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.

This month Havering Council have contacted all Council Tax Support Applicants regarding proposals to change the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2019. Current changes are being considered and The Council would like applicants to have their say.

A revised application from Countryside Properties Plc and L&Q for the Beam Park development has been submitted following the original plan being rejected by Havering Council and subsequently this decision being called-in by the Mayor of London.

The initial plans were thrown out due to claims of overdevelopment, however there are suggestions that this was an electoral point scoring process as the conservative council were previously called out on their plans to build on over 120 hectares of green belt in the south of the borough.

Havering Council is currently holding budget consultations to address the 2019-2020 financial budget priorities. The budget consultation will take place until 30 September 2018.

Each year the Council sets a budget and decides how much they can afford to spend on services for Havering residents and businesses for the next financial year. They must also determine how much income is required from the government and Council Tax to fund this.

The Windrush generation has made huge contributions to our society since their arrival in 1948. Despite these contributions, many from this generation have been subject to mistreatment and a ‘hostile environment’ created by the government.

The Windrush generation has faced a situation in which these British citizens have been denied NHS treatment, lost their jobs, and in some cases have been wrongfully deported.

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.

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