East Park school proposal

On the site of the former Raine’s Foundation school, there is a plan to open up a free school. The partnership is between Fulham Boys School and the Raine’s Foundation Trust. See the new website advertising the scheme.

The proposed new secondary school, needs a good register of interest to be able to show that people are interested to send their kids there.

I would like to see some life back in the Raine’s building. Please support the proposed new school if you can.

Chest-hospital development

Unfortunately the former Chest Hospital is falling increasingly into disrepair, becomes unsightly and now graffiti is also overtaking the boards.

Had an intersting conversation with a neighbour and we came to the conclusion that it is better to build over good housing land rather than let it rot.

Those who argue that we need more social housing. I agree but we do not have a choice between a social housing and a luxury gated proposal for the Chest Hospital. We only have the luxuty gated proposal.

Our children will not get any housing if we refuse all developments just because they are not social housing enough. We’ll end up with no housing at all.

It is better to build the needed housing.

Unfortunately this council has not come up with a social housing project for the former Chest Hospital.

Raine’s closure approved

The School’s Adjudicator has now approved the closure of Raine’s Foundation school, which will close on 31. August 2020.

Just to say a thank you to all who worked and supported our children at the school.

The final determination mentions the possibility of a Free School at the Upper School site but it remains to be seen.

I suppose all our local children have been able to gain school places in other schools.

For all our local pupils who stay at home during the periof of social distancing, there are a lot of learning resources on the BBC Bitesize website to be found here.

Thanks to locals

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Roman Road, shops with queues

Want to say a big thank you to all our residents who show superb discipline over this holiday weekend. The local shops, we are very lucky to have, cope superbly with the extra demand that stay-at-home weekend brings. All our local shops have long queues on the Saturday morning. Thank you to all our local shop keepers who keep their supplies fresh.

 

TV interview about Raine’s school

protest-bannerA freelance journalist and camera operative will be outside of Raine’s Foundation school in Approach Road today at 2pm today, 22. Feb. 2020 and all our residents who want to participate in this filming are more than welcome to join us. The interviews will be shown on national TV.

Please let us know how the closure of Raine’s school affected you and your family.

Whilst we see a few school amalgamations taking place in the borough, Raine’s parents were hit especially hard as our closure and planned amalgamation does not go anyway as planned. We did not expect this to happen as we just had a brand-new building with refurbishments of the Lower school, costing £17 Million, money that will not be spent in the best interest of Council tax payers in the borough.

Our parents work locally and expected to send their kids to the local school and we all paid our council taxes, which were invested into that new school building. Instead the council wants to spent more money on building a new school in Wapping instead and close our school here in Bethnal Green.

Please come outside of Raine’s school this afternoon and voice your concerns.

Have your say on policing priorities

As Neighbourhood Watch coordinator I do not get to know about all problems, so cannot argue on your behalf unless you inform me. However you have the opportunity to voice your preferences and ask for special attention to Parkview by using this online Met Police voting portal. The more people vote, the more resources may be allocated to our area.

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Screenshot from Met Police website for Bethnal Gren area

As the statistics for December 2019 show, the recorded crime rate for our Bethnal Green area is well above average.

The average crime rate  of

  • London 8
  • Tower Hamlets 9
  • Bethnal Green 11

is very concerning.

There are

  • 21 residential burglaries
  • 19 cases of theft
  • 17 cases of harrassment

Whilst the Safer Neighbourhood Panel, held in conjunction with our local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team decides on a quarterly basis, which areas of Bethnal Green they dedicate their manpower to, it is essential for residents to voice their preferences.

Not every area has people available to attend the SNT Panel meetings but we have the option to voice our concerns.

Whilst the statistics do not show that the majority of crimes are committed in and around Parkview, it is concerning that they take place in our relatively small area of Bethnal Green.

Please act quickly as the next quarterly meeting will be held next week.