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Councillors debate Rainham's Beam Parkway redevelopment

PUBLISHED: 09:13 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:12 01 August 2016

An artist's impression of the Beam Parkway development.

An artist's impression of the Beam Parkway development.

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A scheme to rejuvenate one of the borough's most run-down industrial areas was discussed at a meeting at Havering Town Hall last week.

A number of councillors aired their views on the Rainham and Beam Parkway development at a meeting of the Rainham and Wennington and South Hornchurch Working Party on Tuesday after being given a presentation from officers regarding the plan’s next steps.

Cllr Reg Whitney was particularly opposed to plans to turn sections of New Road, Rainham, into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard after the problems faced following the pedestrianisation of Hornchurch two years ago.

He said: “With all due respect, I don’t trust these experts and I think I probably have more expertise than some of them.

“We’ve seen the mess up in Hornchurch, which we didn’t want, and now we’ve got more traffic, more fumes and more hold ups than we ever had.

“To me this boulevard business is an absolute waste of money, and it would be better spent on new facilities like new schools.”

However, Cllr Osman Dervish was cautious about condemning the project prematurely.

He said: “We have to take the project as a whole, and the boulevard is an integral part of our vision for the whole area.

“So yes we have to make sure it’s done properly, but we don’t want to chuck the baby out with the bathwater.”

Council officers accepted there was a need to “disincentify” the A1306 to motorists when traffic on the A13 became a problem, and revealed discussions were ongoing to achieve this.

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