Barking and Dagenham Council has received initial support for a £1.4 million "townscape heritage" bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which will be used for preserving and enhancing important buildings and spaces across the Abbey and Barking Town Centre conservation area.
Its purpose is to improve the appearance and profile of the town centre, increase awareness of the borough’s historical assets and to ensure heritage plays a key part of the town’s ongoing regeneration.
The scheme will focus on carrying out external renovations to locally-listed buildings across Station Parade and East Street and deliver a landscaped entrance to the Barking Abbey ruins and St Margaret’s Church.
An educational and activity programme is also included for local schools, residents and volunteers to get involved in the scheme. Students from the college’s Technical Skills Academy on East Street will have a lead role in the design and delivery of the building improvements.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration at Barking and Dagenham Council, said: ‘Cabinet colleagues and I are thrilled and extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the award. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s generosity will be a catalyst to supporting our ambition to regenerate and revitalise the town centre as we strive towards establishing it as the cultural capital of east London’.
Over the next year the council will be contacting business owners and landlords on East Street and Station Parade about the scheme and how they can benefit.
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