Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Zac Visits Oakfield

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 ...


  1. Complementary? I hope Zac's intentions are better than Tom Sharpe's spelling.

  2. Joyce O'Reason12:54 pm, December 27, 2015

    Isn't it ironic that the Conservative Mayor of London currently is forcing housing targets on the borough meaning sites like this have to be considered for development.
    Isn't it ironic the conservative administration K Prince and gang initiated the Oakfields development suggestion waaaayy back.
    They hold the deepest guilt on this subject and my oh my they are sooo quick to show support in the name of political point scoring.
    When this site goes ...they will all hold the responsibility not just the current group...but no one mentions that...ooh political allegiance perhaps B21 or failure to state the facts equally?

    1. If you check the record I think you will find that I have mentioned these things more than once in previous posts, including the observation that the chief ovalinee of Save Our Suburbs (the Wanstead Woodford corridor) was the very cabinet member who sent the report back to officers in late 2013 asking for alternatives, and he got what he asked for ...

    2. Joyce O'Reason7:26 pm, December 27, 2015

      If this is the case perhaps the site should avoid posting the obvious politcal posturing that press events like this are only generated to create.
      60+ years ago it would be classed as propaganda but the site is playing into the hands of those that want to gain favour from issues that their own politial establishment have created...suckered!!! in my opinion
      I wont be supporting this party EVER again!!

    3. Did you ever support it in the first place?

  3. NeighbourhoodWatcher11:55 pm, December 27, 2015

    There is a Consultation in progress, ending 12th Feb 2016 on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

    There is background info here

    and a survey document here