Last week Rainham residents found themselves, yet again at the raw end of Havering Council cuts. Despite areas such as Hornchurch and Romford getting new leisure facilities in recent years, Havering Council have taken the decision to remove funding and close the doors of Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham for good.

 

Jon Cruddas MP who has been fighting to retain the facility since 2013 has sought assurances from the Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure that the south of Havering will not fall by the wayside as other parts of the borough receive new investment.

The Rainham community was hit hard last week when news broke that the future of Chafford Sport Complex looked bleak. The sports complex is due for closure soon, a decision made by the cabinet at Havering Council. Last week as part of a Romford Recorder press release dated the 18th of March, cabinet member Councillor Viddy Persaud quoted:

“This is a difficult but prudent decision which we think will be of benefit for the local community in the long run.”

This month Jon Cruddas MP received confirmation of a new community group opening in Rainham. Alan Lamb, known as a Professor in the BDDA (British Disabled Darts Association) has recently returned from Belgium where he took part in the first ever World Cup of Darts, organised by The WDDA (World Disabled Darts Association.) He represented England and brought home the cup which saw England crowned the first ever Darts Champions of the world.

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:

This week, Havering Council announced their decision to close Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham by June 1st, 2019. The sports centre currently owned by Harris Academy (formerly Chafford School) but run by Havering’s ‘Everyone Active,’ went under an eight-week consultation in October 2018 in which residents were asked to have their say on the possible closure.

In September 2018 Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign ‘Calling Time on Crime’ as a response to rising violent crime across Dagenham and Rainham. Knife crime has dominated the headlines for the last few months as more young lives have been needlessly lost across London, and more recently right here in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge.

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Historic Royal Palaces with a fantastic opportunity for local schools and school children from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5.

Rainham has become target to large-scale fly-tipping of industrial waste and house hold waste for many years now. Jon Cruddas MP has been continuously fighting alongside residents to tackle fly-tipping in the area. Unfortunately, Council's will not clear fly-tipping on private land but will clear fly-tipping from public land; this includes local roads and pavements, car parks, public footpaths and other council owned property.

On the first day of National Apprenticeship week next week, Monday 4th March, Havering College of Further and Higher Education - Rainham Campus, will be hosting the Bricklaying Forterra Females (BFF) competition, the first all-female competition of its kind in the UK.

Last week the time to register as an Interested Party in the development of a huge waste incineration plant in Belvedere came to a close. Since October last year Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been campaigning against the application. In recent weeks Jon has rallied a wide coalition of support for the campaign including the Greater London Authority, Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead, and many others.

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