Council project aims to clean up Romford Road

Romford Road is getting a clean up

Romford Road is getting a clean up - Credit: Archant

Romford Road is set to be cleaned up as part of a new initiative.

The Gateway Project aims to remove all unauthorised developments and advertising hoardings along the street.

It will also require property owners to improve their premises if they have failed to maintain them.

More than 1,000 homes and businesses have been written to, informing them of the project and the works they need to undertake.

Any properties in a poor state of repair or those that have erected unauthorised structures or advertisements will be served with a formal notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

This requires the owner to take immediate action to repair any faults to their property, remove clutter and waste and demolish any dodgy structures.

Businesses that fail to take action will be billed for any works that the council carries out on their behalf and could face a fine of up to £20,000.

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Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning said: “For too long some of our businesses have dominated the borough’s roads making them unsafe and unsightly.

“This is the start of a wider programme of public realm improvements which will help improve the quality, character and look and feel of the borough.”

The project will be rolled out across the main routes in and out of the borough, with Barking Road and Woodgrange Road in line for a clean-up later this year.

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