Could Havering really be about to separate from the capital?

Havering has always been a strange London Borough, it’s not quite London but it’s also not Essex, somewhere in-between.

Havering Council is set to vote on a plan dubbed ‘Hexit’, under which it would seek to renegotiate its relationship with the London Mayor and City Hall.

But the proposal – tabled by Ukip councillor Lawrence Webb – has split opinion in the borough.

Mr Webb said the plan was about “taking control” of the area’s future, but critics argued it could lead to major changes in policing and other emergency services.

Details taken from The Evening Standard

So what would we get from leaving London? Well Lawrence Webb’s argument is that we could claim the money given back through the GLA precept, stating that “We do not get back as much as we put in. We want control of our own destiny”. But the truth is that this is much more about the identity of Havering in a pre-Brexit world.

But leaving the London borough would be a huge impact to services such as transport, policing and emergency services. With many people in Havering commuting into London each day, it’s uncertain how this would affect stations such as Upminster and Romford, currently under Transport for London. Plus we may lose services such as the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.

Jon Cruddas has done a great job of summarising the issue on his facebook page:

The vote has been deferred to the next full council meeting on the 26th July. So will Hexit be voted in by Havering Council? We’ll try to keep you up to date

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One thought on “Could Havering really be about to separate from the capital?

  • July 26, 2017 at 11:19 am
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    Medway in Kent is a Unitary Authority separate from Kent County Council.
    It has control over stuff that the County used to do.

    Medway’s population is about 270,000
    Havering’s is over 250,000.
    Bromley Council has over 300,000 – and in the past challenged the old GLC.

    For the decade or so after the GLC was abolished, all London Council’s ran things themselves.

    In surveys, the ONLY thing residents wanted co-ordination for was transport.
    Everything else they wanted locally elected representatives to do.

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