Secret plans recently leaked to the press have revealed that London Mayor, Boris Johnson intends to close all of the 268 underground and overground ticket offices in London over the next two years. This is bad news for Londoners but could also have a detrimental effect on local commuters.The closures will affect three stations across the area seeing local job losses at Dagenham Heathway, Dagenham East and Elm Park in the Havering side of the constituency. As well as job losses, closures could be detrimental to public safety by putting late night commuters at a higher risk of crime and increased feelings of vulnerability.Jon said: “These proposed closures will seriously impede local commuters, making their journeys more difficult and less safe. Reports suggest that it is not only ticket office staff, but station guards and managers that will lose their jobs as well. “Over the past few years the security has improved and anti-social behaviour has dropped significantly at all of our local stations – however these cuts are set to change that. Older commuters and children will feel vulnerable late at night and there are real concerns about having insufficient staff at the station to deal with emergencies.“The Tory-led coalition government are putting public safety at risk in order to save money which is totally unacceptable. I will be doing everything I can, by raising a petition and writing to Boris Johnson and the TFL to condemn these deplorable and economically damaging cuts.” Fill out the petition form below to join the fight and make your voice heard!

 

Saturday 21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day and Jon Cruddas MP is Joining Alzheimer’s Research UK to call for greater awareness of dementia and the need for more research. The announcement comes ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day as the charity launches a major new awareness campaign fronted by Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Secret Cinema are offering work experience in the creative arts to young people living or studying in Barking and Dagenham. The opportunity is open to people aged between 18 – 25 and will consist of a placement over two nights working on their current immersive experience in Dagenham East.

 

Today (10/09/2019) is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about the services available to people at risk of suicide - and to encourage people to talk and listen to friends and family who may be going through a tough patch.

Jon Cruddas MP is a longstanding supporter of mental health charities and campaigns such as Time to Talk and Movember. Earlier this year Jon contributed to a parliamentary debate on mental health in the workplace, highlighting the best practice of companies such as Ford.

 

Do you have an idea for a community project that will benefit local residents within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham? If so, applications for grants of up to £10,000 are now open and the council would love to hear from you! 

Following the success of the first round of the Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL) earlier this year in which Barking and Dagenham Council awarded £112,799 to 13 local community groups across the borough, the council are pleased to announce that the application window for a second round of funding is now open. 

 

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers in Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory. 

 

Due to essential restructuring and resurfacing repairs, closures are planned on Gallows Corner flyover which will take place on the following dates: 

- Monday 19 August – Friday 23 August (09:30-20:00)

- Monday 26 August – Friday 30 August (09:30-20:00)

During this time the flyover will be closed. Access underneath the flyover will be maintained, however, we expect Gallows Corner roundabout to be extremely busy with delays of up to 30 minutes during the busiest times in the evening peak. 

 

The Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone is an innovative and exciting facility built for the borough’s young people ages 8-19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities or learning difficulties. After officially opening this May, the Youth Zone has already exceeded expectations with over 4,000 young people signed up as members and over 20,000 individual visits.

 

This month (August 2019) the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service has launched a system which hopes to create a publicly accessible database of all not-for-profit organisations in the borough which will promote volunteering and participation opportunities across sectors.

 

The City of London Corporation recently announced that Barking and Dagenham had secured the bid to be the new home of Billingsgate, Smithfield and New Spitalfields markets. The markets are iconic London landmarks that have been a central part of trade for hundreds of years. 

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