Councillor Damian White
Leader of Havering Council writes for The Enquirer this week.
‘What do you want Havering to be like in the future, how can we make our borough even better?
These are the questions we are asking residents to help us to improve Havering as a place to live, work and visit. But we also need to continue to protect the things people love about it.
This week sees the launch of ‘Your Romford’ – a series of public engagement events to gather ideas for the Council’s Romford Masterplan.
We are asking residents and businesses for their thoughts on how to improve Romford Town Centre, starting with a launch event in Romford Market Place on Friday 25 January between 1pm-4pm.
The Masterplan engagement events, which will run between now and June, are a real chance for the Council to understand local people’s ideas, aspirations and priorities for Romford Town Centre.
But this is not just about Romford – we are also investing in all of our town centres and continue to look at ways to better connect the borough with a new north-south transport link.
Across the borough, with our partners, we are investing more than £3bn to create new jobs, homes and bring other improvements to our neighbourhoods.
Last week, I was excited to open the first of a number of meet the buyer events.
They offer local businesses an opportunity to sign up to the supply chain for our various regeneration projects. This along with the recently launched Havering Works scheme, which links these businesses with local people looking for employment, are just a few of the many ways the Council continues to support and champion local business.
This is an exciting chapter in Havering’s rich history. The Council wants to work together with residents to ensure that the homes built in the future are genuinely affordable so our sons and daughters can afford to live here.
We want to make sure that any new developments bring the shops, restaurants and green spaces that people want, along with the schools, health centres and transport infrastructure that we need. Havering is already a great place but with the help of our residents and businesses we want to make it even greater.