Residents' Association launches manifesto ahead of local election
PUBLISHED: 12:05 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:05 10 April 2018
Hayley Anderson/Havering Council
One of the key messages from the borough's residents' associations is that "local people are best placed to represent the interests of the local community", according to its manifesto.
The core manifesto for the Residents’ Association, which is made up of the East Havering Residents’ Group, Independent Residents’ Group and Residents’ Group, has been released this morning.
The associations want to oppose what they believe to be “unsustainable, unrealistic and damaging” housing figures set by Havering Council and the Mayor of London and ensure that all new developments have sustainable road, school and healthcare infrastructures in place.
In terms of policing and protecting those in Havering, they promise to campaign to improve the crime reporting facility, the 101 non-emergency phone number and relaunch and strengthen the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
The associations also want to maintain the Freedom Pass for residents, increase recycling rates to 40per cent by 2020, promote a scheme to identify fly-tippers through a stop and check initiative and invest more into repairing potholes.
As well as these, they promise to launch a series of “Shop Local, Hire Local” campaigns across the borough to help independent businesses in Havering’s town centres and free parking on Saturdays leading up to Christmas.
Leader of the East Havering Residents’ Group, Clarence Barrett said: “In Havering there is a long history of representation by the Residents’ Association and other independents.
“We believe in engaging and communicating with residents all year round, every year, not just a few months before the election.
“Among the challenges we face as a council there is also opportunity.
“We believe that local people are best placed to represent the interests of the local community, and by working together we can make Havering a better place to live.
“A vote for Residents’ Association or independent means a vote for local accountability, local dependability and local ambition.”
Residents will soon be able to have their say as all London borough councillor seats will be up for grabs next month.
The local election will take place on May 3.