Tower Hamlets one of few boroughs "improving" according to residents

Tower Hamlets is one of just four areas in the country which residents think is improving, a recent survey has shown. 

Data company YouGov asked people living in the areas that have been targeted by the government’s Levelling Up funding whether they thought their area had improved, stayed the same, or declined, since the funding.

Residents in only four places in the country responded that their town was better – and one of those was Tower Hamlets, where 34 per cent of residents said they thought the borough had improved.

A total of 51 per cent of Tower Hamlets residents also said that the borough was somewhere to move to, not move away from.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“It is fantastic to see that our residents are already feeling the positive impact of the hard work we are doing to make Tower Hamlets the best place to live, work, and visit.

“We have invested the government’s Levelling Up funding carefully to ensure it reaches as many residents as possible.

“However, we know there is still a long way to go, and this is only the beginning. We have an ambitious programme to improve the crime rate, education, housing, sustainability, culture and businesses in the borough to ensure all of our residents are supported to reach their full potential.”


Notes to editors

  • Tower Hamlets Council has invested the £9.3m from the government’s Levelling Up funding to support the delivery of the Whitechapel Road Improvement Programme (WRIP), which will see street improvements like better pavements and more signage and seating, as well as upgrades to market stalls and essential repairs to properties along the high street.
  • The other three boroughs which residents thought had improved were Hackney (38 per cent) and Islington and Southwark (both 36 per cent).
Posted on Thursday 26th January 2023