Last week local Village Ward Councillors Margaret Mullane, and Philip Waker visited the new food bank and community centre – The Save and Serve Christ Family Church, to find out more and meet the faith organisations behind the new project.

The charity arm of Save and Serve Christ Family Church (COD) is just one of many churches in the Dagenham and Rainham constituency that make the effort to create a sense of community and comfortability for residents within the area. 

Recently, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham sent his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough to visit Rainham Hall to explore the grounds following their major conservation and interpretation project from October 2015. This charming early eighteenth century house is nestled in the heart of Rainham village on the far eastern fringes of London. With engaging installations and changing exhibitions, there is something for all ages. Rainham Hall has been home to a richly diverse cast of characters.

Following the submission of a residents’ petition led by local residents and supported by Jon Cruddas MP for Rainham and Dagenham, Havering Council have agreed to the demolition of Napier House and New Plymouth House in Rainham. The promised demolition and development of the site for general needs housing comes as part of the early phase of Havering’s Housing Regeneration Programme, which aims to provide around 2,500 new affordable homes in the borough.

Today (Friday 28/10) Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is in parliament for the 2nd reading of the Homelessness Bill. The central parts of the Homelessness Reduction Bill would strengthen the duties local councils have to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. The main part of the Bill legislates for:

On Friday 30th September the Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce organised a meeting of key stakeholders across multiple industries and the three boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge. The meeting was called as an urgent response to the detrimental effect unlawful encampments are having on local businesses, future investment opportunities, and local services, including both council and emergency.

On Saturday 15th October Jon Cruddas MP sent his Havering team to Circle Housings’ public exhibition for the redevelopment of 90 New Road, Rainham. The exhibition was to promote proposals which will make up part of the Beam Park Masterplan, the plans include 700 – 750 new properties and will incorporate the new Beam Park C2C rail station.

The full proposals can be found by clicking HERE

Flight paths over Barking and Dagenham are under review as a result of changes to the navigation technologies aircraft using London City Airport employ. Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has been contacted by numerous residents with regard to the changes and the negative impact that they are having on local life. Constituents have raised a number of issues ranging from increased noise pollution with frequent flyovers and the lack of public consultation.

Last night the Dover’s Corner development proposals went before Havering Council’s Planning Committee. The proposals are part of the Beam Park development masterplan which will eventually see Beam Reach transformed, delivering thousands of new homes. The first phase includes over 500 new properties on Dover’s Corner – which some may know as the Somerfield Site.

Aviva has recently launched its annual Aviva Community Fund. The competition which is open until 11 October 2016 encourages community groups, charities and the general public to submit ideas and plans for community projects that would truly make a difference to the local area. Entrants can submit plans big and small, requesting up to Up to £1,000, £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 worth of funding to make the project a reality.

Barking and Dagenham is continuing its historic commitment to house building, with huge regeneration projects across the borough, all funded by the innovative Estates Renewal Programme. At the core of the programme are plans to modernise The Leys in Dagenham Village and Gascoigne Estate in Barking.

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