Recorder readers: Romford Ring Road, parking meters, brass shell case information, Cedar cancer unit, Halloween at Romford Market, Brexit and Chafford.

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 October 2018

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

Romford Ring Road is no longer fit for purpose

D Ainsworth, Barnstaple Road, Romford, writes:

G Farmer hits the nail on the head with views about Romford town centre’s traffic issues.

Our Ring Road, opened with a fanfare by the secretary of state for transport, then the late Paul Channon MP in May 1989, in a blaze of publicity, is now not fit for purpose.

Since opening many more flats/apartments and other properties have been built around it, all generating more traffic movements. The Brewery shopping centre had a car park that enabled vehicles to be driven in, straight from the Ring Road.

This established system was abandoned, in favour of barriers – so causing vehicles to queue back into the Ring Road so blocking off movements for all.

Readers wrote letters predicting what would happen - it has!

Long before the Christmas rush, our Ring Road has long tailbacks, and also during seemingly off-peak midweek times to boot! This affects both motorists and public transport users alike. Decades ago Romford was seen as the south’s best shopping centre after Oxford Street.

Not now, as numbers dwindle and shops become boarded up.

The point in G Farmer’s letter is well made, in that many won’t return to our town after suffering bad experiences whilst trying to gain access or leave.

This issue affects all – motorists and public transport users alike. At her party conference the PM announced that austerity was coming to an end. Hmmm!

When it does and more money is allocated to local authorites, I’d implore Havering Council to employ an engineer who’s studied traffic management, for that’s what’s urgently needed in a borough like ours with its ever-rising population.

Make sure parking meters are working

A Havering resident, full name and address supplied, writes:

One of the things the borough needs to focus on before any increases [in parking fines] is to ensure all of the new parking meters are working.

On numerous occasions the new meters around the town centre have taken my money without issuing a ticket.

I understand vandals have targeted the machines, this is an issue that should be addressed and not increasing the parking fines. There were never any faults with the old machines.

The council have been greedy taking away parking meters to replace with ticketed machines so there is no ‘passing on’ the parking fee to another motorist.

This move should have increased the parking revenue had the machines been fit for purpose, (within the first month of them being installed every one of them had been broken into).

The machine outside St Edwards Primary School, Havering Drive has not worked for months.

I have reported it to the parking wardens and those who service the machines. It still does not take any coins!!!

I do not have the mobile phone app and would begrudge paying more to use the app.

Looking for info on brass shell case

Brian Johnston, vice president and secretary, Romford and Hornchurch branch,The Royal Naval Association, writes:

May I make an appeal through the Romford Recorder for information regarding a brass shell case.

Recently a gentleman of a certain age came into the Royal British Legion in Western Road, Romford and seeing the ship’s bell of HMS Sussex took out of his bag a brass shell case and placed it on the shelf alongside the bell saying that he didn’t need it any more, before leaving.

The shell is engraved with oak leaves and has fluting along 2/3 of its length. Another point of interest is that according to the date of manufacture it is of German make from June 1915.

We would like to know of its history so that if asked, we can enlighten questioners, and in this the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities items of historical interest are important.

Hoping that you can help in this quest. Many thanks.

Trust must replace cancer unit staff

Cllr Michael Deon Burton, Cllr Carole Beth and Cllr Nic Dodin, write:

The closure of the Cedar cancer chemotherapy outpatient ward at King George due to an inability to find six staff is alarming.

Never before has a unit at King George been closed because staff cannot be found to work there.

King George and Queen’s provide a good cancer service, this high quality care is under threat until these six staff are replaced.

We seek an assurance from Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) that they will work towards replacing these staff to allow the unit to be re-opened and suggest re-opening the Cedar Ward for chemotherapy is placed on the monthly board agenda so that patients and the public can monitor progress.

We are also concerned that BHRUT is not providing an ambulatory emergency care (AEC) unit, despite every other hospital in east London set to be provided with one.

Both the chemotherapy and an AEU were to be provided at King George as residual services after King George A&E was closed in the original 2010 closure plan.

In November 2017 we were promised a review of the closure of King George A&E.

This promise needs to be kept and we encourage readers to attend the Save King George A&E/don’t overload Queen’s walk from Havering Town Hall at 1pm on November 25 to Redbridge Town Hall for 3pm.

Show support for market this winter

Councillor Damian White, Leader of the Council, writes:

It’s that time of year again, and this year we are celebrating Halloween with a council Spooktacular in Romford Market Place.

The event, taking place on Saturday, October 27 will provide fun for the whole family including The Alchemist puppet show, a Ghost Train, spooky face-painting, pumpkin decorating and a wandering assortment of witches and other ghastly ghouls.

This is the first in a whole series of exciting events, organised by the council over the coming months.

In November – the market will once again play host to the Romford Christmas lights switch-on.

It promises to be bigger than ever, with new lights, live entertainment and the festive fireworks back for another year.

As well as these flagship events the council is also bringing street entertainment back to the Market Place.

A whole host of street performances will be playing regularly on market days.

The investment the council is making reflects the importance of the Market Place to Romford and the people of Havering. It has long been the heart and soul of the town centre and is a proud part of borough’s heritage.

This events programme will remind people of Havering’s rich culture and history and I hope the market will become a platform for local community groups, performers and artists to showcase their talent.

I encourage residents to get behind these events and show their support for our market, as a place not only to shop, but as a destination for the community.

Why do Remainers think we’re wrong?

Michael J Frost, Peartree Gardens, Collier Row, writes:

I voted for Brexit on the basis that I have never, ever, been in favour of the UK’s membership of a politically-based organisation whereby our citizens are subject to the whims of unelected foreign bureaucrats over whom we have little or no control, nor who can be removed from power should there be substantial disagreement with their decision-making.

I have felt all along that the UK has been emasculated, its sovereignty eroded; that when Brussels says “jump” our response, instead of being “on your bike”, has to be “how high?”

Am I alone in feeling that the UK is no longer in control of its own destiny?

Over 17 million citizens voted for Brexit, yet some politicians seem hell-bent on promoting their own Remain agenda and doing their best to undermine the majority. To oppose the will of the people might be construed as treason!

In order to justify their continued opposition to what was a democratically reached decision, perhaps Remain MPs could explain in words of one syllable why they think over 17 million people are wrong!

Save Chafford with police station cash

Mr R Lee, full address supplied, writes:

It was reported in the Romford Recorder last month, that the council is purchasing Hornchurch Police Station from the Metropolitan Police (for undisclosed sum ) so it can stay open three hours a week to the public.

But now it’s being discussed whether to keep Chafford Sports Hall/swimming pool open. There is no money in the pot .

What is more important? A police station costing millions, but that only opens three hours a week or a sports centre/swimming pool which could be open over 100 hours a week and be more of an asset to local people?

Surely the council should be taking more care of adults/teenagers/kids’ health/ fitness activities than playing landlord to the Metropolitan Police.

What other money strapped council throughout the UK is playing landlord to the police whilst cutting public services?

Stop the purchase of Hornchurch Police Station and spend the millions saved on a decent sports hall/swimming pool for Rainham.

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