On July 11th 2017, Havering Council released its Local Plan – a guide to the future development of the borough. The Local Plan sets out the Council’s vision and strategy for future growth and development over the next 15 years up to 2031. The plan also indicates the locations in Havering for future housing, employment, retail, leisure, transport, community services and other types of development.

On Tuesday 18th July Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham spoke at a parliamentary committee meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Taxis. You can watch the full debate with Jon’s contribution at 15:26:59 by clicking HERE

The full transcript of Jon’s contribution the debate can be found below.

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On 13th of July Jon Cruddas MP and Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited Anglesey Drive, in Rainham to discuss the ongoing parking concerns. The biggest issue is with commuters using Rainham c2c station parking down the road. Anglesey Drive currently has single yellow lines, and the parking signs state no parking between 8:30am - 9:30am. Residents have explained that commuters wait until after 9:30am to park before heading to work, and the situation on this very narrow road is becoming untenable.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2017 was 1,690. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 175th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.5% between March and May 2017.

This Saturday marks the 9th annual Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day is a significant event every year, it is a chance for communities across the country to support and pay tribute to all the service men and women past and present who work to keep our country safe.

Over the last few months Jon Cruddas was made aware of Havering Councils plans to build 30,000 properties across south Havering including on the green belt and flood plains. This was a major concern for the residents. Jon launched a petition against the plans which has so far accumulated over 1000 signatures.

You can sign online here: www.joncruddas.org.uk  

This month’s General Election result in Dagenham and Rainham was a resounding victory for Labour in the constituency, which saw the collapse of UKIP. Whilst the majority slightly decreased, the share of the vote which Jon Cruddas claimed was an increase of 8.7 per cent. GE2017 recorded the highest voter turnout since the constituency was newly formed in 2010.

Result as follows:

Since March 2017 Jon Cruddas MP has been campaigning for better services at Rainham c2c station. He has contacted residents via post, online consultations and postcard consultations handed out by his Havering Action Team outside Rainham station. The response has been huge. Over 700 commuters contacted Jon expressing their concerns. Questions that were put to commuters focused on services during peak times, for example:

“Would you like to see more carriages during peak times e.g. morning and evening?”

On the 31st of January Jon Cruddas MP wrote to Havering Planning and Permission Homes regarding planning for the redevelopment of Rainham Library and surrounding offices. Jon received several concerns from residents regarding the plans to build 62 new homes, with associated roads, parking, hardsurfacing, landscaping, boundary treatment, refuse stores, and electrical substation and means of access to and from Broadway.

Rainham resident Fay Hough has launched a campaign for safer streets in the heart of Rainham. With the support of Jon Cruddas MP, Fay is asking the London Borough of Havering to consider introducing safety measures on Upminster Road South. As a local resident Fay has noticed an increase in speeding and reckless driving near schools and throughout the village, something that a recent survey from Jon Cruddas MP also found. Speaking to other residents there are growing concerns regarding the dangerous driving and growing number of Mopeds in Rainham Village.

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