “We were told that he would answer in 28 days but we have not got any response from him.

“It is just uncourteous because people took the effort to take time off work and this is how he repays us.”

The plans for Countryside Properties to build 810 homes, including 526 flats, was agreed in October despite a protest outside the Town Hall.

Campaigners say the homes will put pressure on the infrastructure of the area.

They decided to take their campaign to Mr Johnson in a last-ditch attempt to reverse the planning decision.

Cllr Eagling said: “We took the campaign to him because we know that he has the over-riding decision about whether it will be given the go-ahead, but it’s like we are back to where we started.

“We were promised that he would support us but he has just ignored us.”

A spokesman for Boris Johnson said: “The Mayor does not respond to petitions because of the large number that he receives every week.

“In the case of the former Harold Wood Hospital site, he has referred it back to Havering Council and he is happy for them to make a decision.”

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