Labour Portsoken in the news: Resident calls for fireworks ban after estate ‘duel’

“The reason I released the video is to show the danger of selling fireworks to the public. My main priority as an elected member is the safety and security of my constituents in Portsoken.” – Cllr Jason Pritchard, City of London

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By Tom Oxtoby 9th November 2018

A Middlesex Street resident is calling for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public after a group of teenagers were involved in a ‘fireworks duel’ on his estate.

Common Councillor Jason Pritchard caught the reckless stunt on camera, and is calling for a change to the law to stop the explosives being used in such a dangerous manner.

The footage shows youngsters firing a rocket down the outside communal walkway, with sparks filling the corridor as it exploded.

He suggested limiting the sale of fireworks to licensed premises only.

“The reason I released the video is to show the danger of selling fireworks to the public. My main priority as an elected member is the safety and security of my constituents in Portsoken.”

The incident took place on Bonfire Night, with Mr Pritchard alerted to the incident via the local Neighbourhood Watch WhatsApp group. Continue reading “Labour Portsoken in the news: Resident calls for fireworks ban after estate ‘duel’”

Labour Portsoken in the news: New Neighbourhood Watch initiative helps tackle antisocial behaviour on fireworks night

‘Before the Neighbourhood Watch group there was no network to tackle this kind of antisocial behaviour.’

By FAITH RIDLER FOR MAILONLINE

This is the shocking moment a group of youths set off fireworks on the balcony of a housing estate in City of London.

The video, filmed by local resident and Councillor Jason Pritchard, captured the group as they hovered in the outdoor hallway of the estate on Bonfire Night.

At least eight people were stood outside the homes when a group of three, gathered to the far right, lit a firework and placed it on the ground.

People stood further down the row of flats moved away from the narrow hallway as the firework shot across the concrete.

Sparks were seen flying from the ground when the rocket scraped the floor before coming to a halt at the end of the hall.

The group then gathered at the end of the corridor as smoke filled the estate, jumping up and down excitedly.

As the clip ended, one of the group appeared to light another firework and walk down the hall with his arm extended.

Mr Pritchard, a City of London councillor, was alerted to the situation by a neighbour who posted in the Middlesex Street Estate Neighbourhood Watch scheme Whatsapp group. Continue reading “Labour Portsoken in the news: New Neighbourhood Watch initiative helps tackle antisocial behaviour on fireworks night”

Labour Portsoken in the news: Freedom of the City honour for Portsoken resident Manny Blankett

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A 101-year-old man who was born during a Zeppelin raid and lived through two World Wars has been awarded one of the City of London’s highest honours.

Manny Blankett celebrated his birthday last week with fish and chips at a local pub and, as an added treat, received the rare honour of a Freedom of the City.

As part of his ceremony, the oldest living man in the Square Mile on Wednesday (24 October) signed a book at the historic Guildhall that world famous composer Stephen Sondheim had signed just weeks earlier.

World figures including Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela are among those who have received honorary freedoms, the City’s highest honour.

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The Corporation’s members can also choose to make special nominations for people like Mr Blankett in recognition of a contribution to London life.

Mr Blankett was born in the East End on 17 October 1917, when Londoners were still travelling around in horse and cart.

“There was one right opposite where we lived, I saw it every day,” he recalled. “Everything was transported – people, deliveries, there were no motorcars in those days.”

He lived through the First World War and then the Blitz, and led an adventurous lifestyle – travelling over land to India before serving in the Second World War.

“It took a month to get there. It was quite a thing.”

Mr Blankett worked as a hairdresser, then in the family fur business, and later as a lifeguard at the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park. He is a keen sportsman, and active in the peace movement demonstrations of the 1960s.

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He said the middle of last century was probably his favourite time in London.

“Oh dear, I can’t remember – it was a long time ago, what can I say? London was different: There were lots of dance halls – strictly dancing. There’s nothing like that today.”

Many friends and family were with him as he received the honour from the Corporation, which governs the Square Mile financial district.

Common Councilmen Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali of the Portsoken Ward, where Mr Blankett lives in the Middlesex Street Estate, had nominated him.

Continue reading “Labour Portsoken in the news: Freedom of the City honour for Portsoken resident Manny Blankett”

Forthcoming Councillor Surgeries in Portsoken

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Now the weather is turning colder and the evenings darker, Councillors Munsur Ali and Jason Pritchard will be taking surgeries back indoors. There has not been much appetite from residents for a weekly surgery so they will now be offering two surgeries per month on the first and third Tuesday of every month 6pm – 7pm.

Full information below:

When? 6pm – 7pm First and Third Tuesday of every month – please call before attending

16 October – Artizan Street Library
6 November – Green Box Guinness Estate
20 November – Artizan Street Library
4 December – Green Box, Guinness Estate
18 December – Artizan Street Library

For more information please email labourportsoken@gmail.com

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Portsoken Rose Autumn 2018 edition

Here is our latest Portsoken Rose Autumn 2018 newsletter delivered to all residents on Middlesex St and Mansell Estates this week containing all the latest news from your Labour Portsoken Councillors Munsur Ali and Jason Pritchard. Thanks to the fantastic volunteers for your help in delivering the good news! Click image to read or click hereCapture

Middlesex Street massage parlour fined thousands for license breach following Labour pressure

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A Middlesex Street massage parlour has been fined thousands of pounds for breaching its license after claims it was offering services of a sexual nature.

The owners of Health One at 66 Middlesex Street were ordered to pay £3175 in fines and court costs last month after Thames Magistrate’s Court found them guilty of breaching the special treatment license granted by Tower Hamlets.

Late last year, another massage parlour at 66 Middlesex Street was shut down when the City Corporation won a claim to forfeit its lease over claims it breached the terms of the lease by offering massage services.

And Tower Hamlets licensing chiefs voted to deny a special treatment license for a Gunthorpe Street parlour last week after council officers discovered evidence of sexual favours being touted in exchange for cash.

The crackdown comes off the back of a local petition demanding tougher regulations to prevent the area turning into “a red light district”.

Portsoken councillor and Middlesex Street Estate resident Jason Pritchard said he would be pushing for Tower Hamlets to shut the business down.

“What is going on here is so blatant,” he said. “As residents we don’t want to see these activities on our doorstep. We want Tower Hamlets to revoke their licence.”

Source: City Matters

See also: https://portsokenlabour.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/labour-launches-petition-for-massage-parlour-investigation-in-both-city-and-tower-hamlets/

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

https://portsokenlabour.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/update-on-massage-parlours/

https://portsokenlabour.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/middlesex-street-massage-parlour-shut-down-after-labour-petition-sparks-investigation/

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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/

Taste of the old Jewish East End returns to Aldgate in June at the Aldgate Square Festival

 

On Saturday 16th June 2018 at the Aldgate Festival, a taste of the old Jewish East end will be returning to Aldgate for the opening of the new Aldgate Square with Jewish food and music on offer.

It’s going to be a celebration of rich history of this area where the City meets the East End. Local Councillor Jason Pritchard was keen that the opening of the new square should in particular honour its Jewish past and so he suggested to the organisers that they book local Jewish band, Klezmer Klub. “I first saw Klezmer Klub play a few years back at a birthday party in Bethnal Green” he said, “and I really fell in love with their music, particularly as they sang about those parts of the East End where I’m from. At the end of the evening I even went home with their CD!  So when we were looking for a Klezmer band to accompany the launch of the new square I knew where to look.” Continue reading “Taste of the old Jewish East End returns to Aldgate in June at the Aldgate Square Festival”