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.

Public question time

Twenty minutes is allowed for questions by the public at Council meetings. Each question must be sent using this online form​ (or in writing to the Chief Executive) at least five 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
​22 October 2018 ​12pm (midday) 12 October 2018
​12 November 2018 12pm (midday) ​2 November 2018
​10 December 2018 ​12pm (midday) 30 November 2018
​18 February 2019 ​12pm (midday) 8 February 2019
​18 March 2019 ​12pm (midday) 8 March 2019
​15 April 2019 12pm (midday) 5 April 2019​

Let your voice be heard

Your Citizens' Assembly

Join us identify and discuss how best to address challenges in your area, giving you and your neighbours direct influence decision making and have greater say on local funding. Join us at your local Citizens' Assembly.

You can register at Community Neighbourhoods Citizens Assemblies and you can also register for special requirements to enable you to attend. For more information contact Light refreshments will be available at the assemblies.

Putting Newham Residents at the Heart of Everything We Do.

During September 2018 there will be the first in a series of Neighbourhood Citizens’ Assemblies taking place across the borough in each Community Neighbourhood.

What Neighbourhood Citizens’ Assemblies

Neighbourhood citizens’ assemblies are large open meetings where you and others from your Neighbourhood decide how to improve your area.

The assembly is your chance to:
  • set the priorities for the Neighbourhood Plan
  • discuss and work together with others to find solutions to local problems 
  • connect with other local people and share knowledge
  • set up local projects
  • find out what is happening in your local area 
  • give directions on how funding available to your area is spent
There will be a daytime and an evening assembly session in each Community Neighbourhood which will last approximately 3 hours, including a break and time to meet and greet others.

How They Work

The borough of Newham has 8 Community Neighbourhoods. Each Community Neighbourhood covers 2 or 3 local wards. So the assembly will deal with making improvements to that whole area rather than one particular street or ward. Anyone who lives, works or learns in the Community Neighbourhood can attend. Each assembly will set the priorities for creating the Community Neighbourhood plan and improving the area in general.

Guidelines for participation during the assembly
  • Listen to each other
  • Be respectful when someone is talking
  • You don’t have to agree
  • Be careful not to dominate - let others talk
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have loads of ideas, your attendance is a great contribution
  • Share what comes to mind
  • Make connections and enjoy being part of shaping your local area’s future

The Neighbourhood Citizens’ Assemblies - September 2018 to March 2019

The assemblies in each area will be followed by the creation of a steering group that will consist of local people who live, work or learn in the area, alongside councillors and council officers. This steering group will take the priorities decided upon in the assemblies and put together the details of the Community Neighbourhood plan.

he draft plan will then be put to a second Neighbourhood Citizens’ Assembly in the Autumn of 2018 or early 2019 for comments and review.
The  Neighbourhood Plan which has been created by the assembly and steering group will be finalised in March 2019.

​​Community Neighbourhood Time​ Date​ Venue​
​Beckton and Royal Docks ​10am - 1pm and
6 - 9.30pm
Tuesday 4 September​ Beckton Community Centre, 14 East Ham, Manor Way, Beckton, E6 5NG​
​Custom House and Canning Town 10am 1pm and
Thursday 6 September​
​Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre, 18 Rathbone Market, Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 1EH
​Manor Park 6 - 9.30pm​ Monday 10 September ​ ​Froud Centre
1 Toronto Avenue, E12 5JF
​Stratford and West Ham ​​10am 1pm and
​Wednesday 12 September​ ​Old Town Hall Stratford, 29 The Broadway, Stratford E15 4BQ
​Forest Gate ​10am 1pm and
​Thursday 13 September​ ​Forest Gate Learning Zone, 1 Woodford Road, Forest Gate, E7 8PN
​Manor Park  ​​10am 1pm ​Monday 17 September Old Manor Park Library, 835 Romford Road, Manor Park, E12 5JY​
​East Ham  ​​10am 1pm and
​Tuesday 18 September ​Newham Town Hall, East Ham, E6 2RP
​Plaistow ​10am 1pm and
​Thursday 20 September ​Barking Road Community Centre, 627 - 633 Barking Road, E13 9EZ
​Green Street ​​10am 1pm and
​Thursday 27 September Katherine Road Community Centre, 254 Katherine​

Speaking at council meetings

If you wish to speak at any meeting of the council, its committees or cabinet, you may ask for a deputation.
Deputations may be made up of up to five people. No more than three members of your deputation will be allowed to speak at the meeting. The others will be able to answer any questions asked by councillors. You will be given up to five minutes to speak. Councillors will then have a further five minutes to ask you questions.
You must make a deputation request at least five clear working days before the meeting you wish to speak, for example;
  • If the meeting is scheduled for a Thursday, the request for deputation would need to be sent, at the latest, on Wednesday the week before.
  • If the meeting is scheduled for a Tuesday, the request for deputation would need to be sent, at the latest, on the Monday the week before.
  • If the meeting is scheduled for a Monday, the request for deputation would need to be sent, at the latest, on the Friday two weeks before.​
If you wish to make a deputation you should email your request directly to the Chief Executive, stating at what meeting you would like to speak and what your subject is regarding,​

If you would just like information about the process, you can call our Corporate Governance Team on 0203 373 4643.

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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