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Restoration work along Romford high street praised by councillors

PUBLISHED: 13:15 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:15 07 November 2013

Cllr's Frederick Thompson and Andrew Curtin with the buildings being restored

Cllr's Frederick Thompson and Andrew Curtin with the buildings being restored

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Restoration work being implemented along the Romford Conservation Area in the high street has been welcomed by councillors.

Andrew Curtin, cabinet member for culture, towns and communities, Frederick Thompson and Wendy Brice-Thompson have all praised the work, which has seen scaffolding erected on a number of buildings, including the old Woolpack pub and the shops opposite it.

Renovations on the churchyard at the St Edward the Confessor Church are nearly complete and it is also hoped that work will soon begin on the Art Deco facade of the Quadrant Arcade.

Cllr Curtin said: “The buildings are very fine examples of late Victorian architecture in Romford and we want to welcome their restoration, as something which will help make an interesting environment for all to enjoy in Romford.”

The improvements being carried out on the Woolpack, which is having its facades restored, are something the councillors are particularly satisfied with.

Cllr Curtin said: “I guess the one I am most pleased about is the Woolpack, as this has been under threat of demolition before.

“I always opposed demolition as I thought it was a perfectly servicable and very attractive building, which could be restored and put to new uses, thus making good environmental sense from the point of the town having an attractive mix of old and new buildings to make a pleasant environment for us to look at.

“Also from the point of view of green-ness, as I think it makes more sense to use the buildings we already have.”

The site will be used for both commercial space and apartments.

Cllr Thompson said: “The Woolpack was left in a dreadful state by people who ran it as a nightclub, so it is good to see it restored.

“Nice to see something that looks attractive on the high street rather than a wreck.”

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