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Council motions: Crown Estate sell-off, Bethnal Green war memorial, transport cuts and more!

March 24, 2010

At tonight’s meeting of Tower Hamlets Council the Respect group have tabled the following motions:

A) Facilities for cricket

B) Anti-social behaviour

C) Crown Estate sell off

D) Dispatches programme and slurs against this council

E) Bethnal Green Stairways to Heaven war memorial

F) Respite breaks for carers

G) Transport for London cuts

H) John Smith Mews residents objections

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A) Facilities for cricket

Moved by Councillor Abjol Miah, seconded by Councillor Salim Ullah

 1) This council notes:
a) the current first class cricket tour by the England team of Bangladesh

b) the establishment of Bangladesh as a first class international cricket team

c) the tour of England of the Bangladesh cricket team beginning in May

d) the widespread interest in and enthusiasm for cricket amongst young people in all sections of our community

e) the acute lack of cricket pitches or cricket facilities of any kind in Tower Hamlets 

f) the young people have to travel a long way out of the borough to find first class cricket facilities

g) the nearest grounds at which we will be able to see the Bangladesh cricket team play during its tour are Chelmsford, the Oval and Lord’s

h) the recent excellent development of cricket facilities at Old Ford Primary school
2) This council believes:

 a) an interest in and enthusiasm for cricket should be encouraged amongst young people in Tower Hamlets from all sections of the community and both boys and girls

b) the council should encourage schools to follow the initiative of Old Ford Primary school in finding ways to develop their own cricket facilities 

c) schools should be encouraged to take advantage of the Bangladesh cricket tour to arrange trips to see cricket with their pupils

d) the council should organise a civic reception for the Bangladesh and England cricket teams when Bangladesh are on tour in England to encourage interest in cricket in this borough

d) urgent investigation should be made into the possibility of improving and providing cricket facilities in Victoria Park as part of its regeneration sufficient at least to enable professional cricketers to provide exhibition matches

B) Anti-social behaviour

Moved by Councillor Fazlul Haque, seconded by Councillor Dulal Uddin

1) This council notes that:

a) anti-social behaviour blights the lives of many in our community

b) the report of the Chief Inspector of Constabulary Denis O’Connor that many police forces are failing to deal with anti-social behaviour adequately or appropriately

c) the dissatisfaction of many residents with the performance of the police in general and the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in particular

d) residents’ dissatisfaction concerns being unable to speak to anyone on the SNT phone numbers, the failure to call back when messages are left on SNT phone numbers and the slow response of the police when they do respond

e) sightings of Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers by residents of this borough are only a little more frequent than sightings of the firecrest or common crane

2) This council believes that:

a) dealing with anti-social behaviour requires a serious and co-operative approach between a number of agencies, including the council, schools, parents, police and voluntary agencies

b) there is not much point in seeking a boost to police numbers if they are not taking the right approach to anti-social behaviour reports

c) there needs to be close monitoring of the performance of the police in relation to reports of anti-social behaviour, including a record of phone calls unanswered, phone calls not responded to, the speed of response to complaints and, crucially, the accurate recording of anti-social behaviour complaints

d) there needs to be a comprehensive review of anti-social behaviour strategies involving the police, council officers and representatives of other relevant bodies and voluntary agencies to ensure best practice on these issues are adopted in this borough
 

C) Crown Estate sell off

Moved by Councillor Dulal Uddin, seconded by Councillor Abjol Miah
 

1) This council notes:
a) the intention of the Crown Estate to sell off residential properties in a number of estates across London 

b) property they intend to sell off includes a significant number of homes around Victoria Park on the Tower Hamlets side

c) this sell-off appears to be intended directly or indirectly to finance a project in Lower Regent Street and is part of a Crown Estate strategy to redefine their core strategy focussing on commercial properties which has included loss-making investment in retail parks

d) Crown Estate residential property provides essential housing for key workers

e) there has been an excellent campaign by residents against this sell off

f) the Crown Estate is refusing even to ballot residents on whether or not they want to be sold off

g) George Galloway MP has put down an Early Day Motion opposing the sell off, Frank Dobson has held an adjournment debate and Treasury Select Committee Mps have subject both the chief executive of the Crown Estate and the minister responsible to a grilling over the sell off

2) This council believes:
a) it would not be in the interests of the residents or the wider interests of society for these properties to be sold off to property speculators or others

b) at the very least the Crown Estate should ballot the residents about the sell off and that this is required of them under their obligation to promote good management

c) the government does have the legal power to direct the Crown Estate not to sell off these properties and should exercise that power if the Crown Estate does not abandon this sell off voluntarily
3) This council demands:

a) the Crown Estate ballots all residents on the sell off and agrees to be bound by the result of that ballot

b) the government should direct the Crown Estate not to sell off these properties if the Crown Estate refuses to ballot its residents and intends to proceed with the sell off
D) Dispatches programme and slurs against this council

Moved by Councillor Fozol Miah, seconded by Councillor Harun Miah
1) This council notes:
a) the recent Dispatches programme presented by Andrew Gilligan which sought to denigrate this council and other organisations and individuals in Tower Hamlets

b) the active participation in the making of this programme of Jim Fitzpatrick MP

c) the active participation in the programme of the leader of the Conservative group Peter Golds

d) the utterly unfair denigration of a hard-working senior council officer who did not and does not have the power to answer back to that cheap unfair denigration

e) the subsequent remarks by the chair of Tower Hamlets Labour Party that the Town Hall was a “centre of Islamic Fundamentalism”

