Golden tickets are up
Willy Wonka may have thought his chocolate factory was the
perfect prize when he gave away his golden tickets, but in Newham
our golden tickets will get you into the Olympic Games.
We have 50 pairs up for grabs to watch some of the very best
events of the Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies.
Winning will feel as good as my home town team Kilmarnock beating
champions elect Celtic in the Scottish League Cup Final.
We'll be choosing the lucky recipients at random in June. To enter
you must be already paying your Council Tax by direct debit or have
signed up before 15 May.
The 50 residents who are selected will be able to experience the
magic of the Games up close, but we don't have to be at the Olympic
Stadium to experience the once-in-a-lifetime event.
There will also be a huge number of parties and events organised
by local residents and businesses with help from the council, which
will not only add to the fun but demonstrate to the world what a
warm, welcoming and resilient community we are.
If you want to find out more about how you could be chosen for
Games tickets visit
Children will prove good sports
Over the next 12 months one of my promises is to help every young
person in Newham to be a sportsperson. Every year 7 student in our
schools will get to have a go at a range of sports from rugby to
Many of those activities will take place at the University of East
London's new £21m SportsDock which I helped to launch at their
campus in the Royal Docks
Every young person who enjoys a taster of different sports will be
encouraged to keep up their chosen activity and we will do
everything we can to support them into clubs. It will also
introduce them to university life and sports science.
The state of the art facilities at SportsDock, unveiled by
Paralympic medal winner Ade Adepitan, Teresa Edwards, the Chef de
Mission for Team USA who are based there during the Games and
marathon runner Mara Yamauchi, are truly fantastic and will be a
wonderful legacy of the Games for our community
Painful reminder of real bravery
The incident that saw five police officers injured after being
attacked by a dog as they executed a search warrant in Stratford
was truly shocking.
Our police officers risk their lives on a daily basis to protect us
and some pay a painful price to ensure our safety. We should never
forget that bravery and commitment.
I have spoken to the police Borough Commander to express our thanks
for what they do and our hopes that those concerned recover
If nothing else, the incident highlights the need to encourage
sensible dog ownership. It's also why we have Dog Control Orders
designed to tackle irresponsible owners and nuisance dog
You tell us that dogs not being controlled in public is a concern
to you, but the majority of dog owners are responsible
Therefore we will continue to target the irresponsible few. Only
that way can our police officers and our enforcement officers feel
safe when they go about their duties on the streets on our
Services on the doorstep
I officially opened the refurbished Beckton Globe Library, which
has a whole range of new services and activities available under
The improvements at the library are part of our drive to provide
the best quality services for residents that also represent value
As well as all the traditional library services on offer in bright,
modern facilities, there are now easy to use self-service kiosks to
carry out a range of transactions from paying council bills online
to reporting abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping, anti-social
behaviour, missed bin collections and much more.
While I was in Beckton I also dropped in on the spring festival
organised by local residents with help from the council. It was
great to see so many people out together in the sunshine.
Over the past 12 months, almost 22,000 people attended community
events like these. This year we will offer the biggest local
community-based Olympics and Paralympics activity programme in the
history of the Games. Something for us all to enjoy!