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Post letters: Be First, parking permits and education

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 May 2019

Council leader Darren Rodwell and Margaret Mitchell on Tarling Close. Ms Mitchell recently moved into a home on the development. Picture: LBBD.

Council leader Darren Rodwell and Margaret Mitchell on Tarling Close. Ms Mitchell recently moved into a home on the development. Picture: LBBD.

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

'Committed' to affordable homes

Cllr Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration, writes:

I am writing in response to a letter published in your paper on Wednesday, April 8, 'The Council should ditch Be First', written by Keith Scotcher.

I'm disappointed that despite evidence given to the Barking and Dagenham Post and at a public scrutiny committee, this letter has been printed and is factually incorrect.

We're providing even more good quality homes - homes that we are committed to making affordable for local people.

We are securing exciting new commercial initiatives and putting Barking and Dagenham on the map, also attracting new jobs and opportunities for local people. Be First, the council's regeneration company, is spearheading these exciting changes.

The claim Be First has no interest in social housing can be easily squashed by the fact the Post ran a great story on page three in the same edition, featuring a development of new council bungalows in Tarling Close, Dagenham.

Further to this, plans to build over 3,000 much needed new homes by 2023/24, with over 75 per cent of these homes affordable for people in Barking and Dagenham who want to stay in Barking and Dagenham, tell a different story.

Contrary to Mr Scotcher's claims, Be First is in fact well on its way to making a profit for the council. This income, which will be over £10million in a few years' time, will be ploughed back into essential services for residents.

Far from neglecting the borough's heritage the £1.4m actively secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund to refresh Barking's Town Centre, for the benefit of the local community, speaks volumes.

Needless to say our regeneration plans, delivered by Be First, are fast catapulting Barking and Dagenham into the spotlight not only as a place for opportunity and growth but also as a place with a strong sense of character and community.

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Hosting the capital's iconic wholesale markets and welcoming London's largest film studios into the borough to name a few good news stories just goes to show, there are big things to come for a borough with big potential.

Parking permits get my support

Mr S Scotland, Barking, full address supplied, writes:

I'm writing this regarding the parking in Bastable Avenue.

The simple resolution to all this nonsense is simple - parking permits.

Some folk have more than one vehicle so if they can afford a number of cars then they can afford permits.

There are houses in the street with two or three cars on drives and the rest parked on the road. Okay, some are taxed but there is a vehicle parked in Bastable Avenue that hasn't moved for up to six months or more, it's so annoying that even folk from other streets in the area park in the Avenue as their street has permits.

Pupils inspired by government visit

Dr Leonard Restall B E, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The report on the visit by Year 12 students of the Sydney Russell School to No 10 Downing Street was an innovative enterprise that will be long remembered by the students involved.

From the look on their faces in the photograph they were thrilled to be entering the political "sacred ground" of government.

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