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)

The government has consistently failed to protect consumers from rip-off energy prices, as a result we are now facing a cold homes crisis where over four million UK households are living in fuel poverty. This means that over four million households are unable to heat their homes adequately due to soaring prices which amount to more than 10 per cent of household income.

This week the residents of Dovers Farm Estate Green received the result of last month’s hearing regarding their ‘Village Green’ application to protect their community green.

The residents have fought off two attempts to develop the green in recent years with the help of Jon Cruddas MP, the first proposal came from Havering Council themselves and the second by a private developer.

Over the past few weeks, Jon Cruddas has received several emails from Rainham residents raising concerns about the recent closure of the mobility gate/ramp at Rainham C2C station.

Residents have expressed concerns that many passengers, including disabled passengers and parents with buggies will not be able to access Rainham Station for the next month, whilst a new ramp is installed. Staff at Rainham station have been approached about the issue by residents, in which the staff have informed commuters to simply make other arrangements and avoid Rainham C2C station.

For a limited time, households across Britain can have cavity wall and loft insulation installed for free by E.ON, regardless of whether E.ON is their energy supplier.

The insulation, which would usually cost around £775, is being offered for free to all homeowners, landlords and private tenants who have their landlord’s permission.

A typical family home could save up to £285 a year on their heating bills by installing both cavity wall and loft insulation, meaning people who take up the offer could save a total of more than £1,000.

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