repair service is getting worst.

One of our residents in the ground floor is constantly having problems with drain blocckage when it rains hard for a while.

Whilst just on New Years day a drain in the bath completely blocked, which also affects all waste water from the kichen, the repairs service does nothing to fix the situation. They sent a man with a large palstic plunger, which didn’t help, than a man with a drill, that couldn’t go around the bends of pipes from the kitchen to the bathroom. The tenant has been told they can still use the bathroom sink, to do

  • washing
  • washing up
  • laundry
  • personal hygiene
  • and all other things you need to do.

Apparently even the washing machine is connected to the same wastepipe as the bath, so that kitchen sink, washing machine waste flows into the bath/shower, making them unusable and THH wants to leave the tenant waiting for 9 days to have this repaired.

This is intolerable as the tenant is elderly with arthritis problems.

The councillor Eve McQuillan promised to contact Head of Repairs but why should we have to go to that lenght to get a blockage removed that is not due to negligence by the tenant?

Obviously the architecture of the block is complicated and out-dated and makes it very difficult to carry out repairs. A kitchen unit has been built in by the landlord to cover the waste pipes, which now needs a carpenter to remove to carry out pipe repairs.

Who suffers the endeffect? The resident.

Breeze blocks

I think breeze blocks in kitchens are very important, both at the top and bottom of an outside wall, as they can prevent a build up of gas.

Most flats in the estate have gas supplies and even though most modern appliances have all sorts of safety measures built in, the breeze blocks still give a steady flow of air around our kitchens.

In some ground floor flats broken breeze blocks allowed pests into flats. I have noticed that most bottom breeze blocks in ground floor flats in Rosebery House have been made much smaller; also top breeze blocks were covered with kitchen cupboards; but will meet with a building inspector today to discuss the issue further.

Each resident should check whether their breeze blocks allow the air venting in their kitchens. In many cases the bottom breeze blocks vent the area behind the kitchen wall where gas cookers are located.

Fix before the freeze

Report those hazards, before winter hits

The dark nights are here, and suddenly broken streetlights and uneven pavements change from a minor irritation into a potential danger. This year, our Fix Before the Freeze campaign encourages you to make a note of street hazards and report them at – now, before they become a winter nightmare.


So, on your way home tonight, look out for streetlights that don’t work, or pavements that are just waiting to trip someone up, and be sure to report them.


If you’d like to help spread the word about the Fix Before the Freeze campaign, there is more information here, including print-outs and website graphics.


Thank you – and watch your step, now!

Latest Tower Hamlets Homes advice

The last THH newsletter titled ‘Open Door’ April/May 2011, asks victims of broken lifts to contact Tower Hamlets Homes directly via the lift help button or a number displayed to be attended to within the hour by THH contractors instead of calling the fire brigade. The article states that it costs £350 to get the fire brigade and relying on THH saves £271.

I have not had an experience with being stuck in a lift and Parkview Neighbourhood Watch would very much like to hear your views on the matter Our next meeting is on 24 May 2011 at 7pm at the Glasshouse Community centre.

Seeing that Tower Hamlets Homes now distributes this very expensive newsletter that seems to replace East End Life we wonder about the costs issue.

Very welcome are the news that some families completed a 13 week course called ‘strengthening families, strengthening communities’ because their children caused ASB. However we do not support a call for compulsory participation in that course for all families. We cannot assume that families in general need advice on how to raise their children properly.

Landlord’s maintenance of new multi-lock security doors

I am not happy that Tower Hamlets Homes cannot quickly repair the new multi-lock security doors that were installed for tenants only.

Those new doors are 3-lever police approved security doors and when the lock breaks it can take over 3 weeks to get a replacement, so that one cannot lock the doors at all. Now with the change of contractors, the problem is even intensified because the new contractors cannot have access to the data of the old contractors Morrison. This is overall very unsatisfactory and does not enhance the security of our tenants.