THH ASB team

Parkguard-thhTower Hamlets Homes now have an ASB team patrolling their estates, including Parkview.

Twitter handle is @Parkguard_TT and there is also @THH_ASBTEAM.

ASB reporting via the normal channels though, see details on our ASB page.

private balconies

chillie-peppers

Chillie, sweet peppers and Squash plants, to grow on our balconies

Again we are being asked to clear all our belongings from our private balconies because the landlord wants to paint the railings yet again. They have recently been painted and I could not find a fault with the work.

Yet, letters have gone around Rosebery House to clear all the balconies. How are we supposed to establish a planting regime on our private balconies to take part in Tower Hamlets in Bloom if we have to clear our balconies every two years? One competition category is best balcony! It can take a couple of seasons for plants to establish and they often need to be undisturbed to develop at their best.

It’s more than unreasonable and flies in the face of our green agenda, whereby we want to establish bee and bug friendly planting? The BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch programs encouraged us to create bug friendly environments and feed birds.

Tower Hamlets even hosted the London in Bloom Awards 2019.

I completely accept that our balconies need to be clean and free of combustible and other clutter, especially if they are community balconies but personal balconies are a personal space to relax in and grow personal produce.

I shall be raising the issue with the Councillor.

Liveable streets Bethnal Green

Tower Hamlets Council Liveable Streets program currently consults on Bethnal Green. Plans include traffic stopping measures for Old Bethnal Green Road and Columbia Street Market.

Bethnal Green livable streets

Visit the consultation website for interactive content.

Please fill in the online survey and come speak with us at one of our drop-in events:

When:
•Saturday 9 November, 10am to 12noon
•Thursday 14 November, 5pm to 7pm

Venue: Professional Development Centre
229 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6AB

You can also email us at: liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

local health services

I am writing to ask residents wether they have problems getting GP appointments or other local health services.

Health services are very important for our community and when I was told by my GP, with whom I am registered since a very long time, that they do nto have any appointments at all, I found that very concerning.

Situations like that call for formal complaints. If any other residents have problems of that sort, please complain and raise the issue with a local councillor.

Raine’s school

As I’ve previously reported – as a matter of communal interest – on the proposed closure of Raine’s Secondary school both in Approach and Old Bethnal Green Road, it seems appropriate to give an up-date on developments.

The utmost consideration for us must be quality education for our children. Most schools in Tower Hamlets have achieved good or outstanding Ofsted ratings, a fact we can be proud of. Our Council has always striven to deliver excellence for us.

At this point I would like to mention that my daughter is due to achieve excellent grades in her forthcoming GCSE’s at Raine’s, this is just to show that pupils are capable to excel with educational goals at Raine’s. The current year 11 pupils will be able to complete their GCSE course at Raine’s this year.

There are imminent changes to schools in the borough because demographics have changed. This is largely due to changes in housing policies and education policies and  a greater flexibility on school management options, which led to new schools in the area. New developments in the south of the borough like Wapping and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park also through new housing developments and schools in those areas.

Whilst I feel the legacy of Henry Raine’s is extremely important for our area as it  supports students continually, due to falling pupil numbers, the current Raine’s Foundation school seems unsustainable. However all former and current pupils of Raine’s Foundation school can apply to benefit from a bursary upon starting university.

School funding from the state is allocated according to the number of pupils in a school. The less pupils there are, the less funding comes in and that effects the number of teachers and general resources a school can afford. Unless there is a sudden up-surge in applications, there seems little scope to continue with Raine’s Foundation school as it is. I would welcome more applicants for school places at Raine’s, which I feel is the only way to keep the school – as it is – open.

Whilst there are problems, due to the lack of interest in Raine’s,  I had decided to join the Raine’s / Oaklands Steering group, which was formed to find a solution and enable continued excellent education for our students. Oaklands school is not far from us in Old Bethnal Green Road.

However we do await the outcome of the consultation which cabinet will decide on on 30. October 2019.

I will keep you up-dated on the developments, as the local area is important to us as a community.