On Friday (10.09.21) residents of Dagenham Village met with Jon Cruddas MP on Church Street to accept a petition against the Controlled Parking Zone due to be introduced to the area imminently. Despite the majority of residents voting against the scheme, the council are planning to push through the CPZ for access purposes based on advice from the London Fire Brigade.

In just three weeks 1151 residents have responded to the informal controlled parking zone consultation launched by Jon Cruddas MP, with 989 completing an online survey, 54 direct emails and 108 responses by post. 86% of constituents taking part said they did not support the scheme and 70% of people have expressed that there was poor communication between the community and council, with many pointing out the unfortunate timing of the consultation when residents were preoccupied with the pandemic.

Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by hundreds of local residents across Dagenham, including but not exclusive to the Rylands Estate, raising their concerns about the Controlled Parking Zone being introduced in the area by Barking and Dagenham Council.

The overriding message from residents is that they are concerned about the implications on personal finances, lack of proper consultation and communication between the council and community, and the necessity of a parking scheme in their particular areas.

Residents of Ford Lane, Rainham recently reported to Jon Cruddas MP that parking bays located on the road have become extremely faded, causing the problem of countless parking tickets being issued. Jon's action team were on the doors last month speaking to residents about local issues when they noticed that this problem came up several times.

Earlier this month, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham was contacted by a number of residents who raised concerns about the accessibility of Rainham Post Office on Wennington Road. The concerns centred on lack of parking provision which could hamper disabled and elderly residents from accessing services.

Highlights from the Barking and Dagenham 'One Borough Newsletter' circulated to residents via email on 17.06.2020

How your Councillors have been helping during lockdown

This week residents of New Cottages, Wennington contacted Jon Cruddas MP regarding parking tickets being issued along Wennington Road. For those who live on Wennington Road, parking options are minimal, so many residents park their cars on land opposite their home. For approximately 25 years, this has never been an issue – until now.

Jon Cruddas MP wrote to Havering Council questioning the sudden change. He also relayed the residents' concerns that the road was becoming hazardous in places due to alternate parking options.

After a year of campaigning, countless site visits, and continuous work alongside the residents of Anglesey Drive, this week saw a huge victory for residents. During the summer residents teamed up with Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough and handed a petition to the council calling for better parking enforcement.

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.

Jon Cruddas Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of residents in Whalebone Ward regarding the ongoing parking problems there. Over 150 local residents have presented Jon with a petition highlighting that commuters using Chadwell Heath Station use much of the nearby space to park their cars up before heading to work, and leave them there till late in the evening resulting in residents not be able to park in their own road.

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