Council leader visits Dagenham bungalows to inspect home swap scheme

PUBLISHED: 08:24 22 August 2018

From right: Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell, Brenda Lowe, Josephine Rudd, Pauline Branch and Iain Ferguson. Picture: Andrew Baker

From right: Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell, Brenda Lowe, Josephine Rudd, Pauline Branch and Iain Ferguson. Picture: Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

Tenants of new bungalows met Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell on Wednesday as he viewed a council home swap scheme.

Cllr Rodwell visited Josephine Rudd and her neighbours settling in to the properties in Burbridge Close, Dagenham.

Josephine and fellow Burbridge residents Pauline Branch and Brenda Lowe moved into their homes through a project allowing older and disabled residents to access purpose-built homes, while releasing larger, under-occupied housing for local families.

“It’s great to meet Josephine, Pauline and Brenda and nice to see them settling in so well,” said Cllr Rodwell.

“I am very impressed with the design of the bungalows and the close reminds me of an old-style East End street.”

The six bungalows were built by council-owned regeneration company Be First.

Pete Barber, of designers Peter Barber Architects, also visited the development last week.

“It’s clear that people are making friends already,” he said.

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