Mayor of Newham welcomes prospect of Mayor of London at potential new home in the East London’s Royal Docks.
Greater London Authority (GLA), which comprises the Mayor and London Assembly, is planning to move out of the City Hall to East London’s Royal Docks next year in order to save money for investment in transport, policing and other services for which the Mayor has the responsibility.
Sadiq Khan’s office says the move would £55 million over five years and therefore help to protect front-line services and to invest in jobs, skills provision and other initiatives.
Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz welcomed the announcement that the headquarters of the Greater London Authority could be relocating to the Royal Docks in Newham.
Currently based at City Hall on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge, the GLA is consulting on plans to switch to the iconic Crystal building at Royal Victoria Dock in 2021.
Mayor Fiaz said: “I’m delighted that City Hall could be relocating to stunning Royal Docks, which is the most exciting regeneration district in the Capital. It’s a great opportunity to have London government in our borough and I’m looking forward to welcoming the Mayor, Assembly Members and the City Hall team to this magnificent location, which is a neighbourhood that is rich in history, thriving with ambition, and with a long-standing diverse community who will welcome them warmly.”
In 2018 Mayor Fiaz and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, which aims to generate 60,000 jobs and 25,000 new homes over the next 20 years, through a Local Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), which has agreed £314 million funding for five years to revive the area as a distinctive centre for businesses and culture.
“It is potentially great news for Newham, great news for East London, and great news for London. With this and other developments, we’ll be making sure that our residents benefit as part of our Community Wealth Building and Inclusive Economy strategies. Having the Mayor of London in Newham will help us accelerate our collaborative partnership, to benefit our residents and support business growth in the Capital through the most ambitious plans for the Royal Docks.”