With the help of Jon Cruddas, elderly residents living at the Wyhill Walk Sheltered Housing area in Dagenham have secured additional post box facilities.

The decision by the Royal Mail group to grant the post box is great news for the residents who were previously forced to walk a distance to post any letters. The newly installed box will enable many to keep in touch with relatives and receive important post where previously they simply could not.

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.

Over the past two weeks Jon Cruddas’s community volunteers have been out in South Hornchurch, seeing what the residents have to say about the local area. It was brought to Jon’s attention by residents on Blacksmiths Lane, Gainsborough Road, Guysfield Drive, Grove Park Road and Avelon Road that the road surfaces are in a constantly deteriorating state of disrepair.

Arnolds Field in Rainham has recently come under scrutiny again with another rise in illegal fly tipping. In the past the issue has been raised with Havering Council’s StreetCare department by Jon Cruddas MP, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham. The area is somewhat notorious for dumping waste and this has become a rising concern for local residents.

The Dagenham and Rainham area has had many issues with fly tipping in the past but local MP Jon Cruddas has been responding quickly to concerns voiced to him by raising the issues with the council as and when they occur.

Following the recent local elections in Barking and Dagenham Jon Cruddas MP had this to say:

The local Council is proud to show its support for Armed Forces Day 2013, and will be doing so in a number of ways this year, including a community event at Valence House Museum on the day itself.

LBBD Council have launched a ‘Save our Streets’ campaign in order to address the growing issue of potholes and road maintenance in the borough. Local residents who are fed-up with deteriorating road conditions are being called upon to sign the petition and support the campaign.

Jon Cruddas MP: "The changes to the welfare and council tax benefts that were intorduced this month are hitting the local community hard. Many constituents have already raised their concerns through my office. I would be much obliged if you would take a few moments to fill in the survey below. Your views and opinions surrounding the 'bedroom tax' will be invaluable in the coming months when we look at the national impact."National Housing Federation statistics reveal that 1,216 households will be hit by the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ locally in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park. It is predicted that these households will lose an average of £728 a year. The report is broken down by constituency and highlights that the Bedroom Tax will hit 660,000 households nationwide, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability.

On Friday 22.03.2013 Jon Cruddas MP met with local residents and Havering Council’s Head of Street care to hand over a petition raised by local parents. The petition was a response to a road accident involving a child and calls for proper crossing facilities.

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