Recorder letters: T-junction misery, telephone scams, Mayor Sadiq criticism, Havering’s coalition and The Good Intent review.

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 July 2018

A councillor is warning residents of a telephone scam that has been targeting people in Havering. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images/Philip Toscano

A councillor is warning residents of a telephone scam that has been targeting people in Havering. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images/Philip Toscano

PA Wire/PA Images/Philip Toscano

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

Secure yourself from the scammers

Cllr Clarence Barrett, Upminster & Cranham Residents’ Associations, writes:

It was recently reported how a businessman lost more than £10,000 when he was targeted by scammers.

The businessman received a call, supposedly from his bank, saying that his account had been hacked and he would need to move his money into a ‘safe’ account as a matter of urgency. The caller gave an account code and sort code to which the businessman, totally convinced by the caller’s official tone and sense of urgency, transferred £10,500. Not long after, he began to have doubts and, upon checking, realised that his £10,500 had been taken and long gone.

While most people might say, ‘I would never fall for that’ – many people do.

Here are some tips to avoid bank fraud:

• Banks will not call customers to advise them that their account may be hacked. They would normally freeze the account if they suspect suspicious activity.

• A genuine bank will never ask you to move your money from one account to another

• A bank will not ask for your PIN of full password

• Only share your personal or financial details with someone you trust and are expecting to contact you

• Never click on a link in an unexpected email or text

To report fraud, call ActionFraud on 0300 123 2040.

Congrats to those speaking sense on letters page!

Teresa Noble, Cedar Road, Romford, writes:

Two letters on the Opinion pages of the Recorder last week deserved heartfelt congratulations from many borough residents.

Mrs J E Bennett makes the point that Bellway have ‘discovered’ the buildings at St George’s Hospital are riddled with asbestos and need to be demolished to provide ‘safe buildings’ – and no doubt, many more houses than originally submitted, crammed onto the site.

Bellway does not come to my mind as a very reliable judge of such matters.

The second letter by Sonia Webb alerting readers to the potential loss of a highly valued open space at Dover’s Corner, a ‘green oasis’ to the local residents and their families in order to build 30 houses also needs acknowledging. We need more homes of course, but not by taking our valued small green spaces.

Once again, Damian White is named as the man interested in the sell off.

As leader of the council, he should have the interests of the local people at heart. He needs to eat more ‘humble pie’ and retire from local government until he understands his duties better.

Our T-junction misery goes on

Ajay Pal Singh, Romford, full address supplied, writes:

This is regarding the main Crow Lane – Jutsums Lane busy T-junction.

When local Havering council sent us local residents the proposed parking-restriction scheme to improve traffic flow in December 2017, we were happy to see that there will be no unauthorised or unknown abandoned vehicles once the new proposed scheme gets implemented.

Nearly all the houses on Crow Lane have at least two or three car parking spaces and hardly needs to buy yearly parking-permits as proposed in council’s letter.

Council started the work as stated and finished (half-way) the road-markings in February 2019 without putting red-markings where nobody can park at all near roundabout.

After a few months, now it is clear that this all drama was to give benefit to some businesses (“one in particular”) to provide them good lorry-parking spaces without caring about local residents and both side traffic.

Now a days, long queues and jams can be seen on both sides of the road and if someone objects then it starts off an ugly argument and sometimes more serious situation. People get stuck in traffics and local residents like us suffer severe traffic delays and road-jams.

Being local residents, it takes us ages to take our cars off the driveways when we find a few trucks parked in front of our houses and sometimes we are close to accidents.

These truck drivers do not care about anybody and suddenly stop their trucks in the middle of the road, park and enjoy their business without any fear of accidents, parking-tickets or objections.

We used to get a parking-ticket if someone parked improperly without any delay, but since this resident parking scheme has been implemented, we have never seen any traffic-patrolling cars or people who issue parking tickets.

This all has left our joy of living in this area. All the time ugly scrap-metal trucks can be seen in front of our windows. Now the drivers have started daring to block our driveways completely too and if someone says something then either they swear or make jokes of us.

This scam has really made our life like a hell and ruined our peace of mind. People suffer from some serious diseases are left at high risks of noise and air pollution which are affecting direct to their health.

For noise and air pollution, I made a complaint to local MP a couple of years back that my newly refurbished house is getting so many cracks and other problems because of this all heavy noise, but she started correcting my vocabulary and started mentioning the difference between “vibration and radiation” and nothing further was done.

I complained about this parking and traffic problem to council and did not get any satisfactory answer and was told that this was a last minute change in the plans.

