To mark St. George’s Day this year the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services have teamed up with the Council to co-fund events and activities across the borough that bring communities together to celebrate the patron saint of England.

The ‘Barking and Dagenham Together for St. George’s Day Grant Programme’ is part of a new series of community funding opportunities made available to organisations who promote cohesion and equality.

Today Barking and Dagenham welcomes Prince Harry to officially open London’s first Youth Zone. Over the last few months Prince Harry has spoken openly about the importance of young people having somewhere to go, and activities to participate in. It is widely accepted that one of the key catalysts for serious violent crime amongst young people is the reduction of funding to youth services across the country, leaving children with fewer opportunities.

Today Barking and Dagenham welcomes Prince Harry to officially open London’s first Youth Zone. Over the last few months Prince Harry has spoken openly about the importance of young people having somewhere to go, and activities to participate in. It is widely accepted that one of the key catalysts for serious violent crime amongst young people is the reduction of funding to youth services across the country, leaving children with fewer opportunities.

This week, Havering Council have announced that they are investing more than £18 million over the next four years to open new schools and improve and expand existing schools to meet the growing demand for places in the borough.

A new programme of projects is being developed by the council to meet the need for school places from early years to post-16 and special education. This also includes a plan for a new primary school at Beam Park, Rainham.

Options are currently being finalised and will be presented to Council’s cabinet for approval later this year.

 

Last week Rainham residents found themselves, yet again at the raw end of Havering Council cuts. Despite areas such as Hornchurch and Romford getting new leisure facilities in recent years, Havering Council have taken the decision to remove funding and close the doors of Chafford Sports Complex in Rainham for good.

 

Jon Cruddas MP who has been fighting to retain the facility since 2013 has sought assurances from the Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure that the south of Havering will not fall by the wayside as other parts of the borough receive new investment.

The Rainham community was hit hard last week when news broke that the future of Chafford Sport Complex looked bleak. The sports complex is due for closure soon, a decision made by the cabinet at Havering Council. Last week as part of a Romford Recorder press release dated the 18th of March, cabinet member Councillor Viddy Persaud quoted:

“This is a difficult but prudent decision which we think will be of benefit for the local community in the long run.”

This month Jon Cruddas MP received confirmation of a new community group opening in Rainham. Alan Lamb, known as a Professor in the BDDA (British Disabled Darts Association) has recently returned from Belgium where he took part in the first ever World Cup of Darts, organised by The WDDA (World Disabled Darts Association.) He represented England and brought home the cup which saw England crowned the first ever Darts Champions of the world.

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Historic Royal Palaces with a fantastic opportunity for local schools and school children from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5.

Rainham has become target to large-scale fly-tipping of industrial waste and house hold waste for many years now. Jon Cruddas MP has been continuously fighting alongside residents to tackle fly-tipping in the area. Unfortunately, Council's will not clear fly-tipping on private land but will clear fly-tipping from public land; this includes local roads and pavements, car parks, public footpaths and other council owned property.

On Friday 8th of February Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with Havering Council to discuss CCTV in South Hornchurch Ward, Rainham. Cherry Tree, Rainham has become a ‘hotspot’ for crime for many months now and Jon has been continuously contacted by constituents sharing their concerns for the area.

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