Following revelations in August that the Department for Transport (DfT) had withdrawn their support for the delivery of Beam Park Station, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham launched a campaign against the decision and is demanding a Tory U-turn to deliver the station.

 

Following last week’s revelations which highlighted the Government had pulled funding for a new station on the Beam Park development site, Jon Cruddas MP has now learned that the proposed new c2c station was fully funded by the Greater London Authority and developers. In addition to the construction, the GLA and London Mayor’s office had also offered the Department of Transport £10million to protect the Government against the cost of operational deficit for the first 10 years.

This week (14-20 June 2021) is the first ever Renters' Rights Awareness Week and Generation Rent have organised a number of online events in conjunction with trade unions such as the GMB, Community and Unison and the week itself is funded by The Barrow Cadbury Trust.

Last week, Jon Cruddas MP heard the news that Barking and Dagenham Council has reopened the former Grays Court Community Hospital as a homeless hostel. The building was reopened under the name "Grays Court" on the 17th of May.

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The debate in Parliament on Monday of this week brought by Labour MPs was of real importance to residents of Orchard Village South Hornchurch. The vote was to ask for the government to take action on the building cladding scandal, protect leaseholders from the massive costs of the work needed and to relieve the issue of unsaleable flats.

A group of Elm Park residents are calling on the Havering Council Planning Department to reject proposals that will see a loss of RAF heritage, mature trees and could have a detrimental impact on parking in the area. The campaign was started by residents of Cavendish Gardens and has gained the support of Jon Cruddas MP and his local Action Team.

Labour Action Team Member Trevor McKeever has been speaking with key figures in the campaign and is urging others to lend their support by signing the petition.

This week the government unveiled the details of the upcoming Affordable Housing Programme which outlined a £12bn investment running from 2021 to 2026. The programme aims to increase affordable home ownership, but a government spokesperson stated that the majority of homes will be offered as shared ownership.

There will be a portion of the funding available for discounted rents and supported living options. However, the government have explained that the split between social and affordable rents will be decided at a local level.

Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by concerned residents in Mark's Gate regarding ongoing development works around the Billet Road area. Resident's of Coral Close and Uplands Road allege that Redbridge Council failed to consult ahead of a large residential development being approved in 2018 which is now having serious implications on noise levels, traffic congestion, air quality and the environment.

Last week Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by Clarion's Head of Housing regarding their approach to the Covid-19 crisis, and what that means for residents living on the Orchard Village estate in South Hornchurch.

During this time of economic uncertainty yesterday the government recognised the need to suspend all eviction proceedings throughout the crisis. As of today, the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action – this means that neither cases currently in, or about to go into the system can progress to eviction.

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