Use common sense to clean up Brick Lane
PUBLISHED: 14:16 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010
Dear Editor, THE clean up’ of Brick Lane and its effects on trade has meant in some cases the forced removal of chairs and tables from the pavement has had an absolutely disastrous effect on business and is threatening them with closure. We cannot see how removing tables and chairs which have added to a lively atmosphere in Brick Lane serves any useful purpose
THE 'clean up' of Brick Lane and its effects on trade has meant in some cases the forced removal of chairs and tables from the pavement has had an absolutely disastrous effect on business and is threatening them with closure (East London Advertiser, October 30).
Everyone supports a clean up, which cuts down drunkenness, violence and aggressive behaviour.
But we cannot see how removing tables and chairs which have added to a lively and friendly atmosphere in Brick Lane serves any useful purpose.
The owner of the Pride of Spitalfields pub in Heneage Street, just off Brick Lane, was told the tables put out for customers' who wanted to smoke or sit outside were obstructing the pavement. This is manifest nonsense.
We fully support the campaign to pedestrianise of Brick Lane.
But the legitimate views of business owners must be properly addressed.
We believe it would not mean that delivery vans could not get access.
Pedestrianising Brick Lane would boost business by creating the kind of 'inviting' public space which is being privatised and fenced in across so much of London.
We need all the help we can get with a severe recession seemingly upon us, to ensure this street continues to thrive.
Tower Hamlets council should apply its 'clean up' policy with more flexibility and common sense.
Assistant to George Galloway (Respect)
MP for Bethnal Green & Bow
House of Commons
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