Search

ELECTIONS: Tower Hamlets council candidates ‘hadn’t a clue’ about major Isle of Dogs development plans

PUBLISHED: 07:05 21 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:45 23 April 2018

Isle of Dogs Forum's Richard Horwood... to advocate Neighbourhood Plan for public examination at Jack Dash House. Picture: Mike Brooke

Isle of Dogs Forum's Richard Horwood... to advocate Neighbourhood Plan for public examination at Jack Dash House. Picture: Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

Richard Horwood is hoping the open election meeting he is chairing on Tuesday for candidates running for Tower Hamlets mayor doesn’t turn into a disaster where they can’t answer questions about the vital Isle of Dogs’ upcoming Neighbourhood Plan.

After all, the area is facing a crisis of skyscraper over-development without proper infrastructure and he wants to know what each one will do if they win.

The neighbourhood planning forum’s chairman got a shock at an open hustings meeting in Pepper Street last Wednesday evening where four of the five candidates present hoping to win a seat on the council just didn’t have a clue about the plan—despite two years of public consultations and an open hearing coming up next month.

“We’ve had loads of public meetings,” Richard told the stunned Canary Wharf ward candidates. “It’s gone through a massive consultation process. We’ve had 200 pages of submissions—and you guys haven’t even read it. I am stunned.”

One candidate openly apologised, then promised to take time to read it up.

A woman in the audience urged them: “You do need to read the Nerighbourhood Plan. It’s a real disappointment that candidates haven’t engaged in it because it has more potential power than any of you.”

One voter accused the Tories of being responsible for Isle of Dogs over-development.

A second candidate responded when asked who they thought they were representing: “You ‘islanders’ need a strong voice on the council, someone who will listen to you. I think I’m that person—otherwise why would I come along and have horrible questions thrown at me.”

Richard Horwood wasn’t convinced, having organised “loads of public meetings” and taken part in a long public consultation process with the council.

He told the East London Advertiser afterwards: “Five candidates didn’t actually know about the Neighbourhood Plan, let alone read it, after it was put together by the community over the past three years. They should have known about it. We are about to have a public examination next month.”

His neighbourhood forum has 12,000 people on its mailing list—apparently not including all the candidates vying to represent them on the council. Nor had the candidates read the Advertiser’s front page story on April 5, it seems, highlighting Neighbourhood Plan concerns, headlined Thames Water warns ‘sewers won’t cope’ with major developments.

Richard expects a better response when candidates for mayor turn up at the forum’s election hustings at 6pm on Tuesday at Millwall’s Seven Mills School in Malabar Street, off Alpha Grove.

Latest East London News Stories

24 minutes ago

Tower Hamlets Council are urging people to share their memories of the former Royal London Hospital.

A man in his 60s has been stabbed in Poplar.

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Yesterday, 17:41

Parents fighting the closure of three council-run nurseries and a specialist deaf unit in the borough have been “thrown a lifeline” by councillors.

Yesterday, 16:10

New City College closed its six campuses for a day to take part in a march in Westminster.

Yesterday, 11:43

A shop in Limehouse accused of selling laughing gas to children as young as 14 has lost its licence to sell alcohol.

Yesterday, 09:49

Tower Hamlets Council will receive extra funding from the government to help ease winter pressures on the NHS.

Wed, 12:19

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has announced a package of ‘tackling poverty innovation grants’ worth £200,000 for new programmes by community and voluntary groups in the borough.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now