Newham London Borough Council

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  1. Petition gets enough signatures to force a mayoral vote

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Campaigners today said they have reached the number of signatures needed to force a referendum on how an east London borough is governed.

    The Newham People’s Petition want to see a vote on scrapping the borough’s directly elected mayor and returning to a council leader and cabinet model next year.

    Elected mayors hold more power than traditional council leaders because they can approve major plans alone.

    The campaigners needed 11,100 residents to sign a petition in favour of holding a referendum on the model, a target they now say they have achieved.

    Dhanniya Sugathan, leading campaigner for Newham’s People’s Petition, said: “We have met with queues of people willing to sign the petition. Residents are ready for change.

    "Few councils have a directly elected mayor model. The leader and cabinet model is the most popular form of governance. There is good reason for that.

    "Residents want a democratic and accountable structure of governance. We are committed to progressing and supporting the petition for a referendum to be held in 2021.”

    The petition is expected to be presented to the council later this month.

    Four London boroughs – Lewisham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham – have directly elected mayors and this is the first time the system has been successfully challenged in the capital.

    Labour’s Rokhsana Fiaz became London’s first directly elected woman mayor in April 2018.

    She was elected by an overwhelming majority in Newham, winning 73.4 per cent of the vote, after ousting Britain’s longest-serving elected mayor Sir Robin Wales as Labour candidate in a fierce party selection battle.

    Ms Fiaz then surrendered most of her executive powers less than six months into the job and agreed to delegate executive decision-making to her cabinet of senior councillors.

    She also pledged to hold a referendum on the mayoral system in the borough.

  2. Statue of black 'everywoman' unveiled in Stratford

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Statue
    Image caption: Left to right: Deputy mayor Charlene McLean, artist Thomas J Price and Olympian Christine Ohuruogu

    A new artwork depicting a black “everywoman” has been unveiled in east London.

    Sculptor Thomas J Price’s piece, named “Reaching Out”, now looks out over Three Mills Green in the Lee Valley Regional Park near Stratford after being installed this week.

    The 9ft tall bronze sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the fifth anniversary of outdoor art trail, The Line, which links Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich, along the line of the Greenwich meridian.

    The statue depicts a young black woman on her phone and it is one of just three public sculptures depicting black women in the UK.

    Newham’s deputy mayor Charlene McLean joined Olympian Christine Ohuruogu, from Stratford, and artist Price at the unveiling.

    Cllr McLean said: “It’s fantastic to see a sculpture in Newham of a young black women, which so many people are going to identify with. It’s modern, it represents our community and above all, it’s fun.

    “The death of George Floyd in America and the increased importance of Black Lives Matter has focused attention on history and diversity. At the moment there is a real lack of diversity and a massive gender imbalance in public art. It is one of only three public sculptures of a black woman in the UK. I hope it will be the start of many more."

  3. Tudor pub to be reopened as a hotel

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Old Spotted Dog

    A derelict east London pub that was once believed to be a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII is set to be reopened as a hotel.

    The Grade II- listed Old Spotted Dog in Forest Gate, Newham, has been closed since June 2004 and is on Historic England’s Building at Risk register.

    This week, in an online meeting, Newham council granted planning permission for it to be refurbished as a pub, restaurant, function room and 68 bedroom hotel.

    Developer Highpride Properties said it will restore the historic part of the building, believed to be the oldest surviving secular building in the borough with parts dating back to the 1500s.

    It will also build an adjacent hotel over two, three and four storeys.

    Henry VIII is believed to have stayed there when he hunted in Epping Forest and it is the reason the area was named Forest Gate.

  4. Call to prayer to be broadcast from some mosques

    Rob England

    BBC News

    Mosques in a London Borough will be allowed to broadcast a call to prayer from today during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a council has said.

    The prayer, to be broadcast from 19 mosques in Newham, will be "specially adapted" to remind worshippers to pray from home.

    Muslim communities would usually gather at their local mosque to pray and break their fast, but religious buildings were closed in March after government guidance.

    Man prays in mosque a day before the official shut down across the UK

    Deputy Mayor Charlene McLean said: “Ramadan has been a very different and difficult holy month for our Muslim community this year, and we recognise the sacrifices the community has made by following the rules regarding congregation and social distancing.

    "By doing the right thing they, and other faith groups in the borough, have helped restrict the spread of the virus, which has saved lives."

  5. Newham to get new youth centre for arts and culture

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A new youth centre focusing on arts and culture will open in Newham later this year, the borough’s mayor has said.

    Rokhsana Fiaz announced the first “flagship hub” at a full council meeting this week.

    In total councillors signed off £1.2m to pay for four new youth centres in the borough over the next few years.

    She said work on the centre, based in the Stratford Circus building, would start in April.

