Perking up March 2010 Priory Park GREEN STREET IN FOCUS Covering Boleyn, Green Street East and West Hello from Councillor Sharaf Mahmood Hello and welcome to this month’s issue of In Focus. Watch out for huge changes to Priory Park as work starts to (l-r) Landscape architect Roger Ayrton talks councillors Riaz Ahmed Mirza, Rohima Rahman and Pearson Shillingford transform this open space. I’m through the changes that will be made to Priory Park excited about the changes. Bargain hunters, punters Plans to transform Priory Park into an amazing revamped and sellers; read page three for some good news about area with new play equipment and water features are full Queens Market. Don’t forget to speed ahead this spring. be vigilant while out shopping The improvements are part of Existing play equipment will be in Green Street - gambling Newham Council’s £24m Environmental remodelled and extended to create a tricksters are trying to con Improvement Programme to improve high level walkway with a rope tunnel people out of their money. roads, parks and play areas. New features that will lead to a play tower and wavy And finally, good news on to the park will include trees, plants, slide. Landscaping improvements will page two for those of you grasses and funky new play equipment to also enhance the look of the park. who asked us to help put a test children’s sense of adventure. Birch trees will be planted around the Controlled Parking Zone in Last year, the council asked you what extended walkway to create the effect place to ease your parking features and improvements you wanted of a tree top walk and wild flowers will woes. to see to the park and after taking your be planted on mounds with communal suggestions on board, council officers planting beds also planned for the area. Community lead councillor, came up with a final plan. “I’m really excited about the plans Sharaf Mahmood Work will now begin in March to for Priory Park, when the work is transform the park and make your completed it will be a park that can be suggestions a reality. Youngsters can enjoyed by all for generations to come. look forward to new play equipment I look forward to seeing the finished such as extra high swings, a zip line, result,” said community lead councillor, concrete table tennis tables, wobble Sharaf Mahmood. dishes, turning discs, sand and water Work is anticipated to finish in play features, water jets and pumps May and In Focus will keep you and rocks for climbing and sitting. updated on any developments. Stay gas safe As the cold weather continues to (l) Cllrs Pearson Shillingford and (r) Rohima Rahman try out the bite, homeowners and private sector wrecking ball with youngsters at the playday in Massey Court residents across Newham are being encouraged to check their gas appliances to make sure they’re safe. People living in council-owned, Newham Homes or social housing Fun and Frolics at mini playday association properties will have their Hundreds beat the rain and enjoyed a free fun mini playday in Massey Court in own safeguards in place - that’s why Redclyffe Road. the council is targeting residents with The mini playday, aimed at promoting the importance of play, saw more than private housing arrangements. 750 people enjoy an action-packed day of fun activities for youngsters. Boilers and gas cookers should There was lots on offer to keep youngsters entertained with the wrecking ball, be checked every year and homes go kart and football shoot-out areas proving particularly popular. The puppet and ought to be equipped with a carbon mask making workshops were also inundated with craft-creative children and monoxide alarm that sounds if there was plenty of free water and fruit to snack on. dangerous levels are reached. Boleyn ward councillor Rohima Rahman said: “It was great to see so many enjoying the fun activities on offer for youngsters. It’s important that children value The official body for maintaining and the importance of play.” improving gas safety is the Gas Safety Mini playdays are funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Newham Council’s Register. You should always use a early childhood services in partnership with Links Event Solutions. A bigger Gas Safe registered engineer for any playday is planned for this summer, keep reading your In Focus for updates. maintenance and repair work. Queens Market oPens All engineers are listed online at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or you for sunday business can call freephone 0800 408 550. Always check the front and back of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID Calling all shoppers and traders; Queens Market will now open on Sundays. From card to ensure they’re qualified