Recorder letters: plane noise, libraries, Beam Reach, buses and more.
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 July 2019
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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.
Write to your MP about plane noise
Peter Harvey, Wood View Mews, Romford, writes:
I urge all readers who are suffering increased noise from the planes which are now every three minutes over Romford commencing at 7am, sometimes as many as 10 an hour to contact their MP. The airport is due to increase its flights and this will result in more noise continually all day together with the risk of accidents.
The noise on Monday was so bad at 1pm you could not hear yourself speak in the garden. They are flying so low over White Hart Lane that the noise is deafening. Unless this is curtailed and the flight slots are distributed more fairly it will be all concentrated over Romford, making it a no go area for living due to noise and pollution.
Proposal for libraries will 'decimate' valued service
Rosina Purnell, chairwoman, Havering Labour, writes:
Let's be clear about this - running libraries is a professional job.
It requires a whole range of skills - to provide information accurately, to know how to respond to queries and to have a good knowledge of the library stock. Librarians also deal with cash management, anti-social behaviour and have to ensure vulnerable people are safe in the library environment.
The current Tory council proposal for five smaller libraries in our borough to be run by volunteer community groups is an outrage.
Volunteers can add immense value to supplementary library activities but we cannot allow them to replace trained specialist staff who currently deliver library services to our Havering communities.
The adults and children of Collier Row, Elm Park, Gidea Park, Harold Wood and South Hornchurch deserve a professionally run library service like other parts of the borough.
In order to gain access to a professional, reliably run library, people from these areas like the elderly, mums with small children and teenagers who need somewhere to do their homework will be forced to travel by bus to main town centres if these proposals go ahead.
This will have the result of discouraging library use for all sorts of reasons.
Havering's library service is one to be proud of, with over a million visitors last year.
This philistine proposal to decimate a valued public service must have been made by politicians who do not value books, education or the community enrichment that libraries provide.
Tory austerity has already damaged so much of value in our communities with post office and police station closures, high street shops losing trade because of car parking issues, with library opening hours already having been slashed and now this further downgrading of our library service.
I sincerely hope that all councillors representing these five areas, including those who have crossed the floor to join the Tories, will fight against, and vote against, this proposal.
Their constituents are being let down and are victims of the council's further relentless cost cutting austerity measures.
Does Beam Reach benefit residents?
Matt Stanton, Romford, full address supplied, writes:
How many of the "snapped up" Beam Reach dwellings have been sold to private landlords?
How many ordinary working-class families are going to end up paying exorbitant rents when the council should have provided a home for them?
Another year for 'lifeline' bus route
Wendy Way, member of Brentwood Bus and Railway Users Association (BBARUA), Hornbeam Close, Brentwood, writes:
We have had brilliant news regarding the 37, 80A, 80C, 251 and 351 Sunday buses. Essex County Council has agreed to still fund these services for another year.
They are all a two hourly service and a lifeline for us residents who do not have a car.
Car made a villain in climate protest
Cllr David Durant, Rainham and Wennington Independent Residents Group, writes:
To secure her legacy the former prime minister legislated to reduce UK carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050.
Her then chancellor said this will cost over one trillion pounds, make British industry uncompetitive and reduce spending on public services. Her announcement followed parliament declaring a non-binding "climate emergency" following protests from a corporate green sales team called "Extinction Rebellion"
Extinction Rebellion cast the car as a villain and to help achieve reduction targets say all petrol and diesel cars should be quickly replaced with (allegedly green) electric cars. This would involve a massive outlay in new infrastructure, because electric cars would need charging points and still need their batteries powered from fossil fuel power stations, unless a big expansion in (allegedly carbon free) nuclear power is planned, which again would cost £billions.
Locally Cllr Gillian Ford submitted an Extinction Rebellion inspired motion on behalf of the Upminster and Cranham Residents Group calling on Havering Council to declare a "climate emergency". After speaking to her before the meeting its clear she believes the end of the world is nigh unless UK quickly reduce net carbon emissions to zero, but its not a motion you would expect from a local residents association.
Also I'm not sure how its reconciled with the parking campaign to restore the 30 minutes free period, because if passed (it wasn't) it would have committed the council to a wide range of expensive action at a time of spending cuts due to reductions in government funding, which is another "emergency" reason the council gave for raising parking charges and removing the 30 minutes free period!
Boris playing trick or treat with Brexit
Eamonn Mahon, chairman, Brooklands Residents Association, writes:
So, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has called the oncoming exodus from the EU eminently feasible and has once again gone on the front foot under a growing tidal wave of scrutiny from fellow Tories calling the October deadline as "a do or die moment".
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He came to the sudden realisation that to be elected as head of government, all he had to do was convince the EU haters of this to become yet another un-elected prlme minister.
It is probably apt that this phrase coined from Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade should come to pass in Mr Johnson's speech as his short tenure as prime minister could lead the entire country into the valley of death. As the country holds for an October withdrawal, could it be Britain playing trick or treat to the Halloween exit.
