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Post letters: Protection order, memories, King George A&E, prospective councillors and road repairs

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 October 2017

Barking town centre. Picture: ARNAUD STEPENSON

Barking town centre. Picture: ARNAUD STEPENSON

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Protection a step forward

Gurpreet Bhatia, Barking, full address supplied, writes:

The decision of Barking and Dagenham Council working in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police to consult the residents about a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Barking town centre is a step forward to a safer neighbourhood.

Residents particularly in centrally located Abbey ward have seen a gradual escalation of anti-social behaviour that is destroying their quality of life. The increase in beggars, groups of people drinking and littering the streets, drug dealing and lamp posts plastered with adult services amongst others is turning the town centre into a shopping destination to stay clear of for families and move farther afield for a more pleasant and safer retail experience.

The council’s use of a PSPO in the south of the borough in particular the Choats road area earlier in the year has curbed the enthusiasm of Illegal Street racing and spectating. Moreover, the successful granting to the council of an interim unlawful encampment injunction is another example of where the council has successfully been able to access laws to provide its residents a safer and cleaner community. It is hoped that the Barking town centre PSPO is passed without issue and that the anti-social elements are abated as a result of it.

Remembering the finer things in life

R W Mackman, Kingsley Close, Dagenham, writes:

Further to Mrs M Hook’s letter, Post Oct 11, regarding the Civic Centre, I also remember the water features at both ends of the building as a child in the early 50s.

Instead of enhancing our environment, progress has taken away the finer things of life. I suppose the changes that occur relate to the lack of respect for where we live by some members of the community.

Imagine today if those features were still in place, picture the sun shimmering across the water, bouncing off the dog ends and condoms.

Other lost aspects due to progress are bus conductors and park keepers to name a couple, in a world where it is better to have them.

There was a time in our local parks when the sight of the Parky zooming along on his bike would send you packing whether you were up to anything or not.

I dread to think where his bike would end up today.

Thanks to march participants

Susan Aitouaziz, secretary of Barking Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council, writes:

On Saturday, October 14, councillors, residents and trade unionists marched from Central Park Dagenham to Redbridge Town Hall in protest at the planned closure of King George Hospital A&E.

The closure of the A&E will result in more patients using the already busy A&E at Queen’s Hospital in Romford. The campaign to save the A&E at King George Hospital has gathered over 10,000 signatures on a parliamentary petition and gained the support of local MPs and councillors, who are concerned by the closure of the A&E, which will place more pressure on other local hospital A&E departments and NHS services.

On Saturday, we united health campaigners from across the north east of London who came together to show how much the community cares about their local A&E services.

We would like to say a huge thank you to anyone who joined us on Saturday.

Prospective councillor meeting was inspiring

Terry Justice, Ashton Gardens, Chadwell Heath, writes:

Last Monday evening I attended a lecture in the council chamber at the Town Hall in Barking. The subject in discussion was advice and instruction for prospective councillors who wish to stand for election in next year’s council elections.

The meeting was well attended with (mainly) young applicants from all political persuasions, including independents. It was well conducted and was informative and helpful.

Just before the meeting ended, I felt compelled to make an appreciative comment. I told all the enthusiastic hopefuls that being elected as a councillor was one of the highlights of my life and although it was hard work and frequently occupied seven days a week, I would not have missed it for the world. I also advised that if their motive was self-gratification, then it was not for them and that a councillor’s principle duty was to the people of the borough and its wellbeing. Everything else came second, including their own private life.

I advised them, for what it was worth, to question, question, question and, once the election campaign was over, to put politics aside. I also advised their being pro-active and not to wait until problems were placed at their doorstep but to walk their wards and to nip problems in the bud before they are allowed to develop.

One of the main criticisms of councillors is that they are often not accessible, or seen. Attendance at every possible gathering is essential; it dispels the perception and gives confidence to the electorate that those they have elected care for them.

May I take this opportunity to offer my best wishes to all those who are successful in the hope and trust that they will not waste their precious four, or more, years in office. I envy the opportunity that may be given to them to serve.

How much is spent on road repairs?

Mrs L Manning, Heathway, Dagenham, writes:

A couple of years ago I broke my leg by tripping in what the council deemed a small hole. That was plastered over.

It was traumatic and extremely debilitating. Consequently I am always checking my footing. Most of the pavements in the area, even those in Barking that have been renewed, are in a parlous state.

There is a part near the lights in Wood Lane on the corner of Rowlands Road that looks like a potential sink hole.

I was under the impression that monies raised from parking fees was intended to fund such repairs. It would be interesting to know just how much is spent.

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