to do 10am-4pm Queens Market will be open for business every Sunday from 4 April. the necessary work. The market shops are open seven Contact the council’s Private Sector days a week from 9am-6pm, with Housing Group if you are having any the market stalls open on Tuesdays, problems with your heating that isn’t Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and soon being attended to by your landlord. Sundays. For more information visit Newham Council is looking for more www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or traders to join this thriving market. If you call 0800 408 550. You can contact Ahmed Mirza, sell such produce as breads, cheeses, Cllrs Pearson Shillingford, Riaz Jo Corbett Mayor Sir Robin Wales and Cllr Newham Council’s Private Sector organic foods, sweet meats, cooked check out the fresh produce at Queens Market Housing group on 020 3373 food, pickles and chutneys, eastern 1950 or by emailing env-private. European cuisine, specialist drinks, olives, oils, and things in-between, the council email@example.com wants to hear from you. Prices for a pitch on Sundays are only £10 for the first four weeks, increasing to £20 thereafter. Why not pop down to the market on Saturday 3 April for some Easter frolics? To get you in the mood, Brampton School choir will be singing songs at 12.30pm and around 1pm there’ll be an egg hunt for children aged 11 and under. Boleyn ward councillor Riaz Ahmed Mirza said: “The market is getting bigger and better and offers a wide range of goods. Prices for the pitches are a bargain, so if you are a trader that can sell any of the above mentioned products, then get in touch.” For more information speak to Roy Wayre in The Markets Team Office; Unit 7, Queens Market, Green Street, E13 or phone 020 8475 8971. •If your group has an activity to promote please contact us on: 020 3373 2684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org• Badminton thrills and spills Badminton players recently dusted (l) Sandy Surek from Badminton off their shuttlecocks and racquets England and Cllr Crawford (r) congratulate Basil Tallah on to represent their area in the winning the men’s singles council’s inter-community forum competition. Scores of children, teenagers and adults from Green Street competed in knock-out heats at Lister School, St Mary’s Road. The group winners from that day went on to the prestigious grand final at Newham Leisure Centre where they thrashed it out in front of 70 spectators. Herkiran Kambo smashed her way to the finals but was pipped at the post coming in second in the 12-16 girls’ group while Basil Tallah took home the winning trophy in the men’s singles. If you would like to get involved in badminton or find out more about sports clubs in Meera your area contact Nicole Napier uk, Akhil and (l) Sandy Sure (l-r) Meraj, Ar a Rahman what they’re congratulate k and (r) Cllr Cr show Cllr Ro hi m runner up He awford on 020 8430 2484 or email heats rkiran Kambo e badminton made of at th email@example.com crackdown on £1000-a-day monega CpZ to ease street gamblers parking woes Green Street East Safer Residents in Green Street and Manor Park have given Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) are their stamp of approval for a Controlled Parking Zone taking a no-nonsense approach (CPZ) to ease their parking woes. to street gambling in a bid to stop The new Monega CPZ mostly falls in Manor Park but tricksters hoodwinking innocent also affects a small area in the Green Street East ward. punters. The CPZ covers an area off Katherine Road that runs from Newham Council’s Community Romford Road to Chester Road and will affect Rosendale, Safety Unit is working closely with Sherrard Road, Halley, Monega, South Esk, Bristol, the police to tackle 15 offenders A typical gambling scene Stafford, Derby, Rutland and Chester Roads and runs identified on CCTV near Upton Park further east until High Street North. Station caught conning shoppers with illegal street gambling. It’s Locals raised their parking concerns with councillors, estimated that gambling gangs are making up to £1,000 per day who then worked with officers in Newham Council to from illegal betting on streets. implement the CPZ. After a series of consultations with The SNT are taking a zero-tolerance approach to the tricksters residents, where people had the chance to answer by issuing £300 fines to street gamblers and carrying out intensive questionnaires and have their say at drop-in sessions, 68 work on deterring the gamblers from setting up stalls. per cent of respondents gave their thumbs up to the CPZ. Executive member for anti-social behaviour and Boleyn ward As a result, the CPZ will go live on Monday 10 May. councillor, June