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Tower Hamlets councillors decide against new parish council

  Following feedback from an extensive two stage public consultation on proposals to establish a parish council for the Spitalfields & Banglatown and Weavers areas in Tower Hamlets, councillors have decided to keep the existing governance arrangements. The results were confirmed at a meeting of Tower Hamlets Full Council on Wednesday 17 July, where councillors voted 28 in favour of ...

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Social campaigner Lewis Iwu honoured with Honorary Doctorate from UEL

  A staunch supporter of university opportunities for students from low-income families, and a campaigner for a myriad of causes, Newham born Lewis Iwu has been granted anHonorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of East London (UEL) in recognition of his dedicated work in the local community. He told graduates of UEL at their annual graduation ceremony on 17 July, “I ...

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Tear gas attack on London underground train

Photo: Police have released images of two people they want to speak to in connection with the attack (collected image) A suspected CS gas attack has occurred on a London Underground train. It happened at 09:13 BST on board a Victoria line Tube train at Oxford Circus in central London. British Transport Police said a number of people were treated ...

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Stay scam-free during Hajj

      Residents are being urged to watch out for scams while taking part in Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca this summer. While the pilgrimage is a holy occasion for the vast majority who make the trip, sadly it can also be a time when fraudsters and criminals strike. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “It’s important that anyone making ...

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More than 335 free activity events for people of all ages across the summer

Free summer activities brochure available at Idea Stores, schools, youth centres, council buildings and online. This week, pupils from Smithy Street Primary School in Stepney joined Mayor John Biggs and Councillor Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit to launch this year’s free summer events programme for the borough. The school children took part in activities at Urban Adventure Base ...

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Tower Hamlets leads from the front on sustainability

A council scheme to offer boiler replacements to low income households in Tower Hamlets has been named as the best in the capital. The popular initiative was awarded Best Small Scale Project at the 2019 Greater London Energy Efficiency Awards. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “This scheme supports our residents to lower their energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and ...

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Tower Hamlets receives hate crime champions award with pride

Tower Hamlets’ No Place for Hate Champions Project has once again been recognised with an #EndHateTogether award from the London-wideHEAR Network, an equality and human rights organisation. The award was presented on 2 July to the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs and the Tower Hamlets hate crime team by Mhairi McGhee from the HEAR Network at an event which also included the ...

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Bow Community Hub: a new space for the local community to connect and grow

Residents and community groups came together in Bow this afternoon to celebrate the launch of a new space for activities, classes and events. The Bow Community Hub in Twelvetrees Crescent is the latest in a series of ‘community hubs’ to be built by Tower Hamlets Council. It will be managed by Poplar HARCA. Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Planning, ...

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Green light for 17 more council homes in Bow

  Proposals to build 17 new council homes on the site of a former children’s home have been given the go ahead. Permission for the four townhouses and 13 flats in Norman Grove, Bow, was granted at a meeting of the council’s development committee on Thursday. The properties will have a mixture of one to four bedrooms. They will all ...

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Letter from Boris Johnson

  Dear Mehfuz and Conservative Friends of Bangladesh members, Thank you so much for coming to my ‘Friends of’ reception last week. ‘Friends of’ groups provide our Party with magnificent support in a number of ways, from campaigning and supporting our Councillors, MPs and candidates, to raising important issues and making sure that matters which disproportionately affect communities are at ...

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