Phase 1 infrastructure gets the green light
Planning has been granted by Barking & Dagenham Council for the remaining road infrastructure on phase 1. This will mean that the remaining 600 units will come forward to complete this part of the development.
BRL has confirmed that it will invest in this road infrastructure which will include new cycle ways, new dedicated bus routes including a new bus ramp linking to Long Reach Road.
More reasons to move to Barking Riverside
Barking Riverside Limited has signed a deal with Morrisons store to open one of its ‘local’ format stores opposite the Rivergate Centre.
The new block opposite the Rivergate Centre has planning consent for up to four commercial units and space for a police unit. The deal with Morrisons means that residents will have a new convenience store at the heart of the community. The store will sell general groceries, including bakery, coffee and a new ATM. The store is due to open in the new year 2015 with fit out starting in November 2014.
BRL will appoint a commercial agent to market the remaining units which will also be available in the new year. Details of how to express an interest will be advertised locally.
Railway on track
In the March 2014 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, confirmed that the Government would work with the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to develop proposals for extending the Gospel Oak to Barking Overground line to Barking Riverside, and to ensure that any public investment would unlock the construction of up to 11,000 new homes.
The GLA, BRL and the Government have made significant progress this year through detailed technical discussions to identify all possible sources of funding from key stakeholders to reduce the funding gap. The cost of the railway extension is circa £200m and the funding gap now sits at £55m and it is hoped that the Chancellor will confirm his support in the Autumn Statement on 3 December 2014.
Partners have been seeking support from the Government to meet the gap to allow the green light to progress with the preparation of the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) necessary to be able to deliver the proposed Gospel Oak Overground rail extension to Barking Riverside and give the confidence needed to Barking Riverside Limited and its partners to invest in the preparation of development parcels to unlock up to 11,000 homes.
The first round of public consultation on the Overground railway extension was undertaken in Autumn 2014 and a further round of consultation will be held in Spring 2015 as the detailed design progresses. Subject to Government support it is intended that the TWAO will be promoted by TfL alongside key partners including Network Rail and the GLA.
Barking Bay New Year’s Day
Happy New Year!
Well were up and running for the new year, Christ it was good to see some sunshine for a change, it made all the difference considering what New Year’s Eve was like.
I met Paul at 7.30a.m and we decided to watch the mudflats and the river for a while to get the list up and running, all the regular birds showed like Teal, Redshank, Curlew and Dunlin but surprisingly Black Tailed Godwit was missing. Considering past winters when there are around 500 birds in the Inner Thames, as it stands at the moment there are only around 250, the mild weather is playing a part.
After getting the ball rolling we then worked most of the site, no rarities but a site tick in the shape of 3 Egyptian Geese going over, there are no lakes on the patch so these are hard to come by.
Other good birds seen or heard included Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail and another rarity for the site Little Egret, I didn’t get this at all last year. Despite flushing around 40 to 50 Snipe on our travels, we did not connect with a Jack Snipe despite a promising bird seen briefly going to ground.
The Linnet flock on site now looks to be approaching 200.
We finished the day on 52 so not a bad start, just nice to be out birding in some sunshine.
Wildlife Treasure Hunt
COME AND JOIN US AT THE RIPPLE NATURE RESERVE
Find out about the reserve and take part in our Christmas and Wildlife Themed Treasure Hunt
Friday 14th December 2012 – 10am – 3pm (as part of the Rivergate Centre Christmas Festival)
Saturday 15th December 2012 – 11am – 1pm
CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM AT ALL TIMES
Over the last six months, volunteers from the London Wildlife Trust and several other organisations have been improving the Ripple Nature Reserve. The work to ‘Revamp the Ripple’ includes a new gate, new path, new seats and information boards.
We invite you to join us on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December to see what we’ve done and celebrate the end of the project, and to take part in our wildlife themed Christmas Treasure Hunt.