Regeneration drive for borough

By James Renoux-Wood - Wed 2 July 2014, 4:19 pm

Barking and Dagenham Council has announced it will work more closely with the London mayor's office to progress development schemes in the borough.

A meeting between key members of Barking and Dagenham’s regeneration team and the London deputy mayor for housing, Richard Blakeway, led to an agreement to put renewed energy into delivering projects at Barking Riverside and Beam Park.

Discussions also took place about turning Barking town centre into a “cultural hub”.

The new council leader, Councillor Darren Rodwell, who was in attendance at the meeting, said: “As investors and start-up companies look east, this positive and collaborative partnership is a new start for our borough.   

“The regeneration of the borough is a long-term partnership with government, the mayor’s office and the private sector. Central to our ambition is the Barking Riverside development – London’s largest regeneration site.  

“We will campaign for more funding from government so we can build the homes we need. We will continue to push for the extension of the Gospel Oak overground line so that we can complete Barking Riverside and deliver more homes.  

“With award-winning social housing schemes and public spaces, vast improvements in our schools, the new Technical Skills Academy, an emerging creative quarter and a successful growth and regeneration programme, we will leave no stone unturned in seeking out new investment opportunities in Barking and Dagenham.”

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