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Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet has agreed that the former Royal London Hospital Site in Whitechapel is the preferred site location for a new civic centre.

On 28th July 2015, Mayor John Biggs agreed that the previous decision, taken by the previous cabinet before the mayoral election, be withdrawn and that a new report be presented to Cabinet. The Mayor requested that feasibility studies and financial modelling be carried out to ensure that the right decision was made.

Tower Hamlets Cabinet Approves Whitechapel Civic Centre

Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet has agreed that the former Royal London Hospital Site in Whitechapel is the preferred site location for a new civic centre. On 28th July 2015, Mayor... Read more

At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet last night, the principles and action plan set out in the Mayor’s Transparency Protocol were agreed.

Mayor John Biggs’ manifesto included a commitment to improving transparency and the Transparency Protocol highlights the drive to fulfil that commitment. Alongside the Protocol, the Mayor also attends O&S meetings as invited, personally answers questions at council meeting and tables a full written report for council including details of his diary and meeting events.

Labour-led Tower Hamlets Council Agrees Transparency Protocol

At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet last night, the principles and action plan set out in the Mayor’s Transparency Protocol were agreed. Mayor John Biggs’ manifesto included a... Read more

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, was present this week at a Parliamentary reception arranged to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the West Ham United Foundation, the charitable arm of the Premier League football club.

 

Mr Fitzpatrick has supported West Ham since coming to London in 1973 and is one of the most prominent Hammers fans in the House of Commons. He is a strong supporter of the work that the West Ham United Foundation does throughout East London, including with charities, schools and community groups in Poplar.

 

Jim Fitzpatrick hails West Ham United’s charitable work

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, was present this week at a Parliamentary reception arranged to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the West Ham United Foundation, the charitable arm... Read more

Rushanara Ali MP has raised the plight of residents across Tower Hamlets facing eviction from their homes in Parliament, after hearing their concerns in a meeting last week.

The meeting followed the decision by East Thames Group to cut its Intermediate Market Rent Scheme, which helps keyworkers, including teachers and police officers, to be able to afford to live in London.

Rushanara Ali MP speaks out in Parliament during housing debate in support of Tower Hamlets residents facing eviction‏

Rushanara Ali MP has raised the plight of residents across Tower Hamlets facing eviction from their homes in Parliament, after hearing their concerns in a meeting last week. The meeting followed the decision... Read more

“We all want to live in a society free from the threat of violence, terrorism and brain washing, especially where young people are concerned. But it is imperative that we preserve our values of freedom of speech and thought, fairness and justice.

Statement from Mayor Biggs: Government’s Anti-Terror Strategy Announcement‏

“We all want to live in a society free from the threat of violence, terrorism and brain washing, especially where young people are concerned. But it is imperative that we... Read more

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has said that London could lose as many as 8,000 police officers if planned Government cuts and changes to the police funding formula go ahead. Labour London Assembly Member for John Biggs said the Commissioner’s unprecedented intervention illustrated “just how wrong the Home Secretary is to claim her cuts to the police force are not hitting the front line.”

Government cuts could mean significantly fewer police officers on Tower Hamlets streets admits Commissioner‏

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has said that London could lose as many as 8,000 police officers if planned Government cuts and changes to the police... Read more

Fulfilling another election pledge, Mayor John Biggs and his Cabinet have scrapped the bulky waste charge.

Each household is entitled to two free collections per year – with up to five items per collection.

The £15 charge for collecting bulky waste was introduced by the previous mayor in June 2012.

Residents should phone Streetline to arrange collections.

Tower Hamlets Labour Cleaning Up Our Streets: Another Election Pledge Fulfilled

Fulfilling another election pledge, Mayor John Biggs and his Cabinet have scrapped the bulky waste charge. Each household is entitled to two free collections per year – with up to... Read more

The South Quay Masterplan has been approved by the Labour Cabinet of Tower Hamlets Council.

The Masterplan, a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), had been put on hold following the recent mayoral election. The role of the South Quay Masterplan is to supplement existing policies in the development plan, which includes the London Plan and LBTH Local Plan.

Tower Hamlets Cabinet Approves South Quay Masterplan

The South Quay Masterplan has been approved by the Labour Cabinet of Tower Hamlets Council. The Masterplan, a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), had been put on hold following the recent... Read more

Tower Hamlets Council was declared the legal owner of the Henry Moore sculpture "Draped Seated Woman" at the High Court on the 8th of July. Mayor John Biggs immediately pledged to exhibit it locally.

A working group is being launched with a remit to consider where the sculpture should be exhibited. The working group will include representatives from the art community, local residents and members from the three parties on the council.

Labour Sets Up ‘Old Flo’ Working Group

Tower Hamlets Council was declared the legal owner of the Henry Moore sculpture "Draped Seated Woman" at the High Court on the 8th of July. Mayor John Biggs immediately pledged... Read more

94% of burglaries in Tower Hamlets went unsolved last year

Concern is growing about the Metropolitan Police’s ability to deal with £800m of further budget cuts without a significant impact on frontline services Local London Assembly Member John Biggs has said. His comments come after the Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was forced to deny suggestions that budget cuts could stop the force investigating low level crimes such as burglaries.

Percentage of burglaries solved in Tower Hamlets drops to 6% as police cuts bite

94% of burglaries in Tower Hamlets went unsolved last year Concern is growing about the Metropolitan Police’s ability to deal with £800m of further budget cuts without a significant impact... Read more

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