Residents living along Cavendish Avenue in Elm Park came out to protest yesterday following a planning application to build a possible 21 flats, three storey high on the small patch of green.
The new build would mean the end of ten beautiful horse chestnut trees that have been there for nearly a hundred years and the end of the small green space elderly residents use as a little garden when they don’t feel comfortable going out.
Residents lined the streets in protest and had a cross party support to back them that included Keith Prince, Conservative GLA member for Havering and Redbridge, Trevor McKeever from the South Hornchurch Labour Action Team and local Residents Association Councillors Stephanie Nunn and Barry Mugglestone.
Locals who live along Cavendish Avenue are angry at the plan to fit a three storey set of flats right on their green in the middle of their road. The small area currently allows the elderly living their to have a little seated area and bird tables where they watch the wildlife. With the new build residents would be looking at a set of flats literally metres from their front door.
Trevor McKeever from the South Hornchurch Labour Action Team told the Havering Daily:
“This is a development too far, Cavendish Avenue, with its historic connections to RAF Hornchurch may be blighted with a carbuncle of a development that will destroy a tree lined avenue, also concealing many of the existing former RAF billets behind a totally inappropriate and unsympathetic new build, let alone the destruction of TEN Horse-chestnut Trees which have been standing for over SEVENTY YEARS this would have a detrimental environmental impact on the area.
“The residents came out in force today to show the developers they have a fight on their hands, and I for one will be standing along side them supporting this community in any way I can.”