Revamp in the pipeline for Museum Gardens

Museum Gardens. Pic: Duyguy Saykan

Tower Hamlets Council has anounced plans to spruce up the under-used area around Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green in preparation for the Olympic Games this summer.

The project aims to make the area surrounding Bethnal Green Tube station more attractive as well as revamping and improving public toilets, the café kiosk, and cycle parking in Museum Gardens.

Bicycles chained to the park railings in Cambridge Heath Road will no longer be accepted.  Instead, the cycle parking area will provide spaces for around 80 bikes.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “I want to maximise the benefits that the Games bring to this borough and its residents.

“This project is set to bring lasting improvements to the borough by returning an under-used space to the community.”

Councillor Stephanie Eaton for Bethnal Green North has worked to secure funding and helped to develop the plans with the local community.

She said: “The proposals provide a safer, convenient storage for cyclists plus a café and toilet in the gardens. This will make the entrance to the underground station more open and attractive, whilst helping to make the historically listed park more welcoming to visitors and cyclists.”

An extensive consultation has taken place with local residents and park users to investigate the ways in which the funding can be used to improve the area and address the issues caused by the bikes.

Funding is being sought from Transport for London, and a planning application is due to be submitted shortly.


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