Banglatown is an important part of the Spitalfields ward name. The name proudly reflects the significant Bangladeshi population and the cross-cultural nature of our community.
Many people across Tower Hamlets associate themselves with the Spitalfields and Banglatown name not only as a geographic location but as a reflection of the role of Brick Lane as the cultural heart of Britain's Bangladeshi community.
Scrapping this ward name against residents' wishes would be completely wrong.
We also believe that the Mayor's proposal, adopted by the Boundary Commission, to reduce the number of councillors from 51 to 45 was a mistake and that with the fastest growing population in the country Tower Hamlets will suffer as a result of the reduction in councillors.
If the number of councillors had not been reduced, then Spitalfields and Banglatown may have remained a three member ward and the debate over the name could have been avoided.
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