To mark St. George’s Day this year the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services have teamed up with the Council to co-fund events and activities across the borough that bring communities together to celebrate the patron saint of England.

The ‘Barking and Dagenham Together for St. George’s Day Grant Programme’ is part of a new series of community funding opportunities made available to organisations who promote cohesion and equality.

The Rainham community was hit hard last week when news broke that the future of Chafford Sport Complex looked bleak. The sports complex is due for closure soon, a decision made by the cabinet at Havering Council. Last week as part of a Romford Recorder press release dated the 18th of March, cabinet member Councillor Viddy Persaud quoted:

“This is a difficult but prudent decision which we think will be of benefit for the local community in the long run.”

This week, Havering Council announced their decision to close Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham by June 1st, 2019. The sports centre currently owned by Harris Academy (formerly Chafford School) but run by Havering’s ‘Everyone Active,’ went under an eight-week consultation in October 2018 in which residents were asked to have their say on the possible closure.

Rainham has become target to large-scale fly-tipping of industrial waste and house hold waste for many years now. Jon Cruddas MP has been continuously fighting alongside residents to tackle fly-tipping in the area. Unfortunately, Council's will not clear fly-tipping on private land but will clear fly-tipping from public land; this includes local roads and pavements, car parks, public footpaths and other council owned property.

On Wednesday 16th January, Barking and Dagenham held the first ever East BCU (Borough Command Unit) Serious Violence Summit. The summit was attended by 240 people which included police officers, trauma surgeons, charity representatives, councillors from across the tri-borough area, victims of violent crime and many more.

Deputy Mayor of Policing and Crime Sophie Linden addressed the summit at the start of the day announcing a harrowing fact – Metropolitan Police numbers have fallen under 30,000 officers at a time when crime is rising.

As the holiday season approaches, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham would like to bring to your attention the Barking and Dagenham Christmas Bin schedule. Please see the charts below for the changes in collection dates for both refuse and recycling:

Refuse actual collection day and Refuse revised collection day:

Normal: Monday 24 December 2018 – Revised: Saturday 22 December 2018

Normal: Tuesday 25 December 2018 – Revised: Thursday 27 December 2018

As the holiday season approaches, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham would like to bring to your attention the Havering Christmas Bin schedule. Collection will run as normal up until and including Monday 24th December 2018. Please see the charts below for the changes in collection dates for refuse:  

Normal collection date and revised collection date:

Normal: Tuesday 25th December 18 – Revised: Thursday 27th December 18

At the end of September 2018, Havering Council published a statutory notice setting out its formal proposal to expand Brady Primary school. The expansion introduces a 30-place maintained nursery provision thereby, lowering the age range of the school from 4 -11years to 2-11years to enable the school offer 3 &4-year-old early years places.

The publication of this statutory notice marks the beginning of the formal consultation (representation period) of four weeks which started on Friday 28 September 2018 and ends on Friday 26 October 2018.

On Tuesday 16th of October Havering Council announced it’s reviewing for the future of the Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham. The Chafford Sports Complex is currently owned by the Harris Academy in Rainham, formerly Chafford School, but is run by the council’s ‘Everyone Active.’

Havering Council is launching an eight-week consultation from Tuesday, October 16 until Monday, December 10. Council funding for the site is due to finish in December 2018, and the council are claiming that there is no funding for the complex in the council’s base budget.

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.

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