Recorder letters: Havering cyclists, KGH A&E, Hare Lodge, Christmas concert, Keith Prince, Olympic fund and various charity fundraising.

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 December 2017

Hare Lodge, Upper Brentwood Road, Gidea Park.

Hare Lodge, Upper Brentwood Road, Gidea Park.

Greg Campbell

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

We must fight to save Hare Lodge

Cllr David Durant, Rainham and Wennington Independent Residents’ Group, writes:

The Inspector’s approval to demolish Hare Lodge in Gidea Park was on the perverse grounds its distinct character made it untypical of the area and not worth saving, when the complete opposite rationale should apply.

There have been other applications including the most recent to demolish Hare Lodge which was unanimously opposed by the planning committee, with a request planning officers seek added protections for the property.

If, despite the overwhelming local support to save Hare Lodge, it’s still demolished then nowhere is now safe as housing targets take priority over the special protections in the Local Plan involving our conservationareas and areas of special character, as it does appear the Inspector’s decision prioritised a target over protecting our local heritage.

For this reason the Inspector’s decision needs to be appealed by council. I feel a failure to do so regarding this totemic matter would be a sign the administration has hoisted a white flag and given a green light to overdevelopment throughout Havering.

At last town will be more welcoming to us cyclists

Terry Hughes, Havering Cyclists, writes:

We as Havering Cyclists have been working for many years to encourage more cycling in the borough. One thing that members of the public tell us again and again is that they would love to cycle more but that Havering’s roads are just too unwelcoming.

The Romford Ring Road is a good example of a scheme that was successful in its aim to allow motor traffic to move around the town but it is now painfully obvious that the needs of all non-motorised users and residents had been completely ignored from the word go.

A key part of the new project is that existing subways will be replaced by pedestrian and cycle crossings at street level along with new bus lanes and public spaces.

Not only will this help cyclists access to Romford town centre, but it will also be a major benefit to the disabled and less-abled people not having to go up and down the slopes to get into Romford.

At last the dark and dangerous subways will become a thing of the past.

That is why we are very pleased to hear the news that the London Mayor has agreed to fund some much-needed improvements that will encourage walking and cycling to and make the Romford Ring Road less of a barrier.

We now hope that Havering Council will play its part and make the most of this opportunity.

Playing politics with KGH A&E

Malcolm Judd, Romford, full address supplied, writes:

Whan I worked in Redbridge in the late nineties and early noughties those calling for ambulances in the Hainault, Woodford and Grange Hill area were driven past King George Hospital to Queen’s.

When questioned as to why, the crew would say “we have been instructed to”.

They surmised it was so that King George would be deemed to be under used.

A few years ago, a friend was taken ill in Romford town centre. An ambulance was called and as a trip to hospital was required, Queen’s was contacted and the driver told to delay arrival for 30 minutes as A&E was closed due to over crowding.

When they arrived at midday, they were told there was now a further one hour wait. They drove at once to King George where the patient was seen within 10 minutes.

This is clearly political manipulation.

Terrific concert by Scargill Infants

Cllr Stephanie Nunn, Elm Park ward, writes:

Thank you so much to Miss D McGahey, the headteacher of Scargill Infant School for inviting us to the Christmas concert.

The whole school was involved and coupled with the huge response from parents it meant that Brittons Academy kindly offered to play host to accommodate everyone.

Each class performed – the Nativity, fairies and Christmas songs, it was all there, hugely enjoyable and a great credit to pupils and teachers.

Well done and thank you once again.

Well done Keith for laughing off abuse

Angela Gipson, Ayr Way, Romford, writes:

Regarding the full page story in The Daily Mail dated December 9.

Why wasn’t the woman who called Cllr Keith Prince “a white idiot”, prosecuted? If it was the other way round and Mr Prince had called her a black idiot he surely would have been asked to resign and his career would have been ruined.

This woman also threatened to slap him and kick him in the groin. All because Mr Prince asked her to take her feet off his seat.

