Saying "thank you", making it easy to get vaccinated in Havering, and news on parking permits.

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Friday 2 July 2021  

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The next few days provide a great opportunity to say "thank you" to many people.

Sunday 4 July has been dubbed "Thank You Day" and it's designed to thank anyone who has helped during the pandemic, particularly volunteers and community groups.

It's a great opportunity to thank those who've helped us get through the last year. I will be joining many people across the country raising a glass or a mug to say 'Cheers for Volunteers' at 5pm.

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Then on Monday it's the 73rd birthday of the NHS. This year is all about saying thank you to everyone without whom the NHS wouldn’t have been able to roll out the biggest vaccination programme in health service history.

At 3pm on Monday the NHS is encouraging us to take a break and have a tea party. You can find out more about The NHS Big Tea online.

I want to add my thanks today to all those who have helped the NHS at our local vaccination centres. More volunteers are still needed, so if you can help, please read more about that below.

Around 3,000 residents received their vaccine at walk-in clinics in Havering last weekend. That was a magnificent achievement, but if you are aged 18 to 39, and haven't had your first jab yet, do take advantage of the walk-in, no appointment required, clinics that are being held again this weekend in Hornchurch and Romford. See details below.

The quarter-finals of the Euro 2020 tournament are held tonight and tomorrow. I know many of you will be watching, particularly on Saturday when England play Ukraine.

If you choose to watch any of the matches in a pub please use the NHS COVID-19 app to check-in and remember to maintain social distancing. Checking-in means that contact tracing can be far more effective in nipping COVID-19 outbreaks in the bud. If you haven't had a jab yet, you could get one on Saturday before the match kicks off.

Lastly, my thanks to the residents and Council staff who worked so hard last weekend after the rainfall deluge we suffered on Friday evening.

This week many people have taken to social media to claim that Havering Council hasn't been doing a good enough job in keeping the drains clear. It is important to understand that the Council is only responsible for the roadside drains. The sewers are the responsibility of Thames Water.

We have a robust maintenance programme in place to keep the surface drains as clear as possible and we regularly call on Thames Water to upgrade and improve their sewers to be able to cope with events like last Friday. 

Let's hope for better weather this weekend and for a great performance from England tomorrow!

If you want to contact me directly, you can email me.

Stay safe.

Cllr Damian White

Leader, Havering Council 

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Don't be fooled

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Brits are being warned of another new coronavirus scam which is asking people for a small administrative fee in return for a 'coronavirus digital passport'.

The calls, or emails, come from people who claim to be working for the NHS. They say if you purchase the bogus passport you can "travel safely and freely around the world without having to self-isolate" if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The email version of this scam also offers the passport to anyone who has recently recovered from coronavirus, and it asks anyone "who is eligible" to access their "digital passport" at the bottom of the email.

Do not click on any links if you receive this email or call any numbers that you may be given during a phone call or voicemail message. Do not provide your email address to any caller claiming to be providing an "NHS passport" for a fee.

There is no such "passport" available for a fee from the NHS.

The NHS does however provide a ‘COVID pass’ and not a ‘digital passport’. To get this you need to register yourself, online or through the NHS app. This is different to the NHS COVID-19 app.


Doing something special

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Yesterday (1 July) was National Registrars' Recognition Day.

To mark the occasion, Havering's team, based at Langtons in Hornchurch, made a short video summarising their work in a year like no other.

Watch video

Witnesses wanted

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Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman was stabbed in Hornchurch on Monday afternoon (28 June).

Police were called shortly after 4.10pm following reports of a stabbing at a car park in Billet Lane. They found a 28-year-old woman, suffering knife wounds.

She was taken to hospital where her condition, although serious, is no longer life threatening.

A 27-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder he remains in custody at an east London police station.

Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or the
sequence of events leading up the incident, particularly anyone with dash-cam or mobile phone footage.

If you can help the investigation call 101 quoting this reference: 4955/28JUN.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.

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Good advice

Dr Kmiotek June 2021

Dr Elizabeth Kmiotek from Queen's Hospital in Romford (pictured) has put together a short video that answer questions in Polish about why it is important to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Transcripts of the video in Lithuanian and Romanian are also available on our website.

Please share any of this information if you have friends or family who have been reluctant to get vaccinated.

This weekend it is easy to get jabbed in Havering without an appointment if you are aged 18 to 39. See the article below.


Don't wait

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Residents aged 18 to 39 can get their COVID-19 vaccine at walk-in clinics at two sites in Havering this week, as local GPs again run walk-in sessions to meet the demand for vaccines.

Both clinics will be offering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as they are aimed at people aged under 40.

You will be asked your name, date of birth and postcode, and it would help if you can provide your NHS number.

If you aren’t able to join the walk-in clinics this weekend, the North East London Health and Care Partnership has published a new list of all the places in Havering, and in neighbouring London boroughs, where you can get vaccinated close to your home.

