This week the residents of Dovers Farm Estate Green received the result of last month’s hearing regarding their ‘Village Green’ application to protect their community green.

The residents have fought off two attempts to develop the green in recent years with the help of Jon Cruddas MP, the first proposal came from Havering Council themselves and the second by a private developer.

On Thursday 11th January2017 at Havering Town Hall there was a public hearing to determine whether Dovers Green in South Hornchurch will be granted ‘Village Green’ status, protecting it from future development. The only objector to the application is Havering Council itself.

Havering Council's objection to the application to turn Dovers Green into an official Village Green has been nothing short of contemptible. Jon Cruddas has been fighting alongside the residents for over two years now, and sent a supporting statement to the hearing. 

This year the annual Dementia Action Alliance conference was attended by well over 100 members, individuals affected by dementia, and experts in their field across the health and social care sectors. The day was co-chaired by Professor Dawn Brooker of University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies and Tracey Shorthouse a former District Nurse and Living with Dementia.

The police front counter at Rainham Tesco has been earmarked for closure as part of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime ‘Public Access Strategy’, this would mean that the nearest police station for Rainham residents to report crime will be Romford.

A 25 minute drive without traffic, or approx. 55 minutes by public transport.

On Wednesday 1st November after a three month campaign led by Jon Cruddas MP, and supported by the council; the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has announced that Dagenham police station has been saved.

MOPAC noted: ’In Barking and Dagenham specifically, people have expressed strong views about the proposed closure of Dagenham Police Station and the impact this would have on public confidence.’

Jon Cruddas MP commented: 

On Monday 23rd October Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with C2C bosses to discuss the ongoing issues with their service through Rainham. After an extensive consultation earlier in the year, thousands of residents voiced their outrage at the poor service they were receiving from the train operator.

This week the campaign to save Dagenham Police Station continues into its third month as the petition launched by Jon Cruddas MP gains over 2,500 signatures. The campaign which has gained mounting support from the public, has also seen the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council jump to the police stations defence.

The petition will now run until September 21st sign HERE

The campaign to save and retain services at Dagenham Police Station continues this week as Jon Cruddas MP urges residents to collect petition signatures on their streets. The MP for Dagenham and Rainham explained that the online petition “has already gained over 1300 signatures in the first week” but that many more are needed if the station is to be protected against government cuts.

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.


In 2013, following a community campaign and petition, Jon Cruddas MP successfully protected Dagenham Police Station from closure, when it came under threat from then Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Today it has come to light that in the next £400m round of government cuts to the Metropolitan Police, the Rainham Road South station is yet again under threat of closure.