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!

 

At the end of December it was announced that the store Tesco Rainham Extra will be one of the first Tesco stores to have Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points installed. This means customers will be able to get full charge, for most vehicles, in around one hour.

During first installations the focus was on mainly 7KW (fast) chargers, which are free for customers. Tesco are now focusing on delivering a number of 50KW (rapid) chargers which are available for customers at a small cost, in line with market rates.

 

At the start of the first lockdown the government promised 600,000 laptops and devices for children across the country so that they could access online learning when schools closed. The majority of children across the country will be learning from home over the coming weeks and the government are still yet to deliver the devices promised to struggling communities.

 

Students in Dagenham and Rainham can now be given an extra chance to access leading universities and apprenticeships. Applications for the Sutton Trust Summer Schools are now open to young people in Dagenham and Rainham.

Image left to right; Jon Cruddas MP, Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook, Charles Walker MP

 

After a hectic and successful week navigating the consequences for angling of the government’s decision to impose a third National Lockdown in England in response to the rise in coronavirus infections, the Angling Trust has published new comprehensive guidelines and FAQs to help anglers fish safely, locally and responsibly without falling foul of the law.

 

Due to the heavy rainfall of the past few days the Environment Agency have issued a Flood Warning for River Ingrebourne at Hornchurch. This means that flooding is expected at the River Ingrebourne at Hornchurch including Upminster and Rainham

Residents are strongly urged to take action now and monitor local water levels. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. The Environment Agency have stipulated that they will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the day and have staff available to clear any blockages in the river.

On 12 January 2021 images hit social media of food parcels delivered by Chartwells to children entitled to free school meals. These parcels were delivered in place of the £30 food voucher which was previously provided by the government to support struggling families during lockdown.

The voucher and replacement food parcel were intended to provided children’s lunches for 10 days. However, what was provided has been referred to by many as inadequate at best and negligent at worst with many receiving out of date or damaged items.

 

In November 2020 plans were approved by Barking and Dagenham Council to develop the land between the A12 and Padnall Road, providing 219 much needed new homes. The plans were met with opposition from a number of local residents who primarily raised concerns about the impact on the environment and biodiversity in the Padnall Lake area.

 

Last week MPs in parliament finally voted to approve a Brexit deal. Jon Cruddas MP, who was elected in 2017 and 2019 on a mandate to respect the outcome of the referendum, voted in favour of the deal. His full statement can be found below.

 

This year has been unlike any other in our lifetime, and very few of us will find ourselves sorry to see the back of 2020. As we approach an altogether different Christmas from what we are used to, I think it is important to say thank you and pay tribute to all those that have made great sacrifices to keep us safe throughout the year.

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