Tower Hamlets Council news in brief 29 June 2016

Various press releases in the news section of the Council website which few will ever read so we thought a brief note with a link for each one might be of use to residents.

This is a simple copy and paste job from the Council site. So don’t expect any jokes or analysis. This week anyway.

Idea Store Whitechapel stages consultation on co-working space for entrepreneurial residents

Idea Store Whitechapel is exploring new ways of working which will support local entrepreneurs, freelancers, and start-up businesses.

The Idea Store is looking into providing flexible working space for local residents setting up or running their own business.

The space would include meeting rooms, flexible office space, and even Skype conferencing facilities. It would also provide an environment in which like-minded entrepreneurs could network and do business.

In order to decide how the project will progress, the Idea Store is staging a public consultation on Wednesday 13 July, between 4 and 8pm, at the venue itself, where interested parties are invited to contribute their own suggestions as to how to make the project a success.

Improving maternity services for Tower Hamlets mums

Tower Hamlets Council’s Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee has set out 17 recommendations to improve the quality of maternity services and patient experience of care at The Royal London Hospital.

The review, led by Councillor Amina Ali, focussed on pregnancy, birth and postnatal care, using patient interviews, on site visits and presentations from key organisations to capture patient experience insight. The work was captured in a short film.

Could you help solve housing issues in Tower Hamlets?

The council is looking for a tenant and a leaseholder to help develop solutions to the big housing issues in the borough by joining a new housing scrutiny sub-committee.

The role on the committee is called an “Independent co-opted member”. Benefits include an attendance allowance plus training and development opportunities.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and must not be a current employee or councillor of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

To apply for the role, contact Farhana Zia on 020 7364 0842 or email

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 July 2016.

Have you applied for charitable relief?

All Local Charities and Not for Profit Organisations are reminded that they must complete the online application form for relief from Business Rates or they will be liable to pay the charge for the whole year.

The council has reviewed its charitable relief criteria. This means that organisations currently receiving charitable relief (mandatory or discretionary) for their business rates must apply for a new award to cover 2016/17.

Shaheed Minar plaque unveiled in recognition of all those who contributed to its construction

Plaque was unveiled at the Shaheed Minar Monument in Altab Ali Park on Friday 3 June in recognition of the numerous grassroots organisation which contributed to its construction.

The monument was built at the south west end of the Whitechapel park to commemorate those who risked everything during the ‘Bengali Language Movement’ demonstrations of 1952; in what was then East Pakistan.

Bengali’s battle for recognition as an official language of Pakistan was a long and bloody one, but with the movement gaining momentum, the language was finally recognised by the Pakistani government in 1956.

The monument in East London is designed as a replica of the original which stands in Dhaka, Bangladesh.



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