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Barking Riverside Enterprise Car Club Comes to Parklands

A bright red Hyundai i10 is now parked at the Barking Riverside Sales Suite, a short walk from Parklands homes, giving L&Q residents fast access to Barking Riverside’s Enterprise Car Club.

Enterprise Car Club is a rental platform which enables users to hire vehicles with the click of an app. The fuel efficient vehicles are available to rent by the hour or the day, with low rates from just £4.95 per hour.

An added bonus for new residents, Enterprise Car Club are offering a free 12 month membership, and an additional £50 driving credit, helping users save whilst they drive during their first year at Barking Riverside.
As well as being efficient and convenient for residents, Car Club membership is proven to be considerably more affordable than owning a car. Research has shown that over 12 months, car club members spend on average 43% less on transport and maintenance, compared to car owners.
Helping the planet too, Car Club membership has led to the removal of over 31,000 privately owned vehicles from the roads. Enterprises’ vehicles produce on average 29% less CO2 than the national average for a car, reducing a Londoner’s transport carbon footprint by 73%, and saving almost 50,000 tonnes of CO2 in one year.
Barking Riverside residents can reach a fantastic range of places by car. Situated just 0.6 miles from the A13, 2.7 miles from the A406 North Circular and 7.9 miles from the M11, the development is well connected to London, as well as Britain’s motorway network.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park can be reached in just 20 minutes, home to the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide, London Aquatics Centre, and fantastic green space. If a big shopping trip is on the cards, neighbouring Westfield Stratford has almost 2 million sq ft of retail space making it one of largest urban shopping centres in Europe. Or if you would prefer to escape to the country, then Epping Forest’s 6,200 acres of woodland and marshland is just a 30 minute drive away.

If you’re a Barking Riverside resident, to sign up to the Enterprise Car Club visit and quote ‘BRL50’ to enjoy 12 month’s free membership and £50 driving credit.

Apply Now – Paid Resident Roles in the Barking Riverside Learning Forum

Are you currently living in Thames Ward? Do you have ideas about how the Barking Riverside Community Interest Company (CIC) could change and grow?  Are you passionate and knowledgeable about your community? Would you like to see more local transparency, improved partnership working and better communication? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for the role below…


Barking Riverside London (BRL), and the current Barking Riverside Community Interest Company board, are seeking to partner with local people to consider whether the structure of the Barking Riverside CIC needs to be re-thought or improved in any way.


There are a lot of possibilities regarding how a CIC at Barking Riverside could be structured, so we need to work in partnership with local people to find the best possible model for the community. We hope that this process will deliver a CIC that is better because of resident knowledge, as well as supporting more local people to know and understand estate management and community governance at Barking Riverside.  Local people have previously asked to become more involved in this process, and so we have responded by designing a way of working that will put a group of local people in the centre of designing the new CIC structure.


We want to create a Learning Forum to achieve this. A Learning Forum will be a mixture of community members and current CIC board members. This group will be independently chaired and will go on a journey of training to learn what other models of estate governance exist. Together, the Learning Forum will see real examples, will speak to others who run those models and will learn about other CIC boards, including what they do well and where the challenges exist. We hope this process will result in everyone reaching an agreed position on the model for the Barking Riverside CIC.


As well as providing an opportunity to think about the CIC in a new way, joining the Learning Forum would also provide a great way for local people to access training and professional development, as well as to learn more about community development work in this area. To recognise the contribution that local people who join the Learning Forum will make to the process, we are able to pay London Living wage (£10.55 per hour) for the hours that people work.


We believe that the expected time commitment will be the equivalent of 4 hours per month for approximately 10 months, but this could vary.  Where possible, sessions will be organised outside of working hours to allow for commitments to be met, so this should be something local people can join alongside their job or other commitments.


If you are interested in joining, we are looking for local people to complete an application form to register their interest. These will be assessed by an Independent Chair of the Learning Forum, who will be appointed in partnership with community stakeholders. This is so the decision-making process is transparent for all local people. You can download the application form here.


Please return your application to [email protected] by 12pm on the 6th January 2020.

On Your Bike at Barking Riverside

The New Year is creating a new buzz for cycling at Barking Riverside, with Transport for London set to start work in early 2020 on a new cycleway, linking Barking Riverside to Barking town centre.

The latest in TfL’s significant investment in cycle paths, the new route will make it even easier for Barking Riverside residents to embrace London’s love of cycling. An astonishing 721,000 cycle journeys are completed every day in the capital – well over double the figures recorded in 2000 – helped significantly by TfL’s investment in safe and speedy cycle paths.

Once complete, Barking Riverside residents will be able to link straight to Cycle Super Highway 3, taking you to Canary Wharf in just 35 minutes, or Tower Gateway in under an hour.

