Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Becontree Heath masterplan approved

Tue 12 June 2012, 3:58 pm

Althorne Way residents are set to benefit from the continued regeneration of their neighbourhood started by 2011ís leisure centre.

Plans agreed in May will regenerate the area –  which has already seen the opening of the centrepiece Becontree Heath Leisure Centre.

The plans will see the demolition of a residential block, relocation help and support for some local businesses, developing pedestrian routes and continuing the work with local residents to deal with their concerns about anti social behaviour.

Councillor Phil Waker, cabinet member for housing, said: "Over the years, residents on the estate have complained about anti-social behaviour, problem families and general improvements to the area.

"We have listened to the concerns of the residents and most importantly have been able to find some money to make the desired changes which will hopefully make a difference to the lives of local people."

Council leader Liam Smith added: "As a Council we have always been committed to the improvement of the Fiddlers/Becontree Heath area and the £23 million pound investment in the new Leisure centre was a start. This opened in May last year.

"We will now start talking to and working with residents, leaseholders and local businesses in the area to make sure they are involved in all the plans and their views are taken on board."




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