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.

Recently Jon Cruddas MP’s Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with, and interviewed Friends of Essex and London Homeless about all of the fantastic charitable work they do locally. The group came to the attention of the MPs office after Jon heard about them through Fay’s community networks in Rainham.

After donating two boxes of clothes to the group, Fay wanted to find out more about what services the organisation offer and how they have become such a key part of the community.

1. Who are Friends of Essex & London Homeless?

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime recently published a report following on the outcome of the Public Access and Engagement Strategy.

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. This is the closest police stations for the three Havering wards situated in Jon Cruddas MP’s constituency.

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.

Wellgate Community Farm recently contacted Jon Cruddas MP and has called for the support of the local community to help win funding for the Aviva Community Fund 2017. This opportunity could make a big difference to local projects and bring a positive change.

The Farm hopes to collect as many votes to increase their chances of funding of up to £5,000 which will allow them to purchase a horse and cart to improve their educational, accredited training and recreational activities for the local community. 

This week the campaign to save Dagenham Police Station comes to a close. The deadline to have your say on the proposed closure of Dagenham Police Station is this Friday (Oct 6th). The petition launched by Jon Cruddas MP has gained over 4,000 signatures. The campaign has gained mounting support from the public, and has also seen the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council jump to the police stations defence. It really is a staggering show of strength and unity from our community.

On Friday the 25th of August Havering’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced that they have secured a share of over £1.2 million funding from NHS England to recruit GPs from overseas. The local scheme will see 35 GP’s recruited to work in Havering, with hopes that the recruitment drive will help improve patient access to primary care services.

Every One Every Day is the very pinnacle of participatory innovation, this project will see our community change for the better, forever. The Participatory City Foundation with the support of the Big Lottery Fund and other organisations has outlined a five year transformative programme for Barking and Dagenham.

The revolutionary £6.4m new project called Every One Every Day, is a vision for a sustainable community with a network of 25,000 people, all collaborating together.

Long-awaited plans to redevelop Beam Park, the former Ford Assembly plant, and New Road, Rainham have been formally submitted this week to Barking and Dagenham and Havering Councils.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented:

Last Sunday members of Jon Cruddas MP’s team visited Dagenham Farm, a thriving initiative supplying the local area with organic produce and equipping local residents with skills in cultivation and food preparation.   

Dagenham Farm is part of Growing Communities, a community-led organisation that creates sustainable urban farms.  Growing Communities has been based in Hackney since 1996 and expanded with the opening of Dagenham Farm in 2012.