Councillors undertake pruning around Front Lane bridge

This morning (Monday 13 September 2021), Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association (UCRA) councillors John Tyler, Gillian Ford, Linda Van den Hende and Chris Wilkins, together with UCRA team member, Oscar Ford, put on our gardening gloves and undertook the pruning of overgrown bushes, weeds and low-growing tree branches on both sides of the bridge over the railway line in Front Lane.

For several months, Cllr Ron Ower and a local resident have been attempting to get Havering Council to undertake the pruning of foliage growing from their land on either side of the bridge and to contact Network Rail, who also own land at the Cranham end of the bridge, to do the same. Nothing had been done by the council and therefore we decided to get together and do it ourselves. Hopefully the many people who use the pavements on a regular basis will notice the difference.

Thank you to the resident who saw us and came along to help and to the many people who stopped to chat. Below are some photos of our morning.




  1. Thank you for doing this. We have e maiked the Council re trees in Chipperfield Close where low branches are impedeing walking on the pavement.

    • Jill and Doug,

      Please let me know if they don’t prune them within a reasonable period of time. My details are in each Bulletin or you can fill in a contact form on the website.

      Kind regards

      Cllr John Tyler

  2. Thank you councillors for doing the pruning jobs near the bridge.
    I can t believe that the council leader is asking people for suggestions to improve Cranham and Upminster town centres when it would alll look better if the weeds were controlled at the edges of pavements and the place was kept cleaner.
    I have noticed that since Lichfield Terrace and along St Mary s lane the verges have supposedly been left to go wild . Plastic bottles and bit of litter have started growing!
    Thank you once again for your work councillors.

  3. Well done and thank you xx

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