    The hub is expected to officially open in the summer.

    She told the full council meeting: “When we stood for election we promised we would be doubling the number of youth hubs in the borough.

    “A number of the young people we have been having conversations with have an appetite and aspiration for access to the arts and culture sector.

    “I was keen to see we bring that to life. As part of our plans we are ensuring we are able to provide a new arts offer that will be present at the flagship youth hub.”

  6. Crime is being fuelled by exclusions - MP

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    School exclusions are fuelling a rise in violence on the streets of Newham, according to West Ham MP Lyn Brown.

    Ms Brown said there was “no way back” into mainstream education for many young boys after being excluded from school and they needed “protection and not punishment” in many cases.

    During a Westminster Hall debate she said she has spoken to the parents of children who have been drawn into knife crime and county lines drug dealing and they told her that it was their son being thrown out of school that was a “tipping point”.

    Exclusions at Newham schools have increased by 81% since 2013, figures show.

    In 2016/17 there were 44 permanent and 1,696 temporary or fixed-term exclusions in the borough.

    Ms Brown said: “Once you are excluded from many of our schools there is absolutely no way back – none at all – into mainstream education and I’m worried that the government’s apparent direction is going to make that situation worse."

    Last year 37 young people from Newham were referred to a London-wide ‘Rescue and Response’ programme that aims to protect children from becoming embroiled in county lines drug dealing, making it the joint highest offending borough in the capital.

    Newham council created a youth safety board in March last year to explore ways of bringing down youth violence in the borough.

    Last week it released a report that made 11 recommendations, including developing a programme providing support to young adults who are “at risk of involvement in exploitation and violence, to address trauma, housing, and transitions into training and work”.

  7. Sex workers and drug dealers make lives 'a misery'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Drug dealers leave waste

    Sex workers and drug users who were “making life a misery” for residents in Stratford have been targeted in a council crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

    Last week police and officers from Newham council patrolled the Romford Road area after more than a year of complaints from home owners.

    Police arrested four people for drug possession and issued three penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) and six community protection warnings (CPWs) during the two-day operation.

    Councillor James Beckles, cabinet member for crime and community safety, said: “With the support of residents, our officers have been able to lead a compassionate but proportionate enforcement operation to improve the neighbourhood. This kind of high visibility operation brings reassurance and puts residents in direct contact with council officers, improving intelligence and building relationships.”

    However, some home owners says the measures have still not gone far enough.

    Residents who live in six new build three-storey town houses in Worland Road, purchased with help from Newham Council’s NewShare homeowner scheme, say they are still powerless to stop prostitutes and drug dealers using their car park as a meeting place.

    Robert Kuszneruk, who lives in Worland Road, said: “Sadly it didn’t help our situation. Unless the problem is tackled with a physical barrier of some sort, it will never leave our estate.”

    Residents are meeting with councillors again next month.

    A council spokes person said: “The aim of the operation was to provide visible reassurance patrols to engage with the local community, use appropriate and proportionate enforcement tactics where offenders were identified and offer referrals for vulnerable people requiring support in relation to drug taking and sex working.”

  8. Dog saved from being put down dies in council pound

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A dog which was saved from being put down after more than 23,000 people signed a petition to save her has died while in a council pound.

    Ellie – a mongrel who ran into Docklands Equestrian Stables on Valentine’s Day – was being kept by Newham council until a home could be found.

    A spokesman said the animal started having seizures on Tuesday last week and died on her way to the vet.

    “On Tuesday evening she began fitting and an emergency vet was called to examine her,” he said.

    “It was decided to move her to the veterinary practice. Unfortunately, although she received veterinary treatment, she passed away on the journey.

    “We have informed the people who had expressed an interest in finding a permanent solution to Ellie’s future homing.”

    The Royal Veterinary College is carrying out a post-mortem into the circumstances of Ellie’s death.

    Thousands of animal lovers called on Newham council to release the dog after Docklands Equestrian Stables manager Terry Minns started a campaign.

  9. Charter signed to improve the lot of construction workers

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Newham council has committed to improving working conditions for construction workers in the borough.

    Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz has signed trade union Unite’s construction charter, which works to guarantee building projects meet the highest possible standards.

    The charter aims to ensure workers feel safe speaking out on safety issues and are protected from industry “blacklisting”.

    It also means contractors and sub-contractors working on council sites must provide apprentice training and an industry rate of pay for all staff.

    Mayor Fiaz said: “Without our hard working construction staff we would not be able to achieve the ambitious housing and regeneration targets I have set for the council and which put us at the leading edge of social-rent house building across London.

    “The charter will not only improve employment standards for construction workers employed by this council, but also ensure that building projects undertaken by the council are delivered to the highest standard.”

