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Cleaning Our Streets.
Cleaning Up Our Air.
We will deliver a cleaner, greener Tower
Hamlets, with 10 new pocket parks
and 1,000 new trees, safer streets for
pedestrians and cyclists, and cleaner air for
everyone to breathe.
We have reversed many of the previous mayor’s
cuts in street cleaning and scrapped his bulk
waste charge that had increased dumping. We
will enforce tougher standards for cleaning
our streets and work with social and private
landlords to improve the cleanliness of the
borough’s estates. We will continue to roll out
‘Smart bins’ across the borough to keep our
streets tidy, introduce recycling into street
bins, and encourage residents and visitors to
keep their litter off the streets. We will bring
in a Graffiti and Street Art policy, specifying
how and where street art will be allowed and
adopting a zero tolerance approach to graffiti
and tagging everywhere else, increasing
investment in our graffiti removal team.
We are committed to increasing our recycling
rate to 35% by 2022, up from 28% currently,
with the long term ambition of recycling the
majority of our waste. To achieve this we will
introduce a recycling incentive scheme, expand
food waste recycling to blocks of flats where
practical, and provide community composters

to council, social housing and private estates
and blocks that want them. We will work with
businesses to improve their access to, and
use of, recycling services. We will install water
fountains in public places across the borough,
introduce a Tower Hamlets water bottle and
work with small business to establish a reusable cup scheme for the whole borough.
We will continue the mayor’s Neighbourhood
Refresh programme to remove clutter, repair
broken pavements, and install trees and traffic
calming measures. We will plant 1,000 street
trees and install 50 ‘green benches’ with
planting and cycle parking.
Our many award-winning parks are the green
lungs of our borough. We will invest £13million
in a parks investment programme, prioritising
those – like Allen Gardens and King Edward
Memorial Park - needing improvement, and will
deliver at least 10 new pocket parks, particularly
in areas of severe open-space shortage.
Commercial events in parks – from small
markets and charity fun runs to the major
All Points East festival in Victoria Park - are
enjoyed by thousands of people and raise
much needed revenue. But they cannot detract
from the free enjoyment of our parks and the