Havering council alongside Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust have suggested that the centralisation of sexual health services for the three boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge at Barking Hospital would be a positive move forward for sexual healthcare, increasing efficiency and quality of service.

Highways England have today launched a public consultation on a proposal to create a new Lower-Thames crossing. The plans are being considered in response to the increasing pressures on the Dartford crossing; which currently sees over 50 million crossings per year. The new proposal is to open a crossing in the form of a tunnel between East Tilbury and Gravesham (near Gravesend) – connecting Essex to Kent. It is anticipated by Highways England that the crossing will be in operation by 2027.

Last night there was an overwhelming response at my public consultation meeting; over six hundred people attended which led to us having to hold two consecutive meetings in the May & Baker Eastbrook Community Club.

In the last few days volunteers have delivered surveys to half of the Eastbrook area, and they are being returned to Jon Cruddas MP in the hundreds. The survey was a response to rumours surrounding the possible development of land at the May and Baker Community Club. The consultation survey asks what residents think about the future of Dagenham East in terms of job creation and economic stability.

Today Jon Cruddas MP launched his public consultation of Eastbrook Ward, to find out what people think of recent proposals to build a mosque on the May and Baker Community Club land, next to the Sanofi regeneration site. In the most recent discussions with the trustees a prayer room in the community club has been alluded to rather than the initial plans for a mosque. However, a final decision has not yet been made on the future of the site. As with all developments in the local area Jon wants to know what the local residents think.

Over the past two weeks many residents have been contacting Jon Cruddas regarding the proposed plans to build a mosque on the Sanofi site near Dagenham East. Last month the Trustees of the May and Baker Community Club were approached by Barking & Dagenham Council on behalf of Barking Mosque, and a meeting took place with council Leader Cllr Darren Rodwell, along with a member of the council planning department. A general proposal was been agreed in principle with little or no consultation with local residents.

Last year Jon Cruddas MP conducted a survey regarding the issue of parking on Melville Road where many residents had complained that commuters using Rainham Station were filling all of the parking spaces on the road. Following the survey Jon Cruddas contacted Havering Council about this issue and an informal consultation was put in place to find out how residents wanted the situation resolved.

Havering Council contacted Jon this week advising that there will be a formal consultation which is anticipated to be sent out to every resident by Friday 20th February.

Earlier this year it came to light via the local press that the leader of the council, Cllr Darren Rodwell was considering different possibilities concerning the future of the Civic Centre in Dagenham. As part of the £53.5 million cuts being imposed by the Tory-Lib-Dem Coalition there was a suggestion that the Civic Centre should be converted into a school at a saving of £600,000 for the borough.

Havering Council are currently running a survey on pharmaceutical services in the borough. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is used to identify the gaps in the services available so that they can be improved.

Jon Cruddas MP is currently running a large campaign to improve our local health provision, and this is the perfect chance for residents to share their views on Havering’s current pharmacy services.

Back in June the Barking and Dagenham Post reported on possible proposals surrounding the Civic Centre which resulted in a lot of feedback from local residents. There has been a lot of rumour and speculation about the future of the building and this month Jon Cruddas MP is launching a public consultation in response to this.

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