The first set of 24 new carriages was delivered to C2C last weekend, and they will enter passenger service within the next few weeks. This will be the start of a four-phase plan to increase capacity, culminating in a new timetable in January that will address the top issues for passengers in each area: 

On Saturday 15th October Jon Cruddas MP sent his Havering team to Circle Housings’ public exhibition for the redevelopment of 90 New Road, Rainham. The exhibition was to promote proposals which will make up part of the Beam Park Masterplan, the plans include 700 – 750 new properties and will incorporate the new Beam Park C2C rail station.

The full proposals can be found by clicking HERE

Flight paths over Barking and Dagenham are under review as a result of changes to the navigation technologies aircraft using London City Airport employ. Over the last few weeks Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has been contacted by numerous residents with regard to the changes and the negative impact that they are having on local life. Constituents have raised a number of issues ranging from increased noise pollution with frequent flyovers and the lack of public consultation.

Last night the Dover’s Corner development proposals went before Havering Council’s Planning Committee. The proposals are part of the Beam Park development masterplan which will eventually see Beam Reach transformed, delivering thousands of new homes. The first phase includes over 500 new properties on Dover’s Corner – which some may know as the Somerfield Site.

Havering council alongside Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust have suggested that the centralisation of sexual health services for the three boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge at Barking Hospital would be a positive move forward for sexual healthcare, increasing efficiency and quality of service.

Jon Cruddas Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of residents in Whalebone Ward regarding the ongoing parking problems there. Over 150 local residents have presented Jon with a petition highlighting that commuters using Chadwell Heath Station use much of the nearby space to park their cars up before heading to work, and leave them there till late in the evening resulting in residents not be able to park in their own road.

On February 1st MPs debated proposed issues surrounding the changes to the state pension age, which will see the retirement age for women rise to 66 by 2020 bringing it in line with the retirement age for men. The dispute is focused on the changes to the speed of transition from age 60 to 66 which will leave many women in financial difficulty at a time of life when they should be secure.

It’s the issue that captured the hearts of Dagenham, and sparked controversy amongst young and old residents alike. Way back at the end of 2014 rumours circulated, and then an article in the Barking & Dagenham Post seemingly confirmed everyone’s fears; that the iconic Dagenham Civic Centre was set to be sold off under the weight of £54 million of cuts to the local authority.

Since June 2015 Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of female constituents from across Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park regarding the closure of their local Breast Screening Unit. The Screening Unit, located at the Victoria Centre on Pettits Lane closed in May 2015.

Yesterday evening the House of Lords voted to stop the government in their tracks yet again. The government was defeated in the Lords over plans to cut ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) by £29.05 per week; from £102.15 to £73.10. This money helps support some of the most vulnerable people in society, helping those who are disabled or too sick and unfit for work.

Based on information provided by Macmillan which is publically available via the DWP, there are 520 constituents that will be effected by the implementation of this policy in Dagenham & Rainham.

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