COVID-19: Leader’s update

Published: Friday, 20 March 2020

“As residents face the reality of Coronavirus, I know many of you will be concerned about what this means for you, and the impact it may have on the services we provide.

Cllr Damian White
Cllr Damian White, Leader of the Council

“I have directed officers to take every possible step to prepare for what will be a difficult and challenging time ahead.  Our priority is to ensure that the Council continues delivering vital front line services in the coming weeks – and months, and to help those most at risk in our communities.

“We are working closely with our partners, GPs, community leaders, businesses and the voluntary sector to ensure the most in need are supported in the best way possible. Not only is a huge amount of work ongoing as I write this, but there is an equal amount of planning for a range of possible scenarios. 

“During this difficult time, I urge everyone to remain calm and follow the self-isolating and social distancing advice that is being given by the government. It is also important that we look out for our friends and neighbours – please give a helping hand where it is needed and safe to do so.

“I have today requested that due to the threats presented by coronavirus to movement around the borough, Havering Council will only seek to enforce parking restrictions that pose a danger to other road users. 

“I urge residents to park considerately and lawfully. Bad parking could prevent emergency service vehicles from reaching residents in real need. They could prevent disabled residents from parking to secure vital medicine or supplies. 

“Our enforcement of parking restrictions will be focused on keeping the emergency services and key workers vehicles moving. It is more important than ever over the next few weeks that we all behave considerately and courteously, and that includes in our parking. 

“I encourage everyone to subscribe to our regular Living email newsletter and to look out for changes on our service disruptions webpage.”

Cllr Damian White, Leader of Havering Council