Green Flag Awards November 29, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , comments closed
On Wednesday 27 November, eight of Havering’s parks were recognised as some of the best in the country with the raising of the new 2013/14 Green Flags.
Since 2007 the Council has been recognised by this scheme and we have now attained eight of the prestigious awards.
Havering parks that were recognised this year are:
- Bedfords Park, Havering-atte-Bower
- Cottons Park, Romford
- Harold Wood Park, Harold Wood
- Hylands Park, Hornchurch
- Lawns Park, Collier Row
- Lodge Farm Park, Romford
- St Andrews Park, Hornchurch
- Upminster Park, Upminster
To see images of the flags being raised in Havering’s parks, head to the photos tab above.
Harold Hill Meet the Leader October 31, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , comments closed
The Harold Hill Meet the Leader event that was originally scheduled for 16 October 2013 has now been rescheduled for Monday 25 November, 1-2pm at the Harold Hill Library.
Harold Hill Meet the Leader October 16, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , comments closed
Local Democracy Week October 9, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , comments closed
As part of my participation in this European event I will be hosting additional Meet the Leader sessions across the borough over the weeks beginning Monday 14 October and Monday 21 October 2013. Full details of these sessions can be found at the bottom of this post and at the Contact Me page.
Over the coming weeks I will be helping to promote active citizenship with Havering Students by giving an assembly at St. Edward’s Sixth Form and hosting Democracy Engagement lessons for students of Havering College in the Town Hall, discussing participation at the local level and the importance of registering to vote.
Later in the year, on 15 November, Havering Asks will return for its third year. The BBC Question Time styled debate show has proven to be a great success with students across the borough and provides an excellent opportunity to raise questions with political and cultural leaders face to face. The show, jointly hosted by Havering College and the Council, is produced entirely by Havering Students, from media students managing filing and editing and beauty students doing panellists hair and make-up. This year the show will be webcast for the first time, check here later for details on the webcast.
Meet the Leader Dates:
Monday 14 October 14:00 – 15:00 – Waitrose, Upminster
Tuesday 15 October 15:00 – 16:00 –Sainsbury’s, Hornchurch
Wednesday 16 October 14:00 – 15:00 –Harold Hill Library
Saturday 19 October 11:00 – 12:00 – Next to Starbucks, The Liberty, Romford
Friday 25 October 13:00 – 14:00 – Tesco, Rainham
Greater London Prayer Walk September 9, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , comments closed
Over the next two weeks a group of Christians, led by David King of Kingdom Voice Limited, will conduct a Prayer Walk across the whole of Greater London, stopping at Town Halls across the City to pray for the residents and communities they represent.
It was a great pleasure to welcome this group into the Town Hall this morning and I hope they enjoy their walk of London.
Hornchurch Live and Havering Show 2013 August 15, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , comments closed
On Saturday 24 August the Hornchurch Live music festival will be returning to Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch for its third year with fantastic acts including Ecliputal, Upminster’s BGT semi-finalist Hope Murphy and BGT Finalists Loveable Rogues.
The line-up for Hornchurch Live is growing stronger each year and with forecasters predicting a warm, dry day things are all set for a great day.
Of course the summer fun doesn’t end there with Harrow Lodge Park also playing host to the Havering Show on both Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August, featuring a fantastic range of entertainment and activities for all ages.
On stage we have a stellar line-up including Sue Moxley, The Tremeloes and The Hollies. I am pleased to say that we will be welcoming back the East Coast Freestyle Moto-x Team to the arena, who will certainly be wowing the crowd with their death defying stunts. We will also have the fun fair, circus, classic cars and much more, providing something for everyone to enjoy.
While at the show be sure to check out the Council Marquee, where you can find out how the Cleaner Havering campaign has helped to make your borough even cleaner and tidier. I will also be on hand in the Marquee between 12:30 and 13:30 on both days for Meet the Leader sessions, where you can discuss any issues you have directly with me.
Finally, I hope that all of Havering’s residents enjoy the upcoming bank holiday and I look forward to meeting many of you at our events.
2020 Vision for London June 27, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , add a comment
This vision is extremely important in setting out the challenges that London will face over the not-too-distant-future and how London, London’s Councils and the Government can and should respond to them.
