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
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PartyLabour

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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.

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.”

Is film studio plan in crisis?

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Dagenham Studios CGI
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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.

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.”