Where You Live: Havering

Where You Live >> Havering

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Havering’s neighbourhoods, from Hainault to Wanstead, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Havering the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 99,882 Havering households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets of the average household (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).

  • Investing in local high streets with a £225,000 economic boost for Hornchurch and £2,721,667 for Rainham (including matching funds), sponsored by the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link ) (GLA, Outer London Fund –Round Two Grant Funding, Summary of Winners, 12 January 2012, link).
  • Investing in local transport by building Crossrail, with three stations in Havering, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail and investing £16.1 million to boost local transport in Havering (TfL, Press Release 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 99,882 households in Havering (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011) putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • 207 street trees. 207 street trees have been planted in Havering under Boris Johnson (London Assembly, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 17 January 2010, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • Almost £3 million for Havering from the Outer London Fund. Havering has received an economic boost of £2,946,667 from the Outer London Fund:
    • Hornchurch. Hornchurch received £225,000 sponsored by the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund to support local the high street and local businesses (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 1 Grant Funding’, link).
    • Rainham Town Centre. Rainham Town Centre received £2,721,667.00 (including matching funds) from the Outer London Fund. Projects to improve the area include revitalising village shop fronts, helping owners to improve the physical appearance of their shops, and improving their economic viability. Other programmes within the bid include a ‘Royals Hot Hatch Enterprise Zone’ and improvements to Rainham Library to deliver a business suite (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 2 Summary of Winners’, 12 January 2012, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000 (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 675 more patrols a month. In Havering there were 675 more monthly police patrols in January 2012 than in April 2008 (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 February 2012, p169, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Havering have reduced. Since May 2008, Havering has seen a 12.2%% decrease in total crime and an 8.3% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 15.7% and bus crime has fallen by nearly 44% (MPS Statistics, May 08 - Dec 11 compared to Sept 04-April 08).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded four sport participation programmes in Havering so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 4 organisations in Havering are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to London (Freesport Programme Website, link).
  • Skills and Training Programme. 13 people in Havering have received funding to complete coaching courses in return for volunteering.

Investing in transport

  • £16.1 million of funding for local transport in Havering. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £16.1 million to boost local transport in Havering including £150,000 to tackle congestion and street improvements around the ring round in Romford (TfL, Press Release 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).


  • Upgrading the District Line. This will improve capacity by 24% on District line, meaning the line can carry an additional 10,000 passengers per hour at peak time. 80 new trains will also begin to be introduced from 2013, with all new trains in service 2016. These will be air-conditioned, have walk-through carriages, and wider doors and walkways to improve accessibility (TfL Website, ‘District line upgrade plan’, link).


  • Crossrail. Havering will be served by Romford, Gidea Park and Harold Wood Crossrail stations (HMT, Spending Review, 22 October 2010, p.23, link).
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Havering is now the 17th highest oyster-using borough on national rail services and Upminster station is the 18th busiest station in London by oyster usage on national rail (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link ).

Roads and congestion

  • Traffic lights. Timings of 15 sets of traffic lights in Havering have been reviewed since 2009 to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion (TfL, Suggested Signal Removal List, link).
  • C-Charge. Boris also scrapped Ken Livingstone’s plans to introduce a £25 charge for family vehicles. (London Legacy, Press Release, 8 July 2008, link)


  • Bus improvements. 6 bus routes in Havering have been expanded and or improved under Boris Johnson.(TfL, Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012).
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses, saving more than £7 million a year in fare evasion. The buses have been replaced by new buses on route 207 in Havering. (TfL, Bendy bus conversion is ahead of the curve, 5 October 2011, link).


  • Cycle Funding Havering gained £25,000 in funding for cycling (Going Going Biking Webiste, ‘Funding made available to London Boroughs’, 18 February 2011, link).


  • 901 total affordable housing units completed in Havering. 390 social rented and 510 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Havering between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006,1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Havering in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Havering ten times since July 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Havering just twice in his first term as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2004 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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