Of the myriad challenges that London will face in the coming years, perhaps none are as poignant as it’s continued and rapid population growth, generating a need for new investments in Housing, jobs and our travel infrastructure.
Here in Havering we are poised to benefit greatly from these investments, Crossrail alone will bring greater access to central London, a direct route to Heathrow Airport and add £42billion to the UK economy.
The Mayor also identified London Riverside, of which the Rainham and Beam Park areas are part of, as an opportunity area, with potential for 12,000 new jobs and 25,000 new homes. The area was also identified as a core employment area in the fields of high-tech manufacturing, acknowledging the value of the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME).
The nearby Lower Lea Valley area was also identified as an opportunity area, with development potential for 32,000 homes, and 52,000 jobs all within easy commuting distance of Havering.
London really is an exciting place to live and the Mayor’s Vision for London demonstrates the dynamism of the City now and its potential for the future.
Havering Community Chest Winners June 7, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , add a comment
The Havering Community Chest has been a great success, allowing any not for profit group that is either based in Havering or helps Havering residents to apply for a grant of up to £5000 to support a project or event.
The Chest was started in 2011 when the Council set aside £200,000 to support activities that benefit local communities. The allocation of funding is decided by a panel of representatives of the Havering Strategic Partnership, with representatives from the Councillors, Council Officers and the Havering Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations.
Past projects that have been awarded Community Chest funding have included the Grey Towers Allotment Centre and the Havering St. John’s Ambulance society.
In this final round, 19th Romford Scout Group were awarded funds which will really help them to purchase some much needed camping equipment. Also, the Hindu Welfare Association of Essex have received funds that will help them purchase a marquee which will be great for social events for the whole community. We have also been able to help the Havering Museum with funds for Roadshows.
I’m really pleased that we as a Council have been able to support such groups who do so much to support our residents and add to community spirit in the Borough. The Havering Community Chest really has been a fantastic vehicle for highlighting and supporting community spirit in Havering and I would like to thank all applicants, for the tremendous work they have done in the past, and no doubt will continue to do in the future.
Havering Community Questions – 10 June May 16, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , add a comment
On Monday 10 June 2013 we will be holding our next session of Havering Community Questions at myplace Youth Centre in Harold Hill. These events are a great opportunity for residents to put their questions and comments to the leaders of Havering’s main public services. On the panel will be myself representing the Council, Chief Superintendent Jason Gwillim, from the local police and Dr Gurdev Saini, from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Chairing the panel will be Bill Williams, Chief Executive of the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME).
Hearing what Havering’s residents have to say is really important to us and we’re regularly looking at ways to improve opportunities for residents to let us know what they think. At past events we have had a wide range of questions for the panel with everything from road and pavement repairs through to the plans for the St George’s Hospital site.
I really hope that you’re able to make it down to myplace on 10 June to put your questions to the panel. If though you’re unable to make it, we will be webcasting it and the film of the session will be available live on our website.
(The event will be taking place on Monday 10 June from 7pm to 9pm at My Place Youth Centre, Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, RM3 9DJ.)
New Havering Young Leader May 14, 2013Posted by leaderofhavering in : Uncategorized , add a comment
I am delighted to announce the winner of the 2013 Havering Young Leader election, but before I do I would like to personally congratulate and thank all the applicants, Alice Donohue, Princess Bright and Sophie Bland, who was part of a collective, for having the confidence to stand for this role. I am sure that all the applicants would have made great Young Leaders in their own unique ways. As with any election there can only be one winner, and I would therefore like to congratulate Havering’s new Young Leader, Princess Bright.
Princess will be working closely with the Council and Youth Council over the next two years to ensure that the views of young people in Havering are represented within the Borough, across London and the rest of the UK.
As part of her role Princess will advise Councillors on youth issues, work with other bodies to further young people living, working and studying within the Borough and strengthen links between the Council and Havering Central Youth Council.
I have no doubt that Princess will make an excellent Young Leader, having already demonstrated leadership skills in her roles as Deputy Head Girl, School Council Leader and Business and Enterprise Squad Leader at school. Princess has also demonstrated her willingness to get involved in the community by providing free Maths tuition for young people in Havering.
In her campaign statement Princess listed some very exciting aims, including the initiation of workshops with the police and local young people amongst others. I look forward to working with her and her team over the course of their term in office.