This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of very concerned South Hornchurch residents regarding access to local healthcare. The walk-in services at South Hornchurch Medical Centre closed at the start of April as a response to Covid-19, and now the only service available is in Harold Wood which is a significant journey for many residents.

The Harold Wood Polyclinic is over an hour’s journey from South Hornchurch Medical Centre and either comprises of two buses or a bus and train for residents without cars.

Havering Council COVID-19 Emergency Helpline:

Havering Council is running a free-to-call helpline for residents with urgent emergency food or medicine needs because of coronavirus. The helpline - 0800 368 5201 - is for you if you are already vulnerable and have no means of getting more food or medicine. 

You can call between 8.30am and 6pm on weekdays and 11am and 4pm at the weekend.

Alternatively, email: covid19support@havering.gov.uk.

Havering Council Befriending Service:

'Havering Helps'

This week Havering Council have launched ‘Havering Helps’, a package of measures worth more than £4.5m to support residents, businesses and care providers in the borough cope better with the financial impact of coronavirus.

The Council is committing that no resident in the borough in either Council Tax or council rent debt will be evicted, or subject to court or bailiff action, for at least the next three months, and has challenged private landlords to do likewise.

This month’s ‘community focus’ concentrates on an Essex Charity helping thousands of homeless people every single month. Friends of Essex & London Homeless are a local charity driven by one single goal: “to do their part in making the world a better place for all.” They are a small group made up of volunteers who travel to central London every Wednesday evening to set up a ‘pop up’ soup kitchen at Charing Cross, which ensures hundreds of homeless receive a hot meal.

At the end of 2018, Highways England held a consultation in which almost 29,000 people shared their views on proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing, a new road connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex through a tunnel beneath the River Thames.

Highways England reviewed the feedback received through the consultation and have continued to progress designs ahead of submitting a Development Consent Order application later this year.

They would now like to hear your views on our proposed changes to the route.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced new funding to deliver its vision of inspiring activity and enabling people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background.

More than £5 million of grants are available for the Facilities Grants Programme to fund building, renovation or modernisation of facilities in London and Surrey.

The grants thresholds are: small grants £5,000 - £50,000, major grants £50,001 - £250,000.

Havering Council are currently developing ‘Havering’s Homelessness Prevention and Rough Sleeper Strategy 2020-2025’ and are asking residents for their input.

The Council have stated that they are committed to enhancing local services to support and protect those who find themselves homeless and vulnerable. They aim to learn the lessons as to why this happens, and plug the gaps where possible to improve early intervention and preventative work.

Last month, Havering Council launched a public consultation on a newly proposed policy for how they are planning to deliver travel assistance in the 2020-21 academic year starting in September.

The Local Authority provides support to students who are eligible and need support in order to get to school or college because of their needs.

Over the last few weeks, residents of South Hornchurch who wrote to Havering Council objecting the proposed ‘Stopping Up Order’ (P1004.18) of Dovers Green, received letters from the council asking whether they would like to withdraw their objection.

Havering Council applied for a ‘Stopping Up Order’ to take the land bounded by New Zealand Way, Queenstown Gardens and Gisborne Gardens, Rainham, RM13 8JT (locally known as Dovers Green) out of ‘Highways’ to start development.

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.

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