On Friday 11 June, Havering’s Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White visited Rainham allotments to discuss the nearby land next door that locals have been after for two years.
Sue Ospreay and Jackie McArdle, who run the allotments and are great community champions in the Rainham area, had pleaded with Councillor White to please hand over the land that has been unused for 20 plus years.
The land is believed to be two acres big and would be a fantastic extension to the current allotments that are so popular in the area.
Sue had previously made a social media video, calling on the leader of the council to please hand over this land that they would use for more allotments and for many other community projects that they run in Rainham.
On Friday, Councillor White visited the allotments with a Council officer to discuss the handing over of the land.
Locals were pleased to see the Leader of the Council and had very open and positive talks with him about the empty land and what they can use it for.
Rainham allotments are a very focal point in the community and utilised everyday for residents, charities and local schools in the area.