Newham London Borough Council

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Sex workers and drug dealers make lives 'a misery'

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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.”

Dog saved from being put down dies in council pound

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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.

Charter signed to improve the lot of construction workers

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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.”

Flags to fly in Newham to mark Armed Forces Day

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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.”

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

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Ellie the dog
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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.”

Newham set to be first London borough to ban bailiffs

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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.”