Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council

All of the seats in Barking and Dagenham were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 51 Total councillors 51 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Founder of Origins Network on how she aims to inspire others

BBC London

Natanim Fekadu from Barking & Dagenham, is the latest person to feature on BBC London's Greater Londoners Instagram page.

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The 19-year-old set up the Origins Network, a platform to connect younger and older Ethiopians.

"It only takes one person to break the barriers, I feel like I am THE role model I never had," she said on the excitement her family felt for her getting in to Cambridge University.

Fly-tipping drops after YouTube 'name and shame' channel

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A London borough claims it has seen flytipping and littering drop by almost a third since it started a “grime crime” YouTube series to shame litter louts.

Barking and Dagenham council created the Wall of Shame channel last year, where it publishes CCTV of people dumping rubbish and asks residents to identify the perpetrators.

The council said it has already seen 28 offenders identified and fined as a direct result of the clips.

It has put together 26 episodes so far, including one based on the John Lewis Elton John Christmas advert where a man was spotted fly-tipping a piano.

A recent Love Island-themed episode asked residents to identify couples caught “breaking up” with their white goods by dumping them in the road.

Collectively they have been viewed by more than 140,000 people.

About 70% of offenders who are identified pay their fines.

Those who refuse can be taken to court and their names and addresses published on the council website.

More support in Barking for domestic abuse victims

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Women experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence in east London will get increased specialist support from the autumn.

This week Barking and Dagenham council signed a three-year contract with charity Refuge to provide new specialist domestic and gender based violence services.

A council spokesman said the partnership will create a new service that will provide residents who are experiencing domestic abuse “with more timely access to high quality support”.

Refuge will offer a programme of peer mentors, local training, community champions and support for schools.

'Take your rubbish to tip', says struggling council

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Residents whose bins are overflowing after the collection disruption over Christmas should have some “social responsibility” and take rubbish to the tip themselves, according to the leader of Barking and Dagenham council.

The council has received numerous complaints about overflowing bins and missed collections after the festive period.

But council leader Darren Rodwell said the refuse team was doing the “best it can” while having to pick up more than twice the waste it usually does.

“I think the refuse workers did an incredible job over Christmas in difficult circumstances,” he said.

“They are doing the best they can. This week one of the rounds collected 28 tonnes of rubbish. That’s more than twice what they usually take and means several trips back and forth to the dump.

"I took nine bags to the tip myself. If you have a car and your bin is overflowing, instead of having ago have a go at us, have a bit of social responsibility and take it to the dump yourself for free.”

CPO powers to be used to drive through regeneration

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Barking and Dagenham council will be able to force out property and business owners who refuse to make way for a "comprehensive" town centre redevelopment.

Last night councillors unanimously agreed to use compulsory purchase powers, if needed, in order to start a "vast" regeneration of Barking town centre.

The five-acre Vicarage Field development was granted planning permission last year and includes 25,000sqm of retail and office space, a hotel, a primary school, healthcare and leisure facilities alongside more than 850 new homes.

However the plan requires the council, property investor Benson Elliot and development managers Londonewcastle to clear the existing site and demolish Vicarage Field Shopping Centre and some surrounding buildings.

Areas not owned by the council in the shopping centre, Ripple Road, Station Parade and St Awdry's Walk plus the Vicarage Field Health Clinic will be subject to the compulsory purchasing order.

The Cabinet heard that the council already has "a substantial proportion" of the site under its control and is still negotiating with some business owners.

However, councillor Cameron Geddes, lead member for regeneration, said he could not guarantee businesses that would have to relocate a space in the new town centre.

"This is a comprehensive development for the area and there is no way we can make guarantees for everyone," he said. "It is hard to get individual shops relocated in Barking town centre."

Free tablets to help 'older residents get online'

Barking and Dagenham Council is giving away 75 free tablets to "older members of the community who feel disconnected and could benefit from getting online".

Each Breezie device runs off the mobile network, and the council will show all users how to use their devices.

Residents of the borough can nominate somebody they think could benefit from having a tablet, which the council says will be personalised according to the individual's interests and needs, by filling in an online form at www.lbbd.gov.uk.

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