Havering’s Residents’ Associations (H.R.A), of which the Residents’ Association of Emerson Park are members, were not surprised to hear of Councillor Damian White’s move to stand in the new Havering-atte-Bower Ward. It was a move they had come to expect.

This isn’t the first move he has taken however within Havering. He first stood in Hylands Ward in 2010, then in the Squirrels Heath Ward, and now a move to Havering-atte-Bower Ward in 2022.

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of the opposition, said, “It is clear he has the ability to upset residents and finds himself having to move on. We feel sorry for the residents in Havering-atte-Bower, as they appear to be his next victims. The H.R.A will however be ensuring they are provided with a credible alternative representative.”

The H.R.A membership has grown since their inception in 2019. Team members now include former senior local authority officers, including, a former Chief Executive of a local authority, and a former Police Superintendent.

Councillor Gillian Ford said, “It is clear that the public have had enough of a Council that squashed local democracy, failed to deliver the things that matter to residents, such as maintained roads and are looking for a strong credible alternative. The three Harold Wood Councillors and their Conservative partners have failed to realise it is the whole borough that matters, not just pockets of their choice. We believe it is time for change.”