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Demolition of Dagenham jobcentre to begin

PUBLISHED: 10:08 20 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:31 20 August 2019

The Dagenham jobcentre was closed last year. Picture: Ken Mears

The Dagenham jobcentre was closed last year. Picture: Ken Mears

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Barking and Dagenham Council has given the green light for a former jobcentre to be demolished.

The new flats will be built on the site of the former Chequers Lane Job Centre. Picture: Telereal TrilliumThe new flats will be built on the site of the former Chequers Lane Job Centre. Picture: Telereal Trillium

The Dagenham jobcentre, in Chequers Lane, was among 21 in the capital to close last year under government plans to merge smaller offices with large ones for a "more efficient service".

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And the council has now agreed for the two storey building to be knocked down - with work proposed to begin this week.

Earlier this year, the Post revealed the jobcentre site had been sold to developers Hollybrook who intend to turn it into a block of flats containing 70 new homes.

The seven storey development will also feature space for 14 parking spaces and a 1,886 sq ft commercial unit on the ground floor.

Staff and claimants who used the Dagenham jobcentre were relocated to the Wakering Road, Barking branch following the building's closure.

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