Rylands ‘Big Clean-Up’ Friday 7th September 2012

The Rylands Action Team

With the help of the volunteer network, last month Jon Cruddas MP issued a survey throughout River ward focussing on crime and anti-social behaviour. The main issues brought to the attention of the MP’s office and the River ward councillors were fly tipping and litter in general. Over the last two months Jon Cruddas MP has aided in the clearing of many illegal fly-tipping sites in the Rylands with the help of Divisional Director for Environment Robin Payne, Cabinet Member for Environment Mick McCarthy, local ward councillors and a number of local residents.

River Cllr Inder Singh Jamu, Jon Cruddas MP and Mark Robertson pitching in

On Friday 7th September Jon Cruddas MP and local River ward councillors hosted a ‘Big Clean-Up’ day, inviting local residents and calling upon local services to pitch in and help improve the Rylands area. Children were also invited from BeamPrimary School, they got to meet their local councillors and they took part in fun demonstrations by the local police dog unit. It was a great chance to raise the children’s environmental awareness and get them involved in making a positive change locally.

Pupils from Beam Primary School taking part in a police dog unit demonstration

The day was a massive success and saw Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham picking up his broom and getting his hands dirty alongside local councillors, residents and council staff. All the hard work and effort put in by local residents and the various services involved was rewarded with a community barbecue in the grounds of the Dagenham Boxing Club on
Oval Road North

Mark Robertson, a representative from Beam Primary, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, River Cllr Inder Singh Jamu and Andrew Achilleos who runs the volunteer network for Jon

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented: “It was great to see so many people getting involved and really showing a passion for improving the area. The original problem was brought to my attention via our volunteer network and the idea of a volunteer on every street raising local issues. The clean up day was a positive example of local residents, council services and myself working together to try and solve the problem of litter and illegal fly-tipping head on.”