Freedom of the borough award winners
Inspirational figures collect coveted Freedom of the Borough awards

A philanthropist, a Bishop, a 60s popstar, a chief executive, and former headteacher have all been awarded the freedom of Barking and Dagenham. 

The five recipients received the coveted title in recognition for their services to the borough at a special ceremony held at Barking Town Hall on Friday 27 May.  

Among those receiving the award, which is the highest accolade the council can hand out, was former headteacher, David Dickson. 

30 May 2022
Skip full of rubbish on the road
Redbridge business fined for illegally dumping skips on roadway

An east London business that illegally left skips by the side of the road has been ordered to pay more than £4,300 by the courts – as well as having the containers seized. 
C C Construction (London) Ltd, of Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, were found to have committed 20 separate offences by Barking and Dagenham Council enforcement officers during a three-month period between October 2019 and January 2020. 
Under section 139 of the Highways Act 1980, it is illegal to deposit a builders’ skip on a public highway without permission.

30 May 2022
River Road fly-tip
Ilford fly-tipper handed a curfew for fly-tipping in Barking and Dagenham

A man from Ilford has had his van crushed and been issued a curfew after he was caught fly-tipping twice by Barking and Dagenham Council enforcement officers.
On the 30 September 2019, the council’s Environmental Enforcement team discovered a large fly-tip on River Road, Barking weighing approximately one and a half to two tonnes of waste including loose, bagged and bulky waste.

24 May 2022
Skip on public highway
Local business fined for skip misuse in Dagenham

A local company has been fined nearly £1,000 for failing to get the necessary permission to place builder’s skips on the public highway in Barking and Dagenham and continued to ignore enforcement notices.
During a routine patrol on the 12 August 2020, Essex Services Ltd was issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for placing a builder’s skip on the highway at Woodward Road, Dagenham without permission.

24 May 2022
Cigarette on floor
A costly cigarette for Newham resident

A Newham driver has been found guilty in court for dropping a cigarette on the public highway. 

On (27/04/21) a Barking and Dagenham Council enforcement officer witnessed the driver of a (Volkswagon Sharran) dispose of a cigarette on the public highway down Station Road, Chadwell Heath.

The driver, Mr Blerim Ademai of Bradymead Road, Newham was issued with a £150 Fixed Penalty Notice as an opportunity to discharge liability for the offence. However, Mr Ademai refused to pay the fine and the case went to court.

24 May 2022
Offenders clearing up rubbish
Offenders clean up local street as part of Community Payback Scheme

As part of Barking and Dagenham Council’s plans to keep the borough clean and tidy, it is taking part in a Community Payback Scheme which sees local offenders carry out a number of tasks.
A recent session saw four offenders and three staff members clear up Kingsbridge Road, Dagenham which is a well-used access road and has been prone to anti-social activities and fly-tipping.
The litter had been attracting vermin and was blocking up the nearby water way, which was having a significant negative impact on plant and wildlife.

23 May 2022
Green Lane fly-tip
Fly-tipper found and fined thanks to eagle-eyed resident

A man who dumped bags of rubbish on a Barking and Dagenham street was issued a £400 fine just hours after committing the offence.
The fly-tipped waste was spotted at a bus stop in Green Lane, Dagenham, by an eagle-eyed resident, who immediately reported the issue online to Barking and Dagenham Council’s enforcement team.
Within an hour, officers attended the fly-tip, which included black bin bags with household waste, and identified the culprit to be a man from Becontree Avenue, Dagenham.

23 May 2022