Leitch said: “This is a growing problem across London Residents who live in the area will be entitled to one free but we are working with the police to collect CCTV evidence, identify the parking permit. All affected residents will receive a letter persons involved and take action against the most prolific offenders.” detailing the conditions of the CPZ and how to apply for Anyone who has been affected by street gambling in Green their permit in the next few weeks. Street can contact Newham Council’s anti-social behaviour For more information about the Monega CPZ or to hotline on 0800 731 3300. Alternatively, call the Green Street comment once the scheme has gone live, call 020 East Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8721 2526 or email 2272 2650 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org greenstreeteast.SNT@met.police.uk spotlight on... WHAT’S ON GREEN STREET What’s on in neWham Free play sessions for 8 to If you missed the Sunday Fun In Focus always welcomes 14-year-olds Day on March 7 at Stratford information about local Mondays during term time Park don’t despair. There are events. If you want to promote 3.15-6pm lots of activities and events something get in touch by St Stephen’s School Sure Start happening every week in calling 020 3373 2684 or email Children’s Centre Newham – you’ve just got to email@example.com Whitfield Road, E6 know where to find them. For more information contact the Our range of events is as diverse Family Information Service on as our community. From flag raisings 0800 074 1017 to fun days, you’ll find something to suit you. The easiest way to be in the know is by turning to the back pages Five-a-side football league for of your fortnightly Newham Mag and U12s, U14s and U18s In Focus where you can find regular First Saturday of every month council events including library 10am-1pm listings and our comprehensive Plashet Park sports programme for young people. Plashet Grove, E7 Forget it and regret it Discover upcoming community forum events or find out about - dates for your diary For even more things to do Don’t miss two days of family committee meetings. The pages fun at Central Park on 17 and 18 check out the What’s On in also contain Other Events, where Newham calendar, where July. This annual event kicks-off residents and community groups you’ll find listings for more with a carnival that’ll make its can showcase what they’ve got coming up. Listings have included way around East Ham. than 6,000 events: On Bank Holiday Weekend, 26, www.newham.com bowling clubs, Tai Chi and sports. 27, 28 and 29th August, get ready As well as your handy paper guide there’s also a comprehensive online for four nights of musical magic at If your group has an activity Under the Stars. to promote please contact What’s On calendar, where you can To find out more keep also upload your own events. Find us on: 020 3373 2684 or email reading The Newham Mag and out more by visiting www.newham. In Focus. firstname.lastname@example.org gov.uk/whatson MEET YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR Councillors out and about: If you would like a councillor to visit your community organisation, school, place of worship, meeting or event please call 020 3373 1267 or email email@example.com June Leitch Riaz Ahmed Mirza Pearson Shillingford Sharaf Mahmood Rohima Rahman Abdul Shakoor Hanif Abdulmuhit Asif Karim Abdul Karim Sheikh BEM Boleyn Green Street East Green Street West Second and fourth 10 - 11am Every Saturday Katherine Road Every Monday 9.30 - 1pm Second Saturday Monday of the month The Hartley Centre 10am - 12noon Community Centre Every Friday 2 - 5.30pm of the month Councillor Leitch 267 Barking Road Councillor Mahmood 254 Katherine Road E7 Harold Road Councillor Sheikh BEM 6 - 7pm East Ham E6 Second and third Friday Community Centre 10.30am - 12noon Newham Town Hall of the month Fourth Saturday 170 Harold Road E13 Third Saturday Barking Road E6 Third Friday of the month 10am - 12noon of the month (alternating) of the month Councillor Shillingford Councillor Rahman Councillor Shakoor First Saturday Councillor Karim Fourth Saturday of the 6 - 7pm Second Saturday 10am - 12noon of the month Elmhurst Primary month (except Bank Priory Park Centre of the month St. Edmund’s Parish Councillor Abdulmuhit School, Upton Park Road, holiday weekends) 106 Parr Road 10.30am - 12noon Church and Centre 464 Katherine Road E7 10.30am - 12noon Forest Gate E7 Councillor Ahmed Mirza East Ham E6 Councillor Shakoor Need to talk to Mayor Sir Robin Wales? Being an elected mayor, Sir Robin is directly accountable to you. Look out for Question Time times and dates in the Newham Mag, visit www.newham.gov.uk/mayor or call 020 3373 0437.