Havering Council

This week’s edition of the Recorder carries with it the sad news that the operators of The Retailery - a much loved shared space in Romford Market Place - will be closing the venue in January next year.

Havering Council is hoping to have no rough sleepers on the streets over Christmas.

Owners of independent businesses at The Retailery have been having “sleepless nights” over their future, as it was announced this week that it will close in the new year.

The “heartbreaking” decision to close down The Retailery in 2019 has been announced tonight after being refused necessary funding.

A Rainham resident is at her wits’ end after her landlord failed to resolve a series of issues with her housing, including a large tree that is precariously hanging over her home.

Havering issued 120,000 parking and traffic fines last year, figures have revealed.

Havering has been exposed as one of the biggest fly-tipping hotspots in England, with an average of 10 incidents every day.

Havering’s biggest housing regeneration project received a special road test from 10 and 11-year-olds in the borough.

Improved CCTV, major investments to improve road surfaces and increased council tax charges for empty properties are some of the proposals being made by Havering Council for next year’s budget.

Havering Council has set up a hotline to reassure worried residents after financial problems at one of the UK’s largest home care providers raised concerns that services might be disrupted.

Havering Council rewarded its dinner ladies who have been cooking school meals for nearly 400 years between them and have served up more than 23 million meals to schoolchildren.

To round of this year’s commemorative events in Havering a beacon lighting ceremony was held on the green in Havering-atte-Bower.

The borough’s only female council leader in the local authority’s 53-year history has died at the age of 97.

A new memorial statue to honour fallen war heroes has been erected in Harold Wood.

Havering Council will remember the millions who died or were injured in World War One by lighting a beacon to symbolise the ‘light of hope’.

Former leader of Havering Council and councillor, admired for his “dedication and commitment”, Steven Kelly, has died.

The achievements of Havering’s enterprising women were celebrated with a special event at Hornchurch High School earlier this month.

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

Romford were brought down to earth by defeat at the Len Salmon Stadium on Saturday.

A volunteer at a Romford garden saw his massive pumpkin secure the top prize at a competition.

Almost a third of 16-year-olds in Havering failed to pass their English and maths GCSEs this year.


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