Four years on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and ten years after the Lakanal House fire in which five people lost their lives, the Government has come forward with changes to fire safety law. Jon Cruddas MP supports this long-overdue Bill, but the Government must go further and faster on fire safety.

 

This week the Mardyke Community Centre in South Hornchurch announced it would receive a £20,000 grant from ‘Clarion Futures’ the charity branch of Clarion Housing Group.  

The community centre has played an important role in the lives of local residents at Orchard Village for many years. In normal times the Centre provides a range of community activities such as bingo evenings, IT classes, after school clubs, knit and natter sessions, and historically it has been the hub where residents of the estate seek advice, help, and support.

Jon Cruddas is backing a Bill being introduced by Labour MP Karen Buck this Friday 19 January which will give renters a new legal right to ensure their home is ‘fit for human habitation’.

The new legislation, long campaigned for by Labour, could help renters in thousands of dangerously unfit properties across London.

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 week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park spoke in Parliament regarding the long standing and ongoing issues at Orchard Village, formerly the Mardyke Estate in South Hornchurch. The debate can be watched via parliament tv by following the link below.

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/c229fd92-c029-49de-b7e0-a16d74252123?in=17:00:08

Jon's monthly Romford Recorder article was also based around this issue. See below.

Local residents who, due to the extensive water damage and vandalism of the Orchard Village Health Centre, have been awaiting a new walk-in service will be pleased to know that the old walk-in service has been relocated to South Hornchurch Health Centre on South End Road, Rainham.  Only one and a half miles from the original health centre, the South Hornchurch Health Centre will be able to provide a reliable service without the disruptions that caused the relocation from Orchard Village.  All of the services offered at the Orchard Village site will be readily available at the new centre, inclu

On Friday 28th March Jon Cruddas, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham Incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park, took part in a public meeting at the Mardyke Community Centre to discuss the ongoing regeneration project at Orchard Village.

 

Today at the Mardyke 02/11/2012