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.

Achieving climate targets and safety

The UK government has committed to reach climate targets by 2050 and there is the suggestion to replace all gas central heating with hydrogen central  heating.

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That is a very long-term prospect but still relevant to us as it will cause major change if that indeed becomes reality.

I suppose for all council owned homes this will be installed by the landlord but all other homes would need to be changed by the owners.

That is just a estimation of what is to come and indeed of interest and I will follow this discussion with interest.

The government will serve a recall notice onto Whirlpool to recall all tumble dryers, look out for this as it may affect quite a few of our residents.


Pre-pay electricity meter fraud

Please read here copy of an e-mail I received just now from the Neighbourhood Watch network about a fraud to do with pre-pay electric meters.

There has been a recent upsurge in the number of prepayment electricity
customers affected by a meter scam.  To read more and access links to a video
and to a wide range of materials from the recent National Prepayment Meter Fraud
Conference, please click here:

Power Up

Friends of the Earth sent me a link to this video they took at the last Power Up conference. I can be seen at 1:45.

I highly recommend these courses as they provide you with a very useful complete tool kit to enquire about planning permissions, the London Plan and anything that affects your way of life and the local community, your borough and country and even the planet as a whole. I got a folder with all relevant legislation.

This gives you and gave me lots of confidence.

There is going to be a Power Up conference in the new year and I want to encourage you to apply to get a place. You do not have to be a member of a political party or pressure group, all what is required is love for your area.
Once you have had this training you can take on town halls and make your enquiries, getting the tools and not needing to rely on expensive legal advice.

I am going to be very busy this year and I am not quite sure if I can make it.

EcoTeams Program

You can gain a certificate that is endorsed by the UNs Environment program, if you participate in a 1 day event on Saturday 26 September 2009, ring Halim Abdul on 02073642631 or email him on for a place. This course is at Mulberry Place, in the town hall of Tower Hamlets council.

It’s all about being “Green”, how much energy and water we use and how best to recycle. You can become a local team leader if you can spare 2 hours per month over 4 months.

Saving energy

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Woman preparing to take a shower

I am currently conducting a house to house survey on the estate and one resident’s request for immersion heaters stood out amongst the rest. The gentleman is concerned that he is using and forced to use too much energy when he needs hot water.

Our flats are equipped with old-fashioned circular systems that contain a gas boiler and hot water tank. The system is set to heat up the whole tank of water and then re-heats the content of that hot-water tank when the temperature falls below a certain level as set by the resident.

One single person, as the gentleman, would not even need a whole tank full of hot water for doing the washing up, washing or having a bath.

Ah, there is another snitch, because we do not even have showers in our flats. We need to have a bath; as it is well established by now a bath takes much more water than a shower.

We are wasting 2 things, first of all too much electricity when heating up unnecessary amounts of hot water and secondly we use too much water where we must have a bath. I tried using those stick on shower caps but have not yet managed to use nicely and in any case it does not reduce the amount of hot water that has to be heated up to have a shower in any case.

Housing department, when are we going to get showers and immersion heaters?