Barking and Dagenham is changing
Previously home to the largest car manufacturing plant in Europe, the borough once famous for Fords has now been billed ‘London’s growth opportunity’. From welcoming London’s buzzing, iconic markets – Billingsgate, Spitalfields and Smithfield – to opening the largest Hollywood-style film studio in London, the borough is bursting with new opportunity.
Not to mention plans for 50,000 new homes in the next 20 years and the creation of a brand-new neighbourhood as part of a plan to tunnel the A13, plus, an injection of 20,000 new jobs to the borough by 2035. One thing is clear – Barking and Dagenham is the place to be.
We are already home to London’s first Youth Zone – a dedicated facility offering young people access to a range of activities to showcase their talents – and Coventry University London has opened a new campus in our historic Civic Centre.
Barking and Dagenham is also set to be one of the best-connected boroughs in London - with plans underway to extend Overground connections through to Barking Riverside, just a 15-minute journey to Fenchurch Street via the C2C, plus exploration of Crossrail links and river-based travel – and there’s so much more to come.
But it’s not just the borough that is changing – the council is too.
We have redesigned the way we work to meet the financial challenges facing local government and to unlock the potential of our borough.
This includes everything from creating our own housing and regeneration organisations, providing affordable energy for residents and working with local people to help them find jobs and improve their skills.
Our significant transformation has not gone unnoticed resulting in the council winning the Investors in People Gold Award in 2021, the LGC Driving Growth award as well as LGC Entrepreneurial Council of the Year 2019. This is only just beginning of a new, radically different style of service delivery.
We are looking for creative people with a proven track record, who can take ownership of bold decisions and new initiatives. People who want to be part of our transformation and share our determination to improve the lives of residents – to make sure that no one is left behind.
Barking and Dagenham is changing, will you be a part of the change?