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Councillor lays foundations for Marks Gate regeneration

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 07:40 21 May 2015

From left, ward councillors Sade Bright, Jeff Wade and housing cabinet member Cllr Saima Ashraf.

From left, ward councillors Sade Bright, Jeff Wade and housing cabinet member Cllr Saima Ashraf.

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The laying of a ceremonial brick marked the blessing of 28 new affordable homes in Barking this week.

Housing cabinet member councillor Saima Ashraf lays the ceremonial brick at the topping out ceremony at Marks Gate of 28 new affordable homes.Housing cabinet member councillor Saima Ashraf lays the ceremonial brick at the topping out ceremony at Marks Gate of 28 new affordable homes.

The symbolic deed was carried out on Monday by housing cabinet member Cllr Saima Ashraf, to celebrate the latest part of the multi-million pound Marks Gate regeneration scheme.

A new community hall, church, café and nursery are under construction on the former St Mark’s church site in Rose Lane, due to be opened in the autumn.

Also present at the topping out ceremony were project partners Jerram Falkus and Thames Partnership for Learning. Cllr Ashraf said the development is an example of the council’s dedication to quality housing.

“This is a site that is part of the wider Marks Gate regeneration,” a council spokesman told the Post.

“It will improve housing conditions in the Marks Gate area and offer family sized homes. The development brings 28 new affordable quality homes to a deprived community on the outskirts of the borough.”


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