Where You Live: Barking and Dagenham

Where You Live >> Barking and Dagenham

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Barking and Dagenham’s neighbourhoods, from Longbridge to Eastbrook, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a 9 point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Barking & Dagenham the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 71,541 Barking & Dagenham households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link)
  • Growing the local economy with a £1,931,500 economic boost for Barking Town Centre (including matching funds), sponsored by the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund. (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link, GLA, Outer London Fund –Round Two Grant Funding, Summary of Winners, 12 January 2012, link ).
  • Investing in transport by building Crossrail at Chadwell Heath station and London Overground from Barking station, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail, and spending £725,000 to improve Barking & Dagenham roads. (Tfl, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link)
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom Pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link)
  • He is the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 71,541 households in Barking & Dagenham, (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011) putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • 1,163 street trees. 1,163 street trees have been planted in Barking & Dagenham under Boris Johnson (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • 32 green spaces. 32 green spaces have been created for Barking & Dagenham residents to grow their own food (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • Mayesbrook Park. Mayesbrook Park in Barking & Dagenham has received £400,000 as part of the Mayor’s £6million fund to improve the quality and safety of London’s parks (GLA, ‘Help a London Park’, link).
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing”’ (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • Barking Town Centre. Barking Town Centre received an economic boost of £1,931,500 sponsored by the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund to support the Capital’s High streets. Projects include public realm works and events, and building on the public realm works linking the Magistrates Court and new Market Square GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 391 more patrols a month. In Jan 2012 there were 391 more monthly police patrols in Barking & Dagenham compared to May 2008 (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Barking & Dagenham have reduced. Since May 2008, Barking & Dagenham has seen a 6.3% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down by 11.8% and bus crime has fallen by 43% (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08; MPS Statistics).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded seven sport participation programmes in Barking & Dagenham so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 7 organisations in Barking & Dagenham are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants. 7 organisations in Barking & Dagenham are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to London. (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £9.8 million of funding for local transport in Barking & Dagenham. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £9.8 million to boost local transport in Barking & Dagenham including £500,000 for improvements to Barking Station forecourt to give better access and safety for all users (TfL, Press Release, November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link; Barking & Dagenham Borough Website, Accounts 2010-11, 31 March 2011, link).


  • London Overground. London’s first orbital railway-London Overground-has 2 stations in Barking & Dagenham: Barking & Dagenham and Norwood Junction (TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link)
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail in 2010. Barking & Dagenham is the 14th busiest borough by Oyster card usage, while Barking station is the 5th busiest station by Oyster card usage. (TfL, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Pedestrian improvements. £500,000 have been invested in improvements to Barking Station forecourt to give better access and safety for all users  (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link)


  • Bus route improvements. 18 bus routes in Barking & Dagenham have been expanded and or improved under Boris Johnson (TFL, Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012, link).
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses and this will save more than £7 million a year.  The buses have been replaced by new buses on routes 29 and 207 in Barking & Dagenham. (TfL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).


  • Cycle Funding. £25,000 worth of funding has been made available to Barking & Dagenham’s cycling projects (Going Going Biking Website, ‘Funding made available for London biking boroughs’, 18 February 2011, link).


  • 690 affordable housing units completed in Barking & Dagenham. 330 social rented and 350 intermediate were completed in Barking & Dagenham between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Barking & Dagenham in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Barking & Dagenham three times since April 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Barking & Dagenham just once in his first term as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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