Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Pidgley: Borough is heart of London for growth

By Marco Cillario - Thu 14 April 2016, 5:44 pm

Barking and Dagenham is “the heart of London for growth opportunities", according to Tony Pidgley, chair of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Property and Construction Committee.

Speaking on 13 April 2016 at an event organised by 3Fox International, publisher of Barking and Dagenham regeneration magazine, BOLD, Pidgley said that the borough was “exactly where everyone wants to be”.

“When you have good working class people – and that is what this borough is made of – and you win their respect: that’s when great innovations and communities come alive.”

“It’s a council that understands the importance of partnerships.”

He also praised council leader Councillor Darren Rodwell: “He wants to improve people’s lives and for that you need real leadership. You need a clear vision and the determination to deliver it, which Darren has.”

Pidgley added that housing was “the number one issue, not just for London but for the whole country” and that the borough was addressing it in the right way.

“Developers need to remember that it’s not just about units, it’s about providing homes. People need to feel safe and belong.”

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