The cost of counting your votes- new leisure centre too small for election count.


Havering Resident’s Association Members today write in the Havering Daily:

Opposition Members have been advised that the Local Election Count is likely to take place at City Limits, Collier Row Road, Romford, RM5 2BM.

City Limits is right on the edge of the borough, a few steps further you will be in Barking & Dagenham.

Historically election counts have been held at the Hornchurch Sports Centre which has been demolished and replaced with the new Harrow Lodge LeisureCentre. What wasn’t made clear as part of the development process was that the new sports hall would be too small to host corporate and sizeable events.

Councillor Gillian Ford Chair of the H.R.A said: “How ridiculous and short sighted. We are now looking at private companies to provide facilities for the count, at a cost to the taxpayer. We are not just talking about Local elections, there are the Mayoralty and GLA, General Elections, and the possibility of needing an emergency hub.”

Councillor Ray Morgon Leader of the opposition said, “Rather than investing to save longer-term, and developing a facility that would be multi-functional and an income generator, we now have a hall not fit for other purposes and an additional budget pressure. It is clear the Conservative Administration have not planned for the future.”

2 thoughts on “The cost of counting your votes- new leisure centre too small for election count.

  • 3rd December 2021 at 7:49 am
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    H.R.A. Time to take over and out the conservatives We need to save money not spend more.Need someone with forward thinking.

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  • 11th December 2021 at 12:12 am
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    The HRA are not the RA movement but a Umbrella group. . The Hornchurch Residents Association HXRA,, with councillors, will be putting up a full house of 12 candidates at the election in May 2022 as will Rainham with the new ward and South Hornchurch. Only by all these groups joining together will they become the administration after the election. It may even be necessary to have a joint administration with other non Tory parties, should the numbers fall under expectations. The only way forward is to get rid of this Tory lot, who have been Haverings council since 2002. They have become stale and dictatorial. Havering needs new blood in the administration of this borough of over 250,000 residents..

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