New property for homeless families visited

Mon 16 December 2019, 8:00 pm

Councillors went to inspect one of 92 new homes being created for homeless people on a former weighbridge site in Dagenham.

The modular properties are created off-site by developers Jerram Falkus, in collaboration with Barking and Dagenham Council's regeneration arm Be First, and are aimed at helping displaced families find a new home.

The project, now into phase two, will ultimately deliver 24 one-bedroom flats, 36 two-bedroom flats and 32-three-bedroom homes on the site in Cook Road, Dagenham.

On a visit to one of the new properties, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council Cllr Darren Rodwell was joined by Cllrs Sade Bright, cabinet member for employment, skills and aspiration, Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration and social housing, and Tara Mahony, of Be First.

Cllr Rodwell said: “The flat looks great and I am sure it will make a wonderful new home for local families who otherwise may have had to live in hostels, or expensive temporary accommodation, sometimes outside the borough. 

“These new homes are part of a wider programme which will give local homeless families more stability and save us hundreds of thousands of pounds from our budget.”

Commenting on the progress of the scheme, Mahony said they are “cracking on”, while Jerram Falkus managing director William Jerram added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Be First to deliver one of Barking and Dagenham’s first modular housing developments and it is making great progress.”

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