Harold Hill residents raise issues face to face with council leaders

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Meet the leader
Cllr Roger Ramsey (second right) and Cllr Melvin Wallace (r)

Meeting described as “positive”

Following an outbreak of anti-social behaviour in the Hilldene area of Harold Hill, Lorraine Moss and Jan Sargent visited Havering Council Leader Councillor Roger Ramsey and Cabinet Member Melvin Wallace in a special ‘meet the leader session’.

The two Harold Hill Independent Party members met with the council members in the Harold Hill library on Friday, January 4 to highlight how the trouble is affecting the area.

Ms Sargent said: “We raised this issue in March last year to the police borough commander, but the trouble is occurring again – I have actually witnessed these issues myself outside Greggs [bakery].I live in this community, I know what goes on here.”

Jan is also on the Gooshays police ward panel and is very active in trying to resolve the problems with anti-social behaviour that arise.

She continued: “It has got worse, I chat with local shop owners, the greengrocer, the Co-op; the ladies there are scared to leave the shop. “

Knowing the meet the leader session was due to take place, both ladies decided to ask the council members for help with the situation, and were met with a “positive” response.

“I asked Councillor Wallace if he would talk with the area’s shop-owners. He came across and chatted and heard for himself all about the problems going on. It was really positive,” continued Ms Sargent.

Positive

Ms. Moss spoke with Council Leader Cllr Ramsey: “It was a very positive discussion, both Cllr Ramsey and Cllr Wallace were very concerned about the ongoing issues in the borough and are going to look into the matter,” she said.

Cllr Wallace told The Enquirer: “Issues like these are not right and need to be stopped. We will try hard and work with the police to sort this out. Assaults are a police matter and we will raise these issues with them. It’s part of our job as councillors to help residents and we will try our best to do this.”

“I know the Leader will take the issue forward.”

by FRANCESCA LILLEYSTONE

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