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Massive jobs boost at dock's business park

PUBLISHED: 14:29 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:08 02 July 2010

DAGENHAM Dock is aspiring to go green with plans for an energy efficient business park which could create 7,500 jobs. This environmentally-friendly business park would put Barking and Dagenham at the centre of the green technology sector, and has the bac

DAGENHAM Dock is aspiring to go green with plans for an energy efficient business park which could create 7,500 jobs.

This environmentally-friendly business park would put Barking and Dagenham at the centre of the green technology sector, and has the backing of London Mayor, Ken Livingstone.

Car giant, Fords has been asked by the London Development Agency along with the Mayor's advisors, to base its green car division there.

The borough has been home to Fords for many years, the diesel manufacturing plant is based here, and soon there could be production of their hydrogen-powered cars in Dagenham.

The LDA is working with Thames Gateway Development, and Barking and Dagenham Council on the project.

Part financed by the European Union, and supported by the Deputy Prime Minister, the new development will mean greener pastures for local job hunters.

In the future this sustainable industrial business park may be home to plastic and electric recycling plants, and a solar power assembly factory.

Universities may also want to base their environmental technology departments at the new site.

It is believed that the project could inject a staggering £3.5bn into London's economy.

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