Hornchurch Residents Association councillors have been slammed for posting leaflets through people’s door during lockdown.
Anna from Hornchurch contacted the Havering Daily after receiving flyers from the Residents Association through her door.
“The Government has placed the country in lockdown for a reason, why are these councillors going out and not doing what they have been advised? Isn’t the stopping of this awful virus the most important thing right now and helping to support our NHS staff, yet they feel the need to still go to people’s houses and put their leaflets through our doors. They are putting themselves and us at risk. I thought councillors were supposed to be role models in our community?
“I am really annoyed about this, I don’t think they are doing the right thing and setting a good example to others. It is a difficult time for our community, it’s been hard for many people, councillors should be leading by example.”
Havering’s Director of Public Health has written to all councillors now following the complaint.
In his email, Dr Mark Ansell states: “As a result of a complaint from a member of the public, it has come to my attention that elected Members are out on the streets delivering leaflets/magazines which is in direct conflict with Government guidance that people should only go out for very limited reasons. Clearly delivering non-essential material does not fall in that category and puts lives at risk and encourages others not to abide with the advice of Public Health England.
“As your Director of Public Health I am very concerned and somewhat disappointed that Members of this council are either acting directly by being out and about on the streets or encouraging others to do so. I ask that this practice immediately desists.”
Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Ray Morgon told the Havering Daily: “Postmen are still working and we are doing the same thing. It is our one form of exercise a day.
“Many residents might not have internet facilities to see what is going on, so our leaflets are there to help them.“