Update on Massage Parlours

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

A Committee report has now been published on the City of London website in response to the massage parlour petition handed in last week by Portsoken Councillors Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali. The report entitled ‘Enforcement Action taken against non-compliant massage parlours and sex establishments’ has been prepared by the Director of Markets and Consumer Protection Peter Davenport and will now be considered by Port Health & Environmental Services Committee members at their meeting on the 9th May. To read the report in full please click below:

Public reports pack 09th-May-2017 13.45 Port Health Environmental Services Committee – Massage Parlours

Update on Business Rates

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In March 2017, Labour’s Munsur Ali and Jason Pritchard spoke to small businesses in Portsoken and collected signatures for a business-led petition. The petition, which was started by the East End Trades Guild, called on the government to halt the implementation of the new business rate hikes. The final petition, which gathered a total of 10,562 signatures, was handed in to 10 Downing Street by local small business owner Paul Gardner of Spitalfields alongside John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Philip Glanville Mayor of Hackney, and Meg Hillier MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch.

Read on for an update on business rates from EETG organiser Krissie NicolsonContinue reading

Update on ‘affordable’ flats proposed for Petticoat Square

Tags

, , , , ,

61607_SHO000BDC_IMG_11_0000

Good news! On 6th April, Middlesex Street residents were sent a letter from the City of London informing them of an application (17/00250/FULLR3) to convert some of the shop fronts on the podium into “nine one bedroom affordable flats”.

Full details were as follows:

’75, 79, 85, 89, 95 & 97 Middlesex Street & 2 & 14 Gravel Lane, London, E1 7DA Change of use from shop use (Class A1) (upper level retail storage) to residential use (Class C3) comprising of nine one bedroom affordable flats at podium level and associated external works.’

Some existing tenants have contacted me to say that they were concerned that if rent at these flats was set at an ‘affordable’ rate i.e. cost no more than 80% of the average local market rent, then they would not be very affordable at all.

I have contacted the case officer dealing with this application earlier this week and they have today reported back that “The City’s Housing and Commercial Development Manager has confirmed that the flats would be let at a social rent.”

‘Happy to Chat’ Conversation Club announced in Portsoken

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

happy-to-chat-jo-cox

Labour Common Councilmen Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali have announced a new conversation club called ‘Happy to Chat’ which will start at 4pm on Wednesday 3rd May at the Artizan Street Library.  This new club aims to bring people together, young and old, and to create dialogue and understanding between people. The Conversation club has been inspired by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which aims to tackle the silent epidemic of loneliness.  Continue reading

You said, we did … Doorstep Surgeries announced in Portsoken

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

 

You-said-we-did-graphic

Over the past few weeks many residents have contacted to say that they cannot make the weekly surgery times due to family or work commitments. Weekly surgeries are currently being held from 17:45pm – 18:45pm every Tuesday at either the Artizan Street Library or the Portsoken Medical Centre.

We are pleased to announce that Councillors Munsur Ali and Jason Pritchard will be offering doorstep advice surgeries over the next four weeks to compliment the weekly surgeries being offered. These doorstep surgeries will be starting this Friday 28th April on the Middlesex Street Estate from 10am – midday.

Cllr Munsur Ali says “We are always looking for new ways to listen to the views of the residents in the ward. I know people lead busy lives and don’t always have to time to come to one of our regular surgeries. This will hopefully ensure we can see more people over the coming weeks, find out what’s bothering you and ensure your voices are being heard.”

To make sure Munsur and Jason know to call at your door, you can call them on 07834 342479 /  07930 600325 or email: labourportsoken@gmail.com

Please note, the regular weekly surgery time and dates will not be affected. The next weekly surgery will be held on 2nd May 17:45pm – 18:45pm at the Green Box (Portsoken Medical Centre, Little Somerset St, London E1 8AA)

Middlesex Street petition handed in at the Guildhall on behalf of residents

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

IMG_0217

L to R: Portsoken Councillor Jason Pritchard, Jeremy Simons (Deputy Chairman) of Port Health & Environmental Services Committee, Portsoken Councillor Munsur Ali at the Guildhall

On Monday 24th March, Cllr Jason Pritchard and Cllr Munsur Ali met with the Deputy Chairman of Port Health & Environmental Services Committee, Jeremy Simons at the Guildhall to hand in a copy of a petition on behalf over 100 residents from Portsoken ward.

The petition which was also delivered to Tower Hamlets Environmental Health and Trading Standards Officer David Tolley and LBTH Deputy Mayor Shiria Khatun calls on 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

Deputy Chairman Jeremy Simons said that a short report will now be sent to the Port Health & Environmental Services Committee for consideration at their meeting on the 9th May.

See also: https://portsokenlabour.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/councillor-pritchard-delivers-on-massage-petition/

Councillor Pritchard delivers on massage petition

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

FullSizeRender

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.”

Weekly Surgeries – Forthcoming dates

During our campaign, we promised to make ourselves available to help you with the day to day problems that arise. Last week we introduced weekly surgeries to Portsoken. This will be an opportunity for you to talk to us about all issues. Below are the dates for the next 4 weeks of surgeries. Come talk to us about the planned residents meeting and the issues you want to see raised at the meeting. We want to make sure your concerns are heard.

→ Weekly surgery dates

Tuesday 11th April 2017

5.45pm – 6.45pm, Artizan St Library

Tuesday 18th April 2017

5.45pm – 6.45pm, The Green Box

Tuesday 25th April 2017

5.45pm – 6.45pm, Artizan St Library

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

 5.45pm – 6.45pm, The Green Box

You can also contact us using the contact form below:

Good news! Residents Meeting called on Middlesex Street to tackle security issue

Munsur-Jason

During the recent election campaign we knocked on residents’ doors and had over 300 conversations in our community. We listened to residents’ voices and made security on the Middlesex Street Estate one of the central issues of our campaign. We agree with residents that the security on the Middlesex Street estate is simply not good enough. Urgent action is needed.

Now on the back of our campaign Estates Manager, Michelle Warman has now called a Residents Meeting on 17th May 6pm – 8pm at Artizan St Library. This will be an opportunity for residents to get their voices heard and for us all to identify some solutions to this issue.

→ Residents meeting:

    Wednesday 17th May

    6pm – 8pm, Main Hall, Artizan St Library

    All welcome