Proposals for roads refuse and sports

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The London Borough of Havering has set out proposals for what is likely to be one of the biggest road and pavement improvement programmes of any London borough published last week.
In the 2019/20 budget Havering Council is setting out proposals to spend £30 million over the next three years on resurfacing roads and pavements and fixing potholes, which is a significant increase on the current (2018/19) budget of £3.2 million.
The £30m proposed investment comes on top of a multi-million pound investment in sport and leisure facilities in 2018/19 which has already seen the Sapphire Ice and Leisure centre open in Romford, with a new leisure centre and swimming pool due to open in Hornchurch in 2020.
As part of the budget, Havering plans to maintain a weekly refuse collection for residents at a time when many councils have moved to a fortnightly collection.
Around £250,000 has also been earmarked to improve CCTV to enhance community safety.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White says that the budget proposals, which will be discussed at next Thursday’s special Cabinet meeting, responds to the issues that matter to our residents the most, following a budget consultation and Residents’ Survey.
Quality
“People told us that the quality of care and support for vulnerable people is incredibly important to them – we are protecting spend in that area,” said Cllr White. “People told us that they are worried about the quality of roads and pavements we are investing significantly to improve them. People told us that, even though we have less crime than most London boroughs, they are worried about safety after dark which is why we are planning to increase investment in better CCTV.”
He added “People told us that the quality of refuse collection is important, we are one of a minority of councils to retain a weekly collection when most others have moved to a fortnightly collection. This is a council that listens to our residents and acts in their best interests.”
A combination of rising demand for services for residents and reductions in Government funding requires Havering to save around £37 million over the next three years as part of the Council’s contribution to reducing national debt.
In 2019/20 a savings target of £14.6 million has been set towards the £37 million.The Council is doing everything possible to make savings in ways that residents won’t notice. This includes re-negotiating contracts, streamlining processes and automating processes.

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