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Following a flagship campaign by cyclists, Labour councillors last night instructed Council officers to draw up plans to improve cycling infrastructure across the borough.

Despite virtually every councillor pledging to support the London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Space for Cycling’ initiative during the recent election, Tower Hamlets First (THF) councillors refused to back the plan to implement their promises.

Cabinet members Rabina Khan and Oliur Rahman, both of whom pledged their support for the scheme during the election, gave scathing speeches sweepingly accusing cyclists of putting pedestrians in danger and knocking over small children.

Notwithstanding the THF objections, the Council as a whole voted to support Labour councillor Rachel Blake’s call for action. While councillors said the Space for Cycling Campaign was incredibly welcome they recognised that some of the ideas would be more challenging than others and instructed Council officers to work with councillors and cyclists to develop the plans and, in some limited cases, propose alternative actions which would achieve the aims in a different, potentially more effective manner.

Officers will now bring a feasibility report to a Council meeting later this year for agreement though questions remain about whether THF Mayor Lutfur Rahman will agree to let the schemes go ahead after his Cabinets unexplained attacks on cyclists.

Labour Councillor for Bow East, Rachel Blake, said:

“Nearly all the Tower Hamlets councillors signed up to support the Space for Cycling campaign during the election and people will rightly expect us to follow through on our promises.

“The Tower Hamlets First response to our proposals was as bizarre as it was disappointing given they all made promises to voters to support cycling.  The proposals were agreed at Full Council, I really hope the Mayor will listen and decide to act.

“Cycling is a great way to get around but too often badly designed roads and paths make it incredibly unsafe. This project should help to make those routes safer and encourage more people to take up cycling.”

Labour pledge action to create ‘Space for Cycling’

Following a flagship campaign by cyclists, Labour councillors last night instructed Council officers to draw up plans to improve cycling infrastructure across the borough. Despite virtually every councillor pledging to...

John Biggs AM today responded to the submission of a planning application that would see the £800m overhaul of Bishopsgate Goods Yard. Mr Biggs called for the development to be a more appropriate height for the area, provide genuinely affordable housing and workspace, and for developers to engage better with local communities over their plans.  

Hammerson and Ballymore submitted plans to Tower Hamlets and Hackney Councils this week for redevelopment of the goods yard into flats, offices and shops. The application includes plans for 1,500 homes and 58,500m² of commercial space in six towers ranging from 15 to 48 storeys, as well as a new park and open space.

Commenting on the plans, John Biggs, Labour London Assembly Member for City and East, said:

“The Bishopsgate Goods Yard is an iconic piece of East London’s history and heritage. But for too long this great space has been left derelict, and so it is right that we look at ways to re-develop it. I welcome early noises from the site’s developers that they want it to be ‘sensitive’ to the local area, but important changes are needed to ensure this the right type of development for Shoreditch and wider London.

“Boris has said he doesn’t want London to become “Dubai-on-Thames”, and this is a case in point. Shoreditch is predominantly a low-rise residential part of East London, and these towers would set a dangerous precedent for tall buildings in the area. It is also important that, with this space set in the heart of tech City, the development provides affordable workspace that can attract the start-ups that are fuelling the local economy. Finally, there needs to be genuine consultation with the community to make sure local people’s vision for the area is reflected in the proposal.” 

“Safeguards needed” on Bishopsgate Goods Yard redevelopment - Biggs

John Biggs AM today responded to the submission of a planning application that would see the £800m overhaul of Bishopsgate Goods Yard. Mr Biggs called for the development to be...

Responding to the report into the sale of Poplar Town Hall by Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of the Labour Group, said:

 

“The report into the sale of Poplar Town Hall by Tower Hamlets council that has been published today raises a number of areas of concern.  The overview and scrutiny committee meeting on the 22nd July will seek to further establish the facts of what happened, and will then report to Full Council. 

Poplar Town Hall is the place where George Lansbury led the Poplar rates rebellion, and is one of the sites of the east end suffragettes campaign for votes for women.  We will do all we can to get to the bottom of how the council and the Mayor have treated this east end jewel”. 

Labour respond to report into sale of Poplar Town Hall‏

Responding to the report into the sale of Poplar Town Hall by Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of the Labour Group, said:   “The report into the sale...

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