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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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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Stop approving "rotten" flats that ruin character

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Barking and Dagenham Council was last night urged to be more selective when considering planning applications and to stop approving "rotten" blocks of flats.

Cllr Phil Waker told the Planning Committee the borough was being viewed as a place where "anything goes" and they should be pushing for better buildings.

Mr Waker was speaking against plans to demolish a bungalow in Goring Road, Dagenham, and build four flats in its place.

He said: "Stop the rot. We are considered a brownfield, anything goes here. It's no good saying 'comparatively it's not that bad'. You are entitled to keep the character (of a street)."

He added that similar conversions had "destroyed the character" of a neighbouring road but the applicant, Jamie Addis, said it was his intention to live in the converted bungalow and he was invested in maintaining the road's character.

The committee passed the plans with four votes for, one against and two abstentions.

Grants for women in activism

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Thousands-of-pounds has been handed to organisations to celebrate 'women and activism' in Barking and Dagenham.

To mark 100 years since women were first given the vote, eight societies in the borough were handed up to £1,000.

The money will be used for the 'HerStory programme', a series of events celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

Councillor Lynda Rice, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Diversity: said "These HerStory grants have been awarded with the intention of celebrating and empowering women in Barking and Dagenham.

"I have been exceptionally impressed with the calibre of events planned by the grantees that have been selected, and look forward to a wonderful array of activities over the coming months."

Labour clean sweep Barking and Dagenham

Labour have held control of Barking and Dagenham council with their second clean sweep in as many elections.

The party went into the election controlling only 48 of the 51 seats, following two defections and the recent death of Cllr John White.