While waiting for the new route, why not explore the existing cycle routes across Barking Riverside, that already take you to some of the area’s hidden gems. Check the map for three of our favourites

  1. Riverside Coffee Lounge

Just opposite The Rivergate Centre is Barking Riverside’s very first independent coffee shop, serving freshly ground artisan coffee and delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches.

  1. Abbey Green

The site of a 7th-century former royal monastery, where ruins of the original Barking Abbey and the Grade I Listed St Margaret’s Church can be explored.

  1. Beckton District Park and Newham City Farm

A family-friendly city farm and park less than half-an-hour’s cycle from Parklands at Barking Riverside.

Come and explore Barking Riverside’s cycle routes after touring our new Shared Ownership show home. The brand new apartment features a spacious open-plan living area, plenty of natural light and a private balcony, with access to a communal green space and dedicated cycle storage – so no muddy bike cluttering up the hallway!


Lasers light up the sky

Barking Riverside London is excited to announce the London debut of an award-winning light installation at Barking Riverside, in partnership with Lumen Art Projects.

Barking Riverside Presents: Seb Lee-Delisle’s Laser Light Synths is a two day exhibition taking place at the Barking Riverside Project Office on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019.

Laser Light Synths is an interactive, family-friendly laser show that will bring together light, music, and technology. The event is free and open to everyone.

Powerful lasers will project animated visuals onto the project office, and you can come and create your own unique musical and light performance too! The touch-activated light installation will dazzle you with thousands of super bright LED lights. As you play the synths, lasers will respond to the music you’re creating and cover the building with dancing lights.

Part of GLOW Winter Lights Festival, the event will also feature performances from Big Dancers by El Carromato, presented by Creative Barking and Dagenham with support from Global Streets. The Big Dancers are a street performance featuring giant puppets and synchronised music and lighting.

There will be food and drink stalls available. Come and enjoy the show on Friday 22nd November from 6-9pm & Saturday 23rd November from 5-8pm. Barking Riverside Project Office, Project Rd, IG11 0YP.

Free tickets can be booked here.


Guests are welcome to drop in for as long or as little as they like, between the opening hours of the event.

Drinks and hot food will be available to buy – please bring both cash and card. Alcohol will be available to buy and proof of age will be required.

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Getting there:

The event will be held at the Barking Riverside Project Office, Project Road, Barking, IG11 0YP.

The EL1 bus will drop you right outside the event space, at the ‘BRL Project Office’ stop. The EL3 bus service also runs near to the event.

There will be no parking available on site, except for blue badge holders.


Do I need to bring a copy of my Eventbrite ticket?

Yes, this can either be printed or electronic.

Will there be food and drink vendors at the event?

There will be vendors selling hot drinks, alcohol and food

Can I bring in my own alcohol?

No. Alcohol can be purchased from our licensed vendor. Any alcohol brought onto site will be confiscated by event security.

Can I bring my dog to the event?

No, the event is operating a no dog policy.

I do not live in Barking Riverside or Thames View. Can I attend?

Yes, the general public are welcome to attend.

How can I contact the organiser with any other questions?

If you have any specific questions about the event, please contact the Barking Riverside London Facebook page – @BarkingRiversideLondon



November Winter Lights Programme

Lighting up Barking this November, there are a series of exciting Winter Lights events bringing local communities together.

Barking Riverside and Thames View Community Fireworks Display is being presented by the Barking Riverside Residents Events Panel on Tuesday 5th November. This is the third annual fireworks display for Thames Ward residents.

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November, Creative Barking and Dagenham’s GLOW Festival makes a much-anticipated return to Eastbury Manor House. #GLOW2019 explores the theme of Illusion with a night of magical lanterns, projections and installations produced by the Creative Barking and Dagenham Cultural Connectors.

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November, 5 – 10pm. Eastbury Manor House, Eastbury Sqaure, IG11 9SN. Get your tickets here –

Saturday 9th November marks the borough’s first Guy Fawkes Lantern Parade. Groups and families will take part in a procession of light from Barking Town Square to GLOW Festival at Eastbury Manor House. The procession starts at 3:15 pm and will illuminate the dark winter’s night with live music and entertainment for all the family. Come along and cheer on the parade, for more info visit –

Later in November, Barking Riverside London is presenting the London debut of an award-winning light installation, in partnership with Lumen Art Projects. Barking Riverside Presents Seb Lee-Delisle’s Laser Light Synths is an interactive family-friendly laser show taking place at the Barking Riverside Project Office on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019.

The event will also feature giant puppet performances from Big Dancers by El Carromato, presented by Creative Barking and Dagenham with support from Global Streets.

Friday 22nd November, 6-9pm. Saturday 23rd November, 5-8pm. Barking Riverside Project Office, Project Rd, IG11 0YP. The event is free and open to everyone

Community Fireworks Display 2019

The Barking Riverside Residents Events Panel is pleased to announce this year’s Barking Riverside and Thames View Community Fireworks Display will take place on Tuesday 5th November, off Northgate Road. 

