Lutfur Rahman: Sadness at Bow Fire Station closure

By Jon Massey on January 22, 2014 11:17 AM |

By Lutfur Rahman

lutfurrahman.jpgIt was with great sadness the closure of Bow Fire Station was announced last week.

Tower Hamlets Council, alongside other local authorities, has been campaigning to keep local stations open. This will undoubtedly impact on Londoners and I will be keeping a close eye on how residents are affected by this move.

I can assure residents that safety is of paramount importance to me and we are always looking for innovative ways to keep people safe.

An example of this is the use of sniffer dogs on our estates. Enforcement officers are patrolling estates with sniffer dogs to tackle drugs and anti-social behaviour.

The pilot scheme has attracted attention from neighbouring councils keen to replicate our success.

■ Residents have the chance to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday (January 27) with a week of events to raise awareness of past and present genocides from the persecution of the Jews to the atrocities of wars in Rwanda, Bosnia and Cambodia.

This year's theme is Journeys, with a flagship exhibition at the Brady Arts Centre in Whitechapel with paintings by Holocaust survivor and Hungarian artist Moshe Galili.

I attended the Holocaust Memorial Service at City Hall earlier this week.

Over at Tower Hamlets Local History Library, visitors will be treated to a collection of paintings by Rose Henriques who with husband Sir Basil founded the St George's Jewish Settlement in Stepney.

■ Lutfur Rahman is executive mayor of Tower Hamlets Council

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