  10. Flags to fly in Newham to mark Armed Forces Day

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Newham council will be hoisting flags at its town halls this weekend in honour of the armed forces.

    The flags, with the slogan “Armed Forces Day, show your support”, will be on display in Stratford and East Ham from tomorrow.

    Councillor Terry Paul said: “We fly the flag to salute our armed forces who protect us, defend this country’s interests and answer the call to deal with humanitarian disasters across the globe.

    “They face risk every day and some fall in the line of duty. We are proud of those servicemen and women who call Newham home. We owe them gratitude and respect and our support.”

    Armed Forces Day raises awareness of the contribution made by those who serve or have served in the Army, Royal Air Force or Navy.

    Cllr Paul said the flags should not be seen as support for any war.

    He added: “Our decision to fly they flag must not be seen as support for war or conflict or government policy. It is about people and their families and how we can look after them during and after their dedicated service.”

  11. Thousands call for dog 'on death row' to be saved

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellie the dog

    Thousands of people have called for a London council to release a stray dog that could be put down despite having a “loving home waiting for her”.

    Newham Council is facing a legal battle over its decision to euthanise Ellie, a mongrel who ran into the Docklands Equestrian Stables on Valentine’s Day.

    After finding her, stables manager Terry Minns called the council’s warden service and spent the evening feeding the emaciated animal.

    A warden arrived to pick up Ellie the following morning and Mrs Minns said that if no one claimed her she would give her a home.

    However, she said she was later informed Ellie was a “dangerous dog” and would be put to sleep.

    Mrs Minns hired a lawyer who has taken out an emergency order in the High Court to twice stop the council putting down the dog.

    An independent assessor has said she is not dangerous or a pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino or Fila Braziliero — breeds banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

    Ellie is now “unfairly sitting on death row”, lawyer James Parry said.

    Mrs Minns said: “Ellie isn’t a prohibited breed, she hasn’t bitten anyone and an assessor has declared she is not dangerous."

    “A loving home awaits and she deserves a chance to be part of it,” she said.

    More than 7,000 people have signed a petition to save Ellie and £3,000 has so far been crowdfunded to help with court fees.

    East Ham MP Stephen Timms has also called on the council to reverse its decision.

    Newham council’s website says it tries to rehome stray dogs with rescue groups and rehoming centres.

    A council spokesman would not comment on the legal case adding, “where there is doubt that any particular dog may present a risk to the public we need to ensure that these dogs are not placed in a position where they may cause harm or injury either to people or to other animals.”

  12. Newham set to be first London borough to ban bailiffs

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An east London borough is set to be the first local authority in London to ban bailiffs from collecting unpaid fines and council tax payments.

    Newham Council has said it will not be sending out enforcement officers to collect unpaid money in the new financial year because of the impact of Universal Credit.

    Officers from OneSource Enforcement Services, a shared service between the Newham, Havering and Bexley, can currently be sent to households when council tax, parking penalty fines, business rates or commercial rent have not been paid.

    The council writes to residents who have outstanding payments and gives them seven days to pay up.

    If the money is not received, bailiffs are sent to the address where they can “collect the money or remove goods or possessions from your home to the value of the debt you owe”, according to the council website.

    They also have the power to clamp or remove vehicles.

    Newham mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said the scheme targets the most vulnerable residents.

    “Given the impact Universal Credit and benefit cuts are having on some of our residents I did not want to have a contract with bailiffs in place," she said.

    Marc Francis, policy director at anti-poverty charity Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, said Newham were the first council he had seen which had fully committed to the policy.

    He added: “More than half of England’s poorest households have had bailiffs instructed on them, which is a terrifying. We really welcome the lift of this threat.”

  13. Only 13 Newham firms pay London Living Wage

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Newham councillors are calling on all businesses to pay staff fairly after revealing there are just 13 companies in the borough which have committed to paying the London Living Wage.

    A motion going before the full council on Monday will ask that the local authority becomes London Living Wage accredited.

    If passed it will ensure all staff directly employed by the council will be paid at least £10.55 per hour.

    Minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.83 for people over 25 but just £4.20 for workers under 18.

    Newham is one of the poorest boroughs in the capital, with just over 40% of residents estimated to live in poverty.

  14. Delay to homelessness centre opening

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The opening of a new homelessness assessment centre designed to help tackle the problem of rough sleepers in Newham has been delayed.

    A 20-bed hub, staffed by specialists in mental health and drug and alcohol treatment, was announced by new mayor Rokhsana Fiaz in June and was due to be up and running in October.

    But “teething problems” have postponed the opening. The centre will be based at Caritas Anchor House, in Barking Road, after plans to set up elsewhere in the borough fell through.

    The charity is currently building an extension and 10 beds will be available on 17 December, a Newham council spokeswoman said. The full facility will not be open until next year.