Regeneration of the Leys Estate in Dagenham
Bulldozing crews have recently moved in to the Leys Estate in Dagenham and have begun work. The work is being undertaken as part of Barking and Dagenham Councils Estate Renewal Programme.
As part of the Council's ambition to improve both the quality and number of homes available in the borough, the Cabinet approved a £7.1 million investment to start the Estate Renewal Programme. The programme aims to regenerate existing estates such as the Leys Estate in Dagenham and the Gascoigne Estate in Barking.
On the Leys, Birdbrook Close is being demolished first and will be replaced with 85 new council homes, expected to be finished from autumn 2014.
Cllr Phil Waker, council cabinet member for housing and Village ward member, visited the Leys Estate recently to see the works first hand. He was joined by fellow Village councillors Margaret Mullane and Lee Waker.
From Left to Right: Cllr Phil Waker, Cllr Margaret Mullane and Cllr Lee Waker
Following this work the blocks on neighbouring Wellington Drive will be knocked down at a future date as part of phase two of the redevelopment.
Jon Cruddas, the local MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented on the works:
“It is great to see the Council further dedicating itself to affordable housing for the local residents of Dagenham. Housing is a huge issue locally and following many reports into the conditions on the Leys Estate, and marches attended by residents concerning HRA budgets all the hard work has finally paid off. The plan for the new housing looks fantastic, this regeneration project will breathe fresh life into the local area."