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!

This week Havering Council launched a new scheme which will see an extra £400,000 invested by the Council into street cleaning. The extra money will see the frequency of cleaning in residential streets increased from once every three weeks to fortnightly.

In addition to investing into more street cleaning the scheme will see the Council encourage more reporting of fly-tipping and littering and increasing enforcement action around both.

Lastly, the council have promised increased action to keep Havering’s local rivers and parks clean and healthy.

This week, Havering Council have announced that they are investing more than £18 million over the next four years to open new schools and improve and expand existing schools to meet the growing demand for places in the borough.

A new programme of projects is being developed by the council to meet the need for school places from early years to post-16 and special education. This also includes a plan for a new primary school at Beam Park, Rainham.

Options are currently being finalised and will be presented to Council’s cabinet for approval later this year.

Last week – First Step, a local charity for disabled Children, announced that they need to raise £200,000 to avoid closure after losing funding from Havering Council.

The charity in Tangmere Crescent, Elm Park, has continued to provide support for hundreds of children with special needs and disabilities for many years and has become a vital part of the community.

In 2017 First Step lost funding from the local authority and has had to draw further into its charity reserves. The charity has now expressed three options on their future outcome:

On Saturday 16th of February 2019, Jon Cruddas MP and his team was in South Hornchurch Ward speaking to residents and collecting signatures for Jon’s Calling Time on Crime campaign. Residents of Edmund Road, Rainham spoke of a recent event in which a man was pacing up and down the road with a machete in his hand causing disruption. This frightened local residents immensely. Other recent incidents that have occurred in the area of Edmund Road, Louise Gardens and Seaburn Close in South Hornchurch Ward include muggings, especially in a nearby alley way.

During the last few months of 2018, Jon Cruddas MP was made aware of a planning application put forward in Elm Park, which would have seen the demolition of Carries Hall Community Centre. Residents contacted Jon sharing their concerns, worried that they were going to lose a vital piece of their community.

In May 2018 Jon Cruddas MP received letters from residents in Elm Park expressing concerns of a possible planning application submitted to Havering Council for construction of four residential houses located on land adjacent to 1 Bretons Cottages on Rainham Road.

The application sort permission for the construction of four new dwellings located within a Green Belt Zone and would see off-street parking and private amenity space also.

South Hornchurch Ward, Elm Park Ward, and Rainham & Wennington Ward have all recently created community contact sessions with local PCSO’s (Police Community Support Officers). These meetings happen weekly with a variety of different times and places each week to accommodate different working schedules and family commitments.

Today Jon Cruddas MP opposed a recent planning application made to Havering Council for four new residential homes to be built on Green Belt adjacent to Brettons Cottages on Rainham Road. Concerns were raised by residents that any compromise of the Green Belt could lead to a greater number of applications in the future.

If granted, the construction of four new dwellings would see the loss of a community football pitch, which is used on a weekly basis by residents. It would also see removal of flora and fauna as well as some land infill.

On July 11th 2017, Havering Council released its Local Plan – a guide to the future development of the borough. The Local Plan sets out the Council’s vision and strategy for future growth and development over the next 15 years up to 2031. The plan also indicates the locations in Havering for future housing, employment, retail, leisure, transport, community services and other types of development.

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