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Mayor Biggs announces changes to Cabinet

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Mayor John Biggs has announced a number of changes to his Cabinet, which will take effect from Tuesday 31 August.

Among the changes, Cllr Kahar Chowdhury joins the Cabinet as Cabinet Member for Highways and Public Realm while Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman is made a Deputy Mayor and remains Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth.  

Cllr Asma Islam becomes a full time Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, having previously led as part-time Cabinet Member for the Environment, while Cllr Asma Begum takes over as Statutory Deputy Mayor from Cllr Sirajul Islam, who remains on the Cabinet with responsibility for Community Safety. 

Cllr Dan Tomlinson departs the Cabinet from the Environment and Public Realm portfolio, as does Cllr Eve McQuillan who leaves the Planning and Social Inclusion portfolio.  

The Cabinet from 31 August 2021: 

  • John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets 
  • Cllr Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth Services and Education (Statutory Deputy Mayor) 
  • Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Adults, Health and Wellbeing 
  • Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Deputy Mayor for Work and Economic Growth  
  • Cllr Sirajul Islam, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Faith and Equalities 
  • Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Housing 
  • Cllr Candida Ronald, Cabinet Member for Resources and the Voluntary Sector 
  • Cllr Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit 
  • Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning 
  • Cllr Mufeedah Bustin, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion (Part Time) 
  • Cllr Kahar Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Highways and Public Realm (Part Time) 

The Mayor also announced that the Liveable Streets programme will be reviewed to make sure the council is striking the right balance between making roads safer while supporting those making local journeys who are affected by the programme. 

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: 

“I’m making some changes as we focus on the borough recovering from the pandemic. As a council we need to ensure we bounce back strongly. Like all other councils, we have been through a decade of severe spending cuts set by Government.  

“We will continue to deliver on tackling anti-social behaviour, building more council homes, investing in our neighbourhoods and cleaning up our streets and the environment. 

“We will be briefly pausing and where necessary changing the Liveable Streets programme. This might mean smaller changes to existing schemes but mostly means looking at our future plans.  

“The programme has brought many positive and welcome changes but is not popular with some of those less directly benefiting and who face inconvenience.  

“We will where needed change the programme to make sure we are balancing those concerns, but we remain committed to safer streets and an improved environment and more detail will follow shortly.  

“It is right that we consider and reflect on our priorities from time to time, and it is important that we listen to local people, which we have done.” 

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