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. 

 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2019 was 2,470. This represents a rate of 4.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.6%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in March to May 2019.

 

Over the past few weeks many residents have contacted Jon Cruddas MP raising their concerns about disruptions being caused by ‘London mains’ gas replacement works on Rainham Road North/South.

Jon Cruddas contacted Cadent – the company carrying out the works, to find out how long the disruptions would continue. Disruptions that residents have reported range from traffic congestion, with severe delays to journeys, noise pollution, and increased air pollution from the associated works.

 

Over the last few weeks the City Airport ‘Master Plan’ has come to light and Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by hundreds of residents with their concerns.

Jon Cruddas commented: “Looking at the plans I also have my own concerns around air quality and increased noise pollution across the south of my constituency. This coupled with the proposed waste incineration expansion in Bexley could potentially have a real negative impact on health in the area.

 

Independent Age has revealed that 1,300,000 (4 in 10) people entitled to Pension Credit are not receiving it. Pension Credit is an income-related benefit designed to lift pensioners out of poverty. Each year £3.5 billion worth of the credit goes unclaimed, over £6,000,000 of it here in Dagenham and Rainham. This is having a devastating impact on the most vulnerable in our communities, leaving almost 2 million nationwide aged 65 and older living in poverty today. 

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP joined local councillors and the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Marks Gate to discuss community investment opportunities. 

One of the key concerns raised by the community at past police meetings has been the lack of local activities and provision for young people. Residents of Marks Gate often feel cut off from the borough and concerns have been voiced regarding the poor transport links and accessibility to existing resources.

 

Saturday 29th June marks the 11th annual Armed Forces Day. 

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history, and this year the day will be marked in Barking and Dagenham by the Barking Royal British Legion and a fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes, and in Havering with the annual Armed Forces Day parade. 

Pages