Borough’s heritage focus

By Marco Cillario - Thu 7 July 2016, 5:57 pm

Barking and Dagenham Council has agreed a new heritage strategy to promote the redevelopment of historic buildings in the borough.

The plan, approved by cabinet on 28 June 2016, identifies a series of key heritage sites to benefit from the scheme: Barking Abbey, Eastbury Manor House, Valence House, Becontree housing estate, Old Dagenham Village and its church.

The strategy also aims at protecting and restoring the borough’s maritime, fishing and industrial heritage, as well as its oral, family and social history.

“We are proud of our borough’s history and heritage and will quite rightly celebrate it,” said Councillor Saima Ashraf, deputy leader and cabinet member for community leadership and engagement.

“Our vision is for heritage to be at the heart of the community. It will inspire acknowledge and promote the contribution of past and present residents in shaping the borough and make a positive contribution towards improving the lives of the people who live, work and visit it.”

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