Protest outside town hall against overdevelopment in Havering
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 March 2018
Residents and councillors rallied outside the town hall in protest against over development and a loss of green spaces in Havering.
Around 50 members of the public, business owners, and councillors joined forces before the full council meeting on Wednesday (March 21) night.
In the meeting councillor Graham Williamson (Independent Resident Group) presented the council with a petition of over 2,500 signatures against its plans to build more homes in the borough.
He said: “The housing targets the Mayor and Conservative government wish to set for Havering are staggering.
“The impact would be devastating, for our services would be overwhelmed, and all the social problems that inner-London suffers from would be visited upon the borough and ultimately our Green Belt would come under threat within a few years.”
There were also members of the Bridge Close Business Alliance (BCBA) at the protest.
The BCBA are campaigning against the redevelopment of Bridge Close in Romford.
In November last year plans were approved by the council’s cabinet for a 1,000 home development on the estate.
It was hoped that it could be a catalyst for regeneration across the town centre.
The new development will be made up of two and three-bedroom homes, alongside a new three-form entry primary school and health care facilities.
At the meeting last year it was also announced that 35pc of the development will be affordable housing.
A spokeswoman from the BCBA told the Recorder: “We are in strong opposition against the London Borough of Havering who are currently set on taking and redeveloping Bridge Close and displacing and even extinguishing many thriving local manufacturing and engineering businesses.
“All of the businesses in Bridge Close are being ousted out of Romford even though we have reduced the unemployment rates amongst the local residents and cut the carbon footprint and most importantly provided wealth to Romford and the borough of Havering by supporting local charities and causes.”
“We strongly oppose this development, not only because we will displaced or extinguished but we truly believe it will cause further chaos and overcrowding of the already struggling doctors surgeries, Queen’s Hospital, dental surgeries and the rest of the fragile infrastructure of our much loved Romford town.”
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