Fun day marks start of regeneration work

By Jim Dunton - Mon 16 September 2013, 2:20 pm

Residents of Barking's Gascoigne estate were guests of honour at a neighbourhood fun day that marked the start of the regeneration of the neighbourhood's eastern end.

The event earlier this month featured a barbecue, bouncy castle, DJ, face-painting, and balloons, as well as the chance to inspect the plans for the estate’s redevelopment.

Representatives from housing association East Thames - Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration partner for the scheme - were present, as were staff from project architects Levitt Bernstein and Allies & Morrison.

Work on the estate will see four tower blocks and four low-rise blocks demolished in the first phase - a total of 364 properties.

The homes will be replaced with a mixture of social rent, affordable rent and privately-owned homes.

The second phase, scheduled to start during 2014, will see a further 934 homes demolished and replaced with new homes.

Councillor Saima Ashraf, who represents Barking's Gascoigne ward, said: “I am glad that residents had the opportunity to learn more about the regeneration."

“Ensuring they remain involved as the project continues is important, and we look forward to even more consultation opportunities on the estate.”

East Thames project manager Dan Read said the event had been hugely valuable.

“It was great to see residents come together to find out more about the regeneration and share their views,” he said.

“We are excited that works have now started and look forward to the next stage of the project.”

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