Barking Town Hall

Council launches landmark Inclusive Growth Strategy consultation

The draft strategy, which was released on Monday 10 October, sets out the council’s vision for growth in the short and medium term and how it will support residents throughout.

Residents are being invited to attend a virtual event on Monday 24 October between 12.30 – 1.30pm which will give them an overview of the draft strategy and includes a Q&A session. A survey asking for residents’ views on the strategy has also been released and will close on 7 November.

Ahead of major developments taking place in the borough, including the relocation of London’s iconic three food markets and the Eastbrook Film Studios, the council has set forward its proposed strategy to ensure that all its residents and businesses benefit from the growth and investment being put into the borough.

Residents are at the heart of the new strategy and the council wants to hear their concerns and suggestions about all of the current and upcoming developments.

The Inclusive Growth strategy sets out four key themes that will be focused on to ensure the borough’s development will work for all.

The four themes are:

Theme 1: A thriving and inclusive economy

Theme 2: Creating places we are proud of

Theme 3: Homes for everyone

Theme 4: A Net Zero cleaner greener borough

Within each theme are key council targets such as: tackling climate change, improving local business space and support, improving housing for vulnerable people, lowering anti-social behaviour and much more.

Cllr Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said about the consultation: “We’re really keen to hear our residents’ views on our Inclusive Growth strategy.

“We believe that the investment and growth in the borough must work for all of our residents and that’s why we want to hear their views on the strategy

“We want to work collectively with residents and stakeholders to build a strong , inclusive and thriving economy. We want to create places we are proud of , build much needed homes, and deliver a Net Zero Cleaner Greener Borough.  

“Our Inclusive Growth Strategy is the start of an exciting 4-year journey which aims to transform the Borough and usher in a wealth of social and economic benefits for all, right across the borough.  

“I encourage all residents to give it a read as this strategy will affect everyone in Barking and Dagenham over the next four years and beyond.”

Residents are encouraged to look out for further consultations in the coming months where they will be able to give further input into the shape of the borough’s development.