In November 2020 Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by patients of the Spring Farm GP surgery, which has operated for 30 years on Upminster Road North in Rainham, concerned about rumours the practice would close in 2021.

 

As the country continues in the grip of the Coronavirus pandemic, official statistics are not yet available to show what the full impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the claimant count will be.

 

Over the course of this week The City of London Corporation has hosted a number of public exhibitions on the proposals to relocate the three wholesale food markets; Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield to Dagenham Dock.

The exhibitions are a chance for residents to view the plans and to have a say on the proposal. If you haven’t had a chance to get to an exhibition there is another one on:

 

This week damning data obtained by the BBC revealed that knife crime has almost doubled across Havering since 2016. The data shows that over the last 12 months there were 13.2 reported knife crimes per 10,000 people in Havering.

A report from the Community Safety Partnership in Barking and Dagenham also highlighted that in the 12 months leading up to June 2019 serious youth violence had increased by 40.7% and knife crime by 17% on the previous period.

 

The Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone is an innovative and exciting facility built for the borough’s young people ages 8-19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities or learning difficulties. After officially opening this May, the Youth Zone has already exceeded expectations with over 4,000 young people signed up as members and over 20,000 individual visits.

 

The Health Centre which is planned for the former St. George’s Hospital site in Hornchurch received a £17m cash injection this week bringing the facility one step closer for the community.

Jon Cruddas MP who represents Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park – the latter of which borders the proposed site has welcomed this news saying “whilst the £1.8bn funding boost from the government doesn’t even scratch the surface of what is needed to restore the NHS nationally, I am very pleased that some of this investment will reach residents in my constituency.”

 

The City of London Corporation recently announced that Barking and Dagenham had secured the bid to be the new home of Billingsgate, Smithfield and New Spitalfields markets. The markets are iconic London landmarks that have been a central part of trade for hundreds of years. 

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP joined local councillors and the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Marks Gate to discuss community investment opportunities. 

One of the key concerns raised by the community at past police meetings has been the lack of local activities and provision for young people. Residents of Marks Gate often feel cut off from the borough and concerns have been voiced regarding the poor transport links and accessibility to existing resources.

 

This week the Chadwell Heath South Residents’ Association announced that Redbridge Council will be funding a project to install some very special clocks at Chadwell Heath Station.

The clocks will be in the style of the 1940s Magneta Time Company designs at Gants Hill, Bethnal Green, Redbridge and Wanstead London Underground Stations, to commemorate the forthcoming opening of the Elizabeth Line.

The full amount for £12,000 has been provided and Redbridge are now looking to extend their investment to cover neighbouring stations across Ilford South.

 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in May 2019 was 2,430. This represents a rate of 4.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64. 

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in February to April 2019.

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