Mayor Rahman

I have been trying to figure out the big vote in favour of Mayor Rahman and against Mayor Biggs on Thursday and what part Biggs’s support for the redevelopment of Brick Lane played in his downfall. He certainly was pro-development and very hostile to conservation. One just hopes that Rahman might take a more strategic approach to the development of Spitalfields, looking at a better balance between new building and cultural heritage. He could make a start by asking his conservation officer what can be done to protect what remains of 113, Redchurch Street. Then find out why the Whitechapel Bell Foundry has not been preserved. And then commission a strategic plan for the redevelopment of Spitalfields from Assemble who have the right local knowledge.

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