The voting through of the Safeway site development was not the only contentious issue at the meeting on 15 April. Tower Hamlets voted through the City Pride development which would be the (or one of the) densest developments in the UK, and across the world. Despite thousands of resident's objections, Labour once again passed it through without a secon dthought!
Well in fact there was a second thought, as the first vote was tied 4 votes for and 4 votes against. The Chair, having allowed Cllr Francis (L) to summarise in favour of the development, but refusing to allow Cllr Archer (C) to summarise againt, was then given the casting vote.
Strangely he needed 15 minutes of legal advice before he cast his vote in favour of the development.