Recorder letters: Nando’s at Canning Town Library, Scouts and support charity in Will

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 October 2018

Canning Town Library could become a Nando's. Pic:ture: RACHEL BURFORD

Canning Town Library could become a Nando's. Pic:ture: RACHEL BURFORD


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Objection to Nando’s proposal

Cllr Shaban Mohammed, Canning Town North; Cllr Dr Rohit K Dasgupta, Canning Town South; Cllr Daniel Lee-Phakoe, Plaistow North; Cllr Hanif Abdulmuhut, Green Street West; Cllr Aisha Siddiqah, East Ham Central; Cllr Nazir Ahmed, Little Ilford; Cllr Jennifer Bailey, Wall End; Cllr James Beckles, Custom House; Cllr Daniel Blaney, East Ham North; Cllr Ken Clarke, Manor Park; Cllr Ayesha Chowdhary, Beckton; Cllr Sasha Das Gupta, Forest Gate North; Cllr Mariam Dawood, Manor Park; Cllr Canon Ann Easter, Canning Town North; Cllr Belgica Guana, Canning Town South; Cllr Omana Gangadharan, Wall End; Cllr Zuber Gulamussen, East Ham North; Cllr Pat Holland, Custom House; Cllr Lakmini shah, East Ham South; Cllr Quintin Peppiatt, East Ham South; Cllr Mas Patel, Forest Gate South; Cllr Neil Wilson, Plaistow South; Cllr Delphine Tohoura, Canning Town North; Cllr Pat Murphy, Royal Docks; Cllr Riaz Mirza, Little Ilford; Cllr Abdhul Ali, Green Street East; Cllr Firoza Nekiwala, East Ham North; Cllr Lestor Hudson, Wall End; Cllr Joy Laguda, Plaistow North; Cllr Tony Mcalmont, Royal Docks; Cllr Carleene Lee-Phakoe, Plaistow South; Cllr Sarah Ruiz, Custom House; Cllr Suga Thekkeppurayil, East Ham Central; Cllr Winston Vaughan, Forest Gate South; Cllr John Whitworth, West Ham; Cllr Toni Wilson, Beckton; Cllr James Asser, Beckton; Cllr Anam Islam, Forest Gate North; Unmesh Desai, London Assembly Member, City and East; Stephen Timms MP, East Ham and Lyn Brown MP, West Ham, write:

We are concerned about the proposals to turn the Grade II listed old Canning Town Library into a Nando’s.

We believe the building’s heritage should be reflected in its future use and the building should be used for other more productive heritage and community-orientated purposes. In keeping with the London Plan Policy which seeks to conserve heritage assets and increase access to them, unlike this proposal which is to change its use to a commercial restaurant.

We have nothing against Nando’s but believe there are other local alternative sites that the council can offer to them.

The history of this site is not only just the birth place of the GMB union but it has also hosted historical political champions such as the suffragettes Sylvia Pankhurst and Daisy Parsons, West Ham’s and Labour’s first MP Keir Hardie and the founder of the GMB and one of the first labour MPs Will Thorne CBE. We therefore call upon the Mayor of Newham to keep this building which is owned by the Council out of this planning process and consider other uses. We believe that the Local Development Committee, if the application comes before them on October 8, 2018, should reject the application.

Please note that cabinet members and members of the local development committee were not approached for signing this letter given possible conflicts of interest.

Scouts can help build empathy

Bear Grylls, chief Scout, writes:

No matter which way you vote or what your world view is, it’s vital that we find better ways to work together in our communities.

When we don’t spend time understanding each other’s feelings, cracks begin to emerge in society.

Here in Newham Scouts are developing empathy as part of some great community projects. Empathy is a vital skill in the workplace and at home – leading to better conversations, better team working and deeper friendships

New YouGov research (September 2018) reveals the over half (51 per cent) of British adults who expressed a view say there is less empathy in UK society as a whole now, compared with 12 months ago. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we develop our listening skills, talk with people different from ourselves and connect with them on an emotional level. An amazing 92pc of adults believe the Scouts help young people to develop empathy through volunteering and community projects.

To find out more visit

Support heart charity in Will

Simon Gillespie, chief executive, British Heart Foundation, writes:

Research funded by the BHF has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory diseases over the past 50 years and so much of our work has only been possible thanks to the amazing individuals who have remembered the BHF in their Will.

A recent survey to showed that the British public would like to be remembered for their generosity, kindness and humour over their wealth or professional work achievements. To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will and to download a free Wills guide, please visit

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