Havering Council is continuing the conversation with residents and businesses to get their thoughts on how to improve Romford Town Centre and surrounding area.
Havering Council is continuing the conversation with residents and businesses to get their thoughts on how to improve Romford Town Centre and surrounding area. The Council wants to know what local residents and businesses think of Romford now, what they would like to change, what they would like to keep, and what they think would make Romford even better.
Launched on 25 January 2019, there have already been a series of public engagement events to gather ideas for the Council’s Romford Masterplan and initial feedback has been encouraging.
Some of the emerging themes include just how important the market is for many people, the desire for more green space and an environment that encourages healthier living, better signposting and connectivity around the town centre and creating an economy that will allow more activities for families and young people, more quality dining options and champion local business.
Between now and June 2019 there continue to be plenty of ways for people in the borough to get involved in the conversation. The next pop-up is on Saturday 16 March in Mercury Mall.
Residents can also have their say online.
Councillor Damian White, Leader of the Council, said:
“The Masterplan engagement events are a real chance for the Council to understand local people’s ideas, aspirations and priorities for Romford Town Centre in the future.
“Whether it’s the historic market or our variety of shopping centres, our job is to protect what we love about Romford and look at ways to improve it. We need to make sure that the homes built in the future are genuinely affordable so our sons and daughters can afford to live here. We want to make sure that any new developments bring the shops, restaurants and green spaces that people want, along with the schools, health centres and transport infrastructure that we need.
“This is not just about the future or a big splash in ten years’ time – we are continually investing in all our town centres.
“Across the borough, with our partners, we are investing more than £3bn to create new jobs, homes and bring other improvements to our neighbourhoods. Havering is already a great place to live, work and visit - but with the help of our residents and businesses we want to make it even better.”
This feedback will help to develop a new plan for Romford – which can help shape new buildings, spaces, uses and connections in the future.