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  • Article: May 25, 2021

    Changing policy by stealth is completely irresponsible.

    Changing policy by stealth is completely irresponsible.

    Matt Hancock should have made clear the changes he was making to guidance in advance and communicated it to the public and local officials.

    He needs to make clear the situation immediately to Parliament.

    Clarification on the new rules in these areas is now needed, not only for residents but for those that would normally travel to the affected areas.

  • Thomas Clarke
    Article: May 4, 2021
    By Thomas Clarke

    Thomas Clarke lives with young family in Hornchurch, in the London Borough of Havering, where he works as senior content editor for Golf Monthly magazine. Thomas attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford and went on to read Film and Television Studies at Brunel University in West London.

  • Recycling bottles
    Article: May 4, 2021
    By Thomas Clarke

    When will Havering catch up with other boroughs and councils and start taking recycling seriously?

    In nearby Chelmsford the Lib Dem run City Council has implemented some fantastic recycling plans which include having separate bins and sacks for recycling food, plastics, paper, cardboard and non recyclables - they have bins for cans, bottles, and even clothes and small electrical items. Garden waste is even collected at no extra charge!

  • Article: Apr 23, 2021
    By Thomas Clarke

    I was gladdened to hear of the news coming from America on Tuesday night that justice has been done and Derek Chauvin has been convicted of the murder of George Floyd.

    The fallout from his brutal crime has been felt across the globe and of course in our own capital.

    I hope that the guilty verdicts that he received will be the catalyst for communities to start putting differences aside and to start working together.

    London's diversity is its greatest strength. We should all be tackling racism in all of its forms - from prejudice against Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities, to Islamophobia and Antisemitism, and to the worrying rise in hate crimes against European citizens.

  • Rubbish in Rainham Village
    Article: Apr 20, 2021
    By Caroline Hibbs

    Havering Council ignoring Rubbish in Rainham Village

    With a year-long lockdown, you would expect nature to be able to thrive due to the lack of human contact with nature.

    However, for the stream behind Rainham Village, this is not the case. From smashed glass to dumped clothes and shopping trolleys in the water this area is becoming increasingly polluted. Walking around the village you become shocked to see glass and rubbish scattered everywhere including by the village school and recreational field.