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The votes are in!

Here we list all the winners and highlight some of the neighbourhood projects that topped the polls in last month’s voting on proposals submitted to Newham’s eight community assemblies.

The winners will get a share of £100,000 allocated to each of the eight assemblies by Newham Council.

Next month we will carry more information on the winners in East Ham, Beckton and Royal Docks, and Custom House and Canning Town when more detail is published on voting.

For the full information on each project go to the community assembly website here. 

In Forest Gate top of the poll was the charity Ashok’s Vision which will create a weekly pop up workshop for creating handmade planters.  The project will support young people to learn about the importance of a cleaner and greener borough where everyone has access to nature, clean air and pleasant spaces to rest, relax and enjoy.

Among the other projects, of the 12 selected was one submitted by the Magpie Project a charity which supports women with children under five who are living in temporary or insecure accommodation. The funding will help them transform the derelict Hamfrith Centre between Forest Lane and Romford Road into a new community space to bring the Magpie project back into the area and provide a beautiful and welcoming space for mums and small children. 

In Plaistow, most votes went to the Wild Green E13 project to create an urban garden.
Wild Green E13

Wild Green E13, a voluntary community organisation founded two years ago to set up a community park in the Upperton Road West Park, will use the funding to provide fencing, hard-standing pathways, timber benches and a container for storage.

Second place went to a project to improve the Greenway Orchard by providing three benches situated both in the orchard and on the greenway itself; creating a possible picnic area; play equipment to attract more family engagement including touch, feel and hear equipment for children with special educational needs and their families. 

In Stratford and West Ham the top vote went to XLP Hub in the Stratford Centre for a project to run more health and fitness sessions and team building exercises as part of their work to create positive futures for disadvantaged young people in Newham. The Hub will provide more activities for young people. 

The centre already has special girls-only gym sessions and girls groups to provide support and guidance to young women; an equipped recording studio; and provides employability training for those who are not in education or training to help them have the skills and confidence to find jobs.


Also among the winners was the Carpenters and Docklands Community Centre, which won support to buy a second hand van to support its food and clothes banks as well as a huge variety of other charitable projects in Stratford and West Ham.

The food bank supports more than 350 people a week directly and thousands indirectly, providing food to people currently placed in temporary accommodation and the most vulnerable and families on the Carpenters Estate. They also support thousands across the Borough by providing food to numerous other food-poverty organisations.

In Green Street neighbourhood the project to improve Priory Park, being one of the only green spaces in the area, won most votes.  The project would fix the current water fountain, adding picnic benches for families to sit and enjoy the park, installing table tennis tops, installing fruit trees and planters to create a community growing project for local residents to grow fruit and veg.

This project will bring local people together to grow food in a dedicated community gardens space. The Pandemic has shown us the benefit of gardening for physical health and mental well-being. 

Among other proposals to win votes was a community safety for women project. Given the high number of anti-social behaviour incidents and crime issues, the question of public safety, particularly for women and children has been a major concern.

The project will deliver workshops and sessions on self-defence, safety awareness, sessions with local police, community safety events, online safety awareness, children’s safety, community safety packs in different languages and women support groups.

In Manor Park most votes went to the project to buy branded pop-up market stalls to establish a small farmers market to be created on Manor Park Road/Station Road at weekends. 

Manor Park pop-up market

A bi-weekly/monthly pop up market would encourage local residents to shop locally, meet the traders and support their local businesses, a more sustainable way of shopping for Manor Park, and will build on the success of similar initiatives in other neighbourhoods such as Forest Gate. 

Beckton and Royal Docks winners

  1. Inclusive Community Hub
  2. Permanent Play Street in Beckton
  3. Beckton Nature Play and Learning Sessions for Families
  4. Social space at North Beckton Park pavilion
  5. Provide wheelchair access to ponds and replace derelict viewing platform
  6. Beckton Community Projects – Initiation of the Youth Club
  7. Improvements to park map signage
  8. Improvements to the green space on the Drew Rd estate, Silvertown
  9. Multi Use Games Area at Beckton Globe
  10. Improvements to Britannia Village Green
  11. Community Gardening for Wellbeing.

