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Have your say at free family fun day on access proposals for River Rom

PUBLISHED: 13:02 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:21 12 August 2016

Community groups are hoping to improve access to the River Rom.

Community groups are hoping to improve access to the River Rom.

Kirsten Downer

A free fun day aims to give families the opportunity to have their say on new plans to improve access to the River Rom, Romford.

Plans will be on display at the event at Grenfell Park, close to Roneo Corner, Romford, to be held on Tuesday, August 23, between 11am to 3pm.

The proposals hope to improve access to the river, which burst its banks in June’s torrential rain, and nearby Chase Local Nature Reserve which borders with Dagenham.

Cabinet member for culture and leisure, Cllr Melvin Wallace, said: “This is a great opportunity for local residents to have their say on the River Rom whilst enjoying different activities for adults and children.

“I encourage everyone to attend and bring their families to enjoy this event.”

Activities will included a treasure hunt, craft activities, the chance to explore the area through a guided walk and meet the river’s inhabitants.

Thames21, an environmental charity that works at putting healthy rivers at the heart of community life, tries to reconnect people with nature.

The organisation’s development manager, Emma Harrington, encouraged people to attend.

She said: “At present there’s no way residents can get to the reserve from the west of the river.

“This limits their access to green space and a place to relax.

“Thames 21 helps people connect to their local waterways, so bring a picnic, enjoy the fantastic events and tell us what you think.”

The River Rom burst its banks at Collier Row in June, causing misery and gridlock to many residents. Proposals include measures to reduce flooding and improve the environment for wildlife.

The event is organised by the Roding, Beam and Ingrebourne Catchment Partnership - a group of organisations including Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster, the Countryside Agency and Thames 21.

The partnership adopts a community-based approach to improve water quality along with the areas surrounding the three rivers.

Children and adults are sure to enjoy the event which includes an animal skull roadshow and a river dipping event.

“You might be surprised what you find in this secret world,” continued Emma. “Don’t miss this chance to get up close and personal with what lives in the Rom.”

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