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Local newspaper City Matters reports on residents massage petition and City action: http://www.citymatters.london/city-of-london-to-investigate-middlesex-street-massage-parlours/
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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
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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
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.”