New Jewish residents of Canvey Island have been presented with the Seal of the Council by the mayor, marking the start of a swing away from Stamford Hill for members of the Charedi community.
The presentation, which took place at Castle Point on Wednesday, was described as a “lovely event” by Joel Friedman of Interlink Foundation, whose family recently relocated to the reclaimed island on the Thames Estuary in Essex.
Community members recently bought the site of a former school and playing fields, where Essex County Council confirmed that a new private Jewish school will be built, to educate children from families heading north-east, to escape rising London prices.
“People are desperate, and the pressures are immense,” said Rabbi Abraham Pinter, explaining that population growth means a four- or five-bedroom house in Stamford Hill would now cost about £1.5 million.
The Canvey Island community currently numbers less than ten families, but 50-60 are expected to arrive within the next year, and while shul services are for now being held in local assembly rooms, permanent properties are being sought.