THH safety assurance

Following the tragic and shocking events at the Grenfell Tower block, which prompted some residents to post on Facebook how concerned they are for our safety, Tower Hamlets Homes has posted letters of assurance through letter boxes yesterday.

In our block all tenanted flats and houses have wired in fire alarms. Also residents can additionally install personal fire alarms in their rooms.

Free Fire brigade safety checks can be booked by phoning 0800 028 44 28, you will get a free fire alarm installed by the Fire Brigade.

People are advised to NOT have bulky inflammable goods stored on their balconies and keep all public walkways and areas free of rubble.

Caretakers constantly monitor the estates for safety. Here at Rosebery caretakers have moved away external rubbish and recycling bins from the building.

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Impact meeting

There will be a meeting at the Glasshouse Community Centre on the Parkview Estate, this is located just behind Gatehouse School and can be reached from Sewardstone, Old Ford Rd. and St. James Avenue.

Time and date are: 14. April 2016 at 7pm.

It is not clear who is organising this meeting but concerns raised are among others:

  • 480 new flats in 9 story tower blocks
  • 1000 new residents on schools, nurseries and doctor’s
  • effect on wildlife of the former Chest Hospital site
  • a proposed rubbish dump on St. James Avenue.

The slogan is: “Help keep St. James Avenue and Avenue!”.

As stated the promoters of this meeting are not known but posters appeared stuck in staircases in the blocks of flats around the area.

An end to bin taxes

The new Conservative government under Eric Pickles as Community Secretary, works on new legislation that will prevent bin taxes from being levied in the future and current bin taxes are going to be scrapped.

Council estates like ours are in danger of having our bins filled by outsiders that dump their rubbish in our bins to keep to their prescribed amount of waste before having to pay stealth taxes on their excess amount of rubbish.

I am getting a bid fed up with the ever growing mountain of rubbish near the football pitch at the Rosebery House external bin container.

We had heard of fly trippers using council estates to off-load rubbish and have it collected with domestic waste collections schemes. It’s time that these bin laws go because they do not improve the situation but just increase anti-social behaviour, neighbours losing friendships where neighbour’s dump bags of rubbish in each others’ bins.

Council estates could never be targeted for waste disposal rules because there is no way to control how much is put into commonly available rubbish containers that are accessible by all and even non residents. Therefore council estates’ bins are easy targets for excess rubbish dumping.

Whilst I agree we need to cut down on too much packaging and causing green house gas emissions, which are produced by the manufacture of packaging, which is mostly plastic, we have to have rules that are practical. We do rely on purchasing goods from supermarkets, we need the goods packed or have to have more staff in supermarkets that pack and weigh goods for friendlier customer services.

The big Tidy Up training event

The Big Tidy Up is holding a new training session in Hackney shortly. You get very useful tips, materials and training in how to organise your community to get the clutter out of  your area. It’s great, I did it some time ago here in Tower Hamlets and its satisfying to see how those ugly spots turn into beauty spots after a hard days picking up the litter. You can also clear overgrown areas.

The next training session will be on Friday 23 April 2010 and there will be St. George’s Days events around the country.  Please visit their website for more details

Residents benefit

Currently residents benefit from a host of people trying to improve our lives.

The Housing Department’s regular repair inspections take place monthly and Mr Mohammed Jowardhar is either accompanied by Martin Shortis and or me, Johanna Kaschke, Chair of the Parkview Neighbourhood Watch and possibly some other persons who may join in as they wish. The dates for the inspections are advertised in all display boxes.

Additionally we have the Parkview TRA that just recently appointed new block reps. Ann Edmead has adopted Mark House and wants to hold regular surgeries at the Glasshouse, which I (J Kaschke) plan to attend whenever I can especially to cater for all aspects of crime and antisocial behaviour in the block.

On the 15 July 2009 at the town hall petitions are going to be represented by Stephanie Eaton (Liberal Democrat) and me (J Kaschke) to get funding for the Glasshouse Community Centre.

If more people put regular pressure onto the repairs services and / or housing services we should be able to speed up the long overdue entry doors for Mark and Sidney House.

I am currently also lobbying Tower Hamlets Homes to provide extra recycling containers for Mark and Sidney House as they were overflowing last Saturday already.