London Borough of Newham

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London Borough of Newham
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Status:London borough
- Total
Ranked 326th
36.22 km²
ONS code:00BB
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
Ranked 37th
6,920 / km²
Ethnicity:39.4% White
32.5% S.Asian
21.6% Afro-Carib
3.7% Mixed
2.8% Chinese.
Arms of Newham London Borough Council
Newham London Borough Council
Leadership:Mayor & Cabinet
Mayor:Robin Wales
MPs:Lyn Brown, Jim Fitzpatrick, Stephen Timms
London Assembly:
- Member
City and East London
- John Biggs
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Newham Town Hall
in East Ham (E6)

The London Borough of Newham is a London borough in East London.

The borough was formed in April 1965 by merging the two county boroughs of East Ham and West Ham. Green Street marks the 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 Barking.

Newham borders the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham by the River Roding to the east, the London Borough of Greenwich by the Thames to the south, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the London Borough of Hackney by the River Lee to the west and the London Borough of Waltham Forest and the London Borough of Redbridge by Wanstead Flats to the north.

Unlike most English districts, its council is led by a directly-elected mayor, currently Robin Wales. Census information indicates Newham is the most culturally diverse place in the United Kingdom. The council goes on to claim 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).

It is considered part of Outer London for most purposes because the majority of the borough was not in the old County of London. However, economically it is one of the more deprived areas and the council is actively campaigning to have Newham officially considered part of Inner London for all purposes in order to increase the level of funding the borough receives.

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 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.

Newham is one of five host boroughs for London's bid for the 2012 Olympics and part of the borough falls within the boundaries of the London Thames Gateway.

Places of interest:

Newham includes the following areas:

Stations in the borough:

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Logo on the roadside at sunset

External links

  • Aston-Mansfield ( charity started in 1884

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