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Recorder letters: Police, Beam Park, Art of Boxing, church saint error and World Wildlife Fund.

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 16 April 2018

A file image of Met Police officers. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

A file image of Met Police officers. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

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

Too few police for safety

Joan P Smith, Hacton Lane, Hornchurch, writes:

I read with interest the Upminster & Cranham Residents’ Association bulletin magazine from April 2018.

Under “Police Update”, The Bulletin states that the Residents’ Association is working with the police “to ensure that there is the right level of police presence and that when crime does happen residents can have confidence that the matter is being dealt with as quickly and efficiently as resources will allow”.

The numbers quoted are as follows:

Two dedicated ward officers, one dedicated police sergeant, and one community support officer per ward.

This immediately rings alarm bells – looking at the local election results for 2014, it registered that in Cranham there were 12,759 votes registered and in Upminster, 14,401. This of course equates to just over 27,000 residents.

How on earth can the number of police officers cited be enough? These officers obviously do not work 24 hours around the clock, are they mobile and does the community support officer have power of arrest?

In the 1970s I was a serving police officer in the Metropolitan Police, in Stoke Newington. This was at a time of great social issues, each eight hour shift at the station was covered by 10 police constables, two sergeants and one police inspector. This at times did not prove to be enough.

I recommend that questions be raised as to how are residents being protected on such a low level of policing before it gets much worse.

Beam Park plan refusal necessary

Graham Williamson, council candidate for South Hornchurch Residents Group, writes:

The refusal of the proposed countryside cross border development in South Hornchurch, to be known as Beam Park, was not taken lightly but it was certainly necessary.

The area concerned is largely desolate or populated by “dirty industries” and would indeed benefit from being developed. Members of the council’s planning committee (Reg. Services) however expressed concern that this specific development would be out of sync with the borough’s strategic plan for the area, namely the Rainham and Beam Park Planning Framework.

In particular, the heights of many of the apartments, whether around the proposed station or even further afield, were far too high (many being nine storey apartments) and out of character with the immediate area which is almost all two storey houses.

If built as presented the development would be more fitting of something in inner London rather than an outer borough and not reflective of the promised “garden suburb”.

Sadly developers ignored councillor and residents’ concerns despite being forcefully expressed on at least four separate occasions/consultations.

The application will now go before the Mayor who will decide to intervene or not.

We cannot predict his response but if it is in favour of the development as is, it will hardly increase his declining popularity.

Art of Boxing deserve credit

Matt Stanton, coach, Now&4Ever Boxing, writes:

It was great to see the coverage given to Art of Boxing’s latest charity venture in last week’s edition.

Both Robin and Alex deserve a lot of credit for the work they do with young people.

We have attended and fought on their shows before and always found them professional and a pleasure to work with.

It seems only Tories can over-develop

Article error over church saint

John Greary, Dorset Avenue, Romford, writes:

I found Professor Martin’s article as always interesting but the saint associated with Edward the Confessor was St John the Evangelist after whom the church at Havering-atte-Bower (successor to the Palace Chapel) is dedicated.

Seeking green ambassadors

Cel Spellman, actor and presenter on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), writes:

I’m passionate about caring for our planet.

That’s why I’m proud and grateful to support schemes and initiatives, such as WWF’s Green Ambassador Awards, that help and inspire young people to care for, love and nurture our precious world.

They showcase the very best examples of schools and pupils who are putting the environment and sustainability at the heart of what they do and empower young people to make a positive change to the world and help them make connections about what impact we can have on our planet.

We’re seeking inspirational green ambassadors across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The lucky award winners will each receive £500, to help boost green projects in and around their school.

It seems only Tories can over-develop

Residents Action Havering, address supplied, writes:

It is admirable that the current Conservative administration want to keep Havering special. I’m sure the residents of areas that don’t have councillors in the administration have felt very special over the last four years.

It seems we are to be expected to understand it thusly: Conservative plans for over-development are a good thing, but only if the Conservatives carry them out. Grow up!

* Editor’s comment: In the print edition of the letters page this letter was mistakenly attributed to Damian White. We apologise for the error and any confusion caused.

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