London Borough of Newham
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|London Borough of Newham|
Shown within Greater London
| Ranked 326th|
|Admin HQ||East Ham|
— Total (2005 est.)
| Ranked 42nd (of 354)|
6,797 / km²
|Ethnicity|| 39.4% White|
32.5% South Asian
3.7% Mixed race
|Leadership||Mayor & Cabinet|
|Mayor||Sir Robin Wales|
|MPs|| Lyn Brown |
| London Assembly|
| City and East|
|Coat of Arms|
The borough was formed in 1 April 1965 by merging the former area of the County Borough of East Ham and the County Borough of West Ham. Green Street marks the former boundary between the two. North Woolwich also became part of the borough (previously being in the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich) along with a small area west of the River Roding which had previously been part of the Municipal Borough of Barking.
According to a study carried out in 2006 for a Channel 4 television programme, it is the "4th worst" place to live in the UK; the study took into account crime rates, school results, pollution, economic activity and property prices. In the same study, neighbouring Tower Hamlets and Hackney came in at 2nd and 1st place respectively.
Newham borders the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham by the River Roding to the east, Greenwich by the Thames to the south, Tower Hamlets and Hackney by the River Lee to the west and Waltham Forest and Redbridge by Wanstead Flats to the north.
 Council and democracy
Unlike most English districts, its council is led by a directly-elected mayor, currently Robin Wales. Since 2002, one of the councillors has been appointed as the "civic ambassador", and has performed the civic and ceremonial role previously carried out by the mayor.
Census information indicates Newham is the most culturally diverse place in the United Kingdom. The council likes to claim that it is the most culturally diverse place on Earth. The borough is the local authority with the second highest percentage of Muslims in Britain (24.3).
Although statistically counted as part of Inner London, the borough is still considered part of Outer London for purposes such as funding. This is because the majority of Newham was not part the 1889-1965 County of London. However, much of the borough has historically formed part of London's built-up area and economically it is one of the more deprived districts. The council is actively campaigning to have Newham officially considered part of Inner London for all purposes in order to increase its level of government grant by £60 million. <ref>Other Stories we Liked, The Times. 22 November 2005.</ref>
 2012 Olympics
Newham will be one of the host boroughs for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Something in excess of 60% of the Games will take place within the borough. Newham also falls within the boundaries of the London Thames Gateway.
 Secondary schools
- Sarah Bonnell School
- Eastlea School
- Lister Community School
- Little Iford School
- Langdon School
- Stratford School
- Rokeby Boys School
- Plashet Girls School
- St Angela's Ursuline Girls
- St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School
- Cumberland School
- Brampton Manor School
- The Royal Docks Community School
 Places of interest
- ExCeL Exhibition Centre
- Gallions Reach Shopping Park
- Green Street, the largest shopping centre catering for the Asian community in London,www.green-st.co.uk
- London City Airport
- North Woolwich Old Station Museum
- Newham Sixth Form College
- The Royal Docks,comprise three docks - the Royal Albert Dock the Royal Victoria Dock and the King George V Dock built between 1880 and 1921 on riverside marshes. The three docks collectively formed the largest enclosed docks in the world with a water area of nearly 250 acres (1 km²) and an overall estate of 1100 acres (4 km²). Constructed to provide berths for large vessels that could not be accommodated further upriver. The Royal Docks were finally closed for shipping in 1981.
- Stratford Circus
- St. Mark's Church, Silvertown The church was designed by Samuel Saunders Teulon. It was built between 1861 and 1862 after a cholera epidemic swept the district and local clergy appealed through the columns of The Times for funds to provide an architectural, as well as spiritual, beacon for the area. It is now the home of the Brick Lane Music Hall.
- Thames Barrier Park London's newest and most spectacular riverside park, developed following an international competition won by a team led by the acclaimed French landscape architect, Alain Provost, best known for his work at the Parc Citroen in Paris.
- Theatre Royal Stratford East
- Three Mills, a magnificent restored mill complex on the east bank of the River Lea. A trading site for nearly a thousand years, Three Mills itself was built in 1776 and was the country's largest tidal mill complex and an important industrial centre. It has been restored as a working museum and contains much of its original machinery including four large waterwheels, millstones and grain chutes.
- University of East London
- Wanstead Flats, the southern-most part of Epping Forest comprising a mix of rough grassland and mown areas.
- West Ham Park
- West Ham United F.C.
- Stratford Shopping Centre, one of the biggest shopping centres in Newham, home to over 100 shops specialising in everything from knitting to music, from ethnic foods to aromatherapy.
- The Hub, a revolutionary community resource centre built by the local community, in Star Lane, E16, featuring up to the minute "green" features
- Grassroots, also built by the local community and another revolutionary green resource centre built by the community. Grass Roots is in Memorial Recreation Ground, E13.
- Canning Town
- Custom House
- East Ham
- Forest Gate
- Little Ilford
- Manor Park
- North Woolwich
- Plaistow (pronounced Plarr-stow)
- Upton Park
- West Ham
Transport in Newham has seen vast improvement in recent decades with the construction of the Docklands Light Railway and the Jubilee Line Extension with new or improved stations at Canning Town, West Ham and Stratford. Newham is home to London City Airport and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is being constructed through Newham with a station at Stratford which will offer fast domestic and international train services. The Stratford International station is due to open in 2009. The Crossrail scheme will also improve rail connections to several stations in the borough. A further extension to the Docklands Light Railway will serve London City Airport and will connect Newham with Woolwich.
 List of stations
- Beckton DLR station
- Beckton Park DLR station
- Cyprus DLR station
- Canning Town station - Jubilee Line, Silverlink and DLR
- Custom House station - Jubilee Line and Silverlink
- East Ham tube station - District and Hammersmith & City Lines
- Forest Gate railway station - 'one' Great Eastern
- Gallions Reach DLR station
- King George V DLR station
- London City Airport DLR station
- Maryland railway station - 'one' Great Eastern
- Plaistow tube station - District and Hammersmith & City Lines
- Pontoon Dock DLR station
- Prince Regent DLR station
- Royal Albert DLR station
- Royal Victoria DLR station
- Silvertown railway station - Silverlink
- Stratford station - 'one' Great Eastern, 'one' Anglia, Jubilee Line, Central Line and DLR
- Manor Park railway station - 'one' Great Eastern
- North Woolwich railway station - Silverlink
- Pudding Mill Lane DLR station
- Upton Park tube station - District and Hammersmith & City Lines
- Wanstead Park railway station - Silverink
- West Ham station - Silverlink, c2c, Jubilee, District and Hammersmith & City Lines
- West Silvertown DLR station
- Woodgrange Park railway station - Silverlink
 See also
- Newham parks and open spaces
- Newham Sixth Form College
- Stratford Circus
- Stratford, London
- Stratford City
- Thames Gateway
 External links
- Newham London Borough Council
- Mayor of Newham
- Newham Issues Forum - online local discussions
- Aston-Mansfield- charity started in 1884
- Community Links - innovative charity running community-based projects
- Photos of Newham from Flickr
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