Redevelopment of Bartlett Park church

After holding planning permission for years, the Church Diocese has finally decided to redevelop the church that stands in the middle of Bartlett Park.

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Real action to tackle drug dealing

After residents spent years complaining about drug dealing in an alleyway near Carmen Street, local community champion Elaine Bagshaw has successfully had the alleyway gated. By listening to residents and working with L&Q, Elaine has done what none of the current councillors could and delivered for local people, helping tackle the issues they've suffered due to the alley being used for drug dealing. 

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What rubbish recycling!

Residents across the borough are fuming at changes made to how we recycle. Pink bags have to be collected from an Idea Store, and in a bizarre turn of events you also have to show ID.

Local spokesperson Elaine Bagshaw said: “We already have one of the lowest recycling rates in London and this is only going to make it worse. We have to work together to make recycling as easy as possible for people. This is bad for the planet and bad for the borough.”

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Council ignoring needs of local people and leaving homes empty

Since taking power in 2015, the local Labour-run Council has not used any of its powers to bring empty homes back into use in Tower Hamlets. In 2016 19,124 families were waiting for a home. 2,278 homes were sitting empty and could have been used to give local families a home - but the Council hasn’t lifted a finger to make that happen.

 

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Local residents support Wapping speed camera petition

Residents have been telling us their concerns about cars being raced through the quiet streets of Wapping.  So the local Lib Dem team has worked through the summer to petition for speed cameras to be installed in key locations.

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Forging ahead

One of the Island's great industrial heritage buildings has secured a new lease of life. After more than 40 years in Clerkenwell, Craft Central - a leading arts and crafts charity supporting over 700 designer-makers - have decided to make a new home at The Forge on Westferry Road, signing a 20 year lease. Craft Central celebrated their official opening at The Forge on September 28th, where it now provides 67 creative studios and shared workspace, with exhibitors in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery and furniture.

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A no deal Brexit will cost Tower Hamlets £11.59 billion

New research by the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance and the Liberal Democrats has revealed just how damaging a no deal Brexit will be to Tower Hamlets.

A no deal Brexit will mean an economic hit of £11.59 billion to Tower Hamlets.  

David Davis and other members of the cabinet have recently been talking up a no deal Brexit, but this data shows that the country simply couldn't afford it.

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Tower Hamlets failing to effectively tackle rogue landlords

Tower Hamlets is still failing to effectively deal with rogue landlords, with only 7 prosecutions in 2016/17 and compared to 331 in next door Newham. 

Despite setting up a Landlord Licensing Scheme, very little is being done to tackle rogue landlords in our borough. 

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Lib Dems call for 12.5% business rates cap to protect pubs in Tower Hamlets

The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to permanently protect local pubs from crippling tax hikes by introducing a 12.5% cap on business rate increases.

It comes as figures show that 53 local pubs have so far received funding from the government's relief scheme, with a total of £90,077 handed out.

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Less than 2% of council homes sold in Tower Hamlets since 2015 replaced

Only 8 council homes in Tower Hamlets sold off under Right to Buy have been replaced since 2015, analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

The party is calling on the government to reform Right to Buy and ensure all affordable homes sold are replaced.

In total 453 council homes in Tower Hamlets have been sold off since April 2015, official figures show, while just 8 have been built under the government's replacement scheme.

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