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Roche leaves Tower Hamlets after bin-bag furore

Architectural maverick Chris Roche has decided to abandon Tower Hamlets following an angry dispute with the local authority over the colour of his bin bags.

The architect was fined £100 for using the wrong colour sack to bag the rubbish outside his office and was forced to turn to local Respect Party MP George Galloway to help lobby the council on his behalf.

However, the 11.04 Architects chief has now had enough and will up sticks to Islington, where he is to bid to become a Labour councillor in May.

Ironically, according to Roche, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets contacted him this morning with news of an award for his regeneration work in the area.

Roche said: 'We're sick and tired with Tower Hamlets on every level.

'I'm glad we've managed to flag up their hypocrisy.'

Roche was originally based in Turville Street, Bethnal Green, but has decided to make his move to north London after a 'string of problems' with local planners and politicians.

by Rob Sharp

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