Beckton is in the London Borough of Newham ; six miles east of the City of London; north of the Thames; and at the far end of what used to be London's Docklands. The population has grown rapidly over the last few years - from 5,500 in the 1991 census to a current population of around 20,000. Communication links are excellent: Beckton is close to the A406 and A13 north-south and east-west routes, several bus routes pass through Beckton, it is served by five Docklands Light Railway stations, and London City Airport is only a mile away. The local housing is nearly all less than 25 years old, both social and owner-occupied, these often being mixed together. It is a young community in other ways as well, reflecting the fact that over 60% of Newham residents are 35 years of age or under. The area has four primary schools and a secondary school. There are also a sheltered housing schemes for the elderly and adults with learning difficulties, as well as a privately run secure psychiatric home. All these have had links with St. Mark's. At the centre of Beckton is an Asda supermarket, with a nearby retail park. There are two more retail parks only a mile away with a variety of shops, including well-known names such as Sainsbury, Tesco and Boots. Also nearby is a 14-screen cinema complex.   The Royal Docks provide access to water-sports facilities and the area is rich in parks and other green spaces. The University of East London has a purpose-built campus with student accommodation nearby and is continuing to expand. Copyright © 2007-2010 St Marks Beckton