Councillor Pritchard delivers on massage petition

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L to R:  Tower Hamlets Head of Environmental Health and Trading Standards David Tolley, Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Cohesion Shiria Khatun and City of London Common Councilman Jason Pritchard

On Wednesday 12th April, newly elected City of London Common Councilman, Jason Pritchard met with Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor Shiria Khatun and LBTH Head of Environmental Health and Trading Standards David Tolley.  He handed to them a petition on behalf over 100 residents from Portsoken ward. These residents are concerned at the apparent spread of massage parlours along Middlesex Street –  the boundary between the City and Tower Hamlets.

The petition is calling on the City of London and London Borough of Tower Hamlets to investigate all massage parlours and sex establishments in the vicinity of the Middlesex Street Estate to ensure:

  1. compliance with their licencing and all other statutory requirements
  2. public order offences are being logged and acted on appropriately
  3. that if any such premises are operating without a licence that enforcement action is taken promptly

Cllr Jason Pritchard said “This is an issue that can only be addressed by working across our two jurisdictions. I look forward to working closely with colleagues in Tower Hamlets over the next four years to tackle this and other issues faced by our communities.”

Deputy Mayor Shiria Khatun said “It was a pleasure to meet with Councillor Jason Pritchard. The petition presented will be looked in to and I will keep Councillor Pritchard informed with updates on the issues highlighted.”

City of London Common Councilman Munsur Ali said “This is a big concern for residents on the Middlesex Street Estate. We will make sure that these massage parlours are effectively regulated and closely monitored to ensure all public order offences are being logged and acted on.”

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Beyond the Streets is a national charity working to build routes out of sexual exploitation for women. All funds raised from their guided tours support their Door of Hope project, which offers routes out of sexual exploitation for women in East London. To find out more visit:

https://portsokenlabour.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/a-hidden-history-of-women-in-the-east-end-the-alternative-jack-the-ripper-tour/

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