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Deputy Mayor opens new scooter sheds

Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Havering’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Linda Van den Hende, officially opened the five new scooter sheds installed at Cotton Court, Romford, at a special ceremony in November.

Joining her for the opening were Deputy Leader of Havering Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Damian White, along with residents from the scheme and staff involved in the project.

Councillor Van den Hende, who is also Havering’s Champion for the over 50s, said: “These new specially designed sheds means residents can securely park their mobility scooters under cover and recharge the batteries at the same time.

“The doors automatically open and close using either keys or an electronic fob so people with arthritis or similar conditions can still use the sheds for their machines.

“The sheds are far safer and more secure than leaving the scooters outside or charging them in corridors so I am very pleased to be officially opening this new facility for Cottons Court residents.”

Deputy Leader of Havering Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Damian White, said: “Mobility scooters are a fantastic way for people who find walking difficult to go shopping, visit friends or just enjoy the fresh air but it is important that the scooters can be stored properly.

“These specialist sheds have an electricity supply so the vehicles can be charged while being stored in a secure place and under cover. The sheds can be relocated to where they are needed so represent a long-term investment by the Council.”

“Locating the sheds in the central area of Cotton Court and Fambridge Court sheltered housing scheme was a particular challenge due to the site access so we are looking forward to the Deputy Mayor officially opening this new facility.”