broken walls

broken wall stones have been left laying around in front of Cleland and Goodrich House and along Sewardstone Road.

I have taken pictures and contact councillors, THH, SNT and Parkview RA about this.

No lose stones should be left lying around, this is a H&S risk and the bricks can be used for criminal acts.

If anybody has any further comments about this problem or has had incidents adversely affecting them please contact Parkview Neighbourhood Watch using the contact form on this site.

I shall submit a formal complaint to THH if this has not been rectified by Tuesday 29. June

Promised improvement about waste services

I had recently reported that lids were missing from recycling containers and that it took me quite a while to get those replaced.

Councillor Eve McQuillan also took this up on our behalf with the council who promised: ………….”A new residents and agent reporting portal is being rolled out on our website, which will streamline reporting and viewing information relating to waste collections and cleansing services. This is under review and being adapted currently as the council recognizes some of the difficulties that Ms. Joanna has described.”

 

vulnerable residents – volunteers

I urge all elderly and vulnerable residents not to open the doors to callers, unless they got an appointment.

Fraudsters are urging the elderly to let them help with shopping and ask them for bank details. Do not give your bank details to anybody.

About 1.5 Million vulnerable residents are about to get letters from the government urging them to stay at home for about 12 weeks.

Local councillors are setting up groups to help local, vulnerable residents. You will be contacted or can contact your councillor Eve McQuillan for Bethnal Green.

Email:  Eve.McQuillan@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Mobile:  07594 828420

Other local councillors will be available in each ward.

I understand that the government will guarantee food deliveries for vulnerable residents during the isolation period.

Anybody who can volunteer to help please sign up at the Tower Hamlets volunteer bank.

I want to urge all to stop stock-piling. Accumulating lots of paper or cooking oil can increase your fire risks and dry foods can get infected with pests. Also clearing shelves and buying as much as possible doesn’t help those who need to find things in our shops, please only buy what you need.

Use of the Glasshouse

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Photo by Ben Cheung on Pexels.com

I want to make residents aware that the Glasshouse Community Centre is used regularly by Extinction Rebellion to plan and prepare for demonstrations.

Whilst I am a very keen supporter of the Green Agenda and live probably more environmentally friendly than many, and I am very keen that Earth Warming  gets stopped immediately and how to prevent it and lessen it in the future, becomes a top-priortiy for all of us, I do not support the traffic stopping demonstrations of Extinction Rebellion.

Stopping traffic, causing huge tailbacks and disturbing our daily lives has a huge carbon footprint.

Stopping traffic and causing cars to stop their engines and start them up again and drive off again when starting them up causes more exhaust fumes as normal traffic does and normal traffic already causes too much damage.

Next Saturday, 22. Feb. 2020, Extinction Rebellion will stage a huge demonstration, starting at Bethnal Green Gardens and that will affect our lives tremendously.

Our poor children already have a reduced lung capacity and putting up with extra traffic interruptions will only increase the exhaust fumes they have to breathe in.

A recent survey carried out in Milton Keynes for example shows that cities with roundabouts create less emission than those without. We can follow on that stopping traffic at classic junctions cause the problem.

“The Milton Keynes roundabouts do two things – they reduce stop-start driving which reduces production of pollution, and they make space to help the pollution dilute and mix away,” said Prof Mackenzie. “The biggest effect green spaces have on air pollution in urban areas is to provide space for that pollution to disperse.”

Whilst we do already have a lot of stopping and starting through traffic lights, a demonstration, which disrupts the through traffic will increase the production of pollution. Cars and lorries will stand through from Liverpool Street and block the area.

We need to argue for better policies, which reduce car use, promote better vehicles and only support demonstrations, which do not increase our poor air quality.

There are more clever ways to demonstrate. Please contact your Councillor and/or MP and discuss the use of the Glasshouse with them.

The Council currently consults on improving our lives through improving our streets.

Meeting with Mayor John Biggs

Old Ford Road residents meeting

Please come along to St James the Less Church Hall on 25th June
from 7-9pm to hear from the Mayor and Council officials about
local traffic and environmental issues affecting Old Ford Road…

Attending from London Borough of Tower Hamlets:

  • Mayor John Biggs
  • Cllr Sirajul Islam, Statutory Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Member for Housing
  • Cllr David Edgar, Cabinet Member for the Environment
  • Cllr Ahbab Hossain, Ward member for Bethnal Green
  • Cllr Dan Tomlinson, Ward Member for Bromley North
  • Margaret Cooper, Head of Engineering for Public Realm
  • Dan Jones, Divisional Director for Public Realm

Agenda:

