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Overnight parking, unauthorised events and using a playground over the age of 14 will be banned in Havering’s open spaces if new by-laws are approved.

On Thursday afternoon, in a meeting over Zoom, Havering Council tried to end months of bad headlines and in-fighting.

Almost 20,000 children in the borough live in poverty, a study shows.

The threat of compulsory purchase orders has been hanging over businesses on an industrial estate for four years. But they claim bosses behind the council-led regeneration scheme are offering them a fraction of what their properties are worth. Charles Thomson investigates.

Havering Tories Matt Sutton and Ray Best defied officer advice on yesterday, October 15, and voted to block an investigation into their group leader Damian White.

Havering Council is facing an overspend of £36million because of the pandemic and expects the situation to go “downhill over the next couple of months”.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has criticised the government’s new Covid-19 tiered restrictions, saying they will cause “enormous” economic damage and worsened mental health.

Havering Council has been accused of wasting time and public money, after the impartiality of a standards committee was once again called into question.

Havering Council has announced its plans to step up test and trace as well as a £500 “Havering Helps” package to support residents asked to self-isolate due to coronavirus.

MP Jon Cruddas has warned south Havering will become a “developers’ playground” if reforms to the planning system go ahead.

A group of London councils has called on the government not to ignore deprivation and poverty in east London as it distributes a fund designed to help tackle inequality.

A new residents’ group is calling for more transparency and more democracy in council decision-making.

A decision on whether Havering’s council leader should face further investigation over gerrymandering allegations has been postponed at the last minute.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has made the “difficult decision” to abandon a legal challenge against controversial plans for a new waste-burning incinerator across the River Thames from Rainham.

A councillor, who will decide whether an alleged gerrymandering plot should be investigated, was at a private meeting where the scheme was discussed, critics have complained.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has urged his constituents to continue visiting pubs and restaurants despite tighter restrictions announced by the Prime Minister.

Havering Council has apologised to a disabled man after an ombudsman found it was at fault for failing to return his confiscated blue badge - leaving him without one for three months.

The MP for Rainham has slammed the government after Tory counterparts voted against recommendations made during the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

A judicial review into a controversial decision to rubber-stamp a new waste-burning incinerator on the banks of the River Thames across from Rainham has been granted.

Havering Council leader Damian White has said an inquiry is needed after further delays to Crossrail were revealed.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has thrown his support behind British Airways (BA) workers by signing the petition which demands a review of the airline’s landing slots, should it not change its employment practices.

The number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for routine treatment at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) soared to a record high in June, new figures reveal.

The prime minister has visited two Upminster schools to see the new coronavirus measures put in place.

Havering Council’s leader has called for the borough’s residents to benefit from discounted journeys through the proposed Lower Thames Crossing - warning the council may withdraw its support for the project if not.

Fresh concerns have been raised over an investigation into claims that Havering’s boundary change proposals were corrupted.

An ex-Tory councillor has challenged Havering’s council leader to a live debate over gerrymandering allegations.

Havering Council has insisted that an investigation into allegations of impropriety will be impartial, after the investigator turned out to have links to the council.

A civil servant from another council will be brought in to investigate allegations that Havering’s boundary change proposals were manipulated for ‘political advantage’.

An MP has backed calls to add a Sikh tick box to the 2021 census, amid an ongoing legal battle over the group’s omission.

A former Tory councillor has unmasked himself as the insider who covertly recorded his colleagues in a meeting earlier this year.

Politicians have called for an intervention after a covert recording revealed Conservative councillors planning “politically advantageous” boundary changes

A tri-borough backroom scheme is set to see one of its member councils pull out entirely by the end of the month.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a number of measures to boost the ailing economy, including cuts to VAT and stamp duty, alongside bonuses for employers who bring back furloughed workers.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and Havering Council leader Damian White have welcomed a Government decision to stop plans to use a Hornchurch hotel as temporary asylum accommodation.

A plan to temporarily house asylum seekers at a Hornchurch hotel has been halted, the Home Office has confirmed.

Academic associations across the country are calling on the government to support “a new deal for higher education” saying a temporary bailout isn’t enough to help them get through the pandemic and beyond.

Asylum seekers could be temporarily housed at a Hornchurch hotel to help curb the spread of coronavirus, the Home Office has confirmed.

The NHS has prioritised Covid-19 from the moment its deadly potential became clear.

The number of universal credit claimants rose across east London between April and May, according to the latest figures from the department of work and pensions (DWP).

Havering Council has predicted it faces a budget deficit of more than £38million in this financial year following the impact of Covid-19.

A lawyer suggested there may have been “foul play” and “something going awry” at Havering Council during a cafe’s attempt to apply for an alcohol licence.

Havering residents must be the ones to choose whether to rename any monuments or street names, the borough’s outgoing mayor has said.

Havering’s constituencies have seen almost 30,000 jobs furloughed, figures show.

A survey by the Recorder of more than 800 people has found that 55.6 per cent don’t support the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd.

Anyone with a spare driveway can be earning hard cash from renting it out to motorists looking for parking spaces after lockdown ends with some households in east London making more than £1,600.


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