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Harold Hill residents petition to protect open spaces from future development

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 July 2016

Hitchin Close Picture: Tammey Farquhar

Hitchin Close Picture: Tammey Farquhar

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Angry residents are campaigning to save open space from being built on in a bid to stop over development in the area.

More than 250 signatures have been added to a petition and almost 400 residents have joined the Harold Hill Green Action Group Facebook page launched this week.

Calls to save Harold Hill’s green spaces come after Recorder readers discovered in last week’s paper that Havering Council is proposing appropriating 1.35 acres of open space in Priory Road and just under an acre at Hitchin Close.

They fear that means the council wants to build on the land.

Tammey Farquhar, 35, of Hitchin Close, Harold Hill, is hoping residents will stick together and fight to keep the open space that remains in the area.

She said: “It is just getting ridiculous, as every single bit of green space is being taken away from those who live here. Dog walkers go there during the day and children play there, so where are they meant to go if buildings are there in its place?

“There is lots of wildlife in the wooded area there as well, like hedgehogs, bats, woodpeckers. So it’s not fair on them either.

“The deer go to Priory Road and people can feed them, which wouldn’t happen if buildings took over that bit of land.

“When the flooding happened last week, there was barely anywhere for the water to go because of all of the concrete.

“I want the building work to stop in Harold Hill – there is no more room. Enough is enough.”

A consultation period is taking place for residents to have their say.

Views on land being appropriated in Priory Road and Hitchin Close must be submitted by July 15.


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