Commenting on a video circulating on social media of a police incident in Stepney Green on Sunday evening, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:
"I am very alarmed by this video and the description of what happened and I have demanded an urgent meeting and explanation from the Borough Commander.
"We clearly need an investigation of this incident and why the officer appears to have acted so aggressively. I understand many in our community will be understandably angry at what they have seen but I would urge a calm response.
"If the actions in this video are what they appear, then we need to see action from the police and a full apology given.
"Our community needs to have faith and confidence in the police who serve us. Incidents like this threaten to destroy that trust and undo years of work to build closer relations between the police and our community."
Commenting on a video circulating on social media of a police incident in Stepney Green on Sunday evening, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: "I am very alarmed by this video...
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has welcomed the changes to the proposed Silvertown crossing and praised the Mayor of London for bringing forward the timetable for a new Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe Cycle Bridge.
This follows the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s commitment to building greener, public transport-focused river crossings to be built in the next 5 to 10 years.
Commenting on Silvertown tunnel, Mayor John Biggs said:
“The announcement of changes to the proposed Silvertown tunnel making it more cycle and pedestrian friendly should be welcomed.
“East London has always suffered from a lack of river crossing. As a result those we do have, like the Blackwall tunnel are well over capacity, often resulting in huge traffic jams and making South Poplar one of the most polluted areas in London.
“I know there are people who will understandably be concerned about the Silvertown Tunnel proposals but I strongly believe that by relieving pressure on the Blackwall tunnel not only will traffic flow more freely and efficiently, but air pollution can be reduced by cutting down on queues. What is more, Silvertown will accommodate double-deck buses and can increase public transport options for travellers. I am clear that the majority of journeys across the Thames can and should be by public transport. ”
Commenting on the Sustrans Bike Bridge to Rotherhithe, Mayor John Biggs said:
“I’m delighted to hear that the Mayor of London is considering Sustrans’ ground-breaking proposal for a cycle bridge between canary wharf and Rotherhithe.
“Tower Hamlets already has some excellent cycle infrastructure but crossing the river can be a nightmare, particularly for cyclists. This bridge will not only help relieve pressure on the Jubilee Line, it will make it even easier for people to cycle in our great city. And it might provide some relief in Cable Street and Limehouse, where the volume of bikes sometimes causes nuisance for local residents.”
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has welcomed the changes to the proposed Silvertown crossing and praised the Mayor of London for bringing forward the timetable for a new Canary Wharf to...
The Prime Minister’s new policy allowing new grammar schools to open will be opposed by Tower Hamlets Council, the Mayor has said.
The Mayor has instructed council officers that the council’s resources should be entirely focused on expanding and improving our excellent comprehensive schools, not supporting selective grammar schools.
The pledge comes after activists were out campaigning across the borough last weekend against the Government’s new grammar schools policy.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:
“Our borough has some of the best state schools in the capital, we don’t want to jeopardise that progress by encouraging segregation in our education system.
“One of Tower Hamlets’ greatest strengths is our diversity and people of different backgrounds and talents working together. That is the total opposite of grammar schools who discriminate based on ability and try to hive off the highest achievers. That just segregates society further.
“I want to see every penny possible spent on improving schools that are open for everyone, that’s why whilst I am Mayor the council’s policy will be to oppose any new grammar schools opening in our borough.”
The Prime Minister’s new policy allowing new grammar schools to open will be opposed by Tower Hamlets Council, the Mayor has said. The Mayor has instructed council officers that the...