Liveable Streets review

There is a review going on for the Bethnal Green area, which I publish here, as it also concerns us what happens in our area.

The following message was sent by Becca Jordan to the Weavers Community Forum:

“You will have likely have seen improvements to Bethnal Green’s streets, leading to a significant reduction in traffic. There are however increases in traffic where approved closures have been paused and concerns have been raised from residents regarding severance, particularly for north south journeys.

We are therefore undertaking a review and are speaking to residents, businesses and the emergency services to assess the impact of the scheme and see how we can make amendments to address concerns, whilst retaining the benefits of reduced traffic secured by the scheme.”

Key areas of focus are:

  • emergency service access throughout the area
  • Warner Place/Squirries Street
  • The closures at Pollard Road, Barnet Grove, Old Nicole Street
  • Ropley Street
  • Arnold Circus

Tower Hamlets would therefore like to invite your group to attend a drop-in consultation session on the local Bethnal Green Liveable Streets scheme.

Session 1

St. Peter’s Mission Hall, 56 Warner Place, E2 7DA,
Saturday, 13. November 11:00 – 14:30

Session 2

St. Peter’s Mission Hall, 56 Warner Place, E2 7DA
Wednesday, 17. November 16:00 – 19:30

Help choose electrical charging points

We contacted the Mayor of Tower Hamlets last year to ask for more electrical charging points, also for houseboats because our residents suffer from the effects of coal being burned in boats on the canal.

It has now been announced that Tower Hamlets council has approved 400 new Electric vehicle charging points and residents can suggest the installation locations.

Residents can suggest a location for a new EV charging point as part of a consultation launched on Tuesday 5 October.

We assume that is in addition to the built in lamp post charging points.

Chest hospital development approved

I am happy to say that the former Chest hospital has finally gotten the go-ahead for development. Planning App Ref: PA/16/03342.

whilst I, if given a choice, would always prefer a social housing development, I would also equally strongly oppose rotting buildings and decaying areas.

It will be a huge stimulus to our local area, when the former Chest Hospital gets developed. Shiny new buildings will look good in our neighbourhood.

Apparently also the last SNT Ward Panel has declared our estate as the most crime-free in the area.

We should make our future neighbours feel welcome.

Crest Nicholson. Grid Architects.

Fight to save Raines Foundation Secondary School continues at Call-In Meeting Tuesday 18th February 6.30 p.m.

The local community won’t stop fighting for our local Church of England Secondary school located in Approach Road, just around the corner from our estate.

protest-bannerWe have a few pupils from local families attending and we would all be very sad to see the school close.

The Mayor has decided on the closure on 29. January 2019 but two members of the Childrens and Education Sub-committee Scrutiny Panel, Dr. Phillip Rice and Councillor Ahmed Hussain, have called in the decision.

Any member of the public can attend this meeting at the Town Hall.

As your parent representative on the Steering Group, you may contact me with your concerns about the planned closure via the contact page.

Parents are concerned that the planned amalgamation is not going ahead as thought because the Lower School building is as yet not available for Oaklands pupils to use. Parents need to make their preferences available by 28. February.

I would be very happy if the planned closure was cancelled.

Source: Fight to save Raines Foundation Secondary School continues at Call-In Meeting Tuesday 18th February 6.30 p.m.

Worrying breakdown in local services

I have never experienced such a breakdown in local services.

  1. Our local secondary school, Raine’s Foundation is under threat of closure
  2. 2. Our local GP, The Mission Practise is refusing* to give patients appointments.
  3. The London Chest Hospital was closed some time ago.

Taking this as a sign of a reduction in local services, residents should be concerned and make enquiries to their local Member of Parliament, their Councillor and perhaps the Mayor of Tower Hamlets as to why our local services are not delivering the care our community needs.

*Online appointments are normally not available and when ringing, one can not get an advance appointment all times.

THH management of estate

As the Overview and Scrutiny Committee report with date of 15. August 2019 establishes, the Committee resolved that the decision of ALMO management of council housing in the borough has been referred back to the Mayor for reconsideration.

I understand that the majority of other Labour led councils opted for council housing to be managed in-house.

