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BCU – a Met Police trial – is leaving Barking and Dagenham ‘under resourced’, warns Council Leader

The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council has written a stark letter to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, outlining how a Met Police trial, which launched in April 2017, is struggling to deliver effective policing in the borough.

In the letter, dated 4 August, Councillor Darren Rodwell said: “Residents need reassurance in the form of a visible police presence and I am unconvinced that the Basic Command Unit (BCU) will be able to deliver this as it currently stands.”

18 August 2017
Top marks for school caterers as Barking and Dagenham Council achieve gold award

Pupils from Roding Primary School in Dagenham enjoyed a golden celebration in honour of their caterers achieving a top ‘Food for Life Served Here’ award.

The award was developed by the Soil Association to recognise positive choices in buying and serving of food that promotes healthy eating and sustainable food sourcing. Available at three levels – bronze, silver and gold – it encourages caterers to pay attention to where their ingredients come from and what their meals contain, as well as how they can contribute to healthy lifestyles.

10 August 2017
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Ground-breaking £6.4m initiative to create largest ever participatory project in Barking and Dagenham

Neighbourhoods made by everyone, for everyone – that is the aim of a new £6.4 million initiative set to launch in Barking and Dagenham later this year.

Every One Every Day, formed out of a partnership between Participatory City and Barking and Dagenham Council, will be the largest participatory project of its kind in the country.

The ambitious scheme will work with 25,000 residents across the borough to create over 250 neighbourhood-led projects and form more than 100 new businesses over the next five years.

31 July 2017
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Public reassurance statement following the fire at Grenfell Tower

Updated: 27 June

Over the weekend, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced a 100% failure rate of fire safety checks carried out on samples of cladding.

Councils from across the country have been asked to submit cladding they suspect is “possible Aluminium Composite Material” – the type of material found to have been used on Grenfell Tower – to be tested.

27 June 2017
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Barking and Dagenham communities stand together

Barking and Dagenham residents came together on 6 June to join the rest of the nation in a one minute silence to remember the victims of the terror attack on Saturday 3 June.

Around 350 people attended and around 300 signatories have signed a community pledge so far, which has been set up by the council to symbolise solidarity and community unity in the face of the terror attacks.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell, said:

7 June 2017
Affordable energy in the pipeline for East London residents

More residents will be supplied with affordable heating and hot water by early next year thanks to locally powered green energy delivered by B&D Energy Ltd.

Thanks to a successful grant application the council owned company has today secured £1.1m from the Government which will be matched by £1.5m of Council funding to deliver low carbon energy to residents in 230 homes in new housing developments in Dagenham.

26 April 2017