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Service closures and disruption

Please see latest information for our services below.

Community Food Clubs

Our community food clubs remain open in the BLC, William Bellamy and Sue Bramley Children’s Centres, and can be reached via the following email addresses:  

Waste services

Our waste services largely remain unchanged. However, we are aware of the impact that staff sickness could have, and we will review the service’s arrangements on a regular basis.

All other waste services are operating as normal.

Homes and Money HubThe Homes and Money Hub team, providing support with access to benefits, debts and housing are still on hand to support residents online and by phone. They can be reached on 020 8724 2115 or at homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk.
Housing and HomelessnessJohn Smith House has closed, but our housing and homelessness services have moved to online and phone service provision. They can be reached on 020 8724 8323 or at housingadviceservice@lbbd.gov.uk 

There will be no overdue charges during the Coronvirus (COVID-19) restrictions. An order and collect service is now in place and reservations for books can be made online. For full details see the latest changes information.

Latest changes to our library services

Children’s Centres

Our children’s centres at Becontree, Leys, Marks Gate, Sue Bramley and William Bellamy are open for antenatal and postnatal appointment provision only and community food club. Our children’s centres can be reached by email at Childrens-Centres@lbbd.gov.uk.

Latest changes to our Children's Centres

Heathlands Day Service

To ensure that we are protecting the safety of visitors, most of whom are highly vulnerable, we have taken the decision to suspend the Heathlands Day Service from Wednesday 1 April until further notice. We have contacted all of the families involved and are working with them to provide alternative outreach support. For more information on this service call 07971 111654

Care and SupportIn terms of Care and Support services we are adapting the way we work so that as many tasks as possible can be undertaken remotely, to ensure that those vulnerable residents who need to access our services can do so. This will include, where appropriate, some visits as part of children’s and adults social services being undertaken digitally. We are also in daily contact with our commissioned care providers to offer help where we can. Carers in the borough can also access a COVID test at our own testing site if they have symptoms.

Government guidance states people can continue to visit parks and green spaces, but must stick to the rule of six or mixing of two households only (including support bubbles).

Park car parks will remain open. 

For the latest information on changes to our park facilities and services, including opening times and social distancing, please check our updates page:

Latest changes to our park services and facilities


Our Cemeteries are open. Rippleside, Eastbrookend and Chadwell Heath cemeteries are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily.

To protect the high standard of burial services in the borough, coupled with the ongoing risk of infection during the pandemic, the way that funerals can be carried out has changed:

Funeral guidelines for Barking and Dagenham cemeteries

The Markets

Barking Market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but will be operating at reduced capacity to help with social distancing.

Frizlands Refuse Deposit site Frizlands Lane reuse and recycling centre is open. For more information please see our Frizlands Lane web page.
The Adult CollegeThe Adult College is now providing a blended service, delivering courses online and onsite. Offices are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm. To book an appointment call 020 8270 4722 or email AdultCollegeEnquiries@lbbd.gov.uk. You can view courses and further information on the Adult College website.
The Job Shops 

The Job Shop has now re-opened all services and offices to continue to provide employment and skills support for residents by appointments only due to continuing social distancing measures. If you are interested in joining the Job Shop service, please complete our online registration form on our help finding work page or for further information please contact us by phone on 02087248870 or by email at barkingjobshop@lbbd.gov.uk.


Weddings are currently not able to take place. All weddings that are affected up to 1 February 2021 have been notified.

The Registration service has been suspended and no face to face appointments are being undertaken until further notice. At present you are unable to book any appointments online. All death registrations are taking place by telephone. For more information see our Births, marriages, deaths and nationality page.


Our repairs service is operating in a Covid-secure way. See our council housing repairs page for more information.

Building Control ServicesOur building control service is now running as usual, with Covid-secure measures in place. More information can be found on our Planning and Building Control page.
Eastbury Manor House

Eastbury Manor House and gardens have closed to the public. More information about the closure and online activities available during this time can be found on their website,

Valence HouseValence House is now closed. More information is available on the Valence House website
Healthy LifestylesWe are moving a number of our healthy lifestyles services to phone referral and appointments. If a resident is an existing customer they can contact the team via email at healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk or on the phone on 020 8724 8018.
Community Music

The Music Centre is closed and lessons in person are not taking place. Further information and resources can be found on the CMS website or email cmsoffice@lbbd.gov.uk to enquire about online music lessons.

Council Public MeetingsThese are currently taking place as ‘virtual’ meetings while social distancing requirements are in place.
The Town HallThe Town Hall is now closed to the public, but any queries can be made by phone as normal on 020 8215 3000.

All primary schools, secondary schools and colleges are open as normal. 

For more information see our schools and learning pages.

Home and commercial pest controlFollowing Government guidelines, we are currently providing a reduced pest control service for residential and commercial bookings. We apologise for any inconvenience. For more information please see our pest control pages

From the onset of the pandemic, we provided over 2,500 free Key Worker Parking Permits to NHS staff, frontline workers, and volunteers to allow them to continue the incredible work to keep everyone safe and stop the spread of the virus.

As of 1 April 2021, alternative chargeable Key Worker Permits (for critical care workers and voluntary organisations) and chargeable Care Agencies Permits (for the NHS and Commercial Care Agencies) have been made available. Please see our permit prices for the new tariffs and more information on how to apply for a suitable permit for your needs.


See our main coronavirus (COVID-19) page for information and advice.