Different members of the community have spoken out against the Resident’s Association leaflet on social media stating facts and figures that the council has spent for Christmas events across the borough, stating that they believe are totally inaccurate.
Lesley Haylett, the Collier Row event organiser for the last eleven years has called the figures a ‘total lie’. She told the Havering Daily: “I have spoken to the council and they have informed me that in Collier Row we get no funding at all.
“I’m really unhappy with these false figures they are putting out on social media. They are lies and totally inaccurate. We get no funding from the council whatsoever here for the Collier Row lights switch on.
“All the funding we get is from local businesses and sponsorship, not a penny comes from the council.”
Councillor Jan Sargent from the Gooshayes ward in Harold Hill also helps organise the Harold Hill lights switch on and told the Havering Daily: “I can honestly say that the Harold Hill Christmas event does not receive any funding from the Council.
“Any information saying the contrary is completely false.”
A Romford Market stall holder who wished to remain anonymous, told the Havering Daily: “I don’t think the figures they have released are correct.
“The removal of the Christmas event from Romford would destroy the market. The Christmas event brings a lot of trade for us and we know people really enjoy it. It is a big event that people really look forward to.
“The market has had some very successful days thanks to the ongoing events that have taken place such as the beer festival event and other events like that.
“To remove all those events would be very detrimental to our market.”
Leader of the Residents Association Councillor Ray Morgon told the Havering Daily: “I can’t understand how the removal of the one event can impact the market. It trades throughout the year. I don’t understand why Romford feels so hard done by.
“The figures we put out were provided by the council.“