December-January Councillor Report
Forest Gate North
Worked on getting Maryland residents their first Christmas tree as part of our partnership work in building community cohesion and urban realm improvements in Maryland. On the 1st December we had #Merryland switch on lights event at Maryland point.
In the theme of Christmas and giving I supported in delivering hampers to our mature residents as part of Newham Council annual programme. 3000 “early Christmas presents” were delivered around the borough.
I attended Friends of Maryland Core Group meeting on 6th January. The aim of this meeting was outline plans and priorities for 2016 this includes Crossrail Consultation, Keep Maryland Tidy Campaigns and Re-zoning of Maryland Station. The next open meeting is Tuesday 16th February, 7:30pm at Nooks Café. The focus of this meeting will be on strategic regeneration and planning. We will be going on a site visit with Cllr Ken Clarke to Waltham Forest to learn how they improved their public realm and shop fronts.
If you would like to get involved in Friends of Maryland please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can keep up to date with all thing #MarylandE15 by following @MarylandPoint.
Our December Safer Neighbourhood meeting was cancelled but I am expecting an update on the dispersal zone application in Maryland to tackle street drinking and anti-social behaviour. The next meeting is 07/01/2016 at Coffe7.
Our resident surgery was closed during the Christmas break but I have received a lot of casework via emails. The one big theme currently is parking (the lack of).
Scrutiny Commissions- Deputy Chair of Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Commission & member of Overview & Scrutiny Commission.
I am now part of an informal scrutiny group looking at Newham’s Prevent Duty and agenda. We hope to submit a report to Overview and Scrutiny on the first week of February.
Overview and Scrutiny are now working to analysis and adopt Newham’s 16-17 budget. This will involve working with the Cabinet member of Finance, Cllr. Lester Hudson.
Resources in the Scrutiny team are severely stretched! We are in desperate need of more staff if anyone is looking for a job in this field please do apply!
Committee other LBN Commitments
I was unable to make the last meeting of Investment and Accounts as it clashed with prior arrangements, the next meeting is Wednesday 10th February, 6:30pm, Newham Town Hall, members of the public are welcome to attend.
As an ex-youth councillor and UK Youth Parliamentarian I’ve been working with the Youth Representation team on the Youth Councillor annual programme. I hope this will bring greater integration of both the youth council and the “old” council work plans. I’m looking forward to meeting this year’s council in a couple weeks with Stephen Timms M J
West Ham CLP/ Forest Gate North Campaigning
I went out doorknocking and leafletting on Saturday 12th December with Forest Gate North Labour members and Cllr Ellie Robinson. We knocked on new members/supporters doors to introduce ourselves around Tower Hamlets and Odessa Roads. I noticed a lot of bulky waste on Tower Hamlets roads and have reported this as casework to be looked into by Enforcement officers.
On Monday 4th Jan, I participated in the #FareRises Campaign at both Forest Gate Station and Maryland Station.
The next big canvassing session is Saturday 16th January PM- TBC.