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The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham ( ) is a London borough in north east Londonmarker and forms part of Outer London.


The borough was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 as the London Borough of Barking. The constituent parts were the greater part of the Municipal Borough of Barkingmarker and the entire Municipal Borough of Dagenham, the former area of which was transferred to Greater Londonmarker from Essex. At the time of the amalgamation the combined population of Barking and Dagenham was around 180,000, the northern tip of Dagenham having been incorporated into Redbridgemarker and a small area of Barking in Newhammarker.

The borough was renamed Barking and Dagenham in 1980.


The borough borders the London Borough of Haveringmarker to the east with the River Rom forming part of the boundary. It borders the London Borough of Newhammarker to the west with the River Rodingmarker forming much of the border. To the south is the River Thames which forms the borough's boundary with the London Borough of Bexleymarker and the London Borough of Greenwichmarker. To the north the borough forms a thin protrusion between Havering and the London Borough of Redbridgemarker in order to encompass Chadwell Heathmarker.


The borough consists of and includes the following areas:

Most of the housing in the borough was constructed by the London County Council during the interwar period of 1918-1939. Major settlement of the area, mostly escaping slum conditions in the East End of Londonmarker, occurred during this period when the new motor and chemical industries such as the Ford Motor Company plant at Dagenhammarker were set up. Since the decline of these industries in the 1980s, employment has shifted towards service sector jobs. Much of the borough is within the London Riverside area of the Thames Gatewaymarker zone and is the site of considerable house building and other development. A £500 million budget has been earmarked for redevelopment of the borough's principal district of Barkingmarker.


In 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough had a total population of 1,937; and the area was characterised by farming, woodland and the fishing fleet at Barkingmarker. This last industry employed 1,370 men and boys by 1850, but by the end of the century had ceased to exist; replaced by train deliveries of fresh fish from the East Coast ports. The population rose slowly through the 19th century, as the district became built up; and new industries developed around Barking.

The population rose dramatically between 1921 and 1931, when the London County Council developed the Becontree Estatemarker. This public housing development of 27,000 homes housed over 100,000 people, split between the then urban district councils of Ilfordmarker, Dagenham and Barkingmarker. People were rehoused from the slums of the East Endmarker. In 1931, the Ford Motor Company relocated to a site at Dagenhammarker, and in 1932 the District Line was extended to Upminstermarker; bringing further development to the area.

After World War II, further public housing projects were built to rehouse the many Londoners made homeless in the Blitz. As industry declined during the 1960s, the population entered a long decline, but has now begun to rise again with new housing developments on brownfield sites.

According to the Census of 2001 Barking and Dagenham had a population of 165,500, 48.2% of which were male, and 51.8% female. The racial distribution of the borough are as follows:
  • 78.2% White
  • 10.5% Black
  • 7.2% Asian
  • 2.4% Mixed
  • 1.7% Chinese

88.98% of these were born in England, 1.53% elsewhere in the UK, 1.35% in the Republic of Ireland, 0.83% in the EU, and 9.31% elsewhere.

Borough Council

The composition of the council at each election was:

Election Councillors Aldermen
Labour Conservative BNP Chadwell Heath
Ratepayers' Assoc.
Liberals /
Liberal Democrats
Independents Labour
1964 45 - - 4 - - 8
1968 32 13 - 4 - - 8
1971 45 - - 4 - - 8
1974 45 - - 4 - - 8
1978 42 3 - 3 - -
1982 37 3 - 3 3 2
1986 35 3 - 3 5 2
1990 44 - - 3 1 -
1994 47 - - 3 1 -
1998 47 - - 3 1 -
2002 42 2 - 4 3 -
2006 36 2 12 - - 1

51 councillors form Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council. They are elected from the 17 wards which make up the borough. The wards are:

Ward Coverage Westminster (future) Map (PDF)
Abbeymarker Barkingmarker (town centre and west) Barkingmarker [14249]
Alibon Dagenhammarker (north) Barking [14250]
Becontree Becontreemarker (north west) Barking [14251]
Chadwell Heath Chadwell Heathmarker (north, inc. Marks Gate) Dagenham and Rainhammarker [14252]
Eastbrook Rush Greenmarker (south), Eastbrookend Country Park, Dagenham (east) Dagenham and Rainham [14253]
Eastbury Barking (south east) Barking [14254]
Gascoigne Barking (south west) Barking [14255]
Goresbrook Becontree (south), Dagenham (south west) Barking [14256]
Heath Becontree Heathmarker, Dagenham (north), Rush Green (north) Dagenham and Rainham [14257]
Longbridge Barking (north), Upney (north) Barking [14258]
Mayesbrook Becontree (south) Dagenham and Rainham [14259]
Parsloes Becontree (south east), Dagenham (south west) Barking [14260]
River Dagenham (south), Dagenham Dockmarker (east) Dagenham and Rainham [14261]
Thames Barking (riverside), Thames View Estate, Dagenham Dock (west) Barking [14262]
Valence Becontree (north east) Barking [14263]
Village Dagenham (south east), Dagenham (village) Dagenham and Rainham [14264]
Whalebone Chadwell Heath (north) Dagenham and Rainham [14265]

In the 2006 local elections, the British National Party gained 12 councillors in the borough and now form the second largest party represented on the council, after Labour (who have 38 councillors). There are more BNP councillors in Barking and Dagenham than there are in any other borough in the UK.


London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is twinned with:


There are many schools and further education facilities in the borough. Situated near the Town Hall, the Barking Learning Centremarker is a learning facility providing a range of courses leading to recognised qualifications. It also includes a library with free public internet access, the Council's first One Stop Shop, conference and meeting space, a gallery and a café.


The London Borough Of Barking And Dagenham is served by the Hammersmith & City line, the District Line and the London Overground line.London Buses routes 5, 62, 66, 86, 103, 128, 145, 150, 169, 173, 174, 175, 179, 238, 247, 287, 296, 362, 364, 366, 368, 369, 387, 499, School buses route 687 and Night route N15.

London Fire Brigade

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has two fire stations within its boundary; Barking and Dagenham. Barking fire station operates two pumping appliances, a bulk foam unit, a breathing apparatus support unit, a damage control unit and a hazardous materials support unit. The support units that are operated here will cover a large selection of station grounds and areas. Dagenham fire station operates two pumping appliances and a hydraulic platform.

Of the two stations; Dagenham is the busier, attending over 2,000 incidents in 2006/2007.

London Fire Brigade - Barking and Dagenham Profile


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