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Our achievements 2017-18

Some highlights of what the council’s current administration has achieved during 2017-18.

Infographic - our achievements 2017-18

Growth

  • 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.

Civic pride

  • 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.

Social responsibility

  • 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.

Our achievements 2016-17 Toggle accordion

Some highlights of what the council’s current administration has achieved during 2016-17.

Infographic - our achievements 2016-17

Growth

  • 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.

Civic pride

  • 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.

Social responsibility

  • 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.

Our achievements 2015-16 Toggle accordion

Some highlights of what the council’s current administration has achieved during its second year (2015-16).

Infographic - our achievements 2015-16

Growth

  • 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

Civic pride

  • 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

Social responsibility

  • 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

Our achievements 2014-15 Toggle accordion

Some highlights of what the council’s current administration has achieved during its first year (2014-15).

Infographic - our achievements 2014-15

Growth

  • £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

Civic pride

  • 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

Social responsibility

  • 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