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Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE

Hello Everyone,


As I write to you this evening, I am writing with heartache and sorrow following the death of 5-year-old Aalim Makail Jibril who died after falling from his home in a council high rise block in Plaistow early on Thursday morning.


My thoughts are with the parents and family of Aalim, and the nature of his death is beyond devastating. There are no words and I am heart broken.


Yesterday, I went to lay some flowers, as did so many other local residents whom I also spoke to. All of us were united in grief for the loss of young life and praying for a family devastated by the loss of their much loved angel. There was a community vigil last night filled with sadness, but it was an important coming together of local residents showing love and support for Aalim despite feeling trauma. 


Here at the Council, we are ensuring that the family are fully supported as they prepare for Aalim’s funeral this weekend as well as sensitively supporting the wider community living on the estate, through regular reassurance and support visits.


I’ve been receiving regular updates on this tragedy from senior council officers, and have been seeking assurances as well as asking a range of questions. Earlier today the Chief Executive issued a statement: there’s a full investigation underway by the Council to reach the fullest possible understanding of what happened; and this will be done as quickly as possible. As well as fully supporting any other investigations, the Council will provide a further update once all of the relevant facts are established and investigations are concluded.


I will of course be keeping a close eye on all developments, continue to ask questions and support all efforts being provided for Aalim’s family and the local community.


For now, I know there’ll be many moments this weekend where I will reflect on his short life, how he was much loved and how that has now been tragically taken.


Take care and please look out for each other.

Best wishes,


Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE

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Be Bin Day Ready - From 10 June 2024, bin collections are changing


From 10 June 2024, the way that we collect bins in Newham will change for all residents in houses or houses split into flats. These changes will help your hard working collection crews work in a more efficient way, and will also help us to increase our recycling rates.


We're introducing…

  • New collection days
  • Boundary collections – bins must now be placed at the edge of the property, by the gate, or end of the drive, ready for collection from 6am
  • Assisted collections for those that need support moving their bins
  • No side waste will be collected
  • Bin lids must be shut

To the view the full breakdown of the changes, including our best practice guide on to how to present your bins on your collection day -

Visit the Bin Day Ready webpage >

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Support aimed at improving your mental health and wellbeing

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we want you to know that there is plenty of support available to help improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

The NHS 111 Mental Health Crisis Response Service is now live in Newham. It means you can now call 111 and select option 2, to talk to a fully trained and qualified mental health professional, based in East London. 

You can find more information about the NHS 111 Mental Health Crisis Response Service here. There is also in-person support available in our community. The Newham Together Café offers short-term support and recovery strategies, in partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust. For more information, email the Together Cafe.

Visit here for mental health support >

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Ford Ride London – Major road closures on 26 May

Major road closures will affect Newham on Sunday 26 May from 4am - 7.30pm due to Ford Ride London.


Residents are urged to plan journeys ahead and avoid parking along the route.


Ford Ride London will see over 100 miles of closures, impacting central and East London.


Approximately 25,000 cyclists will travel through Central London, Essex, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest before concluding at Tower Bridge.


Visit this page for full details >

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Blackwall Tunnel closures 

Transport for London (TfL) has announced weekend closures for southbound traffic at the Blackwall Tunnel from 18-20 May, 1-3 June, 8-10 June and 29 June - 1 July. Drivers are urged to plan alternative routes with closures starting from 00:01 Saturday, with southbound traffic reopening by 05:00 Monday. 


These closures are for carriageway works for the Silvertown Tunnel, set to open in 2025. Newham Council opposed the Silvertown Tunnel due to the detrimental impact it will have on traffic congestion and toxic air quality impacting people’s health. Read the Mayor of Newham’s open letter to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, urging him to cancel the project here.

See here for more information > 

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Take part in Walk to School Week, 20-24 May

Regular physical activity during the school run is one of easiest ways to improve our physical and mental health. In fact, walking and wheeling to school daily can help children to:

  • Improve their personal and social development.
  • Reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Build strength in bones, muscles, hearts and lungs.
  • Improve concentration, behaviour and achievement in school.
  • Improve sleep quality and self-esteem.
  • Reduce harmful CO2 emissions and improve the quality of the air we breathe.

