Last month Barking and Dagenham Council hosted the first ever East BCU Serious Violence Summit. The East BCU is the tri-borough command unit which covers Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. The event was launched in response to the concerning rise in violent crime across the tri-borough area over the last 12 months.

Over 200 people attended the event from across boroughs including MPs, councillors, voluntary organisations, social workers, charities, and people from the education sector.

On Friday 8th of February Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with Havering Council to discuss CCTV in South Hornchurch Ward, Rainham. Cherry Tree, Rainham has become a ‘hotspot’ for crime for many months now and Jon has been continuously contacted by constituents sharing their concerns for the area.

This week Jon Cruddas MP submitted a letter to the Planning Inspectorate outlining his concerns over the Riverside Energy Park proposals. The proposals would see a second mass waste incinerator established in Belvedere just across the Thames from Rainham, South Hornchurch and the Beam Park development area.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is encouraging local charities and good causes across the constituency to apply for over £3million of funding that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Applications are open from 6 February until 20 February, where a whole host of good causes from social enterprises to voluntary groups and registered charities are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

Last year Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council along with Jon Cruddas MP planted an oak tree and plaque to commemorate those killed as a result of an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works, Ferry Lane in 1916. The incident claimed the lives of seven men and wasn’t reported at the time because the factory was making munitions for the war effort.

In November 2018 Jon Cruddas MP met with members of The Rainham Health Centre Patient Committee. Members discussed with Jon their concerns regarding Rainham Health Centre, one of the main problems being a pavement crater that was situated outside the centre.

The crater, which is displayed in the photo above, was large and a hazard to residents accessing the health centre. Elderly residents were constantly tripping over the broken pavement, and whenever the rain fell the crater would fill which proved to be extremely dangerous.

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.

On Wednesday 16th January, Barking and Dagenham held the first ever East BCU (Borough Command Unit) Serious Violence Summit. The summit was attended by 240 people which included police officers, trauma surgeons, charity representatives, councillors from across the tri-borough area, victims of violent crime and many more.

Deputy Mayor of Policing and Crime Sophie Linden addressed the summit at the start of the day announcing a harrowing fact – Metropolitan Police numbers have fallen under 30,000 officers at a time when crime is rising.

At the beginning of January 2019 Jon Cruddas MP met with bosses at C2C/Trenitalia. Communication between both the MP and the train company has always been fantastic, with many positive outcomes over the past few years.

2019 kicked into full swing in Havering as Havering Council announced the securing of £800k, as part of the Local London Partnership, to be used to improve digital connectivity in the Rainham area. The money was secured through the London Authority’s Strategic Investment Pot.

The Council have claimed that the new fibre connection will provide a world class infrastructure and could be used to help manage transport, traffic planning, community safety and environmental monitoring.

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