Maintenance on street needs boost
Mr D F Gibson, Allen Road, Rainham, writes:
As a resident of Rainham for most of my life, it has become very noticeable the decline in maintenance from Havering Council.
There are weeds growing everywhere along our roads and pavements, litter covers most of our streets, litter bins are not emptied often enough. It has become almost impossible to complain by phone or even online as I have tried on a number of occasions.
All that is required is one dedicated person with a few tools to cover most of this work around Rainham. I would be more than happy to show them how it should be done. At the end of the day it comes down to poor organisation from street care management, not the frontline staff.
Don't shy away from scrutiny
Dovers Farm Green Village, full contact details supplied, write:
Kay Secchi's excellent letter hit the nail on the head last week.
The White regime at the town hall is terrified of public scrutiny and oversight. If they have nothing to hide in releasing the full information regarding their ownership of the land on which Dovers Farm Green sits, what is stopping them shutting us up by releasing it?
Join study about chronic back pain
Anna Hurley-Wallace, former student at Coopers' Company & Coborn School, Upminster, writes:
Does your teenager experience chronic pain? Are you an internet user?
The Pain Research Laboratory at the University of Southampton is seeking teenagers and their parents to take part in a study about chronic pain.
We are currently exploring what teenagers, and parents, would like from an online program to help manage chronic pain. We are interested in the pain management techniques teenagers' use, and we would like to know which techniques might be useful to have access to at home, via the internet.
If you would like to take part, you can follow the anonymous survey link: https://sotonpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40FSKsebFoFNj6Z. If you have any further questions about this research, please email A.Hurley-Wallace@soton.ac.uk (Anna) and I will be happy to answer them.
Rid Labour of far left to progress
Terence F Matthews LL B (Hons), Clement Way, Hornchurch, writes:
Before people contact the press about a letter that was published, I do wish that they bothered to read the letter they are writing about.
At no time did I say Mary Breading had been a Havering councillor. After being married to a Havering councillor for years and having knowledge of Mary in the Labour party, I would not make such a mistake. However, I did in a roundabout way, suggest that Denis Breading had been a Labour councillor in South Hornchurch (Which he was). Any relation Mary? You know I know the answer.
As personal data is protected by the Data Protection Act, how am I or anybody else who knew Mary was a Labour Party member, supposed to know she had left the party due to Corbyn being leader? Send me a email if you rejoin Mary.
Anybody reading my letter regarding her letter would have seen I supported most of her comments. I wish more Labour Party (the real Labour Party) members would take the same stand as Mary and myself and leave this diabolical excuse for the Labour Party. The boasted 600,000 members is a joke. The vast majority being misled youth, Liberals, Tories and other parties who wish to destroy the real Labour Party.
Most of these will not vote Labour at the next general election and as for getting them out door knocking for the party, you're having a laugh. Most of the decent Labour Party activists in Havering have left the party but I am sure that most will return after the party gets rid of the far far left wing.
BBC not forced to punish over 75s
William Swain, Barnstaple Road, Harold Hill, writes:
I write in response to Geoff Grote's letter "Not fair to blame BBC for licence fee" (Recorder, July 19).
Most of what he stated in his letter was typical left-wing rhetoric, however, it did contain a major error. George Osborne did not "force" anything onto the BBC, on the contrary, he actually gave the BBC considerable extra funding and powers to continue the TV licence concession to the over 75s.
With regard to Andrew Rosindell's informative letter "Answers to readers' letters" (Recorder, July 12). Although his letter did contain much justifiable fury and indignation over the BBC's disgraceful decision to withdraw the free licence for the over 75s, I do concede that there was no mention as to what kind of action he will take to remedy the situation. I'm reminded of that old proverb - "fine words butter no parsnips".
I feel very sorry for senior citizens who may be living alone and suffering from dementia as they may receive a visit in June 2020 from an officer from TV licensing.
However, no doubt the wretched BBC and TV licensing will in due course be sending officers to those elderly and vulnerable people.
The MP for Romford and his parliamentary colleagues must as a matter of urgency, instruct and order the BBC to scrap its plans to withdraw the free licences for the over 75s, this includes the D-Day veterans.
Addressing root causes of crime
Tom Copley , Londonwide Assembly Member, writes:
The causes of violent crime are multi-faceted and complex, and we know that these have been compounded by the government's £1 billion cut to the Met Police's budget by 2023.
This week, City Hall shone a spotlight upon the specific and significant link between poverty and violent crime. It is something that is widely acknowledged, but not talked about nearly enough on the public stage.
From City Hall, the mayor is addressing this issue through the roll-out of a £45 million Young Londoners Fund, as part of his wider public health approach model. There's no escaping the need for the government to confront the empirical reality that violent crime is one of the side-effects of their programme of austerity.
We now need everyone - communities, the police and politicians - to play their part in tackling these vile acts.