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Barking Riverside residents present vision for healthy new town

PUBLISHED: 10:52 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 08 May 2017

The unveiling of the Barking Riverside masterplan in Renwick Road. The development was named the first healthy new town in the country.

The unveiling of the Barking Riverside masterplan in Renwick Road. The development was named the first healthy new town in the country.

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Residents have had their say on their vision for their healthy new town.

Their feedback comes at the end of a four-month engagement project for Barking Riverside residents after the budding 10,800 home development was selected as part of a flagship NHS programme to improve population health.

The need for activities for all ages – and space for these to happen – was highlighted in the 450 pieces of feedback, along with better communication within the area.

There were also calls for more residents to be involved in running and leading on initiatives after Barking & Dagenham Council ran a series of workshops and engagements with Care City, in partnership with Barking Riverside Limited.

Anne Bristow, council deputy chief executive, said they were “delighted to have had such engagement from the community”.

“This suggests a passion to help build a community with healthy at its heart.”

The next step, she said, would involved “keeping the dialogue going” and putting in place “sustainable community communications outlets”.

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