Today is Clean Air Day 2021 and this year the theme is "protect our children's health from air pollution". Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign which helps to drive a positive shift in public knowledge and action; and is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

Last month (May) plans to further expand waste incineration at Belvedere came to light. Jon Cruddas MP who fought against the original expansion over a two-year campaign, raised his concerns and opposition with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Jon's letter to the Secretary of State can be found HERE

After over two years fighting against a second mass waste incinerator in Belvedere the case is finally closed, and the Government approved site will now go ahead. Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign against the proposals back in 2018 when all reports suggested it would damage air quality, human health, and biodiversity across the south of Dagenham and Rainham.

The campaign attracted far reaching support from the Mayor of London, neighbouring MPs such as Abena Oppong-Asare and environmental groups including Greenpeace and the Wildlife Trusts.

Thursday 8 October is Clean Air Day 2020, and this week Barking and Dagenham put out their Air Quality Action Plan for public consultation. The Plan aims to introduce a number of innovative measures to reduce emissions across the borough, improving the health of all residents. The consultation is now open and closes on Monday 30 November.

Have your say here: https://oneboroughvoice.lbbd.gov.uk/air-quality-action-plan

In April Jon Cruddas MP and Abena Oppong-Asare MP sent a joint letter to Sadiq Khan, urging him to launch a Judicial Review into the Government's approval of a second waste incinerator in Belvedere. On Thursday 21 May, the deadline for a legal challenge, the Mayor of London tweeted:

"London does not need more waste-burning incinerators. I have challenged the Secretary of State's decision on the Cory Incinerator & have issued a claim to the planning court requesting a judicial review of that decision. We need to build the greener future our city deserves."

Over the last few weeks the City Airport ‘Master Plan' has come to light and Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by hundreds of residents with their concerns.

Jon Cruddas commented: "Looking at the plans I also have my own concerns around air quality and increased noise pollution across the south of my constituency. This coupled with the proposed waste incineration expansion in Bexley could potentially have a real negative impact on health in the area.

Many constituents have contacted Jon Cruddas MP over the last few days raising their concerns about the fire on Launders Lane, Rainham. The fire started on Friday and has continued throughout the weekend and into this week.

The grass fire spread to a pile of mixed waste and resulted in the fire covering five acres at its height. 70 firefighters and ten fire engines from Wennington, Hornchurch and Dagenham fire stations were deployed to the blaze and made ‘steady progress', remaining at the scene throughout the weekend.

Jon Cruddas MP is calling for more petition signatures against proposals to build a mass waste incineration plant opposite Rainham. The local MP has been running a campaign against plans since September 2018 and he has already made several representations on behalf of residents, including a visit to the existing Cory facility in Belvedere last month.

Last week the time to register as an Interested Party in the development of a huge waste incineration plant in Belvedere came to a close. Since October last year Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been campaigning against the application. In recent weeks Jon has rallied a wide coalition of support for the campaign including the Greater London Authority, Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead, and many others.

Flight paths over Barking and Dagenham are under review as a result of changes to the navigation technologies aircraft using London City Airport employ. Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has been contacted by numerous residents with regard to the changes and the negative impact that they are having on local life. Constituents have raised a number of issues ranging from increased noise pollution with frequent flyovers and the lack of public consultation.