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Residents get street party started


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Residents get street party started

Picture caption: Cllrs Hudson and Sparrowhawk join the party

Almost 100 residents turned out for a street party in East Ham’s Wall End Road to allow the residents to get to know each other.

Deputy Mayor Lester Hudson and Wall End ward councillor Ted Sparrowhawk attended the festivities organised by residents Elaine Gillies, Michelle Sussex and Fozia Ahmed supported by a Newham Council Let’s Get the Party Started (LGTPS) grant and sponsorship from Ghirs Pharmacy.
There was a bouncy castle, face painting and a Caribbean food stall. Councillor Hudson said: “The party was a great success and gave residents the chance to enjoy themselves with help from the council. We are offering support to those that want help to hold events that brings the community together.”

Residents wanting to apply for LGTPS funding should do so at least eight weeks ahead of their event. For more information and to apply, go to

Fly-tipper given hefty fine for dumping waste

Picture caption: The dumped waste

A man who admitted dumping building materials behind a primary school has been fined £1,500 and ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

Reece Gillard, 25, from Custom House, fly-tipped pieces of wood, insulation and building materials in Jade Close, Beckton, next to Calverton Primary School, in December last year.

At Thames Magistrates Court last month he was fined £1,500 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. The court imposed a four-month curfew between 8pm and 7am. The magistrates also gave permission for Newham Council to dispose of a Ford transit van which had been seized.

Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral adviser for environment, said: “This man put young children at risk with his reckless behaviour. Residents should be assured that we will catch criminals like this who are intent on ruining our environment.”

Register to vote in EU referendum

Newham Council is urging residents to look out for the Electoral Commission’s information booklet regarding the referendum on 23 June on the UK’s membership of the European Union.
The booklet is being delivered to every household and contains information on the referendum, how to register to vote by the deadline of Tuesday 7 June, and how to cast your vote.
Paul Libreri, Newham’s head of registration and electoral services, said: “There is still time to make sure you can take part in the EU referendum, but you can’t vote if you’re not registered by 7 June.”
It’s easy to register and only takes a few minutes online. If you are already registered to vote there is no need to register again for the EU referendum. There are options for postal or proxy votes.
Information for voters is available at or to register to vote go to

Make tracks to station entrance

Picture caption:Sir Robin helped cut the ribbon

Mayor Sir Robin Wales joined pupils from St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School to cut the ribbon on the new entrance to Custom House Station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

The entrance, built as part of the Crossrail project, will be an important interchange between the DLR and Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line services that will start serving the station in December 2018. It will also improve access to the nearby ExCeL exhibition centre.

The improvements to the station also include a new footbridge and a 24-hour public route from Custom House to ExCeL.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales, who was joined by Newham councillors Ken Clark, Pat Holland, Freda Bourne, Alan Griffiths, and construction workers, said: “London is moving east and we are working hard to ensure residents benefit. Continued growth in the Royal Docksdepends on more investment in infrastructure. That is why this improved station is so welcome.”

Pages 6-7 Mayor’s view

Fitting tribute to club as sun sets on Boleyn era

Picture captions: Laying the first sections of track, Darren Harman collects his tickets with Sir Robin Wales

After 112 years the Boleyn Ground has been given an emotional send off. Not only did those inside the ground witness a fantastic display by West Ham United to win the game but they were also part of a fitting final tribute and celebration marking the stadium’s final match.
I was delighted we were able to give Darren Harman, from Beckton and Shannel Duncan, from Canning Town, and their guests the chance to witness the unforgettable event after winning the competition we held with the club to win tickets to the historic match.
From next season West Ham will call the former Olympic Stadium on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park their home. Thanks to our investment in the Stadium we will be able to offer thousands of other Newham residents the chance to see the club in action free of charge. But these free tickets are just part of the benefits from the rejuvenated Stadium we have secured for our residents.

Work is under way to ensure the Stadium is not just ready for the big kick off but to convert it into a multipurpose venue hosting athletics, football, rugby, motor sport and concerts, and other activities.

This includes the laying of a new track made of the same material as that being used at the Rio Olympic Games. I had the pleasure of joining two rising stars of UK athletics, CJ Ujah and Adelle Tracey, and former Olympic medal winner Brendan Foster to start laying the state of-the-art track.
Not only is it a fantastic new track –but it is great that Newham residents, including myself, will be among the first to use it at the Great Newham London Run and the Family Run on 17 July. This is why it was fitting to have nine-year-old Tate Sharpe and his mother Simone, who live near the Stadium and are taking part in the Family Run, to help lay the track.
Both events will finish in the Stadium giving people the chance to create their own golden moments. We have always been committed to ensuring the 2012 Games leave a lasting legacy for our residents. Thanks to our investment in the Stadium we are helping turn that ambition into reality.

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