Low traffic neighbourhoods

Leaflets have appeared on the estate encouraging people to support Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. I have a whole raft of messages from people who are extremely concerned about their own and their neighbours’ safety in those cut-off zones.

They are cut off from

  • Emergency access
  • deliveries
  • taxi drop offs and pick ups

Please read the article and the comments people make.

Old Bethnal Green Road hub seems to have become a paradise for drug dealing. People are afraid to walk home without traffic and exposed without being able to get a taxi to drop them off near their doors. Health care workers take longer to reach patients.

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch meeting

Residents and those using the area, are cordially invited to attend a meeting of

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch

Saturday, 17. April 2021 at 17:00

venue, the Glasshouse Community Centre, 161 Old Ford Road, London E2 9QB.

The meeting will be attended by

Officers from Bethnal Green Safer Neighbourhood Team from Met Police

Rev. Chris Newman-Day from St. James the Less Church

We may discuss any issues which bother you.

Please let us know in advance if you have any particular concerns.

An NHS Covid QR code will be available for the meeting to scan into the NHS covid app.

Up-date on parking / pedestrian safety

In addition to social media posts about the subject of newly created parking spaces and yesterday’s post. In case you did not read the comments to yesterday’s post. Pavement parking has been prohibited in London since 1974. The government now also wants to widen this prohibition to the whole of the UK.

Therefore the newly created parking space near the playground behind Mark House has been put there illegally.

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch has submitted an urgent official complaint with Tower Hamlets Council about this yesterday and this also includes the erection of car gates on all entrances to the estate and better pedestrian safety around the estate.

Second class safety for pedestrians and children

Whilst we are in lock-down, the increasing demand for parking on the estate during day-time has been adressed by painting extra parking spaces onto the internal roads of Parkview Estate.

Picture by @RossiBike

The entrance to the playground behind Mark House is obstructed by vehicles parking directly in front of it. This makes it difficult for people with pushchairs or wheelchairs to enter the park.

This parking space is even allocated a space number and it is very concerning that this probably means a permanent installation of extra parking spaces on the estate.

There is a similar but even more dangerous problem behind Gatehouse schools between Rosebery and Sankey House.

A loop road feeds the area behind Gatehouse school, which is very busy during school drop off times and after school. There is no pedestrian walkway at all.

The council was happy to allocate parking spaces but no pedestrian walkway at all. They did put in bicycle barriers but do not protect pedestrians on the road.

Adults, children have to share this loop-road with cars, bike, vans, waste collection lorries, whilst commuting to and from school.

walking from Sewardstone Road to St. James’ Avenue hs become a dodge the traffic exercise.

As can be seen, the are has no pedestrian walkway whatsoever but a bicycle barrier to stop cyclists racing through the estate but nothing to stop people and cars colliding.

There is a call for a car gate at the entrance to St. James’ Avenue but I think this doesn’t go far enough. There needs to be a dedicated pedestrian walkway.

It all looks quiet without traffic but it can be very busy.

Estate safety for pedestrians

and better air quality are thoughts behind an attempt to get the car gate installed between Sankey and Rosebery House at the St. James’ Avenue entrance. A car gate was installed recently at the entrance to the estate between the church and Sidney House.

The entrance near Sankey House leads to a looped roundabout between Rosebery and Sankey House. Whilst this road is busy with cars, cycles, waste service lorries, delivery vans, walkers, there is no dedicated footpath for people to use.

The area is full of residential parking spaces and the road, leading in and out of the cul-de-sac.

Especially during the morning rush-hour, from 8:15 – 9:00 many families use the area to bring children to school. Some walk through the area to reach other nearby schools and others come to bring kids to Gatehouse school. A car gate would limit the amount of cars coming in to drop off children from Gatehouse school but it would not stop delivery vehicles, rubbish and recycling lorries or residential drivers.

A dedicated and clearly marked footpath would be highly desirable. Most in danger are those people with smaller children who are having to use the road, which is used by cars, vans and lorries.

In the evenings, there are also anti-social behaviour issues from cars coming into the estate and people make noise using the car park at the church wall.

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch, has in conjunction with the Residents Association contacted various service providers, including like Tower Hamlets Homes to achieve a better and safer area improvement.

supporting our older generation

There are a number of scams, which are meant to intimitate older persons as they are considered more vulnerable to some scams. Often living more isolated can lead to being more receptive to phone calls and demands made via email or phone.

Do you get emails telling you, that you have to pay extra for TV license, missed deliveries, which need extra payment, offers of money into your bank account? Do you get phone callls that threaten your arrest unless you press a reply button immediately and pay a sum of money?

Do you feel unsafe when going to shops, chemists? We can give tips on how to make every-day chores safer for you.

We would love to invite all members of our community to courses – in small groups – to talk about

  • how scams affect us and how we can put safety nets in place not to fall for them.
  • how to spot scam emails
  • what to do when worried
  • how to shop safer

Please get in touch with Parkview Neighbourhood Watch or the Tenants and Residents Association to arrange sessions that suit you.

New Unity doors

Let me thank all the operatives who work very hard to instal the new doors for all THH tenants and those opting to have them installed.

Whilst I now have first-hand experience of the new door, I must make recommendations to all who also have had them installed or plan to have them installed.

The doors comply with the latest national Firesafety regulations. Please see a data-sheet enclosed.

The doors have a more secure lock and key, the latter looks distinctly different from the previous standard type Yale key.

I would like to recommend that you lock your door with your key each time you leave your dwelling, even for a short time. The door remains open unless it is locked either from the inside or the outside.

The automated closing with the latch will only bring across bolts, but they do not lock the door, even if it sounds like your door is shut, it is not.

If you share your dwelling with others and those remaining inside whilst you leave cannot immediately lock the door from the inside, you are strongly advised to lock the door from the outside every time you leave as – if the person/s remaining inside cannot secure the door when you leave, – the door remains open.

It is similar to a car. You would never leave your car door open. I suppose it would invalidate a home burglary insurance if you failed to lock your door, even for a short while and then somebody enters your dwelling without your permission.