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.

On Saturday 16th of February 2019, Jon Cruddas MP and his team was in South Hornchurch Ward speaking to residents and collecting signatures for Jon’s Calling Time on Crime campaign. Residents of Edmund Road, Rainham spoke of a recent event in which a man was pacing up and down the road with a machete in his hand causing disruption. This frightened local residents immensely. Other recent incidents that have occurred in the area of Edmund Road, Louise Gardens and Seaburn Close in South Hornchurch Ward include muggings, especially in a nearby alley way.

On Friday 8th of February Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with Havering Council to discuss CCTV in South Hornchurch Ward, Rainham. Cherry Tree, Rainham has become a ‘hotspot’ for crime for many months now and Jon has been continuously contacted by constituents sharing their concerns for the area.

Last year Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council along with Jon Cruddas MP planted an oak tree and plaque to commemorate those killed as a result of an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works, Ferry Lane in 1916. The incident claimed the lives of seven men and wasn’t reported at the time because the factory was making munitions for the war effort.

In November 2018 Jon Cruddas MP met with members of The Rainham Health Centre Patient Committee. Members discussed with Jon their concerns regarding Rainham Health Centre, one of the main problems being a pavement crater that was situated outside the centre.

The crater, which is displayed in the photo above, was large and a hazard to residents accessing the health centre. Elderly residents were constantly tripping over the broken pavement, and whenever the rain fell the crater would fill which proved to be extremely dangerous.

At the beginning of January 2019 Jon Cruddas MP met with bosses at C2C/Trenitalia. Communication between both the MP and the train company has always been fantastic, with many positive outcomes over the past few years.

2019 kicked into full swing in Havering as Havering Council announced the securing of £800k, as part of the Local London Partnership, to be used to improve digital connectivity in the Rainham area. The money was secured through the London Authority’s Strategic Investment Pot.

The Council have claimed that the new fibre connection will provide a world class infrastructure and could be used to help manage transport, traffic planning, community safety and environmental monitoring.

Land & Water (an environmental company, passionate about caring for The UK’s coastline and the nation’s network of rivers, streams, wetlands and waterways) gained consent this week, for developing a Habitat Creation Scheme on the River Thames at Rainham Marshes. This will be the largest habitat creation project ever constructed inside the M25.

The project will involve creating a significant area of new wetland habitat from re-engineered spoils, coupled with a strategic investment in riverside infrastructure to support along the Thames Corridor for decades to come.

2018 has been a whirlwind of a year, and certainly not short of parliamentary drama.

Yet there have also been some real highlights throughout, the most recent of which was my annual Christmas Card Competition. I say it every year but it is the best event my team organise, it’s always lovely to see the winners and runners up from schools across the constituency receiving their prizes. Choosing the card is a particular highlight, and always incredibly difficult!

Jon Cruddas MP pledges to help end misery of cold homes in London.  The most recent Excess Winter Death figures have just been released and show that 3,094 in London died needlessly of the cold last winter, an increase of 20.3% on last year. The WASH campaign aims to highlight the desperate and unsafe coping strategies being adopted across the UK due to the misery of living in fuel poverty. The charity says it rejects the idea this should be normal in a country as wealthy as the UK and much more can be done to end fuel poverty and ‘preventable’ excess winter deaths and ill health.

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