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. 

Royal Mail is introducing the UK’s first ever parcel postboxes in areas across the UK, including Dagenham and Rainham. This follows a successful trial in the LE and NN postcode areas last year which has now led to plans for 1,400 parcel postboxes to be rolled out in total.

The launch marks the first major change in postbox usage in its 160-year history. The parcel postboxes will enable small businesses and marketplace sellers in Dagenham and Rainham to post pre-paid parcels, using Click&Drop, through postboxes the same way they currently post letters.

Jon Cruddas MP has recently been contacted by The Silver Sunday Team regarding this years Silver Sunday which will be on Sunday 6 October. Silver Sunday is a special day in the national calendar established to celebrate older people.

The day is a chance for local businesses, charities, schools, faith and community groups to host events that champion older people and encourage other organisations to work closer with the ‘silver community’.

 

This week is national volunteers’ week 2019, a week to recognise and say thank you to the huge contribution volunteers make across sectors in society.

Since 2013 Jon Cruddas MP has run a volunteer network which is now made up of over 600 local residents acting as an early warning system for issues and concerns across Dagenham and Rainham. Jon launched the network with the notion of having a volunteer on every street. 

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