Weapon sweeps in Bethnal Green


As you can see from the picture a 10 inch knife was found barely hidden on a sidewalk in undergrowth.

The knife is hard to see but the handler will know where it is and can retrieve it quickly.

The East London Advertiser reported on the story and shows how dangerous this knife is. If you can see such items in the undergrowth, hidden in bushes, grass or elsewhere please notify the police immediately.

A gun was also found in the Mile End Road by gardeners reports the ELA.

Police Contact Advice:
Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.



London Chest Hospital up-date

Since the filing of over 130 objections with the LBTH planning department directly and many signatures collected via various petitions, the council’s planning department has now informed campaigners that the applicants are expected to submit revised drawings for the scheme and that the council is likely to hold a fresh round of consultations. The time spans for this are not yet known, nor is the council able to anticipate such.

People will be notified of the further developments. Below find the full e-mail received by 38 degrees and sent out to signatories and campaigners:

Re London Chest Hospital – Planning Status Update

 The Borough are anticipating receipt of amended drawings from the applicant for the scheme.  The timescale for the receipt of these drawings is not presently known.  Discussions are on-going between the applicant and officers; with the outcome of these discussions anticipated to inform the nature of the amended drawings/scheme more generally.

 Following receipt of amended drawings it is fully anticipated the Borough will undertake a fresh round of public consultation on the scheme, with the usual 21 day period of consultation.

 The Borough are exploring the possibility of lodging (for a limited time period) any amended drawings and other application documents in a publically accessible building located close to the application site-  conscious of the concerns raised by a number of neighbours of the difficulty of navigating the documents on-line via the Council website and given the degree of local public interest in the scheme.

 Needless to say no date has been set for the application to be taken to the Strategic Development Committee .

 I hope this clarifies matters.


New canalboat housing proposal

We all know that the current housing crises produced as a direct result an increasing number of people living on houseboats permanently. Though currently houseboats can only moor for a maximum of 2 weeks on any particular spot before they have to move on.

Prior to the Olympic Park development many houseboats moored on the river Lea near the Olympic park but they had been moved on and can now be found along the Regents canal towards Hackney.


View on the Regents Canal with Parkview blocks on the right hand side, where the proposed permanent moorings would go, destroying all trees, shrubs and wildlife habitats in the process.

Along our estate Parkview, there are double rows of boats moored on the park side of the canal. I walk along there frequently on my way to the London Aquatic Centre and see that their lifestyle has been adapted to make the best of what they got. The footpath next to the canal makes important living space for canal boat dwellers to socialize and do some craft work or repairs, sit and meet.

In the latest twist to the canal boat dwellers a development company has come up with a plan to create permanent canal boats for rent and moor them alongside the Parkview estate on the estate side of the canal.


proposed moorings and walk way to the mooring site from Sewardstone Road Picture 1


continuation of above plan to the right

The Parkview Tenants and Residents Association currently collects signatures against this proposals because the houseboat moorings would mean that the current natural river bank would be removed, all trees and shrubs cut down and a cement wall would allow the mooring of the boats. Those boats would be for rent on a permanent basis, so residents there would have tenant rights.

A footpath would lead to the mooring site and electricity, gas and water supplies would also be permanently installed and waste be removed via a waste pipe system.

The problem that exists is that

  1. opposite the Estate mooring site is already a double row of temporary boats moored and there is not enough space on the canal to permit both sides of the canal to be occupied by boats, so this would result in severe congestion or blockage of the canal
  2. The moored boats on the estate side would be only 3 metres away from the back gardens of the housing block residents and where would the boat occupants go to stretch their legs or spend time outside of their boats, as they do on the other side of the canal.

I add a link to a clip from a BBC interview about living on a boat. There are concerns that the current housing crisis cloggs up canals.

If you are interested in this issue and have a vested interest to prevent this scheme from going ahead please get in touch with the Parkview TRA secretary via the form below. A petition has already collected 85 signatures to date.

Ask the Mayor

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, is holding an “Ask the Mayor” session tonight, that deals with the future growth on the Isle of Dogs. The Mayor wants to make sure that growth works for local people.

The session is at Jack Dash House, Isle of Dogs, E14 9YQ from 7.30pm – 9pm. Doors open at 7pm. Come have your say.

Perhaps our area representatives can pick up some pointers what criteria is used and what ideas other locals have about expansion, because our area is faced with a considerable influx of new housing schemes.

  • Ref: “build up” The Economist, 26. Sept. 2015
  • Ref: “TH population fastest growing in the UK”, The Wharf, 2. June 2016
  • Ref: LBTH, borough statistics


School closes road for rush-hour drop-offs

This is an interesting idea, that schools close access roads around rush-hour and parents are now happy to walk to school and think it is safer all-round.

I have experienced problems with parking outside of school gates and think that this is a great alternative. Please read the orginal article by clicking here.

Bollards are put up either side of Macklin Street in Camden from between 08:30-09:15 and 15:15-16:00. This is around St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary school.

The school is rated as outstanding by Ofsted.