We did not get any information about the changes in plans.

They also said that they will send us further planning proposals of this busy junction in June, but we residents have still received nothing.

Now the situation is unbearable and we do not know what to do in this jeopardy. The council and these big businesses know how to get a way and how to make people fool, but is there somebody, authority or department who can tell us what to do in this situation.

Or this is now our fate to live like this until a major accident or loss of life occurs.

Reader right on Mayor Sadiq

Alan Cauvain, St Andrews Avenue, Hornchurch, writes:

I have to agree with Mr P Schubert on getting rid of the childish Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

He is an embarrassment to his position which more than stands out over his antics with the baby blimp balloon aimed at D Trump.

I have been carping on about Havering getting out of the GLA for some time as we are in Essex not London and I hate our area being labeled as part of East London. MP Andrew Rosindell certainly could not do a worse job than Khan who either goes missing for periods of time or is appearing on TV spouting a load of rubbish.

Havering needs to align with Essex County Council, the GLA is getting too big and we get very little back for the large sums that we contribute. Havering’s policing levels are very poor and all Khan wants to do is build houses/flats on any empty land (the Conservative Council certainly do not seem to be able to stop him) which will get his picture in the papers and on telly and that what makes him happy (he must think he is a celebrity).

Although I no longer vote Conservative I will vote for Andrew Rosindell for Mayor of London in 2020.

Havering’s new coalition in action

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

Cllr Darvill, the Labour Group leader, denies a de facto coalition with the Conservatives and no doubt Cllr White, the Conservative Group leader will say the same, except they voted for each other to take control of the Strategic Planning Committee!

At national level there has also been a de facto Labour and Conservative coalition that’s led to the housing targets facing Havering from both government (Con) and GLA (Lab), Recorder July 20.

I know under the first past the post voting system, it suits both to pretend there is a big difference between the two as they rely on ‘Buggins turn’ to get elected, which is why we need genuine voting reform to unlock democracy and allow a range of non-Lab/Con voices to be heard and get representation.

For many years I have promoted council housing as the value for money and accountable way to provide ‘affordable housing’, something effectively banned by successive Labour and Conservative governments, as the public spending involved conflicted with their plans to join the Euro-currency, but the housing crisis and Brexit is forcing them to change their tune.

The IRG has submitted motions about council housing and I have raised this issue in elections, at cabinet meetings and during budget speeches and would have done so again at the last July 11 council meeting, except the Labour Group voted with the Conservatives to de facto cancel the meeting to watch the football!

Good Intent a fine blast from the past

David J Savage, Friends of St Clement Danes Central RAF Church, The Green, South Ockendon, writes:

Last week’s (July 20) preview (pages 38 and 39) of “The Good Intent”, the musical set in RAF Hornchurch in World War Two, brought back memories of seeing the original production at the town’s Queen’s Theatre 21 years ago.

Subsequently meeting the American relatives of its hero Raimund Sanders Draper,and of the stories my dad, John, a jeweller and watchmaker, told of repairing shot-up Spitfires in 1940 - three years before Raimund’s act of heroism saved 650 local children.

As a tribute to my dad and my Uncle Harold, who became a Warrant Officer after joining the apprentices’ training scheme established by the ‘Father’ of the Royal Air Force Lord Trenchard, and to all those who have served during the RAF’s 100 years, I recently flew across Essex in a Spitfire which in 1944 had destroyed a Messerschmitt Me109 over Arnhem

Three months after my mother, Connie, was strafed by a German fighter pilot in a similar machine while she pushed me in a pram along a lane in Croydon.

The pilot of the dual-control, two- seat, Castle Bromwich-made MK 1Xc - converted into a trainer for the Irish Air Corps in 1950-was Don Sigournay a contributor to the wonderful new documentary “Spitfire”, premiered at Southend’s Odeon and 219 other cinemas on July 17 and which will be issued on DVD in September.

We had taken off from the former Battle of Britain fighter station at Biggin Hill but were not allowed by the Civil Aviation Authority to do a victory roll over Hornchurch Country Park - once the home of RAF Hornchurch, which closed in 1962, but a wing-waggle over the 12c church I live next door to and an aerial view of Purfleet Heritage and Military Museum, housing a section devoted to the history of the airfield,more than compensated.

In 2014, I was privileged to take part in Gerry Sweeney and Dave Ross’s community musical , “Paper Planes”, about World War One Hornchurch flying hero William Leefe Robinson, VC, about whom I continue to give talks to local groups and libraries.

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