2) This council believes:
a) the Dispatches programme gave a completely unfair and distorted impression of Tower Hamlets and its council

b) no attempt was made by the makers of this programme to produce a balanced, fair and objective analysis of the council and its decision-making

c) this programme and its active participants have fuelled antagonism towards members of the Muslim community
 

3) This council deplores:
a) the participation in this programme of Jim Fitzpatrick MP and the comments he made

b) the participation in this programme of Peter Golds, the leader of the Tory group, and the comments he made

c) the slur against this council made by the chair of Tower Hamlets Labour Party
4) This council reaffirms:
a) its commitment to its integrity in decision-making with regard to allocation of funds and other matters

b) its confidence in its senior officers

c) its commitment to One Tower Hamlets, to ensuring harmony and respect between and within communities and its wholehearted opposition to any attempt to divide the Muslim from the non-Muslim community or to divide the Muslim community itself

E) Bethnal Green Stairways to Heaven war memorial

Moved by Councillor Mamun Rashid, seconded by Councillor Abjol Miah
This council notes:
a) the fantastic achievements of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust in getting planning permission for the memorial to those who tragically died in the Bethnal Green tube disaster on 3 March 1943 when 173 people were killed in the worst loss of civilian life in Britain during the Second World War.

b) so far the council has committed £100,000 to support the project which needs over £600,000

c) the Trust has done brilliantly in raising tens of thousands more through their fund-raising efforts

d) the campaign is still a long way short of their target

e) the completion of this excellent project will be of great benefit to everyone in Tower Hamlets
2) This council believes:

a) the council should do even more to support the project through publicity and promotion of the campaign to raise funds

b) the council should seek to increase the council’s funding of this project
 

F) Respite breaks for carers

Moved by Councillor Fazlul Haque, seconded by Councillor Abjol Miah

1) This council notes:

a) a Freedom of Information enquiry from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care has revealed that money promised for carers to get respite breaks is instead being used to plug holes in the NHS budget

b) carers do a fantastic job of caring for the elderly and disabled

c) carers are particularly important in areas of the community where there is not an extended family to act as support for the elderly and disabled

2) This council believes:
a) there should be an urgent review by the council with its partners in the Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust to ensure that carers are getting funding for respite breaks they desperately need

b) if funding promised for carers is being diverted to plug holes in the NHS budget in Tower Hamlets, urgent measures should be taken to ensure carers do get the funding promised and that holes are plugged by the government and efficiency savings

G) Transport for London cuts

Moved by Councillor Salim Ullah, seconded by Councillor Abjol Miah

This council:

 1)      is alarmed at impending cuts at Transport for London to fill a £460 million spending gap.

2)      notes that these cuts come on top of the fare increases announced by London Mayor Boris Johnson in the New Year, which include a 20 percent rise to the basic bus fare – a move that will disproportionately hit the poorest travellers in Tower Hamlets and London as a whole.

3)      is opposed to plans to cut 800 jobs on the London Underground, which will mean more unstaffed stations and threaten passengers’ safety and their sense of safety on the network.

4)      is opposed to further public transport cuts across London, which will lead force more people to use cars and undermine a coherent transport and environmental policy

5)      believes that part of the funding shortfall is due to the current Mayor’s abandonment of his predecessor’s policy of extending the Congestion Charge Zone to cover the richer areas of Central London.

6)      recognises that the immediate cause for the shortfall is the PPP scheme to refurbish the Tube, which Gordon Brown as chancellor imposed on the capital against the opposition of Underground unions, passenger groups and Ken Livingstone who was elected as an independent in 2000 opposing the scheme.

7)      believes that the PPP scheme does not give value for money and is resulting in large amounts of pubic funding going into the pockets of private contractors such as Bechtel.

8)      calls on TfL and Mayor Johnson to find alternatives to cuts to public transport and on Lord Adonis, the transport minister, to allow TfL to borrow to cover the shortfall, to recognise that the PPP scheme has been an expensive fiasco and to investigate ways of bringing the tube upgrade fully into public control and ownership, as has in effect happened through the collapse of Metronet’s piece of the PPP upgrade.

H) John Smith Mews residents objections

Moved by Councillor Abdul Munim, seconded by Councillor Dulal Uddin

This council notes:

a)      the very strong objections to the car clamping system and permit regime that was to have been unilaterally introduced on John Smith Mews by One Housing Group from 16th January 2010

b)      residents are completely happy with the existing key and gate system and see absolutely no reason why this system should be changed

c)      proper consultation has not taken place with residents over this matter by One Housing Group

d)     incorrect information has been used by One Housing Group to justify the changes to the parking regime

e)      residents want the clamping system immediately and permanently withdrawn and a return to the original system pending further negotiations with One Housing Group

This council supports the residents in these demands.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Fan permalink
    April 14, 2010 3:26 am

    I would like to know what Rashanara Ali has to say about these topics, she is very quite on issus. why is she so invisible in the local area, why are her ppl trying to sneak her into power on the Labour ticket???

    I was trying to write some comments on Rushanara Ali’s youtube video but unable to cos of the blocks to any outside comments imposed on them. even the wikipedia is blocked as well, no one can change a word by the looks of things. There are ppl out there trying to keep her really protected away from issues public want her to speak on. they are basically trying to sneak her through the back doors. In reality what’s going to happen if she did get elected is she will stay very invisible from the BG&B public, voting on thing the Labour inner circle want her to vote on. But luckily for the people of BG&B they have real choice with Abjol Miah.

  2. Fan permalink
    April 14, 2010 3:27 am

    I would like to know what Rashanara Ali has to say about these topics, she is very quite on issus. why is she so invisible in the local area, why are her ppl trying to sneak her into power on the Labour ticket???

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