Havering Council

More than 6,500 residents have now signed a petition against the council’s proposals to scrap 30 minutes of free parking in Upminster and Hornchurch.

After spending years living on the streets, former rough sleeper Hughie Carroll now has a place to call home.

Construction work to build a multi-faith cemetery has begun in Rainham after years of the land remaining vacant.

Members of Havering Council’s cabinet have approved budget plans that include improvements in street cleaning and road repairs, but scrapping free parking in some parts of the borough and a rise in council tax.

Work has officially begun on the new Hornchurch Sports Centre.

An application to finally allow customers of the Hornchurch Lidl to turn into the supermarket’s car park from both directions of the High Street has been recommended for approval by Havering Council planners.

A City Hall politician has admitted figures he used to compile a report on Havering Council’s spending on renting back former council homes bought under the right to buy scheme were inaccurate.

A new project which aims to help disadvantaged residents improve their confidence and prepare for the job market has received a significant donation after an application from Havering Council’s housing partner Wates Residential.

Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford has celebrated its first birthday.

The council received 14 claims for vehicle damage caused by potholes last year but paid out only twice, figures have revealed.

Business owners in the borough voiced their concerns on parking, bringing new life into the high street and Brexit at a roundtable discussion with Havering’s council leader and Romford’s MP.

Romford’s popular The Retailery has reopened under a new name after the former owners of the co-working space announced its closure in December.

Campaigners are fundraising for a memorial stone to commemorate workers who were killed in an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works in 1916.

On a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, scores of Havering residents came together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 in Romford and pledged to continue to fight hate and prejudice.

The borough’s inspirational youngsters were recognised over two nights of Jack Petchey award presenetations in Hornchurch this week.

Councillors debated plans to introduce cashless parking machines in the borough at a full council meeting on Wednesday, January 23.

A busy Romford bar has asked Havering Council for permission to stop using identity scanners in a move police fear could lead to a number of other venues asking to get rid of the security measure.

Residents are worried about a lack of parking, after plans were been submitted to build a new mosque in Rainham

The second phase of plans to build 365 homes on the former St George’s Hospital site in Hornchurch have been submitted.

Schools must play a crucial role in tackling mental health issues, according to Havering Council.

As many as 530 children were living with domestic abuse in Havering last year.

A former Conservative mayor has been expelled from the party following an investigation into alleged sexual harassment against an ex-councillor.

Following on from yesterday’s look back at the first six months of 2018, we continue our review of the year with a round-up of the biggest news stories from the last six months.

Homeless people in the borough enjoyed a three-course Christmas dinner thanks to volunteers from Havering’s biggest regeneration project and The Salvation Army.

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


Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

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