Cabinet meeting: Barking town centre set for transformation

Cabinet members will meet at Barking Town Hall this evening (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Cabinet members will meet at Barking Town Hall this evening (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) - Credit: photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Plans to transform the face of Barking town centre over the next four years dominated proceedings at this evening’s cabinet meeting.

Member for regeneration Cllr Cameron Geddes outlined a range of measures aimed at turning the area into a more desirable destination and cultural hub for east London, including the construction of a new cinema by 2017.

Existing transport links are also set for improvements with lifts due to be installed at Barking station within three year.

With a growing number of local start-ups, the Barking Enterprise Centre - home to the Post’s own business reporter one day a week - is expected to expand, while the town’s street market will undergo a 21st-century redesign.

Over 96 minutes the 10-strong executive passed a range of other agenda items including measures affecting the future of the Overground extension to Barking Riverside and Dagenham’s Sanofi site.

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