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.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in November 2018 was 1,995.This represents a rate of 3.6% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.0%. 

The number of claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency is 435 higher than November 2017 and 65 higher than October 2018. There were 375 claimants aged 18-24 in November 2018, 55 higher than November 2017.

This week Cory Environmental Holdings Limited are submitting an application to the Planning Inspectorate to build a ‘Riverside Energy Park’ in Belvedere, Bexley. 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.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has launched a petition against the plans which will undoubtedly have a severe impact on air quality in his constituency, particularly Rainham and the Beam Park development area.

On Friday 19th of October Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited Rainham Health Centre to meet with The Patients Committee. The meeting was scheduled to discuss the current situation and ongoing issues at the centre. The Patients Committee have become extremely concerned with diminishing services at the health centre and wanted to express their concerns to Jon with hope of help from their local MP.

On Tuesday 16th of October Havering Council announced it’s reviewing for the future of the Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham. The Chafford Sports Complex is currently owned by the Harris Academy in Rainham, formerly Chafford School, but is run by the council’s ‘Everyone Active.’

Havering Council is launching an eight-week consultation from Tuesday, October 16 until Monday, December 10. Council funding for the site is due to finish in December 2018, and the council are claiming that there is no funding for the complex in the council’s base budget.

 

Local residents have been informed that Clarion Housing Group has partnered with 5star UK housebuilder Hill to bring forward revised development plans for 90 New Road, Rainham. After a number of years of planning developers are keen to show the local community their enhanced proposals ahead of submitting a planning application to Havering Council. The new plans now include over 650 homes, 35% of which will be “affordable”, six commercial spaces on the ground floor, car parking and landscaping throughout.

Jon Cruddas MP is calling on small shopkeepers across Dagenham and Rainham to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

New statistics released this week show that child poverty is rising twice as fast as government figures suggest. Child poverty is defined as any child living in a household with an income of less than 60 per cent of the national average, after housing costs are considered.

About one in every four children from Elm Park, South Hornchurch and Rainham and Wennington live in families that are struggling below the poverty line. The overall child poverty rate for Havering is 22 per cent. In Dagenham the proportion of children living in poverty is 36.6pc.

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