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.

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

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


  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 (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:


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 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 ( 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 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.