Residents rise to Becontree challenge

By Jim Dunton - Tue 18 June 2013, 12:13 pm

More than 300 residents from Dagenham's Becontree district are taking part in an innovative project tor transform the area.

As part of the scheme, called DIY Porters Lodge, they are helping to re-design streets to make them safer and more attractive by looking at a range of issues, including tidiness and footpath layout.

The programme - which is being funded by Barking & Dagenham Council, and delivered by transport charity Sustrans -  has so-far consulted people in the area to find out what changes they would like to see.

Its next phase is to develop a community vision for the neighbourhood, exploring how resident concerns can be tackled by the money made available by the council and involving the local community.

Barking’s environment lead, Councillor Mick McCarthy, said the scheme was an important driver for improving the area.

“There are many positive changes happening to the Becontree area through the project and DIY Porters Lodge is a great example of the council working in partnership,” he said.

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