Mayor's Christmas Message 2012

21 December 2012 in 2012 Games and legacy and Mayor
“On behalf of Newham Council, I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and a prosperous new year."
“It has been a truly amazing 12 months in the life of our borough. The whole of Newham rose to the challenge of celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and welcoming the world to the 2012 Games, which many agreed were the finest ever.

“We will all have our own personal highlights, but mine go further than just sporting moments. Mine are of the inspiration the Games have given us to achieve great things, the jobs created, the physical transformation of the area and of people coming together to enjoy the party. That is the true legacy of the Games, which we should carry into 2013 and beyond.

“In 2013 we will continue to deliver services you say are important to you. However, as a result of Government cuts we continue to have to tighten our belts and make tough decisions about public spending. Despite these challenges we will continue to invest in our communities and support all of our residents in building their resilience. I propose not to ask any more from residents in terms of Council Tax next April. I also want to continue to provide free school meals and to extend the Every Child a Musician programme to include Year 7 pupils across the borough.

“This year I have again supported the appeal being run by Canning Town charity Community Links and the Newham Recorder newspaper to collect 14,000 toys to help almost 4,000 youngsters. The appeal has this year experienced an unprecedented level of need and hardship. In the time left between now and Christmas I encourage as many people as possible to support this important cause because every child matters.

“Enjoy your Christmas, and I look forward to an exciting year ahead for Newham.”

Sir Robin Wales
Mayor of Newham