On Saturday 27th of April 2019, Rainham residents, union members, The Mayor of Havering and Jon Cruddas MP gathered on the green outside Rainham Library on Celtic Farm Road to mark a stone memorial being placed in memory of those killed and injured following an explosion on September 14, 1916, at the Rainham Chemical Works in Ferry Lane. The unveiling was arranged to coincide with International Workers Memorial Day 2019.

This week, Havering Council announced that two local businesses have been awarded demolition contracts by joint venture partners, Havering Council and Wates Residential, as part of Havering’s new regeneration project.

Napier and New Plymouth House in South Hornchurch Ward, Rainham will be demolished as part of the council’s 12 estates joint venture project. The project aims to provide 3,000 new homes around the borough, seeing the regeneration of 12 council estates.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in March 2019 was 2,235. This represents a rate of 4.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.4%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in December 2018 to February 2019.

Last week c2c announced to customers the outline details of a significant engineering project near Rainham, which means c2c will only be able to run a restricted timetable for 16 days in late July and early August - including during the working week.

This is a TfL project, to construct the junction between the existing railway line and the new London Overground extension to Barking Riverside.

This week Havering Council launched a new scheme which will see an extra £400,000 invested by the Council into street cleaning. The extra money will see the frequency of cleaning in residential streets increased from once every three weeks to fortnightly.

In addition to investing into more street cleaning the scheme will see the Council encourage more reporting of fly-tipping and littering and increasing enforcement action around both.

Lastly, the council have promised increased action to keep Havering’s local rivers and parks clean and healthy.

 

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.

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