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DIY Porter’s Lodge is a community led street redesign project in a neighbourhood on the Becontree estate in Dagenham. This is a two year initiative delivered by Sustrans in partnership with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham with the aim to create a safer and more attractive neighbourhood to live in and move through. The project will focus on the streets and spaces to the south of Porter’s Avenue and north of Becontree station, between Parsloes Park and Mayesbrook Park. Before the Becontree estate was built in the 1920’s and 1930’s, Porter’s Lodge farm occupied this area, leading to the resident led naming of this project.

A community led design approach puts residents at the heart of the design process. A focus on community engagement means this project hopes to get to the bottom of the issues resident care about and facilitates the reclaiming of public space for community use. Community members will be engaged at every stage of the decision making process and can really have their say on how they want their streets to be. This project aims to give the initiative to residents and allow them to create a space suitable for people to meet, socialise, and play.

Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. Our work makes it possible for people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.

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