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Poll: Collier Row estate could get £130,000 Commonwealth name change for Queen celebration

PUBLISHED: 14:47 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:03 29 January 2015

Cllr Damian White

Cllr Damian White

Archant

What better way to celebrate the Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch than by naming estate blocks after Commonwealth countries?

Cabinet member for housing and deputy leader Damian White (Conservative, Squirrels Heath) spoke at cabinet on Wednesday about plans to improve the Highfield Road Estate in Collier Row over the next year to the tune of £1.85million.

The aim is to redecorate blocks, repair balconies, upgrade door entry systems and improve landscapes by September 9.

If that date seems very specific, it’s because it is when the Queen becomes the longest serving monarch, taking Queen Victoria’s title. To commemorate that, blocks will be renamed after Commonwealth countries.

“It sounds a bit quirky,” said Cllr White, a friend of monarch-loving Romford MP Andrew Rosindell. “But there is a great sense of pride among residents that they have been selected to benefit from such an occurrence.”

Opposition councillors were not convinced. Cllr Ray Morgon (Residents’ Association, Hacton), asked for a breakdown of costs, which were not included in the report, and was told renaming would cost £100-130,000.

“It’s a huge cost just to rename something,” he said.

What do you think of the idea? Contact Sam on 020 8477 3810 or email sam.gelder@archant.co.uk.


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