Liveable streets Bethnal Green

Tower Hamlets Council Liveable Streets program currently consults on Bethnal Green. Plans include traffic stopping measures for Old Bethnal Green Road and Columbia Street Market.

Bethnal Green livable streets

Visit the consultation website for interactive content.

Please fill in the online survey and come speak with us at one of our drop-in events:

•Saturday 9 November, 10am to 12noon
•Thursday 14 November, 5pm to 7pm

Venue: Professional Development Centre
229 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6AB

You can also email us at:

Meeting with Mayor John Biggs

Old Ford Road residents meeting

Please come along to St James the Less Church Hall on 25th June
from 7-9pm to hear from the Mayor and Council officials about
local traffic and environmental issues affecting Old Ford Road…

Attending from London Borough of Tower Hamlets:

  • Mayor John Biggs
  • Cllr Sirajul Islam, Statutory Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Member for Housing
  • Cllr David Edgar, Cabinet Member for the Environment
  • Cllr Ahbab Hossain, Ward member for Bethnal Green
  • Cllr Dan Tomlinson, Ward Member for Bromley North
  • Margaret Cooper, Head of Engineering for Public Realm
  • Dan Jones, Divisional Director for Public Realm


  1. Improving the quality of life in Tower Hamlets/Bethnal Green – the bigger picture
    1. Update on the “Neighbourhood Refresh” (walkabout September 2018)
    2. Air Quality – implementation of the Tower Hamlets Air Quality Action Plan
    3. Resident engagement consultation
  2. Old Ford Road – general update/overview
    1. Update on the LBTH road improvement scheme
    2. Transport for London proposals for the Hackney to Isle of Dogs Cycling and Walking improvements – potential knock-on effect on Old Ford Road
  3. Old Ford Road – specific issues/proposals
    1. Incidents of accidents since the scheme’s introduction
    2. 20 mph speed enforcement
    3. Buses – speeding, safety
    4. Cycling – provision for safe cycling on Old Ford Road
    5. Trees and greening of the road
  4. OFR FLyer 250619 final[34580]

For further information please contact (No.134)

Please click OFR FLyer 250619 final[34580]to see the flyer.


Protest at Raine’s Foundation

To up-date there are going to be consultation meetings at the following locations and dates:


Please also note that the Raine’s Foundation Trust does not support the closure of the school and has never agreed to it. The Council had been asked in writing to remove the false references to the Raine’s Foundation Trust supporting the closure from the Consultation document.

Show your support to

See local press report about the protest

  • save our local Secondary School Raine’s Foundation from closure and
  • support the students
  • support the teachers and staff of the school.

Venue: Raine’s Foundation Upper School, Approach Road, London E2

Time: 3-5pm      Date: Friday, 14. June 2019

Also it is impressed upon parents and supporters to complain directly to Ofsted and the Secretary of State for Education.

1. Please send your email of complaint to and mark it for the attention of Daniel Burton HM Inspector to say you are very unhappy and shocked that after his own positive inspection of Raines in 2018 you are now shocked to learn that 4 months later Tower Hamlets are closing the school or words to that affect without a parents evening or public consultation etc
2. Please send your email of complaint to Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds regarding Tower Hamlets decision to close Raines email address is ( our local councillors with the exception of Andrew and Rabina, don’t seem to want to know.)

3. also to complain to Ofsted send email to and mark it for the attention of Daniel Burton HM Inspector.

oaklands head apology

Oaklands school apology about bad behaviour of pupils

I have seen and heard many complaints on Facebook and personally that Oaklands pupils are very unwelcoming and swear at Raine’s visitors to keep them away. It is hard to understand that Ofsted still thinks that Oaklands is an excellent school without inspecting them further.

Also a recent article points out that Oaklands pupils bought and drank alcohol before school.

4. An online petition is still open to sign.

Further reference from East London Lines.

Parent representative needed for Raine’s

Letters about the future of Raine’s pupils arriving thick and fast on a daily basis now. Most interesting is the one that seeks a parent representative for a Steering group that will oversee the amalgamation of Raine’s into Oaklands school.

Considering that the formal consultation about the whole scheme has not even taken place and is not going to start til June, it seems rather a made-up process already. The Diocese not being able to find another Church of England school that Raine’s could partner with and the Education authority wanting the transformation for financial reasons.

The Council’s website lists the process here. Whilst I approached both the Honourable Rushanara Ali and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, the latter has now reacted to the referral from Rushanara and my objections and promises a thorough scrutiny of the closure plans.

On the up-side we are assured by yet another letter, that Oaklands is the top performing school in Tower Hamlets. It seems that amount of reading that is now put upon us, is probably lettering us into submission just out of wanting to save time.

Yet the letter asking for a parent representative on the Steering group, does not give the parents of Raine’s an ability to hold a formal election procedure whereby the Raine’s parents can elect a representative, which would mean that the Raine’s parents would decide who it is going to be.

oaklands head apology

Oaklands school apology about bad behaviour of pupils

The selection process simply asks parents who are interested to put their name forward to the Raine’s Foundation Steering group per email, the same steering group, headed by the Chair of the Interim Executive Board, Diane Cholerton, then selects the candidate. A steering group that already is set up prior to any formal consultation taking place.

We are getting constant notifications that head teachers and executive head teachers are changing and it is hard to get a grip on the situation.

We will not be taking part in any further attempts to send my daughter to Oaklands as parents have complained that during visits the pupils of Oaklands school were very rude.

Petition to save Raine’s Foundation School

raines school

Raine’s Foundation, Church of England Secondary School, opened this brand-new building 4 years ago.

Please sign the online petition to save Raine’s Foundation school from closure. There has also been a new article in the East London Advertiser newspaper, in which Councillor Rabina Khan and former Chelsea footballer Micky Ambrose support the school.

Local Labour councillors support the closure of the school because of falling pupil numbers*. Yet why is it possible for the local education authority to transfer pupils to Oaklands but not pupils from other schools to Raine’s Oaklands school would have to extend the school by more forms.

There was no proper transparency in the flawed procedures and pupils and parents have been needlessly shocked by sudden anouncements of closure, and that is happening whilst pupils have to sit their GCSE exams.

A formal council consultation will open in June, please take part and protest against the closure.

The school building in Approach Road is brand new and state of the art, yet the representative from the Diocese refused to answer questions asking what is to happen to this building.

15/5/19, would like to add to this article, that, when I came through the Victoria Park today, I saw a number of Raine’s Foundation pupils returning to school from their Physical Education lesson. Raine’s Foundation pupils are priviledged that they are so near a park and still have green space to use for PE. The park is also used by Gatehouse private school nearby. There are schools in Tower Hamlets which have no playground at all.

Today I have received a reply to my enquiry to our member of parliament, the Hon. Rushanara Ali, who passed my query on to the Mayor, who already, earlier on ensured me personally that he will be looking into this, whilst our local labour councillor Sirajul Islam agrees with labour councillor Danny Hassell that the school needs closing.

*Councillor Hassell gives as one of his reasons for closure that the school had been found twice to be in need of improvement. I suppose if all schools in Britain would be shut because they are found to be in need of improvement twice, we would have fewer schools than now.