The London Borough of Havering has acquired £4.5m of funding from the Mayor of London and 1.8 million pounds from Transport for London to advance plans to transform New Road in South Hornchurch Ward. Subject to TFL approvals of the final design, further funding will be released to help deliver the scheme.

The new A13 was built almost twenty years ago, yet the borough feels New Road still retains the look and feel of its old function as a trunk road.

Havering Council have launched their budget consultation asking residents to share their views on some of the savings proposals that would impact them.

The council currently have a budget gap of £4.26m in 2018/19, in which they say is due to the reduction in government grant funding, along with the increase and demand for housing, as well as the significant increase in the number of adults and children who require council services.

TFL are proposing to make changes to how bus route 372 serves Rainham Station in a bid to try and improve the interchange for passengers arriving or boarding at Rainham Station. They propose to reroute the 372 via Rainham Station eastbound only.

From Broadway, it would operate via Old Station Lane, Celtic Farm Road and Ferry Lane, returning to the line of route on Wennington Road. The bus stop on Wennington Road would no longer be served. However, the stop on Celtic Farm Road would replace this. TFL have informed commuters that their journey time would increase slightly.

Reshaping transport in London is a priority for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who wants to create a city that accommodates for all Londoners. The new draft Mayor's Transport Strategy sets out his plans to transform London's streets, improve public transport and create opportunities for new homes and jobs over the next 25 years. The strategy sets to build on the vision for a better London that the Mayor outlined in ‘A City for All Londoners’, and takes forward the approach set out in ‘Healthy Streets for London’.

The strategy quotes:

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

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:

On July 11th 2017, Havering Council released its Local Plan – a guide to the future development of the borough. The Local Plan sets out the Council’s vision and strategy for future growth and development over the next 15 years up to 2031. The plan also indicates the locations in Havering for future housing, employment, retail, leisure, transport, community services and other types of development.

Since March 2017 Jon Cruddas MP has been campaigning for better services at Rainham c2c station. He has contacted residents via post, online consultations and postcard consultations handed out by his Havering Action Team outside Rainham station. The response has been huge. Over 700 commuters contacted Jon expressing their concerns. Questions that were put to commuters focused on services during peak times, for example:

“Would you like to see more carriages during peak times e.g. morning and evening?”

Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator, Fay Hough, met with representatives of c2c on Monday, March 13th to discuss the public consultation Jon has started in regards to issues raised by constituents across Dagenham and Rainham. We received affirmative information that aims to address the concerns many have with overcrowding, the station’s new timetables, and the need for more carriages at peak times. 

The Boundary Review entered its next phase today, with all comments and suggested proposal amendments received during the initial consultation being published online. The initial comments can be found by using the filter bar on the left of the webpage and selecting ‘Dagenham and Rainham Boro Const’ in the ‘Existing Constituency’ drop down menu. The link to the website is here: https://www.bce2018.org.uk/search/comments

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