A 2020 GLA report found that the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering have the highest mortality rate attributable to Energy from Waste emissions in London, yet despite this, waste incineration company Cory have applied to expand operations in Belvedere.

Last year a coalition of MPs, councillors, and environmental organisations lost a two-year battle with Cory, which resulted in the government approving plans for a second mass waste incinerator opposite Dagenham and Rainham on the banks of the Thames.

A Greater London Authority report published in May 2020 highlights that more than half of all deaths within London attributable to emissions from waste incineration facilities occur within just nine boroughs. The research clearly shows Barking and Dagenham and Havering as having the highest concentration of particulates and other harmful emissions as a direct result of incineration.

Back in November, Jon Cruddas MP emailed Havering Council after receiving emails from constituents regarding an abandoned property at 89 New Road, Rainham. This property has sat abandoned for many years and is increasingly attracting fly tipping. Residents mentioned that as quick as the council clean up the fly tipping, it's back again the same week.

After over two years fighting against a second mass waste incinerator in Belvedere the case is finally closed, and the Government approved site will now go ahead. Jon Cruddas MP launched a campaign against the proposals back in 2018 when all reports suggested it would damage air quality, human health, and biodiversity across the south of Dagenham and Rainham.

The campaign attracted far reaching support from the Mayor of London, neighbouring MPs such as Abena Oppong-Asare and environmental groups including Greenpeace and the Wildlife Trusts.

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Over Easter the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy took the decision to approve development of a second mass waste incinerator at Belvedere. Jon Cruddas MP who launched a campaign against the proposals back in 2018, making official representations and raising a petition of over 2000 local signatories has said: "we knew going into this fight that waste incineration has more than doubled under the Tories, it was always going to be an uphill struggle."

Jon Cruddas MP has encouraged local residents to consider joining Barking and Dagenham's revamped waste collection team. Barking and Dagenham Council are currently in the process of improving the borough's refuse collection programme and are looking to recruit new members to their waste collection team. Roles available include drivers, loaders, street cleaners, office staff and supervisors.

Back in 2014 Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham was contacted by local residents with their concerns about the purchase of land at Ingrebourne Hill from the council for the extension of the existing waste fill site. The decision has been met with ongoing resistance.

Being one of few untouched green spaces in the local area, both residents and local Councillors as well as Jon Cruddas MP raised the issue.

Unfortunately the initial decision was taken and passed by Havering council.

The recent purchase of land at Ingrebourne Hill from the council has led to the extension of the existing waste fill site, which residents opposed at the time of its introduction. Residents and politicians from the community were sceptical of the land changing hands to Ingrebourne Valley Ltd from the start due to it being one of few untouched green spaces in the local area.

Arnolds Field in Rainham has recently come under scrutiny again with another rise in illegal fly tipping. In the past the issue has been raised with Havering Council's StreetCare department by Jon Cruddas MP, Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham. The area is somewhat notorious for dumping waste and this has become a rising concern for local residents.

The Dagenham and Rainham area has had many issues with fly tipping in the past but local MP Jon Cruddas has been responding quickly to concerns voiced to him by raising the issues with the council as and when they occur.

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