The Residents Events Panel is a group of Barking Riverside and Thames View residents that have taken an active role in planning the 3rd annual community fireworks display.

The free event is proudly sponsored by Envac (the company behind the underground waste collection system being brought to the latest phase of homes at Barking Riverside), with thanks to supporting sponsors Total Care Security (TCS). In addition to the fantastic fireworks display, the evening will feature local DJ The Kings Decree, food from local vendors available to purchase, and a free glowstick giveaway provided by Gallagher Group.

This year’s display will take place in a new location – off Northgate Road. The bus service will continue through the evening, so guests will be able to reach the event on both the EL1 and EL3 bus services.

There will be 1250 tickets available to pre-book online, which will be released in stages. A number of tickets will also be available on the gates. All tickets for the event will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Gates will open at 6.00 PM and the display will begin at 7.30PM, off Northgate Road, Barking Riverside, IG11 0AB.

Keep an eye on our website and the Barking Riverside London Facebook page for more information on free tickets.

Please email: [email protected] if you’d like to enquire about joining the Barking Riverside Residents Events Panel.



Big Barking Riverside Picnic returns

Barking Riverside and Thames View residents are invited to the second annual Big Barking Riverside Picnic on Saturday 6th July, between 12 noon and 4pm!

The community event marks the return of Barking Riverside’s very own pop-up beach. The grassy riverside adjacent to the project office and the public footpath will be transformed into a sandy beach all summer, allowing little ones to build sandcastles and families to enjoy riverside views throughout the summer (opening times soon to be announced).

Sponsored by Pinnacle Places, the picnic on the 6th will include a host of activities, from Zumba classes and giant games to creative writing and face painting, run by local groups, including Triangoals and Creative Wellness. For the first arrivals, limited edition picnic hampers will be handed out, stocked full of healthy treats. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking is not available. The EL1 bus stops just outside the Barking Riverside Project Office and runs 24/7.

When:  Saturday 6th July 2019, 12 noon – 4pm.

Where: Along the river next to the Barking Riverside Project Office, Project Road, Barking IG11 0YP.

Update regarding the fire at Samuel Garside House

Since the fire at Samuel Garside House earlier this week Barking Riverside Limited (BRL), working with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, has been listening to the concerns of residents. We have heard how distressing this has been for many of them and have reassured them that we have been liaising with the owners, housebuilder and managing agent for Samuel Garside House on their behalf.

Neither BRL nor the Council have legal responsibility for, nor control over Samuel Garside House. However we have been working with the organisations responsible for the affected properties to ensure that they take immediate action for residents’ safety.

We have agreed that the builders (Bellway Homes), the owners (Adriatic represented by Homeground) and the managing agent (RMG) of Samuel Garside House and Ernest Websdale House will do the following:

  • Undertake works to safely rebuild the damaged homes at Samuel Garside House as soon as possible.
  • Make sure that the residents whose homes were significantly damaged in the fire have a place to stay while these works are done – at no expense to them.
  • Begin the removal of the external timber from Samuel Garside House and Ernest Websdale House immediately.

We are also ensuring that the original builders take immediate action to review the safety of all homes at Barking Riverside and make any necessary changes as a matter of urgency (including removing or treating external timber).  We have agreed an action plan with Bellway Homes, Homeground and RMG which we have outlined to residents today.

Residents who have questions about these works can come to the Resident Information Centre which will be open from 10am on Friday 14 June in Rivergate Square. Residents who are looked after by RMG can also email [email protected] or call 01606 336100 for more information.  Other residents should contact their housing manager.

BRL and the Council have also, with valuable support from local volunteers, established a new Community Assistance Hub at the Rivergate Centre, on Minter Road. This hub is open now and is a place for local people to visit and access support.

BRL and the Council would like to thank residents for their feedback so far.  We will continue to meet with residents to address any concerns that they may have about the safety of their home or the action plan proposed by the building owners and managers.


Applications for GoodGym Barking Trainer are now open

GoodGym, the socially minded project that mixes healthy lifestyles with community focused volunteer work, is establishing their first Barking-based group.

GoodGym Barking is looking for someone passionate about fitness and their local area to lead the new community of runners and walkers as the GoodGym trainer for Thames Ward.

Trainers will lead group walks and runs at least once a week and act as a support system, developing members’ fitness and engaging with the Thames Ward community. Volunteering and fitness are central to the mission of the GoodGym.

GoodGym takes members out of traditional gym setting and into their neighbourhoods for group runs, community projects, and solo runs that end in visiting an older, isolated member of the community. Every runner is assigned a “coach”, an older member of the community – after a run, runners meet with their coaches on a social call or help with a household task they cannot complete on their own.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Trainer Application” and the name of the area you’re interested in working in.

The application deadline is Monday 10th June.

More information about GoodGym and the Barking trainer position can be found at