From Tower Hamlets Homes
We thought it would be useful and timely to share some information with you regarding a recent spate of fires that have occurred both London wide and locally in Tower Hamlets.
The London Fire Brigade have recently advised us that there have been seven fires across London in the last three weeks started by discarded cigarette butts. We have recently had three fires in and around Tower Hamlets’ properties caused by accidental/avoidable circumstances (one was caused by a candle and the other two from discarded cigarettes, possibly thrown from a flat above and blown onto a balcony and shed below). With the the hot weather forecast to last at least for another month, I thought it was timely I contacted you to ask for your help to keep residents alert to fire safety in the home and hopefully avoid further fires occurring.
The following advice is from the London Fire Brigade and reflects the causes of fires occurring recently in London:
make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home
keep balconies free from clutter
please don’t leave rubbish or bikes in communal areas or obstruct escape routes
make sure you are familiar with your building and know your nearest exit in case you need to leave the building (note that your block is a ‘Stay Put’ block and therefore doesn’t have sounding fire alarms)
if you are a smoker please do not smoke in common areas of the block as this is dangerous and against the law too
always fully extinguish cigarettes smoked in your home and dispose of them carefully and safely*
Detailed fire safety advice is available at thh.org.uk including videos on fire safety which I’d be happy to make available to be shown at TRA meetings.
Next week we will be writing to all THH residents with this advice. We’ll also be reminding them about smoke alarms.
If they are a THH tenant and you do not have a smoke alarm please order one at My.THH.org.uk or call our Housing Service Centre on 020 7364 5015.
If they are a leaseholder, we strongly encourage you to fit smoke alarms. If they rent their property out, they must follow safety regulations which include gas and electrical tests, fitting smoke alarms and following all fire safety regulations. More information can be found at gov.uk/privaterenting. And alerting them to the LFB providing free smoke detectors.
* Putting cigarette butts into dried out flower pots without extinguishing them can cause a fire that can spread to neighbouring properties.
Also recommend not to have barbeques on balconies.
Recently a flat, shared by several persons has been burgled with all laptops stolen. That is very worrying, especially also that there are now increasingly noisy incidences happening around the back of the house with cars being driven around noisily.
For the purpose of preventing burglaries may I recommend the following, which is especially important in shared dwellings:
- Always keep the balcony doors locked
- keep internal rooms individually locked when out
- ensure that the front door locks are changed each time a resident in a shared flat changes.
To report suspicious and/or disturbing activities keep logs of
- number of persons
- descriptions of persons
- time of occurence
- car registration numbers
- take photos if possible but only supply to the police.
Please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team with all information and use their e-mail to send it through. If you need the e-mail please contact the webmaster here.
You can also report concerns via the MET Police or Bethnal Green section website.
But if there is an ongoing incident ring 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
I shall discuss this issue at the next Neighbourhood Safety Panel in the near future as well. The police will need direct reports from all residents who have problems to be able to act upon it.
As the planning application for this project, run by Crest Nicholson and Circle Housing had been referred to the GreaterLondonAuthority
planning report D&P/4105/01
22 January 2018 Former London Chest Hospital, Bethnal Green
in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
planning application no. PA/16/03342/A
The Major has outlined a recommendation:
That Tower Hamlets be advised that the application does not comply with the London Plan and draft London Plan, for the reasons set out in paragraph 51 of this report; but that the possible remedies set out in this paragraph could address these deficiencies.
Please click the link to see the full document.
Please click here to see the Tower Hamlets planning application.
The local planning authoritie’s Strategic Planning Committee meets for the first time after the local council elections in June, which is the earliest date a decision could be taken. The Mayor, John Biggs wrote that – on balance – he is against the scheme.
If Tower Hamlets reject the proposals, the developer may appeal to the Mayor of London and the Planning Inspectorate.
All residents are cordially invited to attend a committee meeting of the Parkview Residents Association
date: 8. February 2018
venue: The Glasshouse
- Allocation of offices
- Program for the hall
- Update on ‘It’s your life’
- Minutes of AGM
- Market (Victoria Park)
- Chest Hospital update
- Bike shelters
All residents are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Parkview Residents Association.
Venue: The Glasshouse Community Centre
Date: Monday, 15. January 2018
Time: 19:00 hours.
- Chair’s report
- Approve accounts
- Elect Committee.
Any questions to be addressed at the meeting, which has invited a THH Neighbourhood housing officer and a guest speaker to deal with the impact Anti-social behaviour has on the neighbourhood.
All residents are welcome to stand for a committee position.