Recorder letters: Private Sector Leaseholders, council estates, mobility scooters, Andrew Rosindell to run for London Mayor, Queen’s Hospital, NHS celebrations, Breast Cancer charity event and Bowel Cancer UK charity event.

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 July 2018

Queen's Hospital, flagship hospital of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Queen's Hospital, flagship hospital of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.


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

Queen’s celebration was premature

P Harvey, Wood View Mews, Romford, writes:

I see that all the local MPs and local celebrities were at Queen’s Hospital, Romford this week celebrating with Matthew Hopkins, the chief executive, and other staff members on 70 years of the NHS.

Perhaps the MPs should have asked Matthew Hopkins when he is going to get the hospital up to scratch as it “requires improvement” on 4 out of 5 standards – the first one being safety.

Personally I do not want to be sent to a hospital that does not meet the CQC standards and when these standards are met then that will be the time to celebrate.

My treatment at hospital first class

George Leftwich, Hornchurch, full address supplied, writes:

On 7am Sunday in Romford, I had an accident and was unable to walk. The ambulance took me to Queen’s A&E.

The attention and treatment I received was first class and the staff were so helpful.

There were periods of waiting but this is because there are too many of us and not enough staff – politicians please note. My grateful thanks to a wonderful team of the NHS.

PSL story shows why local press is good for democracyCllr Clarence Barrett, group leader, Upminster & Cranham Residents’ Association, writes:

The Private Sector Leaseholders (PSL) lead story (Recorder, July 6) is a perfect example of why local press is good for local democracy.

Whilst transparency is easy to show when there is good news, it all too often hides in corners when there is bad news.

This is a story that was not likely to appear in the pages of Living, and, even more concerning was that the current administration failed to share this information with the vast majority of councillors, rather leaving it to the Recorder to set out the details and elected members to answer questions.

As fake news, distortion, alternative facts and cover-ups become more and more widespread, the presence of a quality local press has never been more important.

Local papers help to bring together local voices and shine a light on important local issues – in communities, in courtrooms, in council chambers.

Local media holds local powers to account and uncovers injustices, we must ensure that objectivity and impartiality is never compromised by a lack of voice.

With the demise of 200 local papers since 2005, I was pleased to see that the prime minister launched a review regarding the sustainability of local and national press with a report due later this year.

Result of selling off family silver

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

To meet government (Con) and GLA (Lab) housing targets the council plans to rebuild to a much higher density 12 council estates and compulsory purchase Bridge Close to provide many more tower blocks in Romford.

Let alone the plans for many high rise buildings in the south of the borough along the A1306.

To soften the blow our new de facto Labour and Conservative coalition administration (both voted for each other to take control of the strategic planning committee) are claiming the new housing will be for local people, rather than to mostly meet growing demand from elsewhere, due to an open border!

But in order to rebuild the estates, it requires them to be vacated first and so these tenants take priority for any available council housing. And this means council tenants in Private Sector Leasing (PSL) properties can no longer bid for council housing because none whatsoever are available.

But the council, due to growing rent costs and cuts in housing benefit, can no longer, in Havering, afford PSL properties.

This means council tenants in PSL must make alternative private arrangements or if made homeless by the council, agree to move to cheaper properties outside Havering which for vulnerable tenants with local roots and support networks is a terrible blow.

But – and here’s the rub – well-funded councils like Newham, due to the biased funding formulas, can afford Havering rents, and so I expect all our PSL properties will be transferred to our merger partner Newham, to house their tenants.

Whereas if the council had agreed to build 12 new council estates, rather than selling off the family silver to a private partnership, we could have owned 100 per cent of the properties and cleared our local waiting lists with some to spare and thereby delivered a genuine policy of local homes for local people! Although I suppose to supporters of the Global Village, everyone’s local!

Obstacles for mobility scooters

Teresa Noble, Romford, full address supplied, writes:

I recently exchanged my car for a pavement motor scooter for reasons of advancing age and I am pleased to report that I have received the utmost courtesy from other pavement users of all ages.

However, I have found many more obstacles in the course of my travels than I had anticipated.

The presence of many cars, vans and sometimes lorries parked or extending on to the pavement from the fronts of houses and shops has been troublesome, often necessitating a detour around them.

It is a privilege for scooter owners to have access to pedestrian areas and we must always respect that, keep to moderate speeds, not venture onto busy roads except at crossing points and use subways wherever possible as well.

Another point to remember, we should only venture into crowded precincts at quiet times of the day or evening as many pedestrians are not always aware that scooters are ahead as they text or talk on their mobile phones.

Mayor Rosindell? What a joke

P Stallard, Romford, full address supplied, writes:

I read in Friday’s Recorder the article regarding Andrew Rosindell to run for London Mayor. Was this a belated April fool joke?

The man has done virtually nothing for Havering over the past 16 years and to run for mayor would be as much use as a a chocolate teapot.

Like all of them, Boris, Sadiq etc, they come up with big ideas that go nowhere.

Mayor Rosindell? It’s a great idea

Peter Schubert, Allen Road, Rainham, writes:

I do hope that Romford MP Andrew Rosindell will stand for the next Mayor of London (Romford Recorder, July 6).

And when elected he will destroy the dictatorship that is the Greater London Authority, thus giving Havering and other areas that were annexed and subjugated by the Greater London Council in 1965 their freedom and right to self-determination.

The GLA is far too big and is not interested in Havering and its residents, who pay a large part of their rate demand to the authority for nothing in return.

Havering’s voice is constantly ignored and overruled.

How embarrassing it is to be ruled by a Mayor of London who has allowed an insulting balloon of President Trump, head of state of our closest ally, to be flown when he visits the United Kingdom. A disgusting act supported by pathetic and inadequate Mayor of London.

Havering must leave the GLA and return to its Essex home.

Have cuppa to help cancer helpline

Samia al Qadhi, chief executive, Breast Cancer Care, writes:

At Breast Cancer Care, we were devastated to have made the tough decision to reduce our Helpline opening hours earlier this year to make savings, a decision we didn’t take lightly.

We are working hard to make sure that the Helpline stays available to everyone who needs us so we can continue to provide vital support for free, but we can’t do it without your help.

You can support Breast Cancer Care by having an afternoon tea to raise money this July. Simply choose a date and invite friends and family round to enjoy a cuppa with some tasty sandwiches and treats. Breast Cancer Care will provide you with a free kit with everything you need to plan your tea.

All money raised will enable the charity to continue to be there for the 691,000 people living with breast cancer in the UK today, and it’s essential that these services remain free. Breast Cancer Care is not government funded so every penny that you raise makes a huge difference.

Order your free fundraising kit at or call 0300 100 4442.

Sign up to our charity walk

Julia Bradbury, TV presenter and co-founder of walking site The Outdoor Guide, writes:

As a keen walker I’m delighted to be supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s Walk Together to save lives.

Sign up to the walk in London on Saturday, September 15 or to receive a fundraising pack with everything you need to hold your own memorable walk, visit

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