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The Planning Inspectorate has rejected an appeal from the owners of the ‘Jack the Ripper Museum’, who were seeking retrospective approval of signage. The appeals for the shopfront, fascia sign and roller shutter were dismissed.

The owners were initially granted planning permission to open a museum dedicated to women’s history in the East End – but instead opened a museum glorifying serial killer ‘Jack the Ripper’. Following the opening, the museum owners applied for retrospective permission to display signage.

‘Jack the Ripper Museum’ Appeal Dismissed

The Planning Inspectorate has rejected an appeal from the owners of the ‘Jack the Ripper Museum’, who were seeking retrospective approval of signage. The appeals for the shopfront, fascia sign... Read more

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs has delivered his first ‘State of the Borough’ speech, as part of Tower Hamlets Council’s Annual General Meeting.

In the speech, part of a new annual ‘State of the Borough’ debate,  the Mayor described how he has sought to rebuild the reputation of Tower Hamlets, after inheriting a ‘council in chaos’ from his disgraced predecessor. He highlighted his success in becoming a more open and approachable Mayor, and in saving the council over £330,000 by scrapping his chauffeured car and highly paid advisors, and reducing the size of the Mayor’s office.

Mayor Sets Out Progress In ‘State of the Borough’ Speech

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs has delivered his first ‘State of the Borough’ speech, as part of Tower Hamlets Council’s Annual General Meeting. In the speech, part of a new... Read more

Mayor John Biggs today held a meeting with representatives of the East London Mosque, the Metropolitan Police, and Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets to discuss the recent provocations from Britain First and the legal options available to confront and block such incidents.

Mayor Biggs Pursues Legal Options Against Britain First – 12th April 2016

Mayor John Biggs today held a meeting with representatives of the East London Mosque, the Metropolitan Police, and Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets to discuss the recent provocations from Britain... Read more

Mayor Of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has urged the community to stay united to organise this year’s Mela.

He also wants to hear ideas and contributions from all parts of the community about the cultural programme and on how to make the Mela more family friendly.

Mayor Biggs asks community for their ideas for the Boishakhi Mela

Mayor Of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has urged the community to stay united to organise this year’s Mela. He also wants to hear ideas and contributions from all parts of... Read more

Responding to the Budget, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“The one thing that London needed most from this Budget was new support to fix the housing crisis - which has gone from bad to worse under the Tories.

Budget response - Sadiq Khan‏

Responding to the Budget, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The one thing that London needed most from this Budget was new support to fix the housing... Read more

Following news that Poplar HARCA has increased the charge for a parking permit by as much as 257%, Tower Hamlets Labour Group has put forward a motion calling on the organisation to stop the new charges and properly consult with residents in a transparent way.

Tower Hamlets Labour Group Calls on Poplar HARCA to Stop New Parking Charges‏

Following news that Poplar HARCA has increased the charge for a parking permit by as much as 257%, Tower Hamlets Labour Group has put forward a motion calling on the... Read more

Mayor Biggs today met with senior Metropolitan Police commanders to discuss local policing issues, including demands that they better manage any further provocations from racist groups in Tower Hamlets. Since the appearance of Britain First outside East London Mosque on Saturday, Mayor Biggs has led the urgent response of the council, police, and other community safety partners, deploying council officers and resources to support East London Mosque and ensure local people are protected.

Mayor Biggs demands police action to block future racist provocations

Mayor Biggs today met with senior Metropolitan Police commanders to discuss local policing issues, including demands that they better manage any further provocations from racist groups in Tower Hamlets. Since... Read more

Labour Mayor John Biggs has welcomed last night’s council vote as “real evidence that Tower Hamlets is now moving forwards” after his Budget was accepted by Councillors without the need for a second Council meeting – the first time this has happened since a Mayoralty was introduced in 2010.

Tower Hamlets ‘moving forwards’ after passing Mayor’s Budget at first meeting

Labour Mayor John Biggs has welcomed last night’s council vote as “real evidence that Tower Hamlets is now moving forwards” after his Budget was accepted by Councillors without the need... Read more

Labour Mayor John Biggs has hailed his first annual council budget as “a Budget to move Tower Hamlets forward”, and urged councillors to recognise the progress made since his election as Mayor in June 2015. The Mayor’s final Budget proposal is set to be considered by a meeting of all councillors on Wednesday 24th February 2016.

Mayor John Biggs hails "a Budget to move Tower Hamlets forward"

Labour Mayor John Biggs has hailed his first annual council budget as “a Budget to move Tower Hamlets forward”, and urged councillors to recognise the progress made since his election as... Read more

Tower Hamlet’s police officers are being routinely ‘abstracted’ from their local beats to plug gaps in London-wide public order operations new figures have revealed. The new data found that 337 officer shifts are being lost from the Tower Hamlets’ police force every month according to Metropolitan Police statistics provided to Labour’s London Assembly policing spokesperson Joanne McCartney.

Bobbies pulled off the beat for over 337 shifts in Tower Hamlets every month to plug gaps elsewhere‏

Tower Hamlet’s police officers are being routinely ‘abstracted’ from their local beats to plug gaps in London-wide public order operations new figures have revealed. The new data found that 337... Read more

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