On 13th of July Jon Cruddas MP and Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited Anglesey Drive, in Rainham to discuss the ongoing parking concerns. The biggest issue is with commuters using Rainham c2c station parking down the road. Anglesey Drive currently has single yellow lines, and the parking signs state no parking between 8:30am - 9:30am. Residents have explained that commuters wait until after 9:30am to park before heading to work, and the situation on this very narrow road is becoming untenable.

On the 30th June 2017 Woolbro Homes, which hoped to develop 30 two and three-bed houses on Dovers Green in South Hornchurch, withdrew its application. This is fantastic news for the residents surrounding Dovers Green and is proof of what can be accomplished when the community comes together.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2017 was 1,690. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 175th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.5% between March and May 2017.

The national housing crisis continues to worsen in the capital. According to recently collected data, there are currently 738 houses in Havering that have been purposefully built for temporary accommodation, including 80 places in hostels. This is a 30 percent increase over the past 5 years, with 3 million pounds spent towards these temporary accommodations. 

This Saturday marks the 9th annual Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day is a significant event every year, it is a chance for communities across the country to support and pay tribute to all the service men and women past and present who work to keep our country safe.

Over the last few months Jon Cruddas was made aware of Havering Councils plans to build 30,000 properties across south Havering including on the green belt and flood plains. This was a major concern for the residents. Jon launched a petition against the plans which has so far accumulated over 1000 signatures.

You can sign online here: www.joncruddas.org.uk  

This month’s General Election result in Dagenham and Rainham was a resounding victory for Labour in the constituency, which saw the collapse of UKIP. Whilst the majority slightly decreased, the share of the vote which Jon Cruddas claimed was an increase of 8.7 per cent. GE2017 recorded the highest voter turnout since the constituency was newly formed in 2010.

Result as follows:

Since March 2017 Jon Cruddas MP has been campaigning for better services at Rainham c2c station. He has contacted residents via post, online consultations and postcard consultations handed out by his Havering Action Team outside Rainham station. The response has been huge. Over 700 commuters contacted Jon expressing their concerns. Questions that were put to commuters focused on services during peak times, for example:

“Would you like to see more carriages during peak times e.g. morning and evening?”

On the 31st of January Jon Cruddas MP wrote to Havering Planning and Permission Homes regarding planning for the redevelopment of Rainham Library and surrounding offices. Jon received several concerns from residents regarding the plans to build 62 new homes, with associated roads, parking, hardsurfacing, landscaping, boundary treatment, refuse stores, and electrical substation and means of access to and from Broadway.

There has been increased concern regarding inadequate access to GP’s in the Barking, Dagenham and Havering areas. According to a recent press report the borough or Barking and Dagenham has been ranked the third worst place to see a GP in London, and the fourth worst in the country - a position that Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is eager to see change.  This is due in part to an ageing GP workforce, which leads to frequent retirements, as well as a lack of affordable new doctors, and an underfunded Primary Care Trust.

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