On May 17th 2018, local autism charity ‘The Sycamore Trust’ released a statement regarding funding cuts implemented by Havering Council. Two of the trust’s Wednesday night clubs had been told to ‘shut down immediately’ after the local authority withdrew vital funding. Both youth clubs provided activities for children and young people with autism, and adults with learning difficulties.

In March Jon Cruddas MP co-signed a letter to Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth pushing for a consultation on the effectiveness of enforcement against unauthorised encampments. The consultation had been promised by Ministers in 2017 but not delivered.

The government have now launched a 10 week public consultation which started on 5 April and ends on 15 June. The consultation seeks to understand more about the issues around the effectiveness of existing powers to remove unauthorised encampments.

There are over 45,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year in the UK. Just over 11,000 of those cases result in fatality. The ‘March for Men’ was established by Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and funds for crucial research. The charity are investing heavily in research that'll change the game for men, meaning better diagnosis, better treatment and better prospects after treatment.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging local residents to get involved with the fundraising by registering and taking part in the annual ‘March for Men’ event in June. Full details are as follows:

Today Jon Cruddas MP opposed a recent planning application made to Havering Council for four new residential homes to be built on Green Belt adjacent to Brettons Cottages on Rainham Road. Concerns were raised by residents that any compromise of the Green Belt could lead to a greater number of applications in the future.

If granted, the construction of four new dwellings would see the loss of a community football pitch, which is used on a weekly basis by residents. It would also see removal of flora and fauna as well as some land infill.

Local MP Jon Cruddas visited Year 12 pupils at Robert Clack School last month to hear about their progress as part of The Scholars Programme – a prestigious national scheme which gives school pupils an opportunity to experience university-style learning. 

Saturday 28th April 2018 is International Workers Memorial Day.  Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council will be planting a tree on the green, opposite Rainham Library highlighting a forgotten tragic event which caused injury to many local people and stole the lives of seven men working at The JC and J Fields Factory, a former soap manufacturer, which had been rented by Rainham Chemical Works and housed several volatile chemicals. 

You may have seen my column in February calling out Romford MP Andrew Rosindell for sharing appalling right wing material on social media in an assault on London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The Tories in the Town Hall are following in their MP’s footsteps, and are being called out by the national media, and MPs from their own party.

The largest new film and media studios to be built in London for decades will be constructed and operated in Dagenham by Pacifica Ventures in partnership with Media Content Capital (MCC) it was announced on the 22nd March.

Darren Rodwell, the Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council announced that the USA based Pacifica Ventures, in partnership with MCC, will be the preferred builder and operator of the ambitious new film and media complex on the 22-acre site.

Transport for London (TfL) licenses and regulates taxi and private hire services in London. As part of this, they set the maximum fares that taxis (black cabs) can charge. These fares are determined by tariffs that are reviewed each year and normally updated to reflect changes in a Cost Index which tracks year on year changes to the costs of operating a taxi in London.

Transport for London are interested in your views on the following:

C2C will be operating a limited timetable only on Tuesday 27 February and advises all customers not to travel where possible. This is under instruction from Network Rail following advice regarding the expected severe weather conditions.

Grays - Rainham - London Fenchurch Street

Due to the predicted winter weather conditions, the following are planned to run:

Services will run from Pitsea to London Fenchurch Street (and vice versa)

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