Jan Sargent and I attended a police meeting at the Holy Cross Church on Tuesday 26th September. The Borough Commander was present along with some council officials, including Dipti Patel who is the Officer in charge of the Parks Police. I asked her if there were any plans to cut the Parks Police service and stated that we are concerned because they are vital for our parks and do a fantastic job. Her response was that this is currently under review. I asked if she could confirm or deny whether the Parks Police were facing cuts and she responded again by stating that this is currently under review.
It will be a severe loss to Havering if this service were to be cut and would lead to an increase in crime and anti social behavior in our parks.
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner--
If my memory serves me correctly we were told in January last year the issues in our parks was such that Havering's councillors voted to give park officers the powers to arrest and detain problem individuals inside park boundaries.
Why don't you email the cabinet member responsible, cllr Melvin Wallace and ask him. I am sure you don't need me to give you his contact details but I will.
Or call his mobile on 07879 225266
Councillor Wallace said to the Romford Recorder:-
"These new powers will help to further protect Havering’s residents and visitors, as well as strengthening the important partnership between the parks protection team and police.”
The only thing that should be cut in a park is the grass. I'm often in Harrow Lodge Park and it's good to see a police car drive through or a cop on a bike who always nods and smiles.
There is an alternative, of course....PARK KEEPERS! A peak Cap and pointed stick for picking up litter is two for the price of one and although they won't have powers of arrest like a policeman, they still show a measure of authority on the landscape.
Refugees do not have the right to demand but should accept the blessings bestowed upon them gracefully by nations extending the hand of friendship.
I suppose this is a bigger priority in this "age of austerity"?
Big Ben tower repair costs double to £61m
10 minutes ago
From the section
Repair costs for the Elizabeth Tower in the Palace of Westminster have now doubled to an estimated £61m, parliamentary authorities have said.
The project is more complex and extensive than originally thought, when the estimate of £29m to £45m was made.
If you add that to the 66% pay rise the Queen has received to fund a £369m refit of Buckingham Palace. The prime minister and chancellor agreed that an increase in the sovereign grant was the best way to fund urgent repairs.
There's £430 million straight away for a house and a clock......
We haven't inherited the earth from our parents, we have borrowed it from our children.
Good lord didn't the old Parkies put the wind up everyone.
Miserable old sods at the best of times but not only did they keep the unruly but the whole park in order.
Oh talking of Harrow Lodge HH its now a green flag park according to our wonderful administrations in house fan mag Living in Havering.
I bet the Green Flag judges didn't see the two pipes still clogged with assorted rubbish not touched in years or the shopping trolleys now moved up the river banks and out of sight conveniently hidden behind high plants.
I have to say in all fairness a number volunteers have worked their socks off to get the park in some kind of shape but in my mind those who campaigned for years to get this useless council to take Thames water to task or abandon the so called meadows policy ie a home from home for rats mice etc its just a massive slap round the face.
They dont do pie and mash or jellied eels by any chance?
There's a seafood stall opened up outside the Crown in London road and their cockles taste like they been caught in a salt mine.
Didn't want to risk the jellied eels.