You can also still book appointments online using the national booking system, or by calling 119.

To find out more about the vaccine, or if have concerns, visit the vaccine facts website.


Help make history

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Volunteers are needed to help at the Romford COVID-19 vaccination site in the Liberty Shopping Centre.

The roles include marshalling inside and outside, and, in particular, there's a need for volunteers who can help between 4 and 8pm.

In line with government advice volunteers must:

  • Be healthy, fit and well
  • Be under 70
  • Not be pregnant
  • Not fall into one of the population groups that are considered to be more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Register your interest and someone will be in touch to tell you more.


Get tested quick

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COVID-19 is still with us, and infection rates have increased in recent weeks in Havering as our weekly COVID-19 report shows.

Classic COVID-19 symptoms do not always appear especially with the Delta variant. To help make sure you're not passing on COVID-19 without knowing, regular, twice-weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is available for everyone in Havering.

You should still use testing even if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.

You can order a test kit online or pick one up from many places in Havering. Find your nearest testing site and collection point.

If you aren't sure how to do a rapid test at home, visit one of these centres first and be shown by the professionals. You can then take a test kit home with you to use in subsequent weeks. 


Have symptoms?

It remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Check your area

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The Government provides daily COVID-19 data broken down by town or even postcode level.

Pictured, for example, is the latest data for people testing positive for coronavirus in the RM7 7EP area of Romford.

You can check the figures for your area and see daily statistics for the whole of Havering.


Support if you test positive

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Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days.

It is important that you and the people in close contact with you self-isolate so that you don’t risk passing the infection on to others.

Havering Council is working with NHS Test and Trace to stay in contact and help you throughout your isolation, including visits and calls with trained officers.

Self-isolating can be difficult, but there is lots of support available, either online, or by telephoning our COVID-19 hotline on 0800 368 5201.

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Permitted to park

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Later this month Havering Council will introduce a new virtual parking permit system across the borough.

The online system will be managed by parking industry specialists Chipside Limited, on behalf of the Council.

The new on-line system replaces paper visitor permits with the introduction of virtual visitor permits for residents. All current paper visitor permits will remain valid, but will no longer be available for purchase once the virtual system goes live.

By introducing this system, the Council is helping residents to have an easier method of applying for permits, plus greater flexibility to use paid for parking.

Residents can make objections or other representations about this proposed traffic order. They should be sent in writing to the Highways Traffic and Parking Group Manager, Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB by 16 July. 


Investment in health

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The NHS is continuing to invest in our local hospitals.

In the last financial year (2020/21) there was a £46million investment into Queen's and King George hospitals. 

A further £39m will be spent in this current financial year (2021/22).

At Queen’s Hospital, £7.5m will be spent on a new Critical Care Unit (CCU) which will provide flexibility to allow our local NHS to easily increase the number of beds quickly when there is additional demand.

The CCU at King George Hospital is also being expanded ready to deal with any increased demand over the winter months.


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Havering Libraries hosts an online Poetry Group using Zoom.

If you love poetry then you can bring along a couple of favourite poems to share, or ones that you have written, to the themed monthly meetings.    

Their next meeting is on Wednesday 7 July, from 4.30-6pm. The theme is ‘Hope’.

Email to book a place.

Based on the book and movie by Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz comes to the Brookside Theatre in Romford next week.

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It contains all the songs from the Oscar-winning movie score including; ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’, ‘If I Only Had a Heart’ and ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard’.

Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto for the classic story from Tuesday 6 July to Sunday 11 July.

To book, call the Brookside Theatre Box Office on 01708 755775 or visit their website.

Roads and rails

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Leamington Road in Harold Hill will be resurfaced between 5 and 9 July during the day. During this period the road will be closed to through traffic with diversions in place.

From 12 to 19 July Cherry Tree Lane in Rainham will be resurfaced. During these daytime works the road will be closed to through traffic with diversions in place.

Broxhill Road will be closed between its junctions with North Road and Orange Tree Hill, and Lower Bedfords Road and Noak Hill Road when it is resurfaced between 20 and 23 July. The work will take place between 8am and 5pm and a diversion will be in operation.

On the tracks

Due to Network Rail track maintenance work between Barking and London Fenchurch Street on Saturday 3 July, c2c services will be diverted to start and terminate at London Liverpool Street.

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c2c tickets will be accepted on Jubilee Line or Docklands Light Railway services between West Ham and Stratford.

Due to Network Rail engineering work in connection with the Barking Riverside Project, c2c services will not run on the Rainham line on Sunday 4 July. Rail replacement buses will run between Upminster and Grays via Rainham.

District Line tube trains will not run this weekend (3 and 4 July) between Tower Hill and Barking. Replacement buses will operate. 

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