Lib Dems Warn of Waste and Centralisation in Town Hall Move


Tower Hamlets Council voted on November 3 to go ahead with disgraced former Mayor Lutfur Rahman's plans to move the town all to the former Royal London Hospital site in Whitechapel. Labour's Mayor John Briggs had previously described the plan as "a bit of a palace".

The move comes as neighbouring Newham Council is considering moving out of its own centralised Town Hall only 3 years after the moved in at a cost to taxpayers of £110 million.

Speaking while campaigning on London's housing crisis, Lib Dem candidate for City and East Elaine Bagshaw said:

"I am strongly against this move. At a time when Londoners are desperate for properly affordable homes, Tower Hamlets Council is going to spend millions on itself. This will move services further away from people who need them, in spite of the evidence coming from Newham that shows it's a bad idea.

Whitechapel should be a centre of affordable homes and space for local businesses, not a hub of paperwork and bureaucracy."

Sheree Miller, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Boleyn Ward, Newham, said; 'At a time when Newham council are warning residents of their need to cut £50 million from their budget, it is galling that they now realise their mistake and the subsequent waste of money incurred to the tax payers.  Services have therefore been affected twice over. Should I be elected, I would demand greater scrutiny and accountability for decisions like these that have a huge affect on local people.'

People still remember the Liberal Democrats' Local Neighbourhoods which made Council services closer and more responsive to people. This would be at the heart of a Liberal Democrat-run Tower Hamlets.

Notes to editors

  1. Lutfur’s Palace: http://www.wharf.co.uk/news/local-news/tower-hamlets-councillors-agree-new-10384719

  2. Newham considers leaving its Town Hall after three years: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/deprived-newham-watches-bemused-as-council-ponders-move-from-110m-building-after-just-three-years-8836972.html

  3. Newham and Tower Hamlets are the two most deprived boroughs in the country for housing and services: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-indices-of-deprivation-2015


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