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One of a kind The Traffic Light Tree contains 75 sets of lights. It was previously located on a roundabout near Canary Wharf, at the junctions of Heron Quay Bank, Marsh Wall and Westferry Road. News Budget proposals hit the road once more Mayor Lutfur Rahman with Chris Holme, director of finance, at last Tuesday’s roadshow already and we will review this in due course.” Feedback from both events will be collected and presented to the cabinet to consider in early February. A second budget roadshow will be held on Monday, January 27 at Idea Store Whitechapel from 5.30pm. Cabinet member for resources, Cllr Alibor Choudhury, said: “We welcome residents’ views on our budget proposals Tree of lights springs back to life to facilitate road improvements on the Heron Quay roundabout near Westferry where the sculpture stood from 1998. Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “Residents and visitors alike will be pleased to see the Traffic Light Tree back in working order and brightening up the borough. I’m delighted that it has been relocated in the Isle of Dogs area and hope that it remains a much-loved feature in its new home.” The decision to keep the sculpture on the Isle of Dogs was Inside this week’s issue Restless rhythm “The light changes are not supposed to mimic the seasonal rhythm of nature, but the restlessness of Canary Wharf.” public art commission agency BY RAJU MIAH RESIDENTS turned up to the first of two budget roadshows organised by the council last week. The Mayor’s Budget Roadshows are designed to give people the opportunity to find out more about the many services the council delivers. Residents had the chance to express their concerns, which were directly addressed by Mayor Lutfur Rahman and the council’s director of finance, Chris Holme. Mayor Rahman explained how the budget will continue to guard frontline services: “The budget protects the services that are important to our residents. “I am committed to protecting frontline services and investing in areas important to our community. This budget proposal does just that. “The roadshows are your chance to have your questions answered. We have received some fantastic feedback THE borough’s Traffic Light Tree has been officially switched on at its new home on the roundabout in Trafalgar Way, outside Billingsgate Market. The Traffic Light Tree was taken down in December 2011 Having a say down your way Community forums give power to the people see pages 18 & 19 Sisters in song Bethnal Green’s superstar trio see page 13 ISSUE 994 27 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014 WWW.TOWERHAMLETS.GOV.UK NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY ‘Fantastic result’ for outstanding Phoenix Special school wins highest Ofsted grading for third consecutive time • 2-5 Years Guaranteed Rent •0% Commission 020 8983 4444 3 Months rent in advance paid!* * Terms & conditions apply PC LAPTOPS PRINTERS CCTV EPOS JANUARY SALES REPAIRS NETWORKING UPGRADES Dell E6330 Intel Core i5 2.7GHz 320GB 320GB Hard H d Drive D i 4GB Ram Wifi Bluetooth Extended Battery y Only Dell Optiplex 755 Intel Dual Core E2140 Hp DC7800 Intel Dual Core 2.0GHz 80GB HDD 2GB RAM DVD Rom 8 x Usb Ports 17” Monitor Keyboard & Mouse Windows Vista 020 7791 1200 020 490 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 19”MONITOR 7739 3959 80GB HDD 2GB RAM DVD Rom 8 x Usb Ports 17” Monitor Keyboard & Mouse Windows Vista Only Windows 8 Pro Brand New £399 £20 17”MONITOR £30 y £75 247 Beth 0EA hnal Green Rd, E2 6AB www.milltec.co.uk sa ales@milltec.co.uk 20W Speakers p l £ only 35 milltec y £85 BY RAJU MIAH OFSTED inspectors have declared Phoenix School in Bow outstanding for the third consecutive time. The highest grading was awarded after a visit in Decemberto the special school for pupils with autism aged three to 19. The inspectors praised the school’s “cutting edge work” helping pupils make rapid progress in the communucation skills and for providing a “life enhancing” education. They said the teaching and the sixth form were both outstanding, adding: “Pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points to the end of key stage 4, particularly in literacy and numeracy, as well as in other national curriculum subjects.” Head teacher Stewart Harris said: “This is a truly fantastic result for our school. To achieve this outcome, we needed to be considered outstanding in the areas of achievement of pupil learning, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management. “Whilst I see evidence of this on a daily basis, it is wonderful to have it formally recognised by an independent organisation. The team of staff here is dedicated to pupils, enabling them to achieve their best. I am proud to be able to lead Phoenix School and we are very fortunate to have new purpose-built facilities which cater for the special needs of our pupils.” The school in Bow Road benefited from a £7 million refurbishment through the Building Schools for the Future programme which saw an expension in its facilities. It also has a new expressive arts studio, roof garden, fitness suite, and design and technology and science rooms. Ofsted inspectors rated Phoenix outstanding initially in 2005 and then again in 2008. STRIKE A LIGHT! MAYOR Lutfur Rahman was joined by local councillors Maium Miah and Gloria Thienel to officially switch on the borough’s iconic Traffic Light Tree at in its new home on the roundabout at Trafalgar Way outside Billingsgate Market. See page 2. Year of the Horse in the Mix Musical celebration of the Chinese New Year see page 21 Useful information..................................................8 LGBT history month.................................................9 Health news...............................................................10 History.........................................................................13 Council information........................................14 & 15 Harmony...........................................................16 & 17 and I strongly encourage local people to attend the roadshow.” The session is open to all residents and booking is not required. For more information visit www.towerhamlets. gov.uk/budget made following the receipt of about 200 responses to a consultation, and a campaign by residents and local councillors. The sculpture was designed by French artist Pierre Vivant for a competition by the Public Arts Commissions Agency. 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