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Citizens' Assemblies

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

The Newham Citizens Assembly on Climate Change 

Newham will be holding its first Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change starting in January 2020. This follows on directly from the council declaring a Climate Emergency earlier this year and introducing a raft of measures to tackle global warming, poor air quality and waste.

his Assembly will be different to the previous Community Neighbourhood Citizens’ Assemblies that have taken place in the borough. It will take place over several sessions and participants will be selected randomly and reimbursed for their time. A large number of invitation letters will be sent out at the beginning of January. Then from those that responded to the invitation a final group of 40 to 50 residents will be selected to represent the borough’s diverse population.

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 2019 to April 2020

The assemblies in each area were followed by the creation of a steering group that consists of local people who live, work or learn in the area, alongside councillors and council officers.

The steering group have put together the details of the Community Neighbourhood Plan and are developing a local action plan to implement the projects voted for during the previous round of assemblies.

The next round of assemblies will be held in April 2020 when you can find out about what has been delivered on your community plans and have the opportunity to feedback on projects and the process of the assemblies.
For more information contact​ 

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 

Newham Council is committed to delivering a budget for residents, and a budget that can continue to support the borough's most vulnerable residents, while making savings of £45 million over the next three years. 

Newham wants the budget process to be as open and transparent as possible.  The first stage of that was the publication of a budget simulator and short survey where residents were invited to take part. This summarised the financial position and enabled residents to suggest how they would go about meeting the financial challenges.

Following that there will be a programe of extensive public engagement across the borough to discuss the budget proposals in January 2020. The results of this will be reported back, in public, to Cabinet for its meeting on 18 February 2020, and then all of of Newham's councillors will meet on 2 March to vote on a final proposal. 

These results are being analysed and will be published with the papers for the Cabinet meeting being held on 17 December. 

Join us at one of our Newham People's Budget Forums in January 2020 to discuss budget proposals and think about what the impact could be on you and other residents. 
​Date ​Time ​Venue
​Wednesday 22 January 2020 ​6.30-9pm ​​Old Town Hall, Stratford, 29 The Broadway, Stratford E15 4BQ
​​Wenesday 29 January 2020 ​6.30-9pm ​Canning Town Library, 18 Rathbone Market, Barking Road, Canning Town E16 1EH
​Thursday 30 January 2020 ​6.30-9pm ​East Ham Town Hall, 328 Barking Road,
East Ham E6 2RP
You can register at and you can also register for special requirements to enable you to attend.

Alternatively, email your comments to​


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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