We are building 1,000 new homes under the Affordable Homes for Newham programme. In 2021/22 our target is to start 539 new homes, enabling us to reach the Mayor’s Pledge of 1000 starts by 2022.
Populo Living, Newham’s housing company, is committed to providing 50% of new homes at London Affordable Rent levels. We are regenerating the Carpenters Estate in Stratford and are proud residents voted overwhelmingly for our plans, which will bring many affordable new homes to the area.
We are investing £96 million over 3 years in estate maintenance and improvement; major works include replacing windows, reroofing, and improving building structure, which has been ongoing since late 2018.
We’ve hired forty new youth workers and are doubling the number of youth zones. We have increased opening times by 150% and increased holiday programme availability by 200%.
We are involving young people and the community in improving youth safety, and are reducing the number of young people who are first-time entrants to the criminal justice system through our Preventing Child & Exploitation Harm Hub (PCEHH). Working with schools, the police, parents and young people to tackle the cycle of youth violence.
Working with Keep Britain Tidy, we are tackling the scourge of fly-tipping and challenging people who don’t keep our streets clean, improving recycling and tackling air pollution.
That means getting out into the community, talking to people about the issues affecting them and what could be done to make their lives safer and more pleasant. We have made it easier for people to recycle more things. The council moved to weekly recycling from October 2021 and increased the number of items available for recycling.
This has been kept under review with rounds rebalanced after resident feedback. This is a key commitment in the Borough’s Climate Emergency action plan.
We are making sure Newham residents hit hard by Covid-19 get all the help the council can give them. We Secured the highest level of lateral flow testing anywhere in London and pioneered a walk-in testing model.
Newham council worked with the UK government during the pandemic to test the Covid-19 ‘track and trace’ system. It was promoted by a COVID-19 health champions network and neighbourhood outreach teams who went to churches, mosques, community centres, local businesses and other settings to offer help and provide demonstrations.
Our expertise was used to make sure such a key national initiative would work in diverse communities like ours.
We want people at the heart of everything the council does, and local voices to be heard and involved in helping shape neighbourhoods.
We are giving residents a real say over the places where they live, work or learn. The council has developed new participatory arrangements as well as the citizens’ assembly on the Climate Emergency.
Action to be taken forward in response to the Democracy Commission. Through our Community Assemblies, residents have identified how to make improvements to their communities and neighbourhoods, supported by up to £100,000 funding from the council.