Deputy Chairman of Romford Young Conservatives Ben Suter today writes in the Havering Daily.
Two weeks ago I wrote in the Havering Daily highlighting the weaknesses of the Labour Amendment which was supported by the Havering Residents Association. The weaknesses which I feared could make the council’s position has been shown in their official ‘representation on ULEZ’.
Their ‘representation’ says “The Mayor should consider delaying the implementation”. This is not what the Labour-H.R.A. administration made out their opposition would be. Our Conservative motion said that the council would “oppose ULEZ by all means within our power”. The H.R.A. has risked the livelihoods of their residents by putting their coalition with Labour first.
Residents overwhelmingly oppose ULEZ. This is because they know the damage this will cause not to just them but their neighbours, their local community, and their borough. Residents do not want a delay to ULEZ. They want total opposition to ULEZ. Their hopes have been denied by this administration that has only asked him to delay the implementation.
Havering Council should have taken a similar position to Harrow Council, who have come out against ULEZ completely being expanded into their borough. This will damage the lives of thousands in Havering and I do hope, for the sake of livelihoods in this borough, the council changes their position to one like our friends in Harrow and oppose this tax completely.