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Full council: ‘Jewel in the crown’ Rainham needs CCTV, argues councillor

PUBLISHED: 15:50 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:19 26 March 2015

Cllr Jeff Tucker, leader of the Independent Residents' Group

Cllr Jeff Tucker, leader of the Independent Residents' Group

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The council was accused of snubbing Rainham during a debate on CCTV cameras.

Cllr Roger Ramsey, Conservative leader of Havering CouncilCllr Roger Ramsey, Conservative leader of Havering Council

Cllr Jeff Tucker (Rainham and Wennington), leader of the Independent Residents’ Group, submitted a motion asking the local authority to extend the CCTV network to Rainham Village.

But an amendment by the Conservatives was passed, which stated that the network would be extended to other areas in Havering when “the council is in a financial position to do so”.

Cllr Tucker said: “I believe Rainham is the jewel in the crown.

“I believe we need CCTV to protect the first-class listed buildings we have.

“There is CCTV in the rest of the borough.

“Rainham has been overlooked for years and years.”

Cllr Melvin Wallace (Squirrels Heath, Conservative), cabinet member for culture and community engagement, pointed out that crime figures for Rainham are lower than other parts of the borough and said setting up the network there would cost £58,000 plus VAT.

Council leader Cllr Roger Ramsey said: “Since I have been a councillor, the council has seemed to spend a [vast] part of time talking about Rainham.

“Rainham has a new library, which is not having its opening hours reduced in the way Gidea Park, Collier Row and others are, and we have given funds to Rainham Royals [youth centre].”


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