Budget focused 'Ask the Mayor' attracts over 60 residents

Over 60 residents from all across Tower Hamlets attended a special Ask the Mayor budget focused event at Spotlight in Langdon Park.

Hosted by John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, the event allowed residents to question both the mayor and two deputy mayors – Councillor Sirajul Islam, Cabinet Member for Housing and Councillor Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Planning, Air Quality and Tackling Poverty. The focus was on the council’s budget and plans for 2020.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “When I was elected I promised to make the council more open and transparent and that includes public meetings like Ask the Mayor where we as politicians can be held to account.

It was important to spell out, in detail, how the council’s budget will be spent to support residents and deliver services in a challenging financial climate. I’m pleased it gave residents another chance to ask questions on the budget, which followed a detailed consultation.”

A lively discussion took place throughout the evening and covered a wide range of issues including: air quality in the borough; special educational needs and disabilities; adult social care; recycling; and opportunities for young people. 

The session was chaired by Ian Parkes, the Chair of East London Business Alliance (ELBA) who welcomed attendees before the mayor set the scene about the borough, the local area and the financial challenges facing the council.

Posted on Friday 17th January 2020