HC Deb 14 September 2004 vol 424 cc1240-1 7.26 pm
Mr. Andrew Rosindell (Romford) (Con)

My constituents are gravely concerned at the prospect that Crossrail is to construct a large railway depot in the heart of Romford. It will particularly affect the Crowlands and Rush Green areas of Romford, running from St. Edward's school to the Waterloo estates and from Oldchurch hospital to the Dagenham border.

My constituents are fearful that the effects could be devastating for the whole community and for the lives of local people, not to mention the effects on the local environment. The roads that will be particularly affected are Beechfield gardens, Crow lane and the surrounding roads, Ainsley avenue, Sheringham avenue, Jutsums lane, Bridport avenue, Southern way and Stockland road.

I should like to make several key points. The Crossrail depot will cause massive disruption to the whole community. The consultation has taken place—

Mr. Speaker

Order. The hon. Gentleman should not be making a speech. He should present the petition. There are words set out for the hon. Gentleman. If he reiterates those words, everyone will be happy, including the Speaker.

Mr. Rosindell

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The petition reads:

The people of the Romford Parliamentary Constituency declare that they are wholly opposed to the construction of a Crossrail Depot within Romford. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons does all it can to ensure that the depot is not built as it will cause considerable inconvenience and disruption to the people of Romford. And the Petitioners remain, etc. The petition is signed by no less than 2,199 people and has been collected by the Crossrail action group.

To lie upon the Table.