Jon Cruddas MP is fighting cuts to the emergency services in Havering. New plans propose that Hornchurch Fire Station should lose its Fire Rescue Unit (FRU). The Fire Rescue Unit is specialist equipment that deals primarily with road crashes but are instrumental in responding to any terrorist attack within London. The proposals will mean that the London Borough of Havering will be left with no Fire Rescue Units which will leave the whole of East London under-protected. Proposals from the Revised Fifth London Safety Plan (LSP5) will mean FRU’s will be reduced across London and crewing levels will be cut from 5 to 4. These plans will see a total of 588 fire fighters lose their jobs and the public will be left at risk from a service they fund. If these plans go ahead it will mean that in times of emergency the Fire Rescue Unit s will have to come from across London with the closest being East Ham. Jon said: The Fire Rescue Unit being cut from Hornchurch Fire Station is a real worry and has consequences across the whole area. I will be fighting these cutbacks every step of the way. I have launched a petition to show the broad public support for keeping the FRU via my website. I have written to the Mayor of London asking to halt this cut. I would appreciate as much support from the public as possible by signing the petition.
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Beam County Primary school is well on its way to becoming an eco-school. Over the past year their garden project has really grounded its roots in the local community and in the everyday lives of the pupils.

Asda is opening a new store in Whalebone Lane, Chadwell Heath at the end of October and Barking and Dagenham Council, along with the Jobcentre Plus, will be running presentation sessions to local residents who are interested in applying for work at the new store.

The award winning annual 'non contact' LBBD funded Summer Boxing Scheme is being run again this year - for 2 weeks. The dates for each of the 4 courses are age specific:

A public meeting was held at Village Community hall with the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Local Councillors, representatives of the Post Office and Jon Cruddas MP to discuss the proposed privatisation of the Dagenham Heathway Crown Post Office.

For the past few months local residents of Dagenham have been voicing their opinions and concerns over the fate of the Dagenham Heathway Post Office. Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has received many letters, emails and phone calls on the issue. A public meeting has now been arranged and will take place at: Dagenham Village Community Hall, Vicarage Road, RM10 9SD on Thursday 18th July from 5.30pm onwards.

Dog Awareness Week

Dog Awareness Week runs between 15th-19th July this year and aims at highlighting the dangers of vicious dog attacks across the country. This year the Communication Workers Union and the Royal Mail will be working together alongside dog owners to ensure that animals are kept under control when postmen/women call to deliver mail.

The Rainham Rally

Over the past couple of months local MP Jon Cruddas’s campaign to fight against the prison proposals for Dagenham and Rainham has attracted a lot of local support. With signatures on the petitions ranking in the thousands and the success of the Rainham rally last Saturday it is time to move the campaign forward.

This year’s volunteer breakfast was another huge success, seeing around 80 local residents in attendance. All those who attended are regular volunteers helping to improve the local area through the network which has grown substantially throughout the past year.