Four new primary schools for Barking and Dagenham

COUNCIL tax has been frozen for the first time in the history of Barking and Dagenham, as the authority unveiled plans for four new primary schools and two libraries. A �434million four-year plan to sustain jobs in the downturn includes �86m for the schoo

COUNCIL tax has been frozen for the first time in the history of Barking and Dagenham, as the authority unveiled plans for four new primary schools and two libraries.

A �434million four-year plan to sustain jobs in the downturn includes �86m for the schools, libraries, street lighting and wheelie bins this year.

Finance executive member Cllr Graham Bramley maintained the ambitious spending programme was carefully costed and "was not a shot in the dark".

The assembly budget report stressed more than �325m was to come from external resources and would be subject to "full capital appraisal on a scheme by scheme basis".

More details in Thursday's Barking and Dagenham Recorder.