Residents meeting

Yesterday’s residents meeting was very well attended and I would like to thank all those who contributed to the discussion. Councillor Sirajul Islam also came and enriched the meeting, which was very well led by our chair Cathrine Powell.

People are invited to participate in groups around

  • cycle storage
  • gardening

There is a particular green conscience with residents suggesting a green belt with fruit trees and shrubs. Any bare spots on the estate can be planted up, please get in touch.

There are still problems remaining from the botched Mayor Works program, please contact our Residents Association with your comments about this.

Recycling rates should be increased and more efforts need to be made to put the correct items into the recycling bins.

Support was pledged to keep Raine’s Foundation school open.

Please also see our ASB page for advice on how to report problems.

Please go to our contact page to get in touch if interested. You may also request addition to the Residents Association mailing list.

 

 

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Local ASB problem

Have just been made aware that some youth set fire to a bin near Mark House. The fire brigade came very quickly to put the fire out.

It would help if as many residents as possible could make formal complaints about this problem because resources to deal with ASB are allocated according to the amount of complaints received.

On our sites ASB page there is a list of contacts.

Our local police team for Bethnal Green can be reported to using this web page on the Met Police website. You will get a reference number and can download or print the report.

Alternative you may contact 101 or your local SNT team when you see them.

Always dial 999 if a problem is an ongoing emergency.

Neighbourhood Watch news

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch was created in July 2007 and since then the instances of Anti-social behaviour and crime have fallen on the estate.

We provide support to vulnerable residents if required and now can offer a communications network via a What’sApp group.

If you want to join our What’sApp group please register on our online form and you will be visited by Johanna who will drop you a registration from, which will also include membership in the watch scheme.

Johanna Kaschke Neighbourhood watch

Johanna the Parkview Neighbourhood Watch coordinator

Once you complete the online form, Joanna will visit  for an introduction meeting.

Holding regular meetings in a fixed location has proven unpracticable as many of our residents work shifts, have child-care committment or other personal/work reasons why they could not attend at certain dates or times.

Of course the Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Johanna is a member of the Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel, which meets quarterly to discuss policing needs for our area.

Please always report instances of Anti-social behaviour or suspicious activity directly to the Metropolitan Police website where you will be given a CAD reference number. If you, additionally want to submit pictorial evidence to support your case, please then email this evidence to your Safer Neighbourhood Officers, stating that CAD reference number.

I would gladly support you if you require assistance on how to use the system. Completing the form below does not enrol you into Neighbourhood Watch as a member. It is merely for the purpose of explaining the new reporting procedures.

If there is a requirement to hold a public meeting on this issue please indicate your interest here:

 

 

Up-date on the Raine’s Foundation

I am sketching a new article on this issue. Just to inform everybody that the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs has replied to my enquiry and stated that he will look into this matter more closely. This issue greatfly affects residents of our estate, as we do send our children to this very local secondary school.

It seems that the process to handle the school’s future didn’t involve a thorough consultation of parents.

The School informed parents with a Notification-of-change-of-leadership-arrangements that the school will no longer be run by the head of Sir John Cass and Redcoat Foundation School Mr Paul Woods as executive head teacher but that the leadership of the school will be transferred to the headteacher of Oaklands school Patrice Canavan OBE. Parents were invited to a meeting with the interim executive board on 25. February 2019.

I makes a huge different to the ethos of the school whether its a headship to do with Sir John Cass or Oaklands. Sir John Cass is a Church of England school.

I attended that meeting alongside a very small number of about 15 other parents. I remember distinctly that P Canavan reassured us that nothing would be changing for the school and on that basis parents were kept in the believe that things will go along as always, just under a different leadership. Because the Notification-of-change-of-leadership-arrangements said nothing about a possible closure parents were not feeling a dire necessity to attend the meeting on 25. February.

I remember distinctly at that meeting saying that I was very happy with the school as my child does very well there.

When parents were then subsequently sent letters dated 1 May 2019 by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Debbie Jones, Corporate Director for Children and Culture, which informed parents they consider closing the school.

I distinctly remember having spoken to Mr Hallett, the previous headmaster 4 years ago, that the school had problems recruiting students and that the Lower School may be closed. At the 7. May 2019 meeting, which was packed with parents and students one parent remarked that on the Local Authority pupils referral website, Raine’s was not even an option to choose.

It seems illogical that Raine’s should have problems recruiting students when it has a brand-new building, is located in a very good, leafy area of the borough and has a great 300 year tradition to be proud of. It seems something isn’t quite right about the recruitment process, to which the local education authority is now responsible for.

Parents do not want to have Oaklands as an option and they were never properly consulted on the transfer of headship.

gatehouse school

Gatehouse School, a private school, on Parkview Estate, bordering onto the Chest Hospital site.

The local area around Parkview estate, sees a lot of land being owned and facilitated by the Church of England.

the Chest Hospital is between Parkview Estate with Gatehouse School and the new Raine’s Foundation school building. The Chest Hospital site is due for re-development into a luxury high-price housing complex near Victoria Park.

There is the St. James the Less Church, who also own the land that Gatehouse School is built on, in the heart of our estate.

chest hospital

In between St. James and Less and Raine’s Foundation school is the former London Chest Hospital that is under development with much protests around this.

Next to the Chest Hospital is the Raine’s Foundation school who opened their brand-new building 4 years ago.

raines school

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

The Church of England and St. John’s on Bethnal Green also is involved in the development of the new cafe next to the entrance of Bethnal Green station. Opposite there is the new residential housing and the East London Hotel also owned by persons affiliated to the Church of England and further up the road is the Mission Practise, which previously occupied the Mission building opposite Bethnal Green station.

It seems odd that, when there is a brand new luxury housing development planned, next to Raine’s Foundation school, that the Diocese supports the closing of the school, as we know it when they successfully run a private school, namely Gatehouse in the vicinity. The Diocesan representative refused to answer questions about what will happen to the Raine’s Foundation building. And that is the essence of the matter.

Pictures to follow and I shall continue this article later, for now just food for thought.