Secret plans recently leaked to the press have revealed that London Mayor, Boris Johnson intends to close all of the 268 underground and overground ticket offices in London over the next two years. This is bad news for Londoners but could also have a detrimental effect on local commuters.The closures will affect three stations across the area seeing local job losses at Dagenham Heathway, Dagenham East and Elm Park in the Havering side of the constituency. As well as job losses, closures could be detrimental to public safety by putting late night commuters at a higher risk of crime and increased feelings of vulnerability.Jon said: “These proposed closures will seriously impede local commuters, making their journeys more difficult and less safe. Reports suggest that it is not only ticket office staff, but station guards and managers that will lose their jobs as well. “Over the past few years the security has improved and anti-social behaviour has dropped significantly at all of our local stations – however these cuts are set to change that. Older commuters and children will feel vulnerable late at night and there are real concerns about having insufficient staff at the station to deal with emergencies.“The Tory-led coalition government are putting public safety at risk in order to save money which is totally unacceptable. I will be doing everything I can, by raising a petition and writing to Boris Johnson and the TFL to condemn these deplorable and economically damaging cuts.” Fill out the petition form below to join the fight and make your voice heard!

 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in June 2019 was 2,470. This represents a rate of 4.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.6%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.8% in March to May 2019.

 

Over the past few weeks many residents have contacted Jon Cruddas MP raising their concerns about disruptions being caused by ‘London mains’ gas replacement works on Rainham Road North/South.

Jon Cruddas contacted Cadent – the company carrying out the works, to find out how long the disruptions would continue. Disruptions that residents have reported range from traffic congestion, with severe delays to journeys, noise pollution, and increased air pollution from the associated works.

 

Over the last few weeks the City Airport ‘Master Plan’ has come to light and Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by hundreds of residents with their concerns.

Jon Cruddas commented: “Looking at the plans I also have my own concerns around air quality and increased noise pollution across the south of my constituency. This coupled with the proposed waste incineration expansion in Bexley could potentially have a real negative impact on health in the area.

 

Independent Age has revealed that 1,300,000 (4 in 10) people entitled to Pension Credit are not receiving it. Pension Credit is an income-related benefit designed to lift pensioners out of poverty. Each year £3.5 billion worth of the credit goes unclaimed, over £6,000,000 of it here in Dagenham and Rainham. This is having a devastating impact on the most vulnerable in our communities, leaving almost 2 million nationwide aged 65 and older living in poverty today. 

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP joined local councillors and the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Marks Gate to discuss community investment opportunities. 

One of the key concerns raised by the community at past police meetings has been the lack of local activities and provision for young people. Residents of Marks Gate often feel cut off from the borough and concerns have been voiced regarding the poor transport links and accessibility to existing resources.

 

Saturday 29th June marks the 11th annual Armed Forces Day. 

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history, and this year the day will be marked in Barking and Dagenham by the Barking Royal British Legion and a fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes, and in Havering with the annual Armed Forces Day parade. 

 

This week the Chadwell Heath Residents’ Association announced that Redbridge Council will be funding a project to install some very special clocks at Chadwell Heath Station.

The clocks will be in the style of the 1940s Magneta Time Company designs at Gants Hill, Bethnal Green, Redbridge and Wanstead London Underground Stations, to commemorate the forthcoming opening of the Elizabeth Line.

The full amount for £12,000 has been provided and Redbridge are now looking to extend their investment to cover neighbouring stations across Ilford South.

 

Transport for London have launched a consultation to improve cycling and walking routes between Ilford and Barking Riverside. These improvements have the potential to significantly improve access to the new developments in the borough as well ass Barking and Ilford town centres. 

There are also plans for new rail and river links. Many of the roads are currently congested with traffic making walking or cycling intimidating or unpleasant experiences. It is hoped that the proposed improvements will address this issue.

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This weekend (Saturday 22nd June) the Labour Party are launching their Air Quality Campaign in London. Jon Cruddas MP has been campaigning to protect air quality across Dagenham and Rainham since September 2018 when news reached his office of a planned mass waste incinerator in Belvedere, just opposite the constituency.

The proposal is currently under examination by the Planning Inspectorate. Following this period, the final decision will rest with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 

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