A bid to ‘rewild’ childhood has been launched after words such as otter, newt and willow were dropped from a children’s dictionary.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has urged people to sign a petition opposing plans for a large energy park in Bexley.

Would you like a dedicated cycle route between Ilford and Barking?

Neighbours have one last chance to comment on £1million plans to redevelop a park which include a BMX track for toddlers.

A Dagenham university is believed to be the first in the country to stop using single use plastics on its campus.

One of the council’s weapons against fly-tipping has returned for the first time this year with the release of its 11th CCTV appeal.

The leader of the council has advised residents to take excess rubbish to the tip themselves following a catalogue of complaints about collections.

Work to improve Valence Park has begun.

When the needles start dropping like rain it’s probably time to think about saying goodbye to the Christmas tree.

Barking and Dagenham Council has hired 10 litter enforcers in its quest to become the ‘cleanest place to live’ in London.

What do one of Barking’s most famous footballing sons, a fictional wizard and a mean grandparent have in common?

Barking and Dagenham Council have fined 45 people in just five days for littering.

Fed up with the same old rubbish at Christmas?

A piano might have transformed the life of Elton John but for Barking and Dagenham Council it is an unwanted Christmas gift.

Green-fingered volunteers planted hundreds of trees in a Dagenham park this week following a £10,000 grant.

Fatbergs have caused almost 2,000 sewer blockages this year.

The council’s war on fly-tippers continues with the release of another video of people caught on camera who are suspected of illegally dumping waste in the borough.

A £790,000 mini-park which will include a walking route and a cycle superhighway into central London is coming to Barking.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

Households have been urged to recycle with more care as countries dealing with our rubbish get tough on waste.

The council says it has saved almost £1million in clear up costs after becoming the first local authority to ban illegal traveller campsites.

You can have your say on a planned £1.1 million redevelopment of Dagenham Central Park next week.

Dagenham is part of a large area that has been earmarked for conservation and community projects.

Regenerating Dagenham’s Central Park could generate £1.1 million, according to council forecasts.

Serial flytippers have been targeted in the latest CCTV video appeal calling on neighbours to name and shame culprits.

Barking and Dagenham Council are increasing the number of garden waste collections per year.

The cockney sparrow could be making a comeback.

Residents in Becontree Heath enjoyed a special street event yesterday where they were able to air their views on how to improve the area.

A partnership scheme that aims to improve habitats for wildlife by restoring areas of the Chase Local Nature Reserve, held a launch event which encouraged residents to get involved.

Episode four of Barking and Dagenham’s gripping drama has been released.

People from Barking and Dagenham are being invited to learn more about the restoration of the River Rom.

Community groups have been invited to turn the city green with up to £5,000 up for grabs.

A resident in Dagenham has been given a formal warning after they were filmed cutting up an animal carcass in their garden to celebrate the Muslim festival Eid.

Rodents have found a home near Barking Town Hall.

Dagenham is doing its bit for the environment with a tree-planting scheme in Mayesbrook Park.

Neighbours were left fuming claiming their bins had gone unemptied for weeks.

Fly-tipping set the borough back £384,000 last year, according to the council.

The state of Barking’s streets is hindering regeneration, a property development agent has said.

Parking permit charges in Barking and Dagenham will double for residents with the most polluting cars.

Barking and Dagenham residents have more showers than anyone else in the London, according to a new report on the affordability of fresh drinking water across the capital.

For many the summer heat is a welcome break from a long, dark winter.

A Barking action group are looking for volunteers to help them with a litter pick.

England only has a limited number of activities for this much sunny weather – so people in Dagenham have taken to counting butterflies.

Barking and Dagenham Council are looking to speak to a woman suspected of fly tipping in Dagenham.

Schoolchildren have gone wild in a week learning about how to save the planet.


The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

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