Custom House and Canning Town winners

  1. Cody Dock Community Forest Garden
  2. Ling Road Tree Pit Flowerbeds
  3. Victoria Dock Road Re-greening Project
  4. Youth Community Centre
  5. Improving and maintaining green spaces- community gardening project.
  6. CHB – BAME and Disabled Bookshop proposal
  7. What’s The Point? (an anti-knife crime project lead by FiS and NYFC)
  8. The Youth Café
  9. Play Wheels – Mobile Play Project.

East Ham winners

  1. Urgent refurbishment and new play equipment for Barking Road Recreation Ground
  2. Changing Places Toilet in Central Park Café
  3. Making East Ham Safer, Cleaner, and More Accessible
  4. Adding art to fly tipping hotspots
  5. East Ham Nature Reserve enhancement for local residents
  6. Additional funding for Changing Places Toilet in Central Park
  7. Grow Together, Be Together – Improving a Community Garden in East Ham
  8. Additional funding for refurbishments in Barking Road Recreation Ground
  9. Tiny libraries for E6
  10. Tackling anti-social behaviour in Central Park. 

Forest Gate winners

  1. Youth Led – Forest Gate Planting Project
  2. Creating an environmentally friendly open space
  3. Creating a new home for The Magpie Project and other community groups
  4. Going Green – Green the high street: Woodgrange Road and Upton Lane
  5. Woodgrange market – a community space
  6. A new nesting raft and nesting box for ducks in Forest Lane Park
  7. Permanent Rainbow Crossing on Woodgrange Road – LGBT+ Visibility
  8. Greening concrete-dominated estate in central Forest Gate
  9. Bio-diverse corridors
  10. Make the most of what we’ve got
  11. Odessa Park Improvements
  12. Signposts and Trails to Playgrounds.

Manor Park winners

  1. The Living Wall (£20K)
  2. Manor Park Community Garden (£20)
  3. Arts Café, performance and Exhibition Space in Plashet Park (£20K)
  4. Street Planters in East Ham North, Little Ilford and Manor Park Ward (£20K)
  5. Mini Lending Library and Trees in Plashet Park (£5K)
  6. Manor Park Community Pop-Up Market (£5K)
  7. Trees for the Avenues and Romford Road (£5K)
  8. Plant street trees along Romford Road (£5K).

Plaistow Winners

  1. Wild Green E13, an urban garden for all (£20,000)
  2. Greenway Orchard Improvements (£19,160)
  3. Plaistow Park Play Space Planting (£4,992)
  4. Replace New City Green broken and missing play equipment (£4,850)
  5. Parklets for Plaistow (£3,850)
  6. Free Little Library Boxes and Benches in Plaistow Park (£5,000)
  7. Plaistow Litter Picks (£5,000)
  8. More Bins and Benches for New City Park (£5,000)
  9. Walton Road Community Garden (£20,000)
  10. Parks and People (£4,250)
  11. “There is no planet B” Art & Craft Project (£4,820)
  12. Sewing Project for Residents (£5,000).

Stratford and West Ham winners

  1. Stratford XLP Youth Hub
  2. Community Van
  3. Cook, Eat and Grow: sustainability and well-being for young people and families
  4. Growing Roots and Floating habitats
  5. Anti-fly tipping project
  6. Greener Together – Space for Play and Exercise
  7. Health and Wellbeing through Digital Inclusion for Vulnerable domestic Abuse survivors.
  8. Make do and Mend
  9. The Potential Project 21
  10. Art in the Park.

Green Street winners

  1. Priory Park Improvement
  2. Tree Planting & Planters
  3. Green Street Pocket Parks  
  4. Food Growth Katherine Road
  5. Hamara Ghar Community Garden Project
  6. St Stephens/Dorset Road Alley Way Project
  7. Women Community Safety Project   
  8. Renovation and enhancement of Dorset Road Community Garden
  9. Stondon Walk Community Project
  10. Greening Green Street Project.