Do you have an idea for a community project that will benefit local residents within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham? If so, applications for grants of up to £10,000 are now open and the council would love to hear from you! 

Following the success of the first round of the Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL) earlier this year in which Barking and Dagenham Council awarded £112,799 to 13 local community groups across the borough, the council are pleased to announce that the application window for a second round of funding is now open. 

 

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers in Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory. 

 

Following a ‘sleight of hand’ robbery which took place on Sunday 4 August at the Upminster Costa Coffee franchise, a 16-year-old member of staff from Dagenham was allegedly told to pay back £280 which was lost as a result of the theft.

 

The Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone is an innovative and exciting facility built for the borough’s young people ages 8-19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities or learning difficulties. After officially opening this May, the Youth Zone has already exceeded expectations with over 4,000 young people signed up as members and over 20,000 individual visits.

 

This month (August 2019) the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service has launched a system which hopes to create a publicly accessible database of all not-for-profit organisations in the borough which will promote volunteering and participation opportunities across sectors.

 

In July a number of residents from Dunmow Drive, South Hornchurch contacted Jon Cruddas MP with their concerns over a planning application to build three new bungalows on their cul de sac. They explained that the construction of these new homes would lead to serious congestion issues in the surrounding residential area. There were also concerns about air quality, waste, dust and noise disruption during the proposed construction. 

 

Over the past few weeks many residents have contacted Jon Cruddas MP raising their concerns about disruptions being caused by ‘London mains’ gas replacement works on Rainham Road North/South.

Jon Cruddas contacted Cadent – the company carrying out the works, to find out how long the disruptions would continue. Disruptions that residents have reported range from traffic congestion, with severe delays to journeys, noise pollution, and increased air pollution from the associated works.

 

This week Havering Council have launched a consultation into the future of libraries and children’s services across the borough. The council have made a commitment to continue providing services, but the nature of their delivery is open for comment.

Libraries

Similar to the model now used by Barking and Dagenham, one of the options would be to have volunteers run half of the libraries, making them community led. Libraries being considered for this model in the south are Elm Park and South Hornchurch.

Children’s Centres

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP joined local councillors and the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Marks Gate to discuss community investment opportunities. 

One of the key concerns raised by the community at past police meetings has been the lack of local activities and provision for young people. Residents of Marks Gate often feel cut off from the borough and concerns have been voiced regarding the poor transport links and accessibility to existing resources.

 

Saturday 29th June marks the 11th annual Armed Forces Day. 

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history, and this year the day will be marked in Barking and Dagenham by the Barking Royal British Legion and a fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes, and in Havering with the annual Armed Forces Day parade. 

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