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Mayor sets ambitious direction for next four years as Cabinet approves council's Strategic Plan

Tower Hamlets skyline (1)

View of the borough from the air

  • Plan includes 4,000 new social homes, helping people through the cost-of-living crisis, and investing in public services

Tower Hamlets Council has outlined its plans to improve the borough across eight key themes after Mayor Lutfur Rahman and his cabinet approved its new Strategic Plan on Monday (August 1).

The Strategic Plan is the council’s most important document as it set out what will be delivered between 2022 and 2026.

It incorporates the Mayor’s election manifesto, the council’s statutory duties, and the council’s ambition to keep improving its operation including customer service. Our commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion, and community cohesion also runs through the plan.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: 

“I am fully committed to delivering on the pledges I made to our residents at the elections and together with my Cabinet, councillors, council staff and local partners, we will create real and lasting improvements across all our services.

“Our programme of change is purposefully ambitious and challenging, designed to transform lives and allow everyone in our borough to reach their true potential.

“The work is already underway, and includes recent announcements of £2.7million, and a further £800,000 to support families facing the cost-of-living crisis, with more support to follow. We are transforming leisure services with £35million funding and plans to bring services in-house. And listening to our residents, we are consulting on the Liveable Streets scheme and plans to bring housing services back under council control.

“Our commitment to be a truly listening council is key, and we will continue to ensure that we consult with residents and ensure all voices are heard.”

The Strategic Plan is made up of eight priorities, which are:

  • tackling the cost-of-living crisis, with measures including freezing council tax for four years, and additional financial support for residents.
  • providing homes for the future by working with developers and housing associations to deliver a minimum of 1000 social homes for rent each year.
  • accelerating education through a series of learning interventions and financial support, investing in youth services, and increasing opportunities for younger people to go into further education.
  • boosting culture, business, jobs, and leisure with measures including supporting small businesses, start-ups, and markets; creating jobs and training opportunities; and one hour free parking at our markets.
  • investing in public services for example by bringing outsourced services back into public hands.
  • empowering communities and fighting crime, for example by working with the police to have more uniformed officers on the streets.
  • working towards a clean and green future by establishing a Mayor’s advisory board to guide our response to climate change and a host of green measures including green heating systems on housing estates and electric vehicle charging.
  • being a council that listens and works for everyone

 The full list of actions under these headings can be found in the Strategic Plan which is available to view by clicking here.


Posted on Friday 5th August 2022