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Newham: A new heart for London

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Newham: A new heart for London

31st August 2017
Last week, Caritas Anchor House welcomed Tara Lucas from the London Borough of Newham who shared plans for the borough where we operate.

Over the past few years Newham has seen areas of transformation, thanks in part to the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic Games. However, the council hopes to make Newham ‘a new heart for London’ and by 2025 it is estimated that £22 billion will have been invested in the area, creating more than 35,000 new homes and 100,000 new jobs.

Tara, Newham’s Senior Economic Regeneration Officer, shared that Canning Town, where Caritas Anchor House is based, is part of the ‘arc of opportunity’ in Newham. Both Canning Town and Custom House are to benefit from a transformation programme, and work is already underway.

The project will include new homes for sale, shared ownership and rent at affordable prices, replacement of poor-quality housing, and new or improved schools, health, leisure and other community facilities. There will also be investment in infrastructure and services.

The regeneration will create building jobs, and in the long-term there will be new shops, leisure services and other amenities with work opportunities for local people. Newham council also have an employment charter and expect all developers and contractors to sign up to recruit local people and find staff through Workplace. Workplace is the borough’s scheme to help Newham residents get into work, of which Caritas Anchor House is a partner.

Linda Maytum-Wilson, Acting Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said “The creation of additional, affordable housing and thousands of jobs in Newham is promising news for our residents and the wider community, and we hope to be able to work in partnership with employers to support residents into jobs.”

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