Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

All of the seats in Tower Hamlets were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB GAIN FROM NOC
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 42 Total councillors 42 Change+20

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 2 Change-3

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 Change-17
Councillors change compared with 2014

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London parks remain in Lockdown

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Playgrounds across three London borough remained closed over the weekend, despite the Government giving councils the green light to re-open park spaces.

Public playgrounds were ordered to close more than three months ago to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Revellers were able to drinks in a pub for the first time since March on Saturday, many parents were frustrated to find public playgrounds still under lock and key as councils said they were awaiting “risk assessments” before reopening.

While local authorities such as Croydon and Westminster opened children’s facilities, Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Islington were among the boroughs where they remained closed.

Playgrounds in Victoria Park, voted one of London’s favourite green spaces, could stay shut until August, Tower Hamlets council said.

Father-of-three Sam Williams, who lives near Victoria Park, said: “It’s deeply frustrating and concerning that playgrounds and schools remain closed. Our local councils appear to care more about short term economic growth through opening pubs, restaurants and hairdressers than the future health and wellbeing of our young people.”

A Tower Hamlets spokesman said: “We will open our playgrounds once our risk assessments and annual safety inspections are complete – delayed due to Covid-19. Do not enter playgrounds or use the equipment as they may not be safe. We anticipate they will be open in August.”

Royal Parks, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and City of London Corporation, who operate the largest open spaces in London, also kept playgrounds and outdoor gyms shut over the weekend.

Plans to cut 33,000 vehicle journeys through East End unvieled

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to cut some of the 33,000 daily vehicle journeys through Bow in east London have been put forward by the local authority.

Tower Hamlets council wants to create a “low-traffic neighbourhood” in Bow it says will improve road safety and decrease air pollution.

The proposals include wider pavements, better street lighting, cycle parking, greenery and school streets, where roads will be closed to vehicles at peak times, and the closure of Skew Bridge to traffic.

The Council's own research shows shows almost half of the 33,000 daily vehicles through the East End do not stop in the area - “creating extra noise, air pollution and road safety issues”.

The plans are part of the council’s multi-million-pound Liveable Streets programme.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “We want to consult on these Liveable Streets proposals for Bow after several months of engagement with residents, businesses and schools.

“The plans will invest in our streets to make them safer, improve our air quality and make it easier to get around on foot or by bike.

"We recognise that within these proposals not everyone will agree with all the options."

Sir Keir Starmer on Robert Jenrick and Westferry planning application
Sir Keir Starmer says the housing secretary’s role in the Westferry planning case was now at the stage “where the prime minister’s judgement is an issue”.