Having your say on council decisions

You can voice your concerns and issues with us by speaking at council meetings. You can also attend public meetings of the council to observe proceedings.​​​​​​​​
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Attending council meetings

Everyone has the right to attend public meetings of the council, its committees and sub-committees, including meetings of Cabinet and Mayoral Proceedings. But it may be necessary to ask you to leave the room during discussion of confidential information, such as information relating to a named individual, commercially or legally sensitive information.


Please note that for people who are deaf or hearing impaired a hearing loop system will be provided at the monthly meeting of council. If you require British Sign Language interpretation at the meeting, please email both and 10 days before the meeting, so the council can accommodate the request.

Council meetings are either held at East Ham Town Hall or Old Town Hall Stratford where both venues are wheelchair accessible.

If you have any accessibility requirements or concerns for any of the council’s committee meetings, please email or discuss with the democratic services team and​ (telephone 020 3373 4643).


Public question time

Twenty minutes is allowed for questions by the public at Council meetings. Each question must be sent using this online form​ at least six clear working days before the meeting at which it is to be considered. Democratic Services on behalf of the Chief Executive will confirm the questions to be considered and you will be notified accordingly.

The deadlines for public questions for the Council meetings scheduled for 2018/2019 are as follows:
​​Date of meeting ​Deadline for submission - public questions
​29 October 2018 ​12pm (midday) 19 October 2018
​26 November 2018 12pm (midday) ​16 November 2018
​10 December 2018 ​12pm (midday) 29 November 2018
​18 February 2019 ​12pm (midday) 7 February 2019
​18 March 2019 ​12pm (midday) 7 March 2019
​15 April 2019 12pm (midday) 4 April 2019​

​​Please see above for accessibility​ for public question time events.

Let your voice be heard

Your next Citizens' Assemblies in 2019

Join us for the next round of Citizens’ Assemblies in early 2019 to comment and develop the ideas and challenges identified in your area. Help to create a shared vision for the place where you live, to shape its development and growth, and set priorities for a local community neighbourhood plan. 

You can find out what happened in the first two rounds, in September and November, along with information from our first deaf assembly on our dedicated Citizens' Assemblies web page. 

Once the dates are confirmed for the next round of Community Neighbourhoods Citizens' Assemblies you will also be able to register.​
For more information contact 


Have your say in other ways

You can have your say on our plans, proposals and decisions in other ways:

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Contact us

  • Head of Committees and Partnerships
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Dockside
    1000 Dockside Road
    E16 2QU

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