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Poll: Dagenham Civic Centre consultation launches this month

PUBLISHED: 18:39 16 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:12 20 October 2014

Vote in our poll about the future of Dagenham Civic Centre

Vote in our poll about the future of Dagenham Civic Centre

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A public consultation into the future of Dagenham Civic Centre is being launched this month.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, will be delivering a survey to every house in Dagenham asking residents what they think should be done with the iconic council building. We have also run our own poll for you to have your say.

The future of the centre, at the junction of Rainham Road North and wood Lane, was first cast in doubt after the Post revealed council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell’s early plans to transform it into a school back in June.

It had been suggested as a means of finding savings for frontline services, with the council already running two town halls including one in Barking. The centre is currently home to 550 council staff and holds regular meetings with members.

However a proposal did not appear in September’s budget review, where suggested spending cuts are made for the following year.

As such it will remain unaffected until a proposal appears before council members. This would happen next year at the earliest.

Mr Cruddas told the Post in June he had been “alarmed” at not hearing about plans to turn it into a school.

He said “I want to make it very clear that if any measures are taken against this iconic part of Dagenham’s history I will not just let it slide by.”

The Labour MP said he was running the consultation amid “a lot of rumour and speculation about the future of the building”, adding: “The most important thing to me is democratic consultation with the public.

“The Civic Centre is an iconic part of Dagenham’s history and I think every resident should have a chance to put forward their opinion regarding the building.”

Vote in our poll and leave your comments below, tweet us via @bdpost or visit our Facebook page by clicking here.


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