Winter warmer festival on Parkview Estate

parkview-xmas18At the Glasshouse community centre,
Activities and refreshments are all free.

Saturday 1st December
Special Yoga with Ayala Homossany
10:30  – 12 noon
Family yoga for children with disabilities and special needs. Children age 4 +. Max 20 persons, children must be with parent/carer.

Sunday 15th December 2018

Winter Warmer Festival Day

10:30 AM Free Children’s Yoga class for children aged 3 to 8 years old, led by Suzy Crowe from the Yoga place in Bethnal Green.

11:30 AM; onwards Children’s Arts and Crafts.
making and cards together: lavender bags and more.

2:30 PM; World Song in Harmony, community Singing
workshop led by Sophia Efthimiou – “If you can talk you can sing”.

Spicy chai, tea, mince pies and seasonal snacks.

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The Bethnal Green Mulberry

bethnalgreenmulberryAs this historic tree is extremely important to many, Crest Nicholson are now making an increased effort to save this tree.

A letter recently posted through our letter boxes explains that they will be doing the following:

  • Ground investigation 5 – 9 November  to understand the properties and values of the soil surrounding the tree and to further confirm the extent of the tree root system.

The Tree Officer from Tower Hamlets Councils has agreed to the work being carried out.

Details of the outcome will be made available once interpreted by the team experts and project arboriculturalist.

 

Drug and crime related ASB meeting

The date when the London Borough of Hackney and Tower Hamlets formally joined in a common policing administration, incidentally also was a date of a multi-SNT panel meeting at the Glasshouse. The three wards of Bethnal Green, St. Peters and Weavers were represented. A further meeting is planned in 3 months time.

The meeting was very well attended and the hall was filled to the brim. In attendance were non other than Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and our local councillor and Deputy Mayor Sirajul Islam, Cllr Eve McQuillan, Cllr. John Pierce, Cllr. Asma Islam with support from London Assembly member Unmesh Desai. Further representatives of our local SNT team were present as well as officers from local housing providers.

The discussion ranged around budget pressures for the police, Anti-social behaviour and what can be done about it.

The minutes of the meeting were sent to the representatives of our Residents Association if anyone has an interest in seeing them.

There is a strong desire to rid the borough of drug dealing and related crimes, which is often expressed in gang related activity, also rough sleeping is attributed to drug related behaviour.

The main emphasis conveyed to the general public was collect evidence, forward it to Tower Hamlets Homes ASB team, your local SNT team or 101. Of course when a crime is in process always call 999.

So far, through “Operation Continuum” which was carried out in waves of house searches throughout the borough, 160 people have been arrested and around 60 have been given jail sentences.

 

Free women’s self-defence classes

Free Women’s Self Defence Classes

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In 2017 Faith Regen Foundation partnered with the Council and the Maryam Centre to deliver free self-defence classes to any woman who wants to improve their awareness of personal safety both at home and on the streets.

As well as learning to protect against physical attacks students are also introduced to fear management and confidence building techniques. The classes also raise awareness of Domestic Violence (DV) and other Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strands, students are given information on local support services where they can access confidential help including FRF’s women’s project.

The 6 hour self-defence course is delivered over 2 weeks, in the Maryam Centre the East London Mosque’s women only building (please note, the course is open to anyone who identifies as female, irrespective of faith). Courses run every three months until the summer of 2019, to find out more please email Julia@thefrf.org  or call 0207 650 3043

Homelessness Strategy 2018 – 2023

Homelessness and especially manifested and prolonged homelessness has a big impact on our borough and the quality of life for everybody in the borough.

It has emerged that some homeless groups now start to wear high-viz vests and look like officials of some sort and congregate around certain areas with aggressive begging becoming concerning.

Tower Hamlets Council currently holds a consultation on the forthcoming strategy to tackle the issue. A decision is due by 28. November 2018.

Consultation via the

  • homelessness Partnership Board
  • Mail out and presentation through the Tower Hamlets Housing Forum
  • Workshops with residents
  • online consultation with the general public, draft document and survey
  • internal Briefings

An Equality Impact Assessment is due by 17. September 2018

Any additional information can be obtained through mark.baigent@towerhamlets.gov.uk

I strongly recommend that all residents take part on the online consultation once available.