View from the council: Making sure growth works for everyone

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 June 2018

Andreas Grieger PHOTOGRAPHER

It’s back to business at the council now the election is over.

The team of councillors elected had over 30,000 doorstep conversations in the month running up to the election and, despite scaremongering from some, I’m delighted that residents have faith in our shared vision for Barking and Dagenham.

I am proud of the many things we have achieved in the borough over the last four years, but I know there’s still so much to do. The government’s austerity has halved our budget over the last decade and has meant we have had to make a lot of changes to the way we deliver services.

I’m eager to press ahead and make sure the council is getting the basics right and delivers improvements for all our residents at the same time as protecting our most vulnerable including our elderly and children in care.

I’ve appointed a cabinet which I am confident will deliver the manifesto we set out at the election, and I’m proud that it remains the case that six out of 10 members of the cabinet are women.

Now that we have put Barking and Dagenham firmly on the map our task is to make sure that the new growth in our borough works for everyone. That means keeping pressure on the government to fund more police officers for our borough; it means making sure all our housing developments provide good quality affordable housing; it means we continue to champion diversity and equalities; it means ensuring our schools and children’s centres continue to improve, and yes it means making sure everybody’s bins are collected!

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