  1. Improving the quality of life in Tower Hamlets/Bethnal Green – the bigger picture
    1. Update on the “Neighbourhood Refresh” (walkabout September 2018)
    2. Air Quality – implementation of the Tower Hamlets Air Quality Action Plan
    3. Resident engagement consultation
  2. Old Ford Road – general update/overview
    1. Update on the LBTH road improvement scheme
    2. Transport for London proposals for the Hackney to Isle of Dogs Cycling and Walking improvements – potential knock-on effect on Old Ford Road
  3. Old Ford Road – specific issues/proposals
    1. Incidents of accidents since the scheme’s introduction
    2. 20 mph speed enforcement
    3. Buses – speeding, safety
    4. Cycling – provision for safe cycling on Old Ford Road
    5. Trees and greening of the road
  4. OFR FLyer 250619 final[34580]

For further information please contact john.griffiths@rocketsciencelab.co.uk (No.134)

Please click OFR FLyer 250619 final[34580]to see the flyer.

 

Protest at Raine’s Foundation

To up-date there are going to be consultation meetings at the following locations and dates:

1. PARENTS CONSULTATION MEETING 19TH JUNE – OAKLANDS SCHOOL – 6PM
2. OVERVIEW & SCRUTINY MEETING – 25TH JUNE – 6pm TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL, MULBERRY PLACE, TOWN HALL, 5 CLOVE CRESCENT, LONDON E14 2BG
3. PARENTS CONSULTATION MEETING – 26TH JUNE – 6pm RAINES

Please also note that the Raine’s Foundation Trust does not support the closure of the school and has never agreed to it. The Council had been asked in writing to remove the false references to the Raine’s Foundation Trust supporting the closure from the Consultation document.

Show your support to

See local press report about the protest

  • save our local Secondary School Raine’s Foundation from closure and
  • support the students
  • support the teachers and staff of the school.

Venue: Raine’s Foundation Upper School, Approach Road, London E2

Time: 3-5pm      Date: Friday, 14. June 2019

Also it is impressed upon parents and supporters to complain directly to Ofsted and the Secretary of State for Education.

1. Please send your email of complaint to enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk and mark it for the attention of Daniel Burton HM Inspector to say you are very unhappy and shocked that after his own positive inspection of Raines in 2018 you are now shocked to learn that 4 months later Tower Hamlets are closing the school or words to that affect without a parents evening or public consultation etc
2. Please send your email of complaint to Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds regarding Tower Hamlets decision to close Raines email address is damian.hinds.mp@parliament.uk ( our local councillors with the exception of Andrew and Rabina, don’t seem to want to know.)

3. also to complain to Ofsted send email to enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk and mark it for the attention of Daniel Burton HM Inspector.

oaklands head apology
Oaklands school apology about bad behaviour of pupils

I have seen and heard many complaints on Facebook and personally that Oaklands pupils are very unwelcoming and swear at Raine’s visitors to keep them away. It is hard to understand that Ofsted still thinks that Oaklands is an excellent school without inspecting them further.

Also a recent article points out that Oaklands pupils bought and drank alcohol before school.

4. An online petition is still open to sign.

Further reference from East London Lines.

Petition to save Raine’s Foundation School

raines school
Raine’s Foundation, Church of England Secondary School, opened this brand-new building 4 years ago.

Please sign the online petition to save Raine’s Foundation school from closure. There has also been a new article in the East London Advertiser newspaper, in which Councillor Rabina Khan and former Chelsea footballer Micky Ambrose support the school.

Local Labour councillors support the closure of the school because of falling pupil numbers*. Yet why is it possible for the local education authority to transfer pupils to Oaklands but not pupils from other schools to Raine’s Oaklands school would have to extend the school by more forms.

There was no proper transparency in the flawed procedures and pupils and parents have been needlessly shocked by sudden anouncements of closure, and that is happening whilst pupils have to sit their GCSE exams.

A formal council consultation will open in June, please take part and protest against the closure.

The school building in Approach Road is brand new and state of the art, yet the representative from the Diocese refused to answer questions asking what is to happen to this building.

15/5/19, would like to add to this article, that, when I came through the Victoria Park today, I saw a number of Raine’s Foundation pupils returning to school from their Physical Education lesson. Raine’s Foundation pupils are priviledged that they are so near a park and still have green space to use for PE. The park is also used by Gatehouse private school nearby. There are schools in Tower Hamlets which have no playground at all.

Today I have received a reply to my enquiry to our member of parliament, the Hon. Rushanara Ali, who passed my query on to the Mayor, who already, earlier on ensured me personally that he will be looking into this, whilst our local labour councillor Sirajul Islam agrees with labour councillor Danny Hassell that the school needs closing.

*Councillor Hassell gives as one of his reasons for closure that the school had been found twice to be in need of improvement. I suppose if all schools in Britain would be shut because they are found to be in need of improvement twice, we would have fewer schools than now.

