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’. With the capital’s biggest film studios set to be built here, ambitious 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, Barking and Dagenham is rapidly becoming an exciting destination.
We’re 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.
Transport-wise, the borough is served by two underground lines and the C2C train service, which takes commuters from Barking to the Tower of London in under 20 minutes. TfL has also announced plans for a new Overground station in the capital’s only healthy new town – Barking Riverside – opening in 2021 and Barking and Dagenham will benefit from Crossrail development.
But it’s not just the borough that is changing – the council is too.
We’ve 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 hasn’t gone unnoticed. We were named LGC’s Council of the Year in 2018 for our innovative approach, and yet this is only just beginning of a new, radically-different style of service delivery.
We’re 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.