The vision for Newham is simple, and it embraces everyone: we are a council that puts people at the heart of everything we do. In our exciting, diverse and vibrant borough, we want to be the catalyst for transformation, maintaining our momentum and continuing to deliver positive change for all of our residents.
We are an ambitious place with ambitious plans. We want Newham to be recognised across Europe as a leading economic and residential district of London. Newham will be known as a prosperous and forward-looking borough, synonymous with health, opportunity and sustainable employment. We are committed to opening up opportunities to all in the borough and creating a place where potential, talent and ambition can flourish. Our aim is to build an inspirational place in which everyone plays their part, regardless of social or economic circumstances.
We are very focused on growing our contribution to the wider London economy, building Newham’s reputation as a place that welcomes entrepreneurs; that offers a high standard of living; that attracts visitors because of the scale of our regeneration plans. We are also transforming Newham into a beacon of community wealth building, where we use our purchasing power to keep wealth in our local economy with benefits shared more equally. In addition, we are boosting the skills of our residents and supporting them into higher quality jobs and apprenticeship schemes to ensure that they are less dependent on the welfare system.
Newham is well-placed to deliver this vision. London is moving east at an accelerated pace. Regeneration continues to progress, from Stratford and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the north of the borough, down through Canning Town and into the Royal Docks in the south, where a new Enterprise Zone will see the Mayors of Newham and London work together to deliver 35,000 jobs and 4,000 homes. And working with our partners such as the Mayor of London, we are also maximising the opportunities available to us to build the homes at social rent we so desperately need. We have set out plans to build 1,000 genuinely affordable homes across 40 sites by 2022, and we will be working to achieve even more. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in one of the most deprived areas in the capital to create new chances for our residents – and we aim to grasp it.
Newham Council is led by an elected mayor. Rokhsana Fiaz OBE was elected directly by the people in 2018, with 73% of the first preference votes cast. The first directly elected female mayor for any London borough, Rokhsana grew up in the borough and before her election as Mayor, was a councillor from 2014. She is supported by 60 councillors, all of whom are representatives of the Labour party.