Citizens' Assemblies

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

What are 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 Community 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 eight Community Neighbourhoods. Each Community Neighbourhood covers two or three 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 Community Neighbourhood Plan which has been created by the assembly and steering group will be finalised in March 2019.

Putting Newham residents at the heart of everything we do.​

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Previous assemblies

September 2018 Assemblies

Find out what was said in September’s Citizens’ Assemblies:

November 2018 Assemblies

Find out what was said in November’s Citizens’ Assemblies, including the Newham Deaf Assembly:

February and March 2019 Assemblies


Newham People’s Budget Forums 

Three Newham People’s Budget Forums were held in January 2019. They were a chance to see how the council is funded, the 2019/20 budget proposals, and​ how you would like to be involved in future budget decisions.
​Community Neighbourhood ​Date ​Time ​Venue
Beckton & Royal Docks​ ​Wednesday 16 January ​6.30-9pm Beckton Community Centre​, 14 East Ham Manor Way, Beckton, E6 5NG
​East Ham ​​Monday 21 January ​6.30-9pm ​Newham Town Hall, Barking Road, East Ham, E6 2RP
​Stratford & West Ham ​Thursday 24 January ​10.30am- 1pm ​Old Town Hall, Stratford, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ


Our Streets, Transport and Parking Forums

This January and early February the council held three events to engage with residents and different road user groups about the conditions of our roads, the quality of our air - and the options around parking. There was also an online interactive survey.​
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