‘Local boy’ Keith Prince says he wants ‘opportunity to change people’s lives’ in Redbridge and Havering
PUBLISHED: 17:17 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:17 12 October 2015
Former Redbridge council leader and 12 years Barkingside councillor, Keith Prince, wants to stand up for his community.
Conservative Cllr Prince, who was born and bred in Havering and is a long-time councillor for Redbridge, described himself as “the local boy” in the race to become Havering and Redbridge’s representative in the London Assembly.
“I understand local issues and they are as important for me as they are for people in both boroughs, because I suffer them too. I have the opportunity to change people’s lives,” he said.
The Elton John fan and father-of-three moved from Havering, where he had lived for 28 years and was a councillor for Gidea Park between 1990 and 1995, to Ilford, where he settled with his family.
Cllr Prince has been out on the streets to meet residents of both boroughs and said he regularly recognises people he has known for years.
“I am someone from that community and I hope these people can see the benefits of having someone they know represent them,” he said.
He is keen to find tangible solutions to homelessness in Redbridge, backs the campaign to save Oakfields Playing Fields from development and supports the removal of Gallows Corner flyover in Romford – a notorious accident blackspot.
Cllr Prince has also expressed his support for Boris Johnson’s idea of building a new airport facing the Thames estuary and he wants to work towards tackling the housing crisis in a reasonable way, providing more school places.
The former marketing manager for LBC Radio is determined to be “a GLA campaigner” and does not want “to get side tracked by national issues”.
He hopes investment will continue to support the Crossrail project and wants to use his existing links to secure funds for Redbridge and Havering.
“I hope I can be that bridge between the Conservative government, the Mayor of London, the GLA and Redbridge and Havering boroughs and that the links I have will give me more influence to get things done,” he said.
The London Assembly elections will take place in May 2016.
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