Have your say on plans for 'civic hub' in Whitechapel
PUBLISHED: 12:45 27 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:46 27 September 2013
Plans to create a 'civic hub' in Whitechapel have been published by the council for residents to have their say on the proposals.
The Whitechapel Vision masterplan was made available for a public consultation launched by Tower Hamlets Council this week.
The council hopes the plans will transform the borough into a ‘civic hub’ connected by the new Crossrail station, with retail and cultural facilities that will create 5,000 local jobs.
The ‘vision’ includes 3,500 new homes, safer and cleaner streets, and improvements to Whitechapel Road to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and market traders.
Cllr Rabina Khan, cabinet member for housing, said: “Whitechapel Vision sets out a number of key upgrades which will provide long term benefits for our residents through affordable housing, new community facilities and employment opportunities.
“We hope residents will take the time to look at the plans and send us their comments so we can work together to improve the local area for everyone.”
Drop-in events will be held at Whitechapel Idea Store on Tuesday 1 at 5.30pm and October 16 at 5pm, while responses to the plans can be submitted on the council’s website.
Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “Whitechapel Vision is about initiating change for the benefit of businesses, residents and visitors in the area.
“Over the next decade, as the centre of London moves east, Whitechapel is uniquely placed to benefit from increased investment and development, to become a key destination within London.
“This project will help us elevate Whitechapel, protecting what is best while bringing in investment and showcasing what the area has to offer the rest of London, and beyond.”
For more information visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk