On Thursday 19th March Jon Cruddas MP and the people of Dagenham, alongside the women from the 1968 strikes at Dagenham Ford will be making a final stand in the fight to Save the Dagenham Civic Centre. Candles will be provided and the vigil will start on the steps of the Civic Centre at 6.30pm.

Jon Cruddas is calling on the whole community to come together in solidarity in a bid to not only protect the 550 jobs at stake, but also to ensure that the most iconic part of the community’s heritage isn’t callously sold off.

Last year Jon Cruddas MP conducted a survey regarding the issue of parking on Melville Road where many residents had complained that commuters using Rainham Station were filling all of the parking spaces on the road. Following the survey Jon Cruddas contacted Havering Council about this issue and an informal consultation was put in place to find out how residents wanted the situation resolved.

Havering Council contacted Jon this week advising that there will be a formal consultation which is anticipated to be sent out to every resident by Friday 20th February.

It has recently come to light that the Orchard Village walk-in centre is scheduled to close as part of the regeneration of the area formerly known as the Mardyke Estate. The walk-in centre is the only accessible clinic available to the residents of the estate and the surrounding area. Local residents have been advised that during the period of closure they must re-direct to Harold Wood health centre which is two bus journeys and a considerable walk away.

Jon Cruddas was recently contacted by a member of the public that has been following the Save Our Civic Centre campaign on Twitter over the last month. The resident brought to light an amazing video via British Pathe from 1935, the video was made during the construction of the Dagenham Civic Centre and documents when Lord Snell MP – the Labour Leader of the House of Lords came to Dagenham to lay the Foundation Stone.

The video can be found here: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/dagenham-civic-centre

Last year Transport for London released plans to build a new toll bridge linking Rainham to Belvedere. The proposal, if implemented would be due for completion by 2025 and the implications are that both construction and completion would have a large impact on the local area. During the initial consultation over 7000 people responded, highlighting they would like to see a new crossing at either Gallions Reach or in Rainham. Only 400 residents of Havering had their say.

As you may be aware there are works being held at Dagenham Fire Station, located on Rainham Road North, for the construction of a new and improved fire station. These works commenced on the 26th November 2014 and are anticipated to continue on until the end of 2015. The remodelling of the fire station, which is being led by Kier Construction, has already seen great progress as most of the demolition works have been finished.

The way you register to vote has changed. Over the past few months the Electoral Commission have switched to an Individual Electoral Registration system (IER) which means that people are no longer registered by household. This means that as an individual you will have to register to vote.

How do I know if I am registered or not?

If you are not on the system you will have received a letter from your local authority informing you that you need to re-register.