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.

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  1. Covid patients above first wave peak in London hospital trust

    King George Hospital, Redbridge

    A major hospital trust in east London has more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave of the virus, new analysis shows.

    Barking, Havering & Redbridge NHS Trust had 300 patients on 18 December versus the first-wave peak of 245.

    The trust serves Havering, which currently has the second-highest infection rate in the country, with more than 1% of the local population testing positive for Covid-19 in the last week.

    This is currently the only trust in London to have passed the peak.

    Across the country, a third of major hospital trusts in England currently have more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave, the Press Association study shows.

    In London, though the average level of Covid-19 patients remains well below that seen during the first wave of the virus.

    Some 2,909 patients were recorded in the capital on 19 December, up from 2,092 a week ago.

    The first-wave peak in London was 5,201 patients on 9 April.

    The number of infections in London is rising.

  2. New data centre in Dagenham will create 100 new jobs

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    One of the world’s largest telecommunications companies has launched a major new data centre in east London.

    Japanese global technology services provider NTT Ltd said 100 jobs would be created as it opened the London 1 data centre on the old Sanofi site near Dagenham East Tube station.

    The development houses large-scale data hosting infrastructure, which is essential for technological industries including cloud computing and digital media.

    The site is opposite the new Dagenham East Hollywood-style film studios, which US property developer Hackman Capital Partners announced it was taking over early this year.

    Barking and Dagenham council leader Darren Rodwell said: “This latest addition will help support East London’s emerging technological industries and provide local jobs focused on digital skills.

    “Today’s announcement will mean Barking and Dagenham will be able to power London’s digital led economy well into the 21st century, building into our vision of a ‘digital Dagenham’.”

    The new centres include high-capacity fibre optic lines running from Dagenham to the Docklands where information can travel through undersea cables and over the web.

    NTT is a subsidiary of the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation – the fourth largest telecommunications company in the world.

  3. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  4. Dagenham film studios announcement expected

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Proposed film studios

    The company which will run huge new Hollywood-style film studios being built in east London is expected to be announced this week.

    Barking and Dagenham Council is due to make a special announcement about the Made in Dagenham film and TV studios at a virtual event at 10:00 on Tuesday.

    Residents can submit questions they have about the project on the council’s website.

    “We can’t wait to mark another huge milestone in the picture perfect Made in Dagenham film studios journey”, a town hall spokesman said.

    Plans for the huge £110 million studio complex were given the green light earlier this year.

    Six sound stages, workshops for set construction, post-production offices and hair and make-up spaces are set to be built on the 22-acre former pharmaceutical factory site by Dagenham East.

    The studios, which will feature 140,000 sq ft of sound stages, 85,200 sq ft of offices and 174,500 sq ft of workshops, is being hailed by the Labour-run authority as London’s biggest.

    The project’s original backer, Pacifica Ventures, which designed the studios where Breaking Bad was made, pulled out over Brexit concerns.

    But the council vowed to press on alone with its investment arm Be First leading talks with venture partners.

    Council leader Darren Rodwell said at the time: “This will mean thousands of jobs and educational opportunities for local people. Where once Dagenham was known for Fords and factories, we will be making films and a new bright new future for our borough.”

  5. Demand for emergency welfare help 'triples'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Demand for emergency financial support from London boroughs almost tripled during the first three months of lockdown, figures reveal.

    Umbrella group London Councils said Covid-19 had led to “unprecedented demand” from residents.

    Boroughs have turned to online crowdfunding campaigns and elaborate volunteer networks to see their poorest residents through the pandemic.

    Collectively they paid out almost £2.3 million in local welfare assistance between March and June.

    Last year the figure was £857,500.

    Most requests came from families for small one-off payments for essentials such as gas and electric bills or travel expenses for vulnerable individuals returning home from hospital, councils said.

    Local authority leaders warned further tier restrictions or a second lockdown would lead to an unprecedented spike for more welfare support.

    They have asked the Government to reduce its five-week wait for a first benefit payment under Universal Credit and introduce “starter payments” to ensure those in need have enough money to pay for food and heating during the pandemic.

    London Councils’ executive member for welfare Muhammed Butt said: “The crisis has brought severe financial hardship to many Londoners and an enormous surge in people approaching their local borough for help.

    “A second wave of the virus means that economic pressures are bound to get worse. London boroughs will continue helping our residents as best we can.

    "Even a modest amount of financial aid provided by a council can help a resident avoid spiralling debts, homelessness, and other situations likely to lead to larger costs to the public purse.”

  6. Parents asked to wear face coverings outside school gates

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An east London council has launched a campaign to get parents to wear face coverings when dropping their children off at school in a bid to stop a rise in Covid-19 cases.

    Barking and Dagenham Council issued the appeal also asking adults to maintain social distancing while at the school gates.

    The borough reported 29 positive Covid-19 tests per 100,000 people in the latest week. The average area in England had 17 cases.

    Several schools in the borough have also now had confirmed cases of the virus.

    It comes after Barking and Dagenham’s health and wellbeing board heard last week that the area had “two to three weeks” to stem the tide of cases before local lockdown measures could be introduced.

    Director of Public Health Matthew Cole said: “Wearing a mask and social-distancing are two of our key weapons in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

    “Unless they’re exempt from wearing one, I encourage all parents to wear a face covering when picking up or dropping off their child.”

    Mr Cole has also told headteachers to enforce face coverings in corridors and communal areas as more than 90% of children have returned to school in the borough.

    Schools have also introduced staggered start and finish times hand sanitisers and one-way systems to minimise infections.

    Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for educational attainment and school improvement, said: “I know how nice it is to have a catch-up with other parents at the school gates but we need to remember coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we still need to do all we can to keep infection rates low and prevent a lockdown.”

