Last Saturday Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate in next year’s London Mayoral election visited the iconic Oakfield Sports Grounds here in Barkingside, our local centre of sporting excellence. He was accompanied by Keith Prince, Barkingside Councillor and also candidate for the Havering & Redbridge constituency elections for the Greater London Assembly plus the Redbridge leader of the opposition Cllr Paul Canal.
Zac spent at least an hour talking to a wide range of people including club officials, residents and local councillors – and asked to stay for a drink (not least to ‘water’ his entourage). He seemed very interested, asked penetrating questions and listened. He pointed out, as we knew, that the Redbridge Local Development Plan needs to pass through the London Mayor, which he is campaigning to be in the May election.
Later Fairlop Councillor Tom Sharpe said:
“I spoke to Zac and Keith last night at a fund raising event. As you know Zac Goldsmith hopes to be the next Mayor of London and Keith Prince our Havering and Redbridge London Assembly member. They both said how much they enjoyed their visit to Oakfield and were very complementary as to the work the Chair and his action team are doing. They both, also, promised to do whatever they could to assist the campaign to Save Oakfield.”
We expect the other candidates shortly ...