On Friday (10.09.21) residents of Dagenham Village met with Jon Cruddas MP on Church Street to accept a petition against the Controlled Parking Zone due to be introduced to the area imminently. Despite the majority of residents voting against the scheme, the council are planning to push through the CPZ for access purposes based on advice from the London Fire Brigade.

Residents of Berwick Road Rainham are campaigning to persuade TfL to stop double decker buses on this part of the route due to causing cracks in their homes.

In just three weeks 1151 residents have responded to the informal controlled parking zone consultation launched by Jon Cruddas MP, with 989 completing an online survey, 54 direct emails and 108 responses by post. 86% of constituents taking part said they did not support the scheme and 70% of people have expressed that there was poor communication between the community and council, with many pointing out the unfortunate timing of the consultation when residents were preoccupied with the pandemic.

This week Havering opened its second community hub which will operate between two locations, Rainham Library and the Mardyke Community Centre.

The Pop-up Community Hub will offer support to local residents across a range of services. The idea behind it is to assist with supporting communities as society and the economy recovers from the pandemic.

Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by hundreds of local residents across Dagenham, including but not exclusive to the Rylands Estate, raising their concerns about the Controlled Parking Zone being introduced in the area by Barking and Dagenham Council.

The overriding message from residents is that they are concerned about the implications on personal finances, lack of proper consultation and communication between the council and community, and the necessity of a parking scheme in their particular areas.

Tomorrow (Saturday 26 June) marks Armed Forces Day. This year the day falls against a backdrop of uncertainty for our veterans and current service personnel as the Armed Forces Bill passes through Parliament. Last year the Labour Party launched ‘Labour Friends of the Forces' and this year stands firmly behind our Armed Forces, campaigning for:

The Social Action team at London Riverside Church (LRC) are hosting a ‘Love the Borough' event over the weekend of 10 -11 July 2021. Over the two days LRC will undertake a variety of community projects within Barking and Dagenham.

One of the planned projects is a DIY SOS style event.

Today is Clean Air Day 2021 and this year the theme is "protect our children's health from air pollution". Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign which helps to drive a positive shift in public knowledge and action; and is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

At the end of May Dagenham United Charity, Box Up Crime and EMH Hawks U8's football club were nominated to be part of the Asda Foundation's brand-new Green Token Giving online voting scheme. Customers may have seen the green token scheme in store, but to make voting easier following lockdown online voting is now possible.

Each year, the Asda Foundation invests over £1.4m to more than 4000 good causes through Green Token Giving. The cause with the most online votes will receive a £500 donation while second and third place each receive £200.

This week the Child Poverty Action Group held a briefing session for MPs ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on Child Food Poverty planned for Monday 24 May.

The session highlighted that there are currently 4.3 million children living in households below the poverty line, and that based on pre-pandemic data at least two in five children living in poverty across England were ineligible for free school meals.

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