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Darren Rodwell
Darren Rodwell
Leader, Barking & Dagenham Council
Good development ● August 27, 2019

The development that has given me the most drive for change would be the mall in Dagenham Heathway. It was built, when I was about nine, completely out of context with what was around it. It’s basically a little shopping area, with flats above.

I remember being completely flummoxed because I couldn’t understand why it was there. I couldn’t understand who thought it was a good idea. It didn’t seem to fit in with the Becontree Estate.

The Becontree Estate is an absolutely phenomenal piece of engineering and community engagement work. It was built as “homes for heroes” after the war. But then you’ve got this monstro...

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