Well done Keith for laughing off this incident and by the end of the train journey “the pair were laughing together”.

We must transfer to Essex council

Alan Cauvain, St Andrews Avenue, Hornchurch, writes:

The people of Havering are apparently still paying “into the Olympic Fund” which was supposed to finish in 2016.

Maybe this is what is paying for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to flit around India and Pakistan recently (nice life if you can get it). With all the problems in London surely he should be sorting them out first.

The amalgamation of policing is making the service poorer, then we have Sadiq Khan ordering Havering Council to build many more houses than the council had agreed to do.

Cllr Ramsey is not strong enough to take Sadiq Khan on and tell him to keep out of the running of Havering Council.

It seems to me that our way of life that we pay our local taxes for is heading down the pan as we get sucked further into the GLA.

Havering needs to get out of the GLA and get into the Essex County Council, even Andrew Rosindell MP is saying that we must not forget our roots which are in the county of Essex.

Rainbow does wonderful work

Rupert Young, actor, writes:

With Christmas just around the corner, I’m feeling particularly excited as this will be my first Christmas as a dad.

My daughter may still be tiny, but I’m looking forward to starting those festive family traditions that I have such fond memories of growing up with myself.

As a new dad, I’m utterly thankful that my daughter is healthy and happy. It makes me appreciate just how unbearable it must be to see your child become seriously ill – particularly at Christmas.

I support a wonderful charity called Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity which provides support to families with a seriously ill child.

Rainbow Trust matches these families with a dedicated family support worker who helps them emotionally and practically to make life a little easier and enjoy precious time together as a family.

If you have a moment, please visit to find out how this incredible charity will be supporting over 2,000 families this Christmas.

There is also a wonderful Christmas animation to enjoy and an opportunity to donate, if you are able to spare some change.

Thank you for your support.

By teaming up we can stop MS

Alun Armstrong, actor, writes:

My older sister was diagnosed with MS when we were in our early thirties, and the news came as an unprecedented blow to my family.

MRI tests had only just been invented but no one was offered any treatments when they were diagnosed – because there weren’t any.

Thirty years later, and we’ve made tremendous strides in MS research.

We now have treatments that (for some people at least) can help deal with the often painful and exhausting symptoms.

But with 100,000 people affected in the UK, what we really need is to find a way to stop MS. And we’ve never been closer.

That’s why I’m supporting the MS Society this Christmas.

Like Santa’s elves, they’re working hard to give families like mine the greatest gift of all: new treatments.

Their Christmas appeal is aiming to raise £250,000 to fund three landmark trials and turn existing drugs into treatments for MS.

Each study carries the promise of delivering new treatments to people with MS much faster, but – unlike deliveries from the North Pole – they won’t happen by magic. MS research needs your support.

By giving the gift of research this holiday season, we can make a difference to thousands of lives right here in the UK.

I’d love for your readers to join me, and donate at

Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.

Help us to give the gift of sight

Melanie Sykes, TV presenter, ambassador, Sightsavers, writes:

I am writing to let your readers know about Sightsavers’ A Million Miracles fundraising campaign that I am supporting.

The campaign aims to fund one million cataract operations that will restore, save and protect people’s sight in some of the poorest parts of the world.

I was lucky enough to visit Madhya Pradesh, India, in July, with the Sightsavers team and see how the campaign and its funding is being put into action.

I saw adults and children being assessed in health clinics, having cataract surgery and at home following treatment.

It was an amazing experience to see lives being restored with such simple treatment which comes at such a low cost.

I am asking donors and members of the public to donate to the Sightsavers cataract work and help reach the final miracle. £30 can enable an adult to have a cataract operation and change their life completely.

Money raised from this appeal will be matched by the UK government, pound for pound, until January 9, 2018 so your gift will go even further this Christmas.

The matched funding will go towards Sightsavers’ projects in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Visit to donate and support the work of Sightsavers.

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