What’s your name?
What do you do for a living?
Where do you live?
St. Anthony’s Close, Wapping
What is your involvement with the SKD & Wapping community?
I have been living in Wapping for almost 4 years. I have been actively engaged with the council, including raising local issues for action and responding to proposed changes through consultations and other means. I regularly make constructive suggestions to improve cycling/walking, and report highway issues that need fixing.
Why should we vote for you? What difference will you make to SKD & Wapping?
As a Wapping resident, I would be well placed to reflect the concerns and needs of Wapping residents. As a Green councillor I would push for the council to be far more ambitious in tackling Air Pollution and Housing. We are advocating forming a council run letting agency, ensuring the council enforce housing standards and increasing the amount of social housing in new developments. We would investigate sites suitable for development under the community land trust model. On air pollution, through traffic could be significantly reduced through filtering schemes and school streets established – in Wapping, traffic could be removed from Hermitage Wall at the start/end of school day. I would advocate ambitious measures to tackle rat-running traffic through Wapping avoiding the highway, for example, the use of a camera-enforced bus gate on Wapping high street.
Tower Hamlets has some of the worst child poverty in Europe. How would you and your party tackle it?
This is a challenging issue for the council as there are a wide range of complex causes, a large number of which are at national government level and I would work with fellow Greens and others to ensure Green solutions are pushed for at this level, including pushing for more local government funding and more freedom for councils to raise funds. Nonetheless, it’s essential that Tower Hamlets does all it can to tackle the impact. An immediate focus should be providing permanent housing to 2,000 families currently in temporary accommodation. Longer term, we need to increase the amount of genuinely affordable accommodation in the borough and having initiatives to prevent people requiring temporary accommodation. We should do all we can to bring empty homes into use and enforce planning restrictions around AirBnB/Short term lets.
We would also ensure that youth services are properly funded. It’s good that money is currently being allocated in the Council’s budget to address child poverty, but far more funding and far more resources need to be employed locally.
What’s the best thing about SKD & Wapping?
The amount of and quality of green spaces. The ornamental canal, woods, basins, parks, and the Thames path are fantastic places to walk, run, cycle, or just spend some time.
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Favourite musical and why?
Rocky Horror Picture Show as it has good songs, Richard O’Brien, and an appearance by Meat Loaf.
Favourite childhood toy?
What superpower would you like to have?