Queens Theatre to get Face Lift

9 December 2018

      Queens Theatre to get facelift!

To celebrate their 65th birthday the Queens theatre in Hornchurch are raising funds for a refreshing facelift for artists, participants and audiences alike. I understand that so far they have attracted a £350K grant from the Arts Council and are now adding a small levy on ticket sales to boost the money required to reach the £1 million necessary to achieve the much needed improvements. These include;-

  •  A new dedicated rehearsal facility,
  • A bespoke area for learning work.
  •  A special room for local artists.
  •  A New look ground floor bar.
  •  Improved accessibility for disabled & deaf.
  •  Replacing outdated equipment.
  •  Better A/C in the foyer area.
  •  Roof repairs to protect from weather.

Hornchurch should be proud to have such a renowned facility and local support is vital to ensure its continued success I have just been advised that the famous Pete Corrigans    “Band Of Hope” will continue to be playing at the Queens every Sunday lunchtime through next year in what will be their 44th year at the Queens. Like a bit of Dixieland jazz? Then I can assure you you’ll enjoy every minute of the 2 hours of foot tapping music from 12:45.

REMEMBER THE OLD ADAGE “WHEN IT’S GONE ITS GONE” so your support is needed now.


Colin Denchfield

Falling leaves from Trees

1 November 2018



Are you aware that residents who bag up any leaves they clear from the highway or from their front garden which originate from the borough’s highway trees can have the bags collected by the cleansing teams.

To request this service residents can use this online form and then place the bags at the boundary of their property for collection.

Road Works Junction Wingletye Lane and Upminster Road

18 September 2018

Works on the Junction of Wingletye Lane and Upminster Road


Following a query raised at the September EPAGRA Meeting I can report that there will be no bus diversions as a result of this work.However there will be a temporary four-way traffic light control system to facilitate the work being done.
This will inevitably cause delays to the 193 service .

Hornchurch Police Station Saved

18 September 2018


Recently , there has been disquiet about  the news that the Police Station in Hornchurch was to be closed.

The Council,after refusing to accept the London Mayors Office for Police and Crime decision to close police access points in the south of the Borough,has successfully negotiated an agreement to acquire Hornchurch Police Station thus guaranteeing a local police presence.

The agreement means that the council can acquire the freehold of the property and grant a lease to the Metropolitan Police.

We will keep you updated with further news as we get it.

Access to Hubbards Close from the A127.

7 September 2018


For the last few years, residents of  Hubbards Close and Hubbards Chase , along with EPAGRAs and Councillor Ramsey’s  support , have been trying to restrict access from the A127 as the Road has been used as a rat run.

At peak times, over 300 vehicles an hour have been recorded using the road to avoid queuing in the traffic up to Wingletye Lane. Some of the drivers have been verbally , and in some cases  physically abusive when residents have pointed out that it is a private road.

Electrically controlled  gates have been put in by TFL working with Havering Council to restrict access. . Speaking to residents this morning they stated they are delighted with the result and are enjoying a more peaceful life.

The road is private and is not, and never has been ,a public right of way

Geoff Lloyd

Ardleigh Green Bridge Replacement

31 August 2018

As part of the bridge replacement works there will be traffic restrictions on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September between

21.00 hours  and  0.500 hours

The A 127 will be closed in both directions between Gallows Corner and the Ardleigh Green road Junction

Squirrels Heath ward – Theft from motor vehicle

30 August 2018


Good afternoon everyone

We’ve recently noticed our motor vehicle crimes were being committed overnight.

For your information a 19 year old male from Harold Hill has been arrested and charged with theft from a motor vehicle and motor vehicle interference.

A 16 year old male also from Harold Hill has been released under investigation pending enquires.

Police were called at 0300 hours on the 28/08/2018 by a member of public to two males dressed in black trying car doors on Upper Brentwood Road RM2

A 16 year old male also from Harold Hill has been released under investigation pending enquires.

Please see crime prevention advice at


Closure of Hubbards Close from the A127

30 August 2018



Recently there have been several enquiries from members regarding the closure of Hubbards Close by the installation of a gate where the road joins the A127 by The Moorings Garage.

The main comments  has been ” This gate is blocking a public right of way and can we get it removed?”

In fact for several years , with the assistance of EPAGRA  and local councillor Roger Ramsey , the residents of Hubbards Close have been campaigning to have some form of restriction to stop this road being used as a rat run from the A127.

This have been mad worse by the work being carried out on the Ardleigh Green Bridge  and subsequent traffic congestion . Some mornings there have been over 300 vehicle using the road in less than an hour.

It has been determined that the area of the road that meets with the A127 is private and as such the owner has elected to have a gate fitted.

During my four year term as Chairman the matter was often discussed at our monthly meetings  and , as always, the meetings have been open to members to attend.

The answer to the question therefor is

It is not a public right of way and EPAGRA has no reason to campaign for its removal.

Geoff Lloyd




24 August 2018


Following the closure of the North Street Hub I advise that for Emerson Park residents  our local policing team will be available to meet up with residents . They have arranged them at a variety of venues and times up to the end of December 2018  to try to make them more accessible to everyone.

If you wish to chat to your local police team do come along

31/08/2018 – Nelmes Road j/w Ernest Road, 1700-1800 hrs
05/09/2018 – o/s Emerson Park Train Station, 1700-1800 hrs
14/09/2018 – o/s Tesco Express, Butts Green Road, 1100-1200 hrs
19/09/2018 – Garland Way j/w Tyle Green & Platford Green, 1500-1600 hrs
30/09/2018 – Elm Grove j/w Ernest Road, 1100-1200 hrs
06/10/2018 – Tyle Green j/w Platford Green, 1300-1400 hrs
10/10/2018 – Ward Panel Meeting, 19+00-2000 hrs
12/10/2018 – Hornchurch Police Station, 1900-2000 hrs
17/10/2018 – o/s Tesco Express, Butts Green Road, 1400-1500 hrs
25/10/2018 – Hornchurch Library, 1200-1300 hrs
30/10/2018 – o/s Emerson Park Train Station, 1700-1800 hrs
09/11/2018 – Hornchurch Police Staion, 1800-1900 hrs
14/11/2018 – Starbuck, 1500-1600 hrs
23/11/2018 – BP, A127 Essex Bound, 1100-1200 hrs
28/11/2018 – Wych Elm Road j/w Wych Elm Close, 1500-1600 hrs
08/12/2018 – Hornchurch Library, 1300-1400 hrs
11/12/2018 – o/s Harold Wood Primary School, 1500-1600 hrs
20/12/2018 – o/s Emerson Park train Station, 1700-1800 hrs
28/12/2018 – Bus Stop in Essex Gardens, 1400-1500 hrs.
Hope this is ok with everyone.
If not please let me know
Geoff Lloyd


28 February 2018

epagra-logoOur next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 3rd 2019  at

 Hope to see you there to meet your new chairman and committee and hear what is happening locally.