Barking and Dagenham Together – Borough Manifesto consultation

From August to October 2016, we were busy speaking to the community about the future of the borough.

We asked:

  • what they liked about Barking and Dagenham
  • what they disliked about Barking and Dagenham
  • what their hopes were for the borough over the next 20 years.

Paper based consultation forms were available from all leisure centres, children’s centres, libraries, the Dagenham One Stop Shop, Barking Learning Centre, and various partner organisations.

These forms were also used at the summer events programme where the council carried out face to face engagement with residents.

They were also used in 15 of the borough’s Primary Schools and at meetings with partner and voluntary sector groups.

An online consultation was also available and communicated widely, including promotion to commuters at Barking, Dagenham Heathway and Chadwell Heath train stations.

A separate consultation form aimed at young people was designed by the Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum. All secondary schools in the borough were invited to ask their student’s to take part.

The Technical Skills Academy also rolled this online consultation out to their students.

And we’ve had a great response!

In total 2,814 people told us what they think.

We received:

  • 1,091 paper responses
  • 564 online responses
  • 624 from our Secondary Schools and Technical Skills Academy
  • 535 from our Primary Schools

The community articulated these things as their hopes for the future:

  • Much cleaner borough – streets, parks, front gardens
  • More affordable housing for all life stages
  • Greater enforcement against environmental ASB and behaviour change amongst residents
  • More high street shops and department stores in the Borough.
  • Places to eat, drink and socialise – good night time offer
  • More integrated, cohesive community with renewed sense of community spirit
  • An aspirational place to live and work, and for businesses to settle – a destination that people visit, not just pass through
  • Higher standards in education and improved Ofsted ratings of the borough’s schools
  • More people in employment, more local job opportunities and overall a more affluent borough
  • Less crime and greater feeling of safety on the streets
  • More facilities for young people to keep them off the streets and more services for older people to keep them active
  • People take pride in their local area and do their bit to keep it clean

Results of the consultation: