Tower Hamlets Council News

100 Mayor’s Apprenticeships in the pipeline

More than 100 new Tower Hamlets Apprenticeship opportunities have already been created since the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, launched The Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment in the borough last month.

The Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment is an ambitious plan to create at least 1000 Apprenticeships for local residents with businesses and organisations of all sizes, across the borough, the City and London as a whole.

Over 150 businesses representatives attended the launch at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, and many will be working with the Council and its partner Skills Team Ltd to help establish their own apprenticeship opportunities.

Six young Tower Hamlets Apprentices are currently working with the international construction and development company, the Berkeley Group in a range of jobs including Logistics, Business Administration, Cladding, Painting and Decorating and Dry Lining.

Kelsey Tuffin has recently started her two-year Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating with the Berkeley Group.  She is currently working on two of their major developments sites in the borough at South Quay Plaza at Canary Wharf, and Goodman’s Field in Aldgate.

For Kelsey, an apprenticeship has been the best way to start her career. She said:

“The advantage of doing an Apprenticeship is you earn while you learn and it gives you more job opportunities in the future.

 “When I finish my two-year Apprenticeship, I’d like to use my qualifications and go on to work on a variety of different sites.

 “Since I’ve been working with Berkeley I’ve already learned many new skills including rolling walls, cutting in, and learning to use the right tools and equipment for each job.  And I’m really enjoying it!”

The Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment is linked to the Council’s WorkPath employment scheme which is designed to ensure that every resident has the opportunity to benefit from the huge economic potential in and around the borough.

With one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the country, the borough’s unique riches include Canary Wharf.  It is also on the doorstep of the City of London, and neighbouring areas of East London being transformed with huge levels of regeneration and inward investment.

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:

“Businesses of all shapes and sizes tell me how Apprentices play a crucial role in making their organisations a success, and how apprenticeships help them  to create a well-motivated and highly skilled workforce.  Improving the level of skills is vital to creating sustainable economic growth, and a flexible workforce able to adapt to new markets and opportunities. 

“I’m delighted that through my Apprenticeship Commitment, at least 1000 local people of all ages and backgrounds will benefit from the chance to transform their lives with a top quality job.”

Cllr Joshua Peck, Tower Hamlets Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth said:

“The challenge of creating 1000 Apprenticeships is purposely ambitious, for the council, our partners, our residents and business too.  The truth is we all benefit when local people are able to access the skills and qualifications that lead them towards a long term career, and help our borough to grow.

“Through the ongoing support we provide with our training and business partners, our apprentices can count on our best efforts to match their own ambitions and to help make their employment dreams a reality.” 
Stav Aristokle Hill, is Apprenticeship Programme Manager at Berkeley Group Plc. and is part of the team supporting the six Tower Hamlets Apprentices.  She said:
“We find that there are many benefits associated with taking on Apprentices.  These include giving back to the communities that we’re working with, and also supporting industry to fill some of those skills gaps that we have.

“By supporting local apprentices we’re able to find the right people to join our businesses in the future, as well as those within our supply chain.

“It’s also important that we offer wrap around support as apprentices find their feet, learn new skills and can balance their college work and assignments, with what is also often a physically demanding job too.”
Residents or businesses who would like to know more about the Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment should visit: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/workpath email [email protected] or call 020 7364 0626.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call 020 7364 4389

TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL CRACKDOWN SEES LICENSED PREMISES FINED FOR FLOUTING THE LAW

Rogue businesses have been hit with almost £3,000 of fines as part of an intelligence-led crackdown by Tower Hamlets Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers.

Restaurants, bars and takeways are among those premises that are required to hold a licence governing the sale of alcohol as well as hot food and drink. Each licence carries conditions that must be adhered to.

The objective of the ongoing operation is to target premises where intelligence received has alleged a contravention of the Licensing Act. Many of the visits included test purchasing late at night and in the early morning in order to to investigate compliance.

Where non-compliance is witnessed and a breach of the Licensing Act is established, appropriate and proportionate action ranging from warning letters through to referral for prosecution will follow.

A total of 230 inspections were undertaken in 2016/17 with 24 premises receiving warning letters for non-compliance. There were six successful prosecutions and just one unsuccessful prosecution.

In the seven months since the start of 2017/18, updated intelligence has seen a dramatic increase in the productive targeting of premises violating the law.

Of the 130 inspections carried out since April, 28 have been found to be non-compliant with the terms of their licence or operating without a licence at all – a 21 per cent success rate for test purchases.

The six successful prosecutions brought so far have resulted in fines totalling £2,390. Court costs totalling £4,787 were also levied against those in breach of their licence conditions, making it clear that non-compliance doesn’t pay in the long run.

Another eight prosecutions are pending in relation to inspections carried out in recent months.

Mayor John Biggs said:

“It is clear that the intelligence-led approach that our Environmental Health and Trading Standards teams are taking is working well.

“I am committed to making sure that Tower Hamlets remains a safe and cohesive community and a great place to live by dealing decisively with premises that are found to be breaching licensing laws.

“This approach also ensures that the majority of valued local businesses that are operating within the law are not disadvantaged by those who flout the rules.”

Cllr Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“Licence conditions are put in place for a reason and it is important that businesses play their part in meeting their obligations.

“The enforcement and prosecution of offending businesses assists with our ongoing efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour which we know is a key priority for our residents.”

Consultation on plans for South Dock Bridge development

A pedestrian and cycle bridge that will link Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs  – easing congestion on the existing South Quay Footbridge (also known as the Wilkinson Eyre Bridge) and significantly cutting journey times across a busy area of Tower Hamlets was given the go ahead for consultation this week.

 The proposed ‘South Dock Bridge’ agreed by Tower Hamlets Cabinet will support the large amount of development coming forward on South Quay and the Isle of Dogs and will relieve congestion on the existing South Quay Footbridge and the DLR.

The Council agreed an expenditure of £270,000 for preparatory work, including   work on the  initial design  and consultation  to progress the South Dock Bridge Project.

The Council’s proposed bridge location aligns with Upper Bank Street and has been selected following assessment of different locations. The chosen alignment will enable new and existing residents, and other users to better access transport links and retail and town centre services in Canary Wharf.

The Council has committed Community Infrastructure Levy* (CIL) funds to fund the next phases of development and  intends to make a further contribution towards the delivery of the bridge at a later stage.

Now detailed design work will start to assess how the bridge project will impact on the following issues:

Air Quality

  • Biodiversity
  • The Environmental
  • Heritage
  • Lighting
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Transport
  • Wind Impact
  • Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“I have called for this Bridge to be built long before I was Mayor, so am delighted that I’ve managed to finally get things moving. The Isle of Dogs requires infrastructure to match the development in the area, relieve congestion on the existing Bridge and improve cycling and pedestrian access. I’m committed to delivering this for residents”

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet member for Environment said:

As a council we have set out toreduce the impacts of traffic on our residents, making

our borough one of the best in London to walk or cycle in

This bridge delivers hugely on that commitment for the area – a very much needed and I expect very well used resource. It services our aspiration to have a cleaner greener fitter borough and I look forward to hearing residents views.”

Residents of the borough will have the chance to comment on the design of the bridge via an on-line consultation as well as having the opportunity to give comments by post. The consultation will start on February 12 2018 and run until March.

Additionally there will be chances to view the designs of the bridge and talk to both representatives of the architects and the Council face to face at a series of consultative events that will be announced in the New Year.

Tower Hamlets is the fastest growing borough in the country with a current population of 300,000 that is expected to grow to some 320,000 over the next decade.

The area that the bridge will serve is one of the densest areas in Tower Hamlets., Providing sufficient housing and infrastructure to meet the current and future demand is a strategic priority for London’s Local Authorities, the Mayor for London and the Government.
The borough’s emerging Local Plan identifies that the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar will need to accommodate 30,601 new homes and 78,975 new jobs by 2031.

A feasibility study undertaken over the last three years estimates that the bridge will have the London’s second highest pedestrian use – second only to the Millennium Bridge in central London.

Consultation on plans for South Dock Bridge development

A pedestrian and cycle bridge that will link Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs  – easing congestion on the existing South Quay Footbridge (also known as the Wilkinson Eyre Bridge) and significantly cutting journey times across a busy area of Tower Hamlets was given the go ahead for consultation this week.

The proposed ‘South Dock Bridge’ agreed by Tower Hamlets Cabinet will support the large amount of development coming forward on South Quay and the Isle of Dogs and will relieve congestion on the existing South Quay Footbridge and the DLR.

The Council agreed an expenditure of £270,000 for preparatory work, including   work on the  initial design  and consultation  to progress the South Dock Bridge Project.

The Council’s proposed bridge location aligns with Upper Bank Street and has been selected following assessment of different locations. The chosen alignment will enable new and existing residents, and other users to better access transport links and retail and town centre services in Canary Wharf.

The Council has committed Community Infrastructure Levy* (CIL) funds to fund the next phases of development and  intends to make a further contribution towards the delivery of the bridge at a later stage.

Now detailed design work will start to assess how the bridge project will impact on the following issues:

  • Air Quality
  • Biodiversity
  • The Environmental
  • Heritage
  • Lighting
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Transport
  • Wind Impact

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:
“I have called for this Bridge to be built long before I was Mayor, so am delighted that I’ve managed to finally get things moving. The Isle of Dogs requires infrastructure to match the development in the area, relieve congestion on the existing Bridge and improve cycling and pedestrian access. I’m committed to delivering this for residents”

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet member for Environment said:

As a council we have set out toreduce the impacts of traffic on our residents, making

our borough one of the best in London to walk or cycle in.

This bridge delivers hugely on that commitment for the area – a very much needed and I expect very well used resource. It services our aspiration to have a cleaner greener fitter borough and I look forward to hearing residents views.”

Residents of the borough will have the chance to comment on the design of the bridge via an on-line consultation as well as having the opportunity to give comments by post. The consultation will start on February 12 2018 and run until March.

Additionally there will be chances to view the designs of the bridge and talk to both representatives of the architects and the Council face to face at a series of consultative events that will be announced in the New Year.

Tower Hamlets is the fastest growing borough in the country with a current population of 300,000 that is expected to grow to some 320,000 over the next decade.

The area that the bridge will serve is one of the densest areas in Tower Hamlets., Providing sufficient housing and infrastructure to meet the current and future demand is a strategic priority for London’s Local Authorities, the Mayor for London and the Government.
The borough’s emerging Local Plan identifies that the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar will need to accommodate 30,601 new homes and 78,975 new jobs by 2031.

A feasibility study undertaken over the last three years estimates that the bridge will have the London’s second highest pedestrian use – second only to the Millennium Bridge in central London.

Post-Christmas recycling

After the fun of Christmas comes the big clear up  so to get the best out of recycling this Christmas and make a great start to 2018, the council has issued some useful guidance on waste and recycling:

Recycle like a pro:  Check what you can recycle including what can be done with those mounds of wrapping paper.

Check the Love Food Hate Waste campaign for tips on menus, portions and shopping. Less haste makes less waste; check out what meals – including everything for Christmas lunch – can be prepared and cooked or part-cooked early.

There will be no rubbish or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s day.  There will also be some changes to your usual collection times. The revised collection times are here.

Recycling – the big Christmas list

Tree: There will be a collection for the recycling of real Christmas trees from 8th to 22nd January 2018. If you currently receive a kerbside food and garden waste collection, please remove any decorations from the tree and leave out for collection on your scheduled day during this period. If you do not have kerbside services, please contact your property landlord or management company who can arrange collections from the nominated communal collection points.

Residents in flats should speak to their managing agents about help with recycling.

You can also take it along to the Reuse and Recycling Centre on Yabsley St recycling centre details

Food waste you can’t avoid: please use your caddy if you have access to our food waste collection service, and we will compost it for you.

Batteries: used-up batteries from toys and games can be recycled at supermarkets or any recycling site.

 Mixed recycling:

• Cardboard (and cards): brown, corrugated and grey card, Christmas cards, and brown envelopes can go into your recycling.  Please flatten boxes, and cut or tear up large pieces. Small bits of card and Christmas cards can be put into larger boxes before flattening.

• Wrapping paper: remove plastic bows and fabric ribbons first; plastic or metallic wrap must go into your rubbish.

• Foil: rinse off any food and scrunch together aluminium foil, including mince pie cases, takeaway or ready-cooked meal containers, and foil previously used in cooking.

• Glass and Cans can also go into your recycling, rinse them before you place in recycling bin or sack

• Plastic bottles: discard trigger sprays, then rinse plastic bottles. We take all plastic bottles – from milk to shampoo, bleach to juice and washing up liquid –  just add it

• into your mixed recycling.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:
“Making the Borough Cleaner and Greener is one of my key priorities. There are lots of opportunities for residents to waste less and recycle more in Tower Hamlets over the festive period, so that everyday items can be given a new lease of life. Make this Christmas ‘green’ – remember to recycle.”

Cllr Rachel Blake, lead Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Waste added:

“By recycling over the Christmas period, you are doing your part to help the environment. We are providing information to our residents about what you can put in your recycling bags and when your collection times will be over the Christmas period so we can recycle more as a Borough. Additionally the Council can take your Christmas tree away free of charge.”

*Broken glass, table ware or cookware cannot be recycled and should be discarded into your rubbish

For more information, contact [email protected] or call 020 7364 4389

TOWER HAMLETS’ BIG CLEAN UP IS A GREAT SUCCESS

Staff and councillors joined forces with residents last week to hit the streets of Tower Hamlets for the council’s second week-long Big Clean Up event. The combined effort saw some 38 sacksof litter collected, with 23 wall tiles also cleared of graffiti and fly posting.

 

The Big Clean Up is a key part of the council’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, which aims to work with local people to improve the areas where they live by making the borough cleaner and greener.

The council is committed to listening to what residents want and their contribution in the organisation of last week’s events. Members of the public were asked to nominate roads and open spaces where they felt that a dedicated clean up could have a positive impact.

Council staff organised the events and coordinated the deployment of staff, councillors, residents and corporate volunteers – all the necessary equipment was provided with the assistance of Tower Hamlets waste contractor Veolia.

The Big Clean Up was supported by our partner agencies L&Q, Swan Housing Group and Tower Hamlets Homes who all carried out their own clean up events in support of the campaign. Sites across Tower Hamlets were covered, from fly post removal in Brick Lane to litter picking in Mile End Gardens and the cleaning of an alleyway in Whitechapel.


Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“I’m very pleased that these Big Clean Up events have been taking place across the borough. Littering is a blight to our community, so it is fantastic to see everyone coming together to make a difference. I hope these events will inspire our residents to have a positive impact on their communities.”


Councillor Rachel Blake, Lead member for Strategic Development,  added:

“It has been really positive to see enthusiastic council staff, volunteers, officers and partners out on the streets for our latest Big Clean Up.

“We are running another week-long event in March to coincide with the national Keep Britain Tidy activity. We will be on the lookout for local heroes who want to get involved in our clean ups or highlight the work they do in their communities to keep their neighbourhoods clean and tidy.”

 

  1. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 020 7364 4389
  2. Check out pictures from the week’s activities on our social media channels. We are on Facebook @TowerHamletsCouncil and Twitter @TowerHamletsNow.
  3. Nominations for sites for the March clean up can be sent to us on social media or by emailing [email protected]. If any of the proposals are for private roads the council will contact the owners to arrange access, using its statutory powers if they are required.

TOWER HAMLETS’ BIG CLEAN UP IS A GREAT SUCCESS

Staff and councillors joined forces with residents last week to hit the streets of Tower Hamlets for the council’s second week-long Big Clean Up event. The combined effort saw some 38 sacksof litter collected, with 23 wall tiles also cleared of graffiti and fly posting.

 

The Big Clean Up is a key part of the council’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, which aims to work with local people to improve the areas where they live by making the borough cleaner and greener.

The council is committed to listening to what residents want and their contribution in the organisation of last week’s events. Members of the public were asked to nominate roads and open spaces where they felt that a dedicated clean up could have a positive impact.

Council staff organised the events and coordinated the deployment of staff, councillors, residents and corporate volunteers – all the necessary equipment was provided with the assistance of Tower Hamlets waste contractor Veolia.

The Big Clean Up was supported by our partner agencies L&Q, Swan Housing Group and Tower Hamlets Homes who all carried out their own clean up events in support of the campaign. Sites across Tower Hamlets were covered, from fly post removal in Brick Lane to litter picking in Mile End Gardens and the cleaning of an alleyway in Whitechapel.


Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“I’m very pleased that these Big Clean Up events have been taking place across the borough. Littering is a blight to our community, so it is fantastic to see everyone coming together to make a difference. I hope these events will inspire our residents to have a positive impact on their communities.”


Councillor Rachel Blake, Lead member for Strategic Development,  added:

“It has been really positive to see enthusiastic council staff, volunteers, officers and partners out on the streets for our latest Big Clean Up.

“We are running another week-long event in March to coincide with the national Keep Britain Tidy activity. We will be on the lookout for local heroes who want to get involved in our clean ups or highlight the work they do in their communities to keep their neighbourhoods clean and tidy.”

 

  1. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 020 7364 4389
  2. Check out pictures from the week’s activities on our social media channels. We are on Facebook @TowerHamletsCouncil and Twitter @TowerHamletsNow.
  3. Nominations for sites for the March clean up can be sent to us on social media or by emailing [email protected]. If any of the proposals are for private roads the council will contact the owners to arrange access, using its statutory powers if they are required.

TOWER HAMLETS’ BIG CLEAN UP IS A GREAT SUCCESS

Staff and councillors joined forces with residents last week to hit the streets of Tower Hamlets for the council’s second week-long Big Clean Up event. The combined effort saw some 38 sacksof litter collected, with 23 wall tiles also cleared of graffiti and fly posting.

 

The Big Clean Up is a key part of the council’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, which aims to work with local people to improve the areas where they live by making the borough cleaner and greener.

The council is committed to listening to what residents want and their contribution in the organisation of last week’s events. Members of the public were asked to nominate roads and open spaces where they felt that a dedicated clean up could have a positive impact.

Council staff organised the events and coordinated the deployment of staff, councillors, residents and corporate volunteers – all the necessary equipment was provided with the assistance of Tower Hamlets waste contractor Veolia.

The Big Clean Up was supported by our partner agencies L&Q, Swan Housing Group and Tower Hamlets Homes who all carried out their own clean up events in support of the campaign. Sites across Tower Hamlets were covered, from fly post removal in Brick Lane to litter picking in Mile End Gardens and the cleaning of an alleyway in Whitechapel.


Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“I’m very pleased that these Big Clean Up events have been taking place across the borough. Littering is a blight to our community, so it is fantastic to see everyone coming together to make a difference. I hope these events will inspire our residents to have a positive impact on their communities.”


Councillor Rachel Blake, Lead member for Strategic Development,  added:

“It has been really positive to see enthusiastic council staff, volunteers, officers and partners out on the streets for our latest Big Clean Up.

“We are running another week-long event in March to coincide with the national Keep Britain Tidy activity. We will be on the lookout for local heroes who want to get involved in our clean ups or highlight the work they do in their communities to keep their neighbourhoods clean and tidy.”

 

  1. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 020 7364 4389
  2. Check out pictures from the week’s activities on our social media channels. We are on Facebook @TowerHamletsCouncil and Twitter @TowerHamletsNow.
  3. Nominations for sites for the March clean up can be sent to us on social media or by emailing [email protected]. If any of the proposals are for private roads the council will contact the owners to arrange access, using its statutory powers if they are required.
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