Barking and Dagenham Council leader on borough’s future

Darren Rodwell

Following the local elections on May 3, Labour achieved its third full slate in Barking and Dagenham and Leader of the Council Darren Rodwell spoke with The Enquirer this week about the borough’s future.

“I’m pretty pleased with our results, we have worked hard over the last four years and have shown our residents that we have listened and have responded to them.”

The council leader attributes one of the key success as the ‘Good Neighbour Guide’ that the borough launched for new residents arriving to Barking and Dagenham.

“It set out our values to new residents and showed them what this borough is all about, our key beliefs and our aims. It laid out what we are delivering and all the key aspects we have here like our new film studio, great schools and a top university, all things that people aspire to.”

The leader also acknowledged that there was not much opposition in the borough: “We didn’t have a lot of opposition here and some of our opponents have openly told me that we are doing what they wanted to see. Things such as cycle lanes, walk routes and a strong green agenda.

“We have guaranteed our residents 2,000 new affordable properties here and are now working on introducing our own energy company to rival the top companies. We have also been working with different organisations to tackle the aspect of our youngsters not feeling part of the society.”

by FRANCESCA LILLEYSTONE

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