The proposed closure of Raine’s Foundation school

Today, 7. May 2019, a day before the 300 years celebrations of the school, there was a meeting at Raine’s Foundation school with a proposal to close the school. Tomorrow at St. Paul’s there will be another celebratory service for parents and pupils to mark this wonderful occasion of 300 years of Raine’s.

Today’s meeting was called for and conducted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and it was a totally inadequately planned stitch-up.

The hall was packed with parents and students who demanded answers from Christine McInnes, Divisional Director of Education.

Yet the meeting was very poorly conducted. There was no panel of specialists to answer questions of all types e.g.

  • What will happen to the school buildings
  • Will pupils out of the borough get support in finding other schools
  • Will the Curriculum at Oaklands be the same as it is at Raine’s
  • Can the school be kept open as it is
  • Will parents get financial help with a new school uniform?

Pupils were told at the school several days ago about the proposed closure and pupils were sent into a state of shock. All those actively preparing for their GCSE and A-Levels were made anxious and nervous and were caused severe distress by the unprofessionally delivered news.

Today people asked where is the

  • Member of Parliament Rushanara Ali, where is the
  • Mayor of Tower Hamlets?
  • Why were there no councillors to support the parents?

There was no proper loudspeaker system, parents and pupils were perched into the hall on group tables and uproar occurred when the representative from the Education Authority kept on smiling when people were infuriated and wanted answers. Parents remarked that if their children smirked and smiled at teachers as Christine McInnes smirked and smiled at them, the children would have been sent into detention.

There are already plans to use the current former Lower School building in Old Bethnal Green Road, as Sixth Form Building to be managed by Oaklands school.

Oaklands doesn’t offer a Sport A-level program. Their website does not elaborate on their Sport’s science option, it is blank. Raine’s offers the Edexcel BTEC Sport (Certificate)

There is no detailed program to transfer pupils from Raine’s to Oaklands with adequate continuation of subjects studied and pupils from outside of the borough cannot be guaranteed support in out-of-the-borough schools.

Parents widely expressed their frustration that Raine’s Foundation pupils should be sent to Oaklands instead as Oaklands has a totally different ethos and pastoral care. Oaklands is not affiliated to any church and parents sent their children to Raine’s because they like that it is being run in conjunction with the Church of England.

The meeting was a total shambles and badly run. Parents had been advised that a consultation will be published on the Tower Hamlets council website during June 2019 for 1 months.

However it is strongly advised that parents should complain as much as possible in writing to

  • local councillors and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets
  • the local MP Rushanara Ali
  • the local education authority, who push the closure because of financial difficulties, due to falling pupil numbers, via their consultation process.
  • There is also a parent petition against the closure in circulation, please ask around.

ToynbeeJust as I attended a council run workshop on Community Cohesion at Toynbee Hall this morning; I am shocked how badly handled this situation is.

This situation affects all parents who value a Church of England education for their children. We do not want to have this choice taken away from us. Parents are in total uproar and pupils are in shock, that their education is not taken seriously.

We constantly get told that there is a lack of school places, yet the local education authority wants to tell us that there is no interest for Raine’s Foundation places, when Raine’s Foundation used to be a very popular school.

Drug and crime related ASB meeting

The date when the London Borough of Hackney and Tower Hamlets formally joined in a common policing administration, incidentally also was a date of a multi-SNT panel meeting at the Glasshouse. The three wards of Bethnal Green, St. Peters and Weavers were represented. A further meeting is planned in 3 months time.

The meeting was very well attended and the hall was filled to the brim. In attendance were non other than Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and our local councillor and Deputy Mayor Sirajul Islam, Cllr Eve McQuillan, Cllr. John Pierce, Cllr. Asma Islam with support from London Assembly member Unmesh Desai. Further representatives of our local SNT team were present as well as officers from local housing providers.

The discussion ranged around budget pressures for the police, Anti-social behaviour and what can be done about it.

The minutes of the meeting were sent to the representatives of our Residents Association if anyone has an interest in seeing them.

There is a strong desire to rid the borough of drug dealing and related crimes, which is often expressed in gang related activity, also rough sleeping is attributed to drug related behaviour.

The main emphasis conveyed to the general public was collect evidence, forward it to Tower Hamlets Homes ASB team, your local SNT team or 101. Of course when a crime is in process always call 999.

So far, through “Operation Continuum” which was carried out in waves of house searches throughout the borough, 160 people have been arrested and around 60 have been given jail sentences.

 

London Chest Hospital development

Since the NHS sold the site to developers, only a fencing around the triangle has been erected. Some draft proposals were made. Once a definite planning application is lodged, local Councillors Sirajul Islam and Amy Whitelock-Gibbs offer to hold a public meeting.

Concerns issued centre around affordability for locals and a fitting style for the area.