Councillors were concerned that engagement with residents was insufficient, that across London other ALMOs are different to that presented in the Altair’s report and that the report wasn’t part of the consultation and didn’t consider HRA debt, value of in-house management or savings for potential in-house management options.

The call-in recommended that the THH housing management should be extended for a maximum of 2 years to undertake a full consultation.

Yet Mayor John Biggs has confirmed his decision of 31. July 2019.

 

Meeting with Mayor John Biggs

Old Ford Road residents meeting

Please come along to St James the Less Church Hall on 25th June
from 7-9pm to hear from the Mayor and Council officials about
local traffic and environmental issues affecting Old Ford Road…

Attending from London Borough of Tower Hamlets:

  • Mayor John Biggs
  • Cllr Sirajul Islam, Statutory Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Member for Housing
  • Cllr David Edgar, Cabinet Member for the Environment
  • Cllr Ahbab Hossain, Ward member for Bethnal Green
  • Cllr Dan Tomlinson, Ward Member for Bromley North
  • Margaret Cooper, Head of Engineering for Public Realm
  • Dan Jones, Divisional Director for Public Realm

Agenda:

  1. Improving the quality of life in Tower Hamlets/Bethnal Green – the bigger picture
    1. Update on the “Neighbourhood Refresh” (walkabout September 2018)
    2. Air Quality – implementation of the Tower Hamlets Air Quality Action Plan
    3. Resident engagement consultation
  2. Old Ford Road – general update/overview
    1. Update on the LBTH road improvement scheme
    2. Transport for London proposals for the Hackney to Isle of Dogs Cycling and Walking improvements – potential knock-on effect on Old Ford Road
  3. Old Ford Road – specific issues/proposals
    1. Incidents of accidents since the scheme’s introduction
    2. 20 mph speed enforcement
    3. Buses – speeding, safety
    4. Cycling – provision for safe cycling on Old Ford Road
    5. Trees and greening of the road
  4. OFR FLyer 250619 final[34580]

For further information please contact john.griffiths@rocketsciencelab.co.uk (No.134)

Please click OFR FLyer 250619 final[34580]to see the flyer.

 

Parent representative needed for Raine’s

Letters about the future of Raine’s pupils arriving thick and fast on a daily basis now. Most interesting is the one that seeks a parent representative for a Steering group that will oversee the amalgamation of Raine’s into Oaklands school.

Considering that the formal consultation about the whole scheme has not even taken place and is not going to start til June, it seems rather a made-up process already. The Diocese not being able to find another Church of England school that Raine’s could partner with and the Education authority wanting the transformation for financial reasons.

The Council’s website lists the process here. Whilst I approached both the Honourable Rushanara Ali and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, the latter has now reacted to the referral from Rushanara and my objections and promises a thorough scrutiny of the closure plans.

On the up-side we are assured by yet another letter, that Oaklands is the top performing school in Tower Hamlets. It seems that amount of reading that is now put upon us, is probably lettering us into submission just out of wanting to save time.

Yet the letter asking for a parent representative on the Steering group, does not give the parents of Raine’s an ability to hold a formal election procedure whereby the Raine’s parents can elect a representative, which would mean that the Raine’s parents would decide who it is going to be.

oaklands head apology
Oaklands school apology about bad behaviour of pupils

The selection process simply asks parents who are interested to put their name forward to the Raine’s Foundation Steering group per email, the same steering group, headed by the Chair of the Interim Executive Board, Diane Cholerton, then selects the candidate. A steering group that already is set up prior to any formal consultation taking place.

We are getting constant notifications that head teachers and executive head teachers are changing and it is hard to get a grip on the situation.

We will not be taking part in any further attempts to send my daughter to Oaklands as parents have complained that during visits the pupils of Oaklands school were very rude.

Liveable Steets Bow Consultation

Only one week left to have your say on changes to Bow as part of Liveable Streets. Add your thoughts and ideas for your neighbourhood to the online interactive map by Tues 21st May.

Please follow the link for all details on how to participate through drop-in sessions or online.

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The consultation is part of TfL’s and Mayor of London’s Liveable Neighbourhoods funding in which Bow is one of the first neighbourhoods to be improved under Tower Hamlets Council’s own Liveable Streets programme.