Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Newham Council Cabinet gets welcome back gift from PEACH of Peaches

Yesterday's cabinet meeting at East Ham Town started off with a lively and good natured "action" by residents, children and activists from PEACH (The People's Empowerment Alliance for Custom House) with lots of singing, dancing and laughter.

A lovely change from the dire politics nationally.

They presented the Newham Executive Mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz and her cabinet with boxes of fresh peaches. Each peach had a name attached of an actual member of PEACH.

Activists said it was a welcome back gift to the Mayor after the summer break but also residents thanked her for the Council renegotiating rent levels for those in temporary decants. Some residents have experienced significant cuts in rent with one resident saying her rent had been reduced by £2400 per year.

PEACH being PEACH did not miss the opportunity of reminding the Cabinet that they still have further demands pending for better and more secure housing and they will be back.

The fruit was delicious and has been given out to Newham staff and family members.

There were a number of important items discussed and agreed at the meeting including Community Wealth Building and Climate Emergency/Improving air quality measures. 

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