Today, representatives of Jon Cruddas MP attended a Preliminary Planning Inspectorate Meeting in Erith, Kent to discuss procedures regarding Riverside Energy Park in Belvedere, Bexley.

At the end of last year, Cory Environmental Holdings Limited applied to the Planning Inspectorate to build a ‘Riverside Energy Park’. The facility will produce over 96 megawatts of electricity through the mass incineration of waste. Due to the scale of the proposal the final decision will be taken by the Secretary of State.

This week, Havering Council have announced that they are investing more than £18 million over the next four years to open new schools and improve and expand existing schools to meet the growing demand for places in the borough.

A new programme of projects is being developed by the council to meet the need for school places from early years to post-16 and special education. This also includes a plan for a new primary school at Beam Park, Rainham.

Options are currently being finalised and will be presented to Council’s cabinet for approval later this year.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister asking her to undo the blocks the government has placed on onshore wind energy. This support was welcomed today by 10:10 Climate Action and Power for People, who are coordinating the letter.

Last month, residents of Blewitts Cottages, New Road, Rainham contacted Jon Cruddas MP regarding continuous power cuts. Residents had experienced cuts to power three or four times since the start of the new year, leaving some vulnerable residents with no light or power for medical equipment.

Jon Cruddas urgently contacted UK Power Networks on the 6th of March, expressing the danger vulnerable residents are facing when being left without power. Within days UK Power Networks were present along Blewitts Cottages carrying out works to fix the continuous issue.

 

Last week Rainham residents found themselves, yet again at the raw end of Havering Council cuts. Despite areas such as Hornchurch and Romford getting new leisure facilities in recent years, Havering Council have taken the decision to remove funding and close the doors of Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham for good.

 

Jon Cruddas MP who has been fighting to retain the facility since 2013 has sought assurances from the Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure that the south of Havering will not fall by the wayside as other parts of the borough receive new investment.

The Rainham community was hit hard last week when news broke that the future of Chafford Sport Complex looked bleak. The sports complex is due for closure soon, a decision made by the cabinet at Havering Council. Last week as part of a Romford Recorder press release dated the 18th of March, cabinet member Councillor Viddy Persaud quoted:

“This is a difficult but prudent decision which we think will be of benefit for the local community in the long run.”

This month Jon Cruddas MP received confirmation of a new community group opening in Rainham. Alan Lamb, known as a Professor in the BDDA (British Disabled Darts Association) has recently returned from Belgium where he took part in the first ever World Cup of Darts, organised by The WDDA (World Disabled Darts Association.) He represented England and brought home the cup which saw England crowned the first ever Darts Champions of the world.

Last week – First Step, a local charity for disabled Children, announced that they need to raise £200,000 to avoid closure after losing funding from Havering Council.

The charity in Tangmere Crescent, Elm Park, has continued to provide support for hundreds of children with special needs and disabilities for many years and has become a vital part of the community.

In 2017 First Step lost funding from the local authority and has had to draw further into its charity reserves. The charity has now expressed three options on their future outcome:

This week, Havering Council announced their decision to close Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham by June 1st, 2019. The sports centre currently owned by Harris Academy (formerly Chafford School) but run by Havering’s ‘Everyone Active,’ went under an eight-week consultation in October 2018 in which residents were asked to have their say on the possible closure.

In September 2018 Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign ‘Calling Time on Crime’ as a response to rising violent crime across Dagenham and Rainham. Knife crime has dominated the headlines for the last few months as more young lives have been needlessly lost across London, and more recently right here in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge.

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