As Lutfur Rahman faces a series of investigations, John Biggs focuses on what matters to residents: cleaning up our streets‏


- Since bulk waste charges started, collections have reduced by a third 
- Residents report 25,000 bins have gone uncollected
- Biggs announces plans to scrap the current Mayor's bulk waste charges
- Pledges to review recycling in high rise buildings and improve bin collection

John Biggs has pledged to clean up Tower Hamlets by scrapping the current Mayor's bulk waste charge program that has reduced bulk waste collections by a third leading to mattresses and large items littering the borough. 

In addition Biggs and Labour are proposing to review recycling in high rise buildings to increase the amount of waste that can be recycled and ensuring that rubbish is collected. 

While the current Mayor is embroiled in an ever growing number of investigations, residents are increasingly concerned that the bread and butter issues that should be the basic function of any council are not being carried out. A policy vacuum from the Mayor means he has been silent on the issues that matter most to people in the borough. 

Since Lutfur Rahman implemented his system of charging residents for bulk waste collections in 2012 the number of bulk waste collections have reduced from 14,965 to 6,909. In addition, frustrated residents have reported almost 25,000 uncollected rubbish and recycling bins since the current mayor Lutfur Rahman came to power.

If elected in May, John Biggs and Labour pledge to: 
  • Scrap the Mayor's current bulk waste charges 
  • Improve rubbish collection numbers and ensure collections do not result in additional rubbish on our streets
  • Improve recycling schemes for high rise buildings to increase the amount of household waste that can be recycled
John Biggs, Labour's Candidate for Mayor said: 

"While the current Mayor is bogged down in questions about his behaviour and honesty the fact is that many of our services are just not good enough. As mayor I will roll my sleeves up and focus on what's important for local people and unlike the current mayor I will publish my diary so people can see that I am putting the hours in on what matters." 

Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:

"Tower Hamlets needs clean politics and clean streets. With the current Mayor and his friends, it has neither. Tower Hamlets can do better than uncollected bins, mattresses piling high and an administration that cares more about cleaning up its own reputation than the roads we live on. John Biggs and Labour will clean up the way decisions are made in the Council and focus on what people really care about." 

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