Our achievements 2017-18
Some highlights of what the council’s current administration has achieved during 2017-18.
- attracted over £1 billion of investment to the borough - Barking and Dagenham is London’s growth opportunity.
- £70 million deal clinched for new railway line to Barking Riverside.
- £350 million committed to modernise council housing.
- more than 2,800 new business start-ups in the borough.
- new cultural quarter at the Roding Riverside with the new Boathouse.
- building has begun on a 4 lane, 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre - opening in 2018.
- 91% of our schools are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.
- progress 8 measure 20th best in the country out of 151 local authorities.
- 100% of our children’s centres are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.
- Dagenham Library scoops Library of the Year award.
- the popular Summer of Festivals programme was attended by 100,000 people last year.
- Every One Every Day will work with 25,000 residents and deliver 250 neighbourhood-led projects in the next five years.
- introduced a licensing scheme to tackle rogue landlords in the borough - so far over 13,000 properties have been inspected and 25 rogue landlords have been successfully prosecuted.
- the first local authority to adopt a Gender Equality Charter, with over 150 businesses, organisations and individuals signed up already.
- driving health and social integration through accountable care system.
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Some highlights of what the council’s current administration has achieved during 2016-17.
- over £1 billion investment in new home and jobs secured in the borough.
- be First, our regeneration and investment company, has been established.
- planning application for £35 million Vicarage Fields shopping centre revamp agreed.
- developer selected to build 3,000 new homes at Beam Park Dagenham.
- demolition of the Ford Stamping Plant started to make way for 2,650 new homes.
- £1.7 million invested in the Abbey and Barking town centre conservation area.
- plans for a film studio at Dagenham East backed by the London Mayor.
- first direct freight train from China arrives in the borough.
- the “Modern University of the Year” moved into Dagenham’s Civic Centre
- £42 million secured for Barking town centre housing zone.
- 2,500 low energy street lights now being installed.
- 2,650 people found work through our Job Shop.
- 100% of children’s centres are still outstanding or good.
- 90% of our schools are now rated outstanding or good by Ofsted.
- every school in the borough had improved GCSE results last year and A Level results rose for the fifth year in succession.
- 100,000 people attended our 2016 summer events - almost half the borough’s entire population.
- highest number of first choice secondary school places in London.
- £1m savings made in the council’s senior managements.
- pilot scheme to put more bobbies on the beat.
- just under 3,000 people helped to draw up our Borough Manifesto for a better borough.
- 7,500 children are now on our learn to swim programme.
- monthly visits to the Abbey Leisure Centre have now reached 38,000.
- more than 4,300 people have signed up for our garden waste collection service.
- more than 100 organisations signed up to our award-winning Gender Equality Charter.
- the Huggett Women’s Centre opens its doors in Dagenham.
- Over 12,000 private sector landlords registered with our licensing scheme and 25 rogue landlords prosecuted.
- 70 purpose-built bungalows for elderly and disabled people completed.
- name and shame launched, helping us catch and fine people for grime crime.
- our estates teams carried out 251 weapons sweeps last financial year, taking weapons off our streets.
- £400,000 invested in Chadwell Heath cemetery extensions underway.
- 140 sites now protected from illegal travellers’ encampments.
- a record 2,000 people took part in our 7th Play Day celebration at Valence House.
- Slim Your Bin campaign helps to increase recycling by 9%.
- we launched a Neighbourhood Plan for every ward.
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Some highlights of what the council’s current administration has achieved during its second year (2015-16).
- business start-ups are almost three times the national average
- £35 million Vicarage Fields deal agreed to deliver homes and revitalise the shopping centre
- £640 million investment in new homes and jobs confirmed - £100m more in the pipeline
- more than 4,300 homes now improved through the Decent Homes Programme
- more than 1,000 new homes built since 2014
- £70 million deal clinched for new railway line to Barking Riverside
- 1,887 people found work through our Job Shops
- 3,000 additional new homes at Barking Riverside Gateways Housing Zone agreed
- a 3 screen cinema agreed to boost Barking’s night-time economy
- £350 million committed to modernise council housing
- Independent Growth Commission supports plan for 30,000 new homes and 10,000 jobs
- 100 per cent of children’s centres are still outstanding or good
- highest number of first choice primary school places in London
- fastest improving primary schools in London boroughs
- our Gender Equality Charter is first in UK
- more than 3,000 votes cast in the elections for our second Young Mayor
- 9 out of 10 schools have joined the healthy schools programme
- Dagenham Library scoops Library of the Year award
- take up of free childcare places remains one of the best in London
- 92 per cent of childminders rated good or better
- proposals for London’s first Youth Zone agreed and set to benefits more than 1,500 youngsters
- Valence House Museum voted one of the 50 best free things to do in London
- recorded priority crime down 22 per cent since 2012
- reports of anti-social behaviour down 14 per cent in the last year
- more than 2,500 fines issued for grime crime
- quality checks on 7,800 registered private rented homes completed
- estates police made more than 500 arrests in their fight against crime
- a £30 a week rise took apprentices wages to £160 a week
- dog fouling reduced by 50 per cent in the first three months of our pilot scheme
- 72 purpose-built homes for elderly and disabled people completed
- our learn to swim programme doubled in size
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Some highlights of what the council’s current administration has achieved during its first year (2014-15).
- £750 million of investment secured for the borough (that’s three quarters of a billion pounds!)
- £347m invested over the next ten years to improve housing stock
- £198m on building new homes over the next ten years
- £42.3m for Barking town centre housing zone, to deliver 3,000 new homes
- £6m in estate renewal to renovate homes in most need
- £360k ward-specific budget to carry out estate improvements
- one of the lowest rent levels while staying one of the biggest council house builders in the capital
- 669 new homes built, with thousands more on the way
- more than 2,800 council homes refurbished under Decent Homes Programme
- nearly 100 per cent of all scheduled gas inspections completed on time
- 50 per cent reduction in number of residents living in B&Bs - lowest in ten years
- 1,000 new shared ownership scheme homes to be created
- more than 2,800 new business start ups in the borough
- 427 homes insulated in landmark eco housing scheme
- over 90 per cent of our Children’s Centres are the best in the country and rated as outstanding
- over 2,000 two year olds have accessed a free childcare place - one of the best records of any London borough
- new £14m Abbey Leisure Centre with luxury spa and soft play area
- new cultural quarter at the Roding Riverside with the new Boathouse
- 1st Young Mayor for the borough
- 1 million people visited Becontree Heath Leisure Centre; the highest number in the country
- 70 events arranged to celebrate 50 years of Barking and Dagenham - the most of any London borough
- first Women’s Empowerment Month and awards - honouring the amazing women of our borough
- tribute - honouring heroes with a charity commemorative library card
- RIBA award winning properties at William Street Quarter
- over 400 arrests made by the estates police in 2014/15
- 1st UK council to commit to a pilot DNA testing on dog fouling
- increase in clampdown on litter louts, fly tippers and rogue landlords
- more eyesore gardens inspections and warning letters issued to make a better borough
- created a new private landlord register to protect tenants and improve standards