After a well publicised local campaign, I am pleased to announce that the City of London has agreed to extend the hours at Artizan Street Community Library. This is fantastic news! In addition to extending the hours the City will also now be trialling a Saturday opening slot for six months.
From 14th May 2018 the new Library hours will be as follows:
This really is tremendous news for the local community and it will now mean that this wonderful resource is available for even more people to use on a daily basis. Please do spread the word and let people know about the new opening times to ensure as many people benefit from the new hours as possible. Once again this result demonstrates that when residents come together on local issues we can influence positive change in the community and get our voices heard.
Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and to the parents who came to the Guildhall last month to hand-in the petition. We couldn’t have got this result without all of your support.
Well done everyone!
Middlesex Street Resident and Common Councilman for the ward of Portsoken
William Campbell-Taylor believes Labour councillors get unfair treatment from their peers, and says they should instead be praised for their transparency.
“Many of the Independent City councillors are also Conservative Party members – not to mention Freemasons – and at least one of them is a serving Conservative councillor elsewhere,” said Mr Campbell-Taylor.
“It’s completely fine that they should have political affiliations, of course. What isn’t fine is that they should then pretend they have no political interests.”
Labour caused a stir in March’s City-wide elections when the party increased its influence in the Court of Common Council fivefold.
Now the latest man to run with a red rosette is hoping his public-facing campaign will be enough to help him join the fray and become the first Labour Alderman.
“Many residents are pleased to have the opportunity to support a Labour candidate for Alderman, though it’s also true that party politics isn’t the only consideration when choosing whom to vote for.
“Residents and small businesses want to know that you are on their side, that you will fight their corner.”
Mr Campbell-Taylor can point to a history of holding the local authority to account. In 2001 he successfully campaigned to prevent the Cass Foundation selling off the Sir John Cass’s School site before forcing the City to publish a summary of its private cash accounts in 2011.
“If transparency is a priority for me so too is fairness,” he said. “For example, I want the City to cover free school meals for all children in Year 3 and above at Sir John Cass’s.
When it puts £12million into its private schools I think it can also afford to make sure the children at the City’s only state school get a decent meal during the day.”
Housing is also a minefield the candidate is putting at the top of his agenda, but complete with hard hat, he has pledged to scrutinise Corporation policy, especially after the “Bernard Morgan House calamity”.
“I want to make sure the City meets its commitments to housing Londoners… to build 3,700 new homes by 2025. It can begin by looking after those who already live on the two housing estates in Portsoken, one of which is council run.
“I read that Aldgate is now being billed as ‘the hottest property destination in Europe’, set to generate 20,000 jobs. But how many of those jobs will come to local residents? And how will the residents and small businesses benefit from all this money coming into the area?”
And it isn’t just housing that the Labour candidate thinks the Corporation is under-delivering on. He wants reform that he says will allow the Square Mile to start working for everyone, not just those in big business.
“Because different governments have promoted the liberalisation of the financial services sector, the Corporation decided that it wasn’t in its interests to nail its political colours to the mast.
“Only now, after the crash, is this catching up with the City. People are beginning to see that the City of London, rather than being a state of nature, represents a powerful set of interests. And these interests need to be brought into the daylight. That’s what a Labour group can do; it can shine a light on the interests at work.
“Politics is not a freelance activity – about being a ‘Mighty Me’ independent – it’s about solidarity, people working together and demanding change.”
Mr Campbell-Taylor stated that the growing number of Labour members on the council was evidence of a change in attitudes locally.
“Our new Labour councillors Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali have shown this in their campaigning work, from making sure that all unlicensed massage parlours are closed down to speaking up for the Rohingya Muslims in the council.
“Now we need more councillors like Jason and Munsur that reflect the mix of the City and theconcerns of ordinary people – and hopefully soon the City’s first Labour Alderman too.”
Source: City Matters
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Following a very positive first ‘Happy to Chat’ Club earlier this month, Councillors Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali are pleased to announce that the next session of this new social club will take place on Tuesday 16th May at the Kahaila Cafe in Portsoken.
‘Happy to Chat’ is a new conversation club in Aldgate that aims to bring people together, young and old, and to create dialogue and understanding between people. Come and meet other people and share your stories.
There will be hot drinks and cakes available to purchase in the café.
You are invited to our ‘Happy to Chat’ conversation club. Come join the conversation…
Time: 16:15pm – 17:15pm
Date: Tuesday 16th May 2017
Location: Kahaila Café, 7-8 Harrow Place, London E1 7DB
For more information see https://goo.gl/I8z6FF
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 Nicolson: Continue reading “Update on Business Rates”