Improvement works at Rainham Road South will begin 10 March 2014 to make it easier for drivers and pedestrians accessing the former Sanofi site.

A new junction will be installed with new improved pedestrian crossings when work starts in March at the Reede Road/Dagenham East area at Rainham Road South.

During the improvement works, which are expected to last until June 2014, the Council is urging drivers to take alternative routes.

The First Big Local Community Forum Reception for the North Meets South Big Local Area will take place on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm at the Marks Gate Community Centre. For more details click HERE 

This event is targeted at local volunteers, community based businesses and tenant groups. If you would like to attend the event please contact Sian Penner Sian.penner@googlemail.com 

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP signed up to the Dementia Action Alliance’s Carers Call to Action.

At least 670,000 people in England have dementia and this number is set to double in the next 30 years. It is estimated that at least 550,000 people act as primary carers to those suffering from Dementia. Caring for a loved one with dementia is one of life’s hardest challenges. Despite their numbers and needs, carers tend to become isolated and if support is given, it is often provided late.

On Saturday 8th February Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, held a public meeting to discuss the Cost of Living with residents in Marks Gate.

The event was the first in a series of public consultations across Dagenham and Rainham designed for Jon to hear from local residents about their concerns regarding the cost and standard of living. In the past few months we have seen big rises in the cost of transport and energy which has pushed many hard working families to the brink.

Between April 2010 and June 2013 Ofsted the official body for inspecting schools embarked on a review of children’s centres up and down the country. Out of 152 areas and over 1750 centres inspected, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham came out on top as providing the best services. Nearly a year on, Ofsted have returned and the latest inspection saw the Leys Children’s Centre in Dagenham Village achieve yet another Outstanding.

The club has now secured a new Sponsor in REDS10 - a London Olympic Legacy Corporation which offers apprenticeship, training and employment opportunities.

Subject to the new 21 year lease being completed in time, we are currently awaiting the outcome of an 'Inspired Facility Grant' of nearly £50k, which will be used to update and refurnish the clubs aging facilities. We hope to have a new sports floor fitted, new Air Conditioning Units, New Fire doors and Fire alarm, refitted Changing rooms and CCTV in and around the club.

Community:

The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in December 2013 was 2,383. This represents a rate of 4.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 178th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

In celebration of the anniversary of the Great Reform Act and the introduction of voter registration, Bite the Ballot is co-ordinating a national day of events on 5th February  run by schools, businesses and community groups with the aim of ensuring that as many people as possible register to vote on National Voter Registration Day.

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