Thursday 8 October is Clean Air Day 2020, and this week Barking and Dagenham put out their Air Quality Action Plan for public consultation. The Plan aims to introduce a number of innovative measures to reduce emissions across the borough, improving the health of all residents. The consultation is now open and closes on Monday 30 November.

Have your say here: https://oneboroughvoice.lbbd.gov.uk/air-quality-action-plan

 

Earlier this month, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham was contacted by a number of residents who raised concerns about the accessibility of Rainham Post Office on Wennington Road. The concerns centred on lack of parking provision which could hamper disabled and elderly residents from accessing services.

Havering Council are currently developing ‘Havering’s Homelessness Prevention and Rough Sleeper Strategy 2020-2025’ and are asking residents for their input.

The Council have stated that they are committed to enhancing local services to support and protect those who find themselves homeless and vulnerable. They aim to learn the lessons as to why this happens, and plug the gaps where possible to improve early intervention and preventative work.

Last month, Havering Council launched a public consultation on a newly proposed policy for how they are planning to deliver travel assistance in the 2020-21 academic year starting in September.

The Local Authority provides support to students who are eligible and need support in order to get to school or college because of their needs.

 

Over the course of this week The City of London Corporation has hosted a number of public exhibitions on the proposals to relocate the three wholesale food markets; Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield to Dagenham Dock.

The exhibitions are a chance for residents to view the plans and to have a say on the proposal. If you haven’t had a chance to get to an exhibition there is another one on:

 

Join the conversation and help design future plans for King George and Queen’s hospitals.

Over the last few months, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has been reviewing what King George and Queen’s hospitals should look like in the future to make sure that all residents, regardless of where they live, can access high-quality services across both sites. 

 

On Monday C2C launched a consultation on their ticket office opening hours. The changes are the first since the mid-1990’s and the train operator has explained that with more customers using contactless payment, smartphones and the C2C smartcard the current ticket office opening hours are not sustainable given reduction in demand.

Details of the consultation can be found here: https://www.c2c-online.co.uk/media-centre/latest-news/ticket-office-consultation/ 

 

Over the last few weeks the City Airport ‘Master Plan’ has come to light and Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by hundreds of residents with their concerns.

Jon Cruddas commented: “Looking at the plans I also have my own concerns around air quality and increased noise pollution across the south of my constituency. This coupled with the proposed waste incineration expansion in Bexley could potentially have a real negative impact on health in the area.

 

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

Havering Council have recently released their Draft Commission Plan for Education Provision 2019-2023 which has now gone to public consultation. The draft plan sets out how Havering Council seeks to ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet demand for early years, primary, secondary post-16, special school and alternative provision places across the borough.

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