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Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to my latest e-newsletter

I thought we'd got away with not having any elections across Tower Hamlets for the first time in 5 years, but the European elections have dashed that hope!

Feel free to collar me if you see me out and about campaigning before polling day on Thursday 23 May. Or, as ever, feel free to pop in to my surgery at Limehouse Youth Hub on Saturdays from 12.30pm.

Coming up
  • Monday 13th May, 5.30pm - Meeting at Ropemakers Fields Park. ASB ward walkabout. Join council offices, the Safer Neighbourhood Team and other residents to agree practical solutions to deter anti-social behaviour around the ward. More details to follow.
  • Sunday 19th May, 7.15pm - Limehouse Community Forum History Night. Learn all about Hawksmoor, sin, gin and basin rim. (this sounds very up my street...) Click here to find out more. 

Around Limehouse
  • I was pleased to attend the opening of the new play equipment in Ropemakers Fields, finally delivered using money from developers. There are further improvements for the park planned in the next few months, including a relaid tennis court and new signage.
  • The council has confirmed it wont be pursuing any interest in developing on Branch Road. The onus now is on the Greater London Authority, who own the site to decide what to do with it. I visited the site with our London Assembly Member Unmesh Desai to discuss the potential of the site for community use and how it might negate the poor air quality in the area. 
  • Missed waste collections have been a pain across Limehouse and I have been working with residents on Newell Street (pictured with Cabinet Member Cllr David Edgar) to tackle their problems as well as finding a solution to help residents in Limekiln Wharf. 
  • I was pleased to meet resident of Earl Attlee Court to facilitate a meeting with freeholder Tower Hamlets Community Housing to act on several ongoing issues in the block.
  • Similarly, I met with residents from across Wharf Lane and council officers to discuss how to tackle anti-social behaviour and generally improve Rectory Gardens park.

Across Tower Hamlets
  • The Local Community and Small Grants Funds are now open, allowing for community groups to apply for grants from a £2.6 million pot. Read more by clicking here. 
  • Security has been ramped up at places of worship across Tower Hamlets in response to the terrorist attacks in Christchurch. Read more by clicking here.

Yours sincerely,

James King
Labour Councillor for Limehouse
P.S. I want as many people in Limehouse to know how I’m working for them. Please pass this email on to your friends and neighbours and encourage them to sign up for future updates.
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