Tonight several local businesses and residents met at the St Hilda community centre to speak about the planning laws and their effects on the community. Topics included what makes a healthy town centre, rent regulation, s.106 agreements, and the impact of local businesses.
It was a great session and we have submitted some thoughts and ideas to input into Boris' London plan.
Local businesses are vital to the community in so many ways: not just the permanent local jobs but also casual employment, the great social function they provide by knowing their customers, and providing tailored services including looking after the elderly and disabled customers. In certain areas they bring tourism and spending in Tower Hamlets (to areas such as Brick Lane, Columbia Road market).
Well done to local resident, Lucy Rogers, for organising the event.