Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by Thames Water about a campaign that they have been running called Bin it, don’t block it. The campaign aims to stop people from pouring fat, oil and grease down the drain and flushing wet wipes down the toilet. Pouring fat, oil and grease down the drain and flushing wet wipes down the toilet mix together in the sewers creating disgusting “fatbergs” which blocks pipes and cause stinks.

The Port of London Authority recently launched a campaign as part of the Cleaner Thames Campaign where artist Michelle Reader created a sculpture made of litter to highlight the amount of dumped rubbish found in the Thames. Experts from the Royal Holloway University of London had conducted extensive research to find that 75% of Thames Flounder fish had consumed plastic. Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas actively advocated his support.

Highways England have today launched a public consultation on a proposal to create a new Lower-Thames crossing. The plans are being considered in response to the increasing pressures on the Dartford crossing; which currently sees over 50 million crossings per year. The new proposal is to open a crossing in the form of a tunnel between East Tilbury and Gravesham (near Gravesend) – connecting Essex to Kent. It is anticipated by Highways England that the crossing will be in operation by 2027.

Last year Transport for London released plans to build a new toll bridge linking Rainham to Belvedere. The proposal, if implemented would be due for completion by 2025 and the implications are that both construction and completion would have a large impact on the local area. During the initial consultation over 7000 people responded, highlighting they would like to see a new crossing at either Gallions Reach or in Rainham. Only 400 residents of Havering had their say.