Environment and Sustainable Transport
The Mayor has identified Environment & Sustainable Transport as a key priority within the corporate plan, and is firmly committed to ensuring an environment for all - providing an attractive borough by encouraging active lifestyles, social integration and civic responsibility. Key features of the corporate plan include:
- Declaring a Climate and Health Emergency
- Focused energy on Community Wealth Building
- Improvement in resident satisfaction with parks, open spaces and neighbourhoods
- Collaboration with the GLA and other bodies to contribute to improved air quality
- Increase in the use of sustainable transport methods
- Improvement of public perception on the Council’s approach to street cleaning
- Creation of a fair and consistent parking scheme for local residents and businesses - Improvement in recycling rates
Newham is an aspirational borough with huge potential. Appreciating the need to work differently, we have adapted our approach to listen to our local community; opening our processes to scrutiny; and being open to change and improvement. We work in partnership to build on the strengths we already have, adopting a community wealth building approach that seeks to invest locally and support the growth of our local economy.
Environmental services within the public realm, highways and parking have largely good operational management, however there are areas of improvements within service performance which are required.
- Waste disposal levels in Newham are amongst the highest in the country, indicating significant improvements in waste reduction initiatives and measures to improve recycling rates.
- Newham is suffering an air quality emergency, with the British Heart Foundation data showing the borough to be the most polluted in the UK.
- In line with the LBN Air quality Action Plan, the service is tasked with reducing congestion and air pollution, enforcing schemes and sustainable transport initiatives encouraging behavioural changes.
- The impact of COVID-19 has been widely felt within Environment & Sustainable Transport, with a significant effect on council income in areas such as parking and trade waste, resulting in a potentially steep budget shortfall. A considerable amount of work will be required to recover as part of the COVID-19 recovery work.
- In line with the Medium Term Financial Plan (MFTP), the service has been set a savings target of £12m.
Environment and Sustainable Transport Structure Chart
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