If you usually drive your children to school and can’t walk the whole journey, consider parking a little further away from the school and walking the rest of the way. If you have to get the bus, perhaps get off at an earlier bus stop to get a few more steps in.

Join the fun and find out more >

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Half term leisure centre activities for children

If you’re stuck for things to do during the half term break at the end of this month, please head to one of our three leisure centres. 

There will be a range of activities for children and young people, including junior gym, swimming and fitness classes. Sensory tennis, inclusive football and female basketball will also be on offer. 

Remember, free swimming for under-16s is available in Newham all year round, providing the correct membership is in place. 

For more information about upcoming activities, please email the team or visit the Help Centre.

You can also find more information here >

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Get your bike checked for free on Thursday 23 May

Dr Bike’s experienced mechanics can check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more. Any minor adjustments they can make to your bike they do there and then for free.


Anything they can't fix they’ll let you know exactly what needs doing and a rough guide to what it should cost at your local bike shop. These sessions are open to all.


Date: Thursday 23 May

Time: 2-6pm

Location: East Ham Library, E6 2RT

Find out more >

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Download Litter Lotto and bin it to win it!

Imagine the impact we can make if everyone picked up just one piece of litter during a daily stroll! 


Download the Litter Lotto app, upload a photo of litter as you bin it in a Newham council public litter bin, and you can help keep Newham clean, while bagging yourself cash prizes between £100- £1,000!


You can enter as many times as you like, as long as it is different litter each time.


Each submission increases your odds of winning cash prizes, LitterLotto coins, and more. There’s ample motivation to keep Newham clean.

Join the movement and make a difference by downloading the app > 

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Share your views about the future of Queen’s Market

Would you like to see more improvements at Queen’s Market? 

Join one of our upcoming drop-in events to learn about the improvements we have made in Queen’s Market and provide feedback about the future plans for the Market, Hamara Ghar, the public spaces and a new health facility in Green Street. 

Join us on the dates and times below, or fill out the co-create survey: 

  • Outside unit 12 & 13 Queen’s Market 23, 24 May 2024,12-3pm
  • Green Street Library - 21 May 2024, 5-8pm 
  • Katherine Road Community Centre, E7 8PW - 28 May, 12-3pm 
  • Plaistow Library - 30 May 2024, 5-8pm

Fill out the co-create survey >

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Canning Town Regeneration coming soon

Following over 200 hours of co-production and 50 engagement sessions with Canning Town residents to define the plans for the new estate and surrounding neighbourhood, we will be hosting the Canning Town regeneration ballot in June.


Eligible Canning Town Estate residents will be able to vote as to whether they would like their area regenerated or not, and will receive a registration letter to confirm their voting rights on the 27 May.


Any Canning Town estate resident wanting to know more about the plans, or specific questions about their living situation, can come to the Canning Town Regeneration Hub (The Grow Hub) any Wednesday between 10am-4 pm or they can email the team.

Read the latest Canning Town newsletter >

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Experience the impact of Our Projects - join us now! 


Join us this June for an unforgettable evening, where you'll get an exclusive chance to learn more about the ongoing ‘People Powered Places’ projects. 


Come and see the amazing results they have achieved at the various Our Projects events across the borough.  

This is an opportunity to connect with like-minded neighbours who share your passion for creating a better community. You can also get involved in the project by attending an activity, or event or by volunteering. 

Find out more about local projects and register your space here > 

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Discounted business membership

If you are a small business owner in Newham, why not come and take advantage of our newly launched discounted Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Membership offer?

Alongside access to over 150 monthly events, you can also benefit from 24/7/365 legal advice, pension planning, health and safety, HR support, business banking and many more.

Give your business a boost and access valuable resources at a reduced cost ranging from £50 - £150 for a two–year membership.

Memberships will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis so register your interest to not miss out on this great opportunity.

Sign up today >


Our Newham Support 

We are working hard to support those most in need. Our Newham services have seen significant increases in requests for help, particularly from families requesting help with energy bills and basic


The rising cost of living is affecting us all, whatever your circumstances, Our Newham Money is here to help and support with your financial wellbeing.

If you need help or advice, it’s available from Our Newham Money (financial wellbeing support and advice), Our Newham Work (finding work, apprenticeships and training) or Employment Rights Hub. You can also find out more about food support from the Newham Food Alliance, including how to refer yourself or someone in need.

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