held by Tower Hamlets Homes for residents was sparsely attended. if I understand this right, the plans for an area forum have been shelved.
What is in the pipeline are residents forums on each estate and that the borough is divided into 17 neighbourhoods.
Also suggested were individual surgeries with estate officers prior to TRA or forum meetings, to take the sting out of individual’s urges to discuss their own problems on a policy meeting. Resident forums should take place even if TRAs are functional on an estate as they are often not representative and many cannot attend for other commitments. the individual’s ability to complain and contribute by any method they choose must never be eradicated.
I emphasised that I think it is wrong that too much reliance is placed on unpaid and often unqualified volunteers. That people want leadership, professionalism and a clear direction and reliability for democratic input to have proper effect. We currently see a bottom up management of estates, that one often feels that nothing is done unless someone complains. Unfortunately also a policy of Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
I raised the matter of privacy and picture-taking and publishing on estate based events without permission.
Also the issue of CCTV was discussed and Paul Herbert emphasized the cost and that will also be discussed at the next Neighbourhood Watch meeting on 1 December as we were presented with a large signature petition asking for CCTV and also give people the opportunity to further support this.