Upgrades to bin lorries, a 24-hour police station and harsh punishments on rogue landlords among Barking and Dagenham Council's four-year plan
PUBLISHED: 12:12 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 20 July 2018
Barking and Dagenham Council have set out their priorities for the next four years.
At a council meeting on Wednesday, councillors pledged to crack down on fly-tipping, open a 24-hour police station, and develop plans for a celebration of 100 years of the Becontree Estate.
Known as the Corporate Plan, proposals were debated and will be cemented in a new plan in the autumn.
Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “This document isn’t just a document, it’s part of the path of where we’re going as a borough.
“Over the past four years we’ve put the borough back on the map for progress and for ambition. We need to carry on working hard, finding initiatives that work for the whole community.”
For health and care services, the report proposed a ‘resilience model’, focusing on early intervention and making residents more independent.
Councillor Maureen Worby, the cabinet member for health, said: “We’ll never tackle the underlying issues of vulnerability unless we get in at an early stage, at that critical tipping point. I want to break the tradition of looking at issues like smoking individually, but looking at life cycles and how we support people early on.”
When it comes to bins and waste, councillor Syed Ghani, cabinet member for the public realm, said the council plans to be harsher on residents who fly tip and businesses which dump trade waste. He proposed training supervisors to be able to take enforcement action themselves, and also said vehicles which collect bins will be upgraded to become more reliable.
Councillor Margaret Mullane, who’s in charge of enforcement and community safety, pledged ‘reporting sites’ in Chadwell Heath and Thames and a 24-hour police station for people to report concerns about crime and safety. There’ll also be harsher punishments for rogue landlords, help for residents with parking issues and a media campaign to crack down on anti-social behaviour and ‘grime crime’.
The report’s housing strategy focused on reducing the number of people on transfer and waiting lists, and for employment, the council’s Job Shop, which helps people find work, will be redesigned. There’ll also be a new programme of employment, including job fairs, employment days and recruitment drives, some of which will come into force in the autumn.