Residents and activists have taken to Twitter this week to highlight the messy state of the borough’s street using the hashtag #cleanuptowerhamlets.
The poor state of the streets in the borough has become a recurring issue over recent years with figures showing over 25,000 bins have been reported uncollected since Lutfur Rahman came to power. Rahman has also come under mounting pressure over his decisions to cut street cleaning to two days a week as well as introducing charges for pest infestation treatments and bulk waste collections.
With only two weeks left to go before the local and mayoral elections the latest campaign to highlight the messy streets will come as a real hit to the current mayor. Labour councillors endorsed their candidate, John Biggs’, policies of clamping down on missed bin collections and scrapping Rahman’s bulk waste charges, as the best way to clean up the borough.
Labour’s Environment Spokesperson, Cllr Helal Abbas, said:
“Keeping the streets clean is one of the most basic things people expect from a council. Maybe if Lutfur Rahman had spent less time in his tax-payer funded Mercedes he might have seen the grubby impact his policies are having.
“We need a mayor who can get the basics right rather than spending all his time marred in controversy and scandal.”
Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“Getting the basics right is the first duty of a mayor. Our pledges on street cleansing are the sorts of priorities he should have concentrated on but clearly forgot. That is why if elected I will clamp down on missed bin collections and scrap bulk waste charges to clean up our streets.”