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:
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:
compliance with their licencing and all other statutory requirements
public order offences are being logged and acted on appropriately
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.”
Labour Party members and supporters from the City and Tower Hamlets have been out this week collecting signatures calling for an investigation by both the City and Tower Hamlets into the growing ‘massage parlour’ trade adjacent to the Middlesex Street estate.
The petition calls for licensing and other checks on statutory requirements; better logging and action in the event of public order issues, and enforcement action in the event of breaches being uncovered.