John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, joined Labour councillors from Weavers this morning to launch a petition and campaign to improve sanitation and quality of life for residents in the Brick Lane area and Shoreditch fringe.
Residents in the area have long complained of opening their front doors to find men urinating, and some who have tried to challenge this behaviour have been ignored or even shouted at. Too many families and businesses emerge from their homes in the morning to find their doorsteps used as a bathroom and their streets as rubbish bins.
Residents have been consistently let down by the current Mayor's inability to tackle street urination, anti social behaviour and other effects of the night time economy.
The petition will be circulated to local residents and businesses and will call on the council as a first step to provide pop-up loos for visitors across the area. Other councils such as Hackney and Westminster have been doing this for years.
Residents can sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/tower-hamlets-council-not-on-our-doorstep
John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, today said:
"Our Labour council candidates have been listening - and clean streets really matter to residents and businesses alike. By starting this petition and making the sure the current Mayor knows the depth of feeling in the community we will hopefully finally move towards action."
Cllr John Pierce, Labour councillor for Weavers, said:
"Local residents deserve better. They have been consistently let down by the current Mayor's inability to tackle street urination. The council could easily provide pop-up loos for visitors across the area. Other councils such as Hackney and Westminster have been doing this for years. Why not Tower Hamlets?”
Cllr Abdul ‘Chunu’ Mukit MBE, Labour councillor for Weavers, added:
“I’ve raised this issue with Lutfur Rahman on several occasions including at the last council meeting but he always refuses to respond, let alone take any action. It’s really unpleasant for me and my neighbours living near the top of Brick Lane to find people urinating on our doorsteps. Other councils have taken action to reduce problems created by the night time economy. Why can’t Lutfur Rahman’s council? He’s just not up to the job.”