Romford residents anger at cemetery plans
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:08 15 September 2014
Plans for a multi-faith cemetery next to a popular golf course have been met with anger from residents who fear it will create chaos on the roads.
Monument Property Investment Ltd plan to develop the green-belt site adjacent to Maylands Golf Club off the A12 in Harold Park.
Representing the firm, Huw Mellor, from Kemp and Kemp consultants, held a question and answer session at the club last week, aiming to allay the fears of locals.
Tony Manley, of the nearby Woodstock Avenue, is manager of the neighbourhood watch team.
He said: “The major concern voiced at the meeting was the effect this would have on the traffic on the A12 on top of the slip road for the motorway.
“We already have major problems when Brook Street roundabout jams up and the effect on the A12 at the bottom of our turning is massive, as we can only turn left into the traffic jam and wait up to three hours in some cases [for it] to clear.
“The cemetery will only make matters much worse. The value of properties in our road will go down as a result of the cemetery.
“We all moved to this part of the area so we could look out over countryside and watch the South Weald deer roam freely at the bottom of our gardens. What will happen to them?”
Almost 200 people turned up to the meeting to voice their opinions on the proposals, which Mr Mellor said are not linked to a similar application last year.
He said: “I have no knowledge of a previous proposal, but we certainly hope to get planning application in this year, and we are very hopeful.”
When asked about the traffic concerns, he added: “It’s an issue. A transport consultation is on board, we are talking to Transport for London (TfL) about how we might deal with junction issues. We haven’t taken them to a formal position yet.
Mr Mellor said suggestions the cemetery would be 95per cent muslim were wide of the mark.