  7. New film studios green-lit for Dagenham

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for London’s largest Hollywood-style film studios have been given the go-ahead.

    The £110 million proposals for six sound stages, workshops for set construction, post-production offices and hair and make-up spaces on a 22-acre former pharmaceutical factory site won unanimous approval from Barking and Dagenham council last night.

    Dagenham Studios, which will feature 140,000 sq ft of sound stages, 85,200 sq ft of offices and 174,500 sq ft of workshops, is being hailed by the Labour-run authority as London’s biggest.

    Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “This will mean thousands of jobs and educational opportunities for local people. Where once Dagenham was known for Fords and factories, we will be making films and a new bright new future for our borough.”

    It came nine months after the project’s original backer, Pacifica Ventures, which designed the studios where Breaking Bad was made, pulled out over Brexit concerns.

  8. Popular east London market to reopen

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    One of east London’s most popular markets will reopen next week, with safety and social distancing measures in place.

    Traders at Barking Market will be able to serve customers again from Tuesday.

    Barking and Dagenham council said the market will reopen in two phases – the first being for traders selling essential goods.

    Stalls offering non-essentials will be allowed to return the following week on 16 June.

    It will be the first time the market has been open in two months after stall owners were forced to stop trading because of lockdown measures.

    A council spokesman said it had been “working with traders to provide advice and support to help them to operate safely”.

  9. Council tax to rise in Barking & Dagenham

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Council tax in Barking and Dagenham will rise by 3.99% from April to “protect frontline services”.

    The borough’s budget was agreed at a meeting on Wednesday night and councillors claimed that there would be no cuts to any frontline amenities.

    Councillors said the borough had been forced to make cuts of £162m over the last 10 years and there had been an increase in demand for the services which support vulnerable residents.

    Raising council tax will raise an extra £2.5 million a year – half of which will go towards paying adult social care costs.

  10. Council buys more electric vans in 'green capital' plan

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Barking and Dagenham Council has bought another three electric cars as part of a £10million plan to become the ‘”green capital of the Capital”.

    The borough’s parking services will now use three all-electric Renault Kango Crew vans, which produce zero emissions.

    It follows the town hall purchasing four £17,000 all-electric vans to be used by maintenance managers in 2019 and the council declaring an climate emergency last week.

    The vans can travel 100 miles on a single charge, which the town hall claims will save £11,000 a year in full costs.

    However, Barking and Dagenham still only has 20 publicly available charge points for electric vehicles – one of the lowest numbers in London.

    Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “We all want to make Barking and Dagenham a cleaner place to live and that includes the air that we breath.

    “We know that we can make a start by looking at how the council’s fleet contribute to air quality and making the switch, as we have done, to using electric vehicles where possible – especially as it can save in costs in the long run too.”

  11. Public's help wanted to support homeless in Barking

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Barking and Dagenham council is urging residents to report homeless people they see sleeping on the streets so they can be offered help before Christmas.

    The council has put in place measures to support rough sleepers who wish to take up emergency accommodation throughout the colder months.

    Once a rough sleeper is put in temporary accommodation they will be able stay there for the whole of winter, a council spokesman said.

    Mark Fowler, Barking and Dagenham council’s director for community solutions said: “It is getting cold out there and we would rather no one is sleeping rough in these conditions.

    “We are determined to reduce the number of people sleeping rough in the borough and we need your help to make sure they get all the support needed.”

    Residents can report rough sleepers through the street link website and a support officer worker will be sent out to speak to them.

  12. Barking Christmas lights switch-on this weekend

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Santa and his reindeer will descend on Barking Town Square this weekend for the borough’s official Christmas light switch on.

    The “Barking Mad About Christmas” council-funded event will start at 11:00 on Saturday.

    The tree lights are due to be switched on at 16:50.

    Dance performances, carol singing, festive karaoke and games as well as free face painting and a festive market have all been lined up for the event.

    Children will be able to visit to Santa in his grotto and pet his reindeer.

    Ann Marie Pena, the council’s head of culture, said: “This is always one of our most popular events of the year and I’m delighted we have yet another fun-filled festive day for all the family.

    “Everyone is welcome and what better way to kick off the festive period than seeing the lights switched on and enjoying some classic Christmas activities.”

  13. Is film studio plan in crisis?

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Dagenham Studios CGI

    A Los Angeles-based developer has put its plans to build London’s largest Hollywood-style film studios “on hold” over the “uncertainty surrounding Brexit”.

    Barking and Dagenham was announced as “the next global destination for making blockbuster movies” when the council and City Hall unveiled proposals for a £110 million studio development in 2017.

    It was hoped the 12 sound stages, training facilities, amusement attractions, shops and restaurants earmarked for the 22-acre site — a former factory opposite Dagenham East station — would be under construction this year.

    Pacifica Ventures, which owns the studio behind Breaking Bad was chosen as the preferred bidder for the Made in Dagenham studios in early 2018.

    But according to the council it has failed to “progress matters sufficiently” and has now lost its preferred bidder status.

    In a statement Pacifica Ventures said: “I can assure you that Pacifica Ventures remains very much committed to the Dagenham Studios project, but unfortunately we and our investors have been forced to put the project on hold until the Brexit uncertainty has been resolved.

    "We have definitely not dropped out but we understand that the council wants to move forward more quickly and they have our blessing if a third-party should offer an alternative proposal that is acceptable to them. We hope that won’t be the case and that we’ll be able to re-start the project very soon.”

    The council said it would still be progressing with the studio plans and will look for other investors but could also complete the project without outside investment.

    Tonight councillors are expected to agree to spend up to £3.4 million to cover any pre-development costs.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.