With worries about crime and antisocial behaviour topping residents' concerns Labour have launched 'listening campaign' to identify the best local solutions to deal with increasing crime levels in the borough.
The Labour campaign comes amid serious concern about rising crime with reported offences in Tower Hamlets up 9% under the current Mayor of the borough, Lutfur Rahman, while at the same time crime has dropped 2% across London.
John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, has pledged to lead partnerships between the police and residents to tackle crime and ASB, hold regular public meetings and expect high standards from all public agencies and those who receive funds.
Meanwhile, Lutfur Rahman's administration has been criticised for doing nothing about rising crime in the borough and instead focussing on publicity 'crime walkabouts'.
Labour also criticised the Mayor of London's cuts to police services which will see over half the borough's police stations closed with neighbourhood policing teams cut from six dedicated officers to only two.
Labour will be keeping residents involved in the development of solutions, beginning with a series of meetings across the borough to discuss the particular crime challenges in each local area. The new initiative is part of Labour's push to involve local people in their policies for the upcoming elections in what they say is a stark contrast to Lutfur Rahman's secretive and inaccessible administration.
Labour councillors and activists were out across the borough this weekend and will be organising meetings across the borough to give people a chance to have their say on antisocial behaviour issues on their streets. Labour's Mayoral Candidate, John Biggs, wants to put feedback from residents at the heart of his approach to tackling crime and ASB.
Labour's Crime and Antisocial Behaviour spokesperson, Cllr Mizan Chaudhury, said:
"Between Boris Johnson's cuts and Lutfur Rahman's complacency, crime and anti-social behaviour has become a major issue for many residents. Too often the young people who get caught up in low level antisocial behaviour then graduate to a life of more serious crime.
"Although we want local peoples' say on the challenges and the solutions, we can rule out now the current Mayor's approach of just ignoring the problem."
Labour's Candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
"Tackling anti-social behaviour and crime is one of the biggest challenges facing the borough. By stepping in early to combat disruptive antisocial behaviour we not only improve people’s quality of life but we stop those involved descending further down the slope of decline into more serious and costly criminal activities.
"Many of the ASB challenges we face in Tower Hamlets have complex and interconnected roots. That is why politicians need to better understand the local nature of the problems. I want to hear from as many people as possible about what it is that would make their area safer.
"Unlike the current Mayor I believe that our community is stronger when it works together collaboratively, that is why I don't need to waste hundreds of thousands of pounds on consultants. I will take my lead from listening to the real experts on Tower Hamlets, the people who live here."