Gascoigne Residents' Forum

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Putting people at the heart of our mission to improve the Gascoigne area

Here at Be First we believe that engagement with residents is key to the success of our projects. Your knowledge and lived experience helps us to understand a local area better and inform design decisions to benefit the wider community long term.

What is the GRF?

A group of local residents from the Gascoigne area, who are committed to working with Be First as the estate undergoes significant change by representing the concerns, aspirations and priorities of their community .

Who is involved?

Up to 18 individuals who are passionate about where they live and motivated to collaborate with us on ideas that will help to further elevate the local area.

What is the Gascoigne Project about?

The Gascoigne neighbourhood covers an area of 34 hectares and is located immediately to the south of Barking Town Centre and the Barking Station interchange. It is owned and managed by Barking and Dagenham Council. The neighbourhood is currently undergoing significant regeneration, enabled with an outline application that was approved in 2015 for Gascoigne East for 1,575 homes and 2018 for Gascoigne West with 850 homes over 3 phases.

At Be First, our objective at Gascoigne is to create a modern, sustainable new neighbourhood, providing significantly more and better quality housing, in a mix of sizes, in an attractive, safe and healthy environment.

Join the GRF

After a year of working with the Gascoigne Residents' Forum on a number of exciting projects such as the design for the new community centre, the Phoenix pocket park, Gascoigne Park, to name but a few, were now looking to expand the group and are looking for new members!

If you live on Gascoigne, are passionate about our neighbourhood, love sharing ideas and getting stuck in - then we'd love you to apply to join us and commit to a year's membership.

  • First complete the online expression of interest form
  • The closing date for submitting the form is Sunday 3rd October 2021
  • After the deadline, we will give you a call and have a chat about what's involved and answer any questions you may have.

Putting people at the heart of our mission to improve the Gascoigne area

Here at Be First we believe that engagement with residents is key to the success of our projects. Your knowledge and lived experience helps us to understand a local area better and inform design decisions to benefit the wider community long term.

What is the GRF?

A group of local residents from the Gascoigne area, who are committed to working with Be First as the estate undergoes significant change by representing the concerns, aspirations and priorities of their community .

Who is involved?

Up to 18 individuals who are passionate about where they live and motivated to collaborate with us on ideas that will help to further elevate the local area.

What is the Gascoigne Project about?

The Gascoigne neighbourhood covers an area of 34 hectares and is located immediately to the south of Barking Town Centre and the Barking Station interchange. It is owned and managed by Barking and Dagenham Council. The neighbourhood is currently undergoing significant regeneration, enabled with an outline application that was approved in 2015 for Gascoigne East for 1,575 homes and 2018 for Gascoigne West with 850 homes over 3 phases.

At Be First, our objective at Gascoigne is to create a modern, sustainable new neighbourhood, providing significantly more and better quality housing, in a mix of sizes, in an attractive, safe and healthy environment.

Join the GRF

After a year of working with the Gascoigne Residents' Forum on a number of exciting projects such as the design for the new community centre, the Phoenix pocket park, Gascoigne Park, to name but a few, were now looking to expand the group and are looking for new members!

If you live on Gascoigne, are passionate about our neighbourhood, love sharing ideas and getting stuck in - then we'd love you to apply to join us and commit to a year's membership.

  • First complete the online expression of interest form
  • The closing date for submitting the form is Sunday 3rd October 2021
  • After the deadline, we will give you a call and have a chat about what's involved and answer any questions you may have.
  • Gascoigne Residents Forum - Coffee Morning

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    Free cake, coffee & conversation!

    We're hosting a coffee morning to talk about who the Gascoigne Residents' Forum are, what they do and how you can get involved!

    Where? Ripple Centre, 121-125 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7FN

    When? Tuesday 26 October, 9:30 – 11.30am

    For further information, please get in touch and call 020 7112 4828 or email communities@befirst.london

  • Join the Gascoigne Residents' Forum

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    After a year of working with the Gascoigne Residents' Forum on a number of exciting projects such as the design for the new community centre, the Phoenix pocket park, Gascoigne Park, to name but a few, were now looking to expand the group and are looking for new members!

    If you live on Gascoigne, are passionate about our neighbourhood, love sharing ideas and getting stuck in - then we'd love you to apply to join us and commit to a year's membership.

    • First complete the online expression of interest form
    • The closing date for submitting the form is Sunday 3rd October 2021
    • After the deadline, we will give you a call and have a chat about what's involved and answer any questions you may have.

    If we have more applicants than places we will use the information from your form and phone conversation to allocate the places.

  • Phoenix Park Celebration

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    Join us at Phoenix Park, Abbey Road IG11 7DA

    To celebrate the official launch of Phoenix Park, the Gascoigne Residents’ Forum (supported by Be First) is hosting a festival on Saturday 31 July from midday until 4pm. The afternoon is set to be a fun-filled, informative afternoon for the local community to enjoy!

    Visitors can break a sweat in "The Challenge Zone" and take part in games of table tennis or play giant chess. There will be a drawing competition to entertain children and an opportunity for all ages to learn about how to care for the park plant life.

    Meet members of the Gascoigne Residents' Forum, who helped to create the park and can tell you all about what it has to offer, including how to get involved. Roding Rubbish will also be on hand to chat about their work and what you can do to help.

    Share your Gascoigne memories and sign-up for the Gascoigne Heritage Tour taking place at 1.30pm. Only 12 spots available, so if you fancy taking a stroll around Gascoigne, taking in the views and learning about the rich history of the area, sign-up by emailing communities@befirst.london

    Free to attend, please register your interest here. Ticket allocation will be on a first come first serve basis.

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