Up to 50 shops in Barking town centre are set to get free shutter or shop-front facelifts as part of a drive to improve the district's appearance.
Barking Town Team’s “Paint the Town” initiative is offering either artistic shutter makeovers or improved signs using cash from the London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Outer London Fund.
The project follows a pilot that saw local businesses The Sandwich Shop and Excel Women Centre transform their appearance.
Barking & Dagenham’s divisional director for regeneration and economic development Jeremy Grint said the scheme was a great opportunity.
“Adding distinct artwork to shop fronts can dramatically enhance their visual appearance,” he said.
The City of London Corporation is about to buy Barking Power Station site in east London for around £125 million, according to Property Week.
A £25 million grant for Barking and Dagenham Council will help it support new housebuilding over the next four years.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, has welcomed the decision to approve the proposed Beam Park…