Estate safety for pedestrians

and better air quality are thoughts behind an attempt to get the car gate installed between Sankey and Rosebery House at the St. James’ Avenue entrance. A car gate was installed recently at the entrance to the estate between the church and Sidney House.

The entrance near Sankey House leads to a looped roundabout between Rosebery and Sankey House. Whilst this road is busy with cars, cycles, waste service lorries, delivery vans, walkers, there is no dedicated footpath for people to use.

The area is full of residential parking spaces and the road, leading in and out of the cul-de-sac.

Especially during the morning rush-hour, from 8:15 – 9:00 many families use the area to bring children to school. Some walk through the area to reach other nearby schools and others come to bring kids to Gatehouse school. A car gate would limit the amount of cars coming in to drop off children from Gatehouse school but it would not stop delivery vehicles, rubbish and recycling lorries or residential drivers.

A dedicated and clearly marked footpath would be highly desirable. Most in danger are those people with smaller children who are having to use the road, which is used by cars, vans and lorries.

In the evenings, there are also anti-social behaviour issues from cars coming into the estate and people make noise using the car park at the church wall.

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch, has in conjunction with the Residents Association contacted various service providers, including like Tower Hamlets Homes to achieve a better and safer area improvement.

Communicating with neighbours

We love nothing more than being friends with neighbours. That is what Neighbourhood Watch is all about. A problem shared, is a problem halved.

Neighbours meet each other in stair cases have friendly chats and laugh, brilliant.

Just please, please do so with a facemask on and keep a distance. Covid-19 is ravaging among us and we mustn’t let our guard down in our communal areas.

May I take this opportunity to mention that increasingly neighbours or people pretending to be neighbours ask me to borrow drills. I think it would be unreasonable to expect that one individual should have to pay for the cost of a drill, drill bits and other accessories to help others. Everything is very expensive these days.

Perhaps it would be an idea for the TRA to start an exchange scheme for tools, as long as that is within the Covid-19 regulations. The TRA could purchase the stock needed to run such a scheme from community funds. They could run such a scheme and borrow equipment out on a cost basis.

To be on the safe side I would recommend that people do NOT borrow drills or similar instruments to callers unless they know them very well.

Website news

Allow me to explain to followers and readers of this website, that the changes to the title of the blog and the under-title have been changed on request of the Parkview Residents Association.

The Residents Association, at the latest committee meeting has decided to ask me, as the publisher of the website, to change the appearance of the blog to make clear that an individual, myself, runs this blog and not the Residents Association, even though I am a member of the committee but could not attend the meeting due to health reasons.

I am happy to change the name of the blog and because I have been a tenant on this estate since 1989, I state this in the title. I am not certain whether the Residents Association, which is mainly made up of leaseholders, want to distance themselves from this website because I am a tenant.

However only 2 years ago, the secretary of the TRA asked me for permission to allow THH to link to this website as community website, whilst now they are trying to distrance themselves from it.

This website was established with funds from the Metropolitan Police. Those who reside on this estate since a longer time, may remember that I had started a Neighbourhood Watch on the estate and regularly went door to door and invited residents to meetings of the Neighbourhood Watch. I was then also sent on a residential crime-fighter course and had even been invited to meet with Gordon Brown at the Rich-Mix. I also had been Chair of the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Most Residents Associations also affiliate to Neighbourhood Watch but the current Association has not commented on this. I have also always intended to be politically neutral and only post on matters important to local residents and the surrounding area.

We organised a Big Lunch coinciding with the Queen’s Jubilee, which was transmitted by the BBC as well. All pictures of former community occasions are on this blog as much as possible.

At that time the Glasshouse was run by the Miller family.

The website was always open to all residents to contribute to, any resident can ask to write articles under their own name.

Tower Hamlets Homes had asked for permission to link to this website as part of the Parkview Community.

It is now a very new development that the new Parkview Residents Committee has asked me to change the name of the site to ensure to make it clear that the website is run by myself, even though I have been involved with the community since decades. It is not possible the change the name of an URL. A URL is owned by the person or organisaton who buys it.

I am also publishing the Twitter feed of the Parkview Residents Association. If readers wish to comment on the issue, please note that only communications aimed at Neighbourhood Watch and the editor will be answered by myself, mails to the Secretary will be answered by the Residents Association, who for some reasons, unknown to me, want to distance themselves from this part of the community.

Annual General Meeting 2020

Residents are cordially invited to participate in the AGM to be held on

13th. January 2020 at 7pm at the Glasshouse Community Centre on Parkview Estate.

The business of this meeting will be

  • Chair person’s report
  • Accounts
  • Officers and committee members election.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about living on the estate or send them in advance to

Residents Association meeting

All Tenants and Residents are cordially invited for a public meeting on

Saturday, 21. September 2019 at 5pm.

Meeting place is our Glasshouse Community Centre.


  1. Chair’s welcome and brief summary of work done by the TRA in 2019 thus far.
  2. New basket ball hoop beside Rosebery/Gatehouse play space (up-date)
  3. Info on how the TRA works and how to join, duty specifications for roles.
  4. Open floor for questions and suggestions.
  5. Date of next AGM and next meeting date in October.


Could all attendees please refrain from stating whether they are tenants or leaseholders at the introduction as we want to concentrate on community cohesion regardles of personal status. 


Please note that also all meetings are published on our website calendar.

Spring Fayre 2019

Parkview Spring Fayre 2019 buffet

What a lovely day we’ve had. There was a lovely buffet, hosted by Ros with many donated dishes from our local community.

I’ve learned how easy it is to make delicious puffed rice at home. The samosas were very spicy and yummy too.



Chillie, sweet peppers and Squash plants

Later in the day two very important visitors from Hackney City Farm, Rita and Ken taught us how to grow sweet peppers, chillies and Squash on our balconies.

Rita explained: “It’s wonderful to watch them grow and then harvest the rewards and be able to eat them at the end of the season.”


Ken from Hackney City Farm in the bee keeper outfit.

Ken, the bee expert taught how bees pollinate plants for a long distance around each hive and it seems plausible to keep bees on estates to help pollinate our plants.

It takes around 600  bees to fill one jar of honey and the bees fly twice around the globe to fill that jar. (equivalent)

Also there was a giveaway of bee friendly flowers for our balconies to help sustain that bee hunger.


AGM 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Parkview Resident Association takes place on

Monday, 21st January 2019 at 19:00 at the Glasshouse Community Centre.

The purpose of the meeting is:

  1. Chair person’s report
  2. Accounts
  3. Elect committee.

Membership of the Association is open to all residents of the Parkview Estate. Any residents may stand for election to the committee, which consists of Chair person, treasurer and secretary.

Local support groups

Yesterday’s meeting of the Parkview Residents Association introduced us to our new community support officer from Tower Hamlets Homes and also the Roman Road Trust.

There is also a Friends of Meath Gardens Support Group, that has a page on Facebook. Most of those voluntary organisations rely on support from volunteers.

Much discussion was held around the Chest Hospital development, whereby the new consultation round ends on 28. June 2018.

Concerns were raised that the longer the site stays undeveloped the more it falls into decay and that is not good for our neighbourhood. Residents can make a case for or against support of the new housing development from Crest Nicholson on the current Tower Hamlets Planning Application website.

There are many submissions on this development including

Please look at the building plans and consider the full effects of the site staying vacant for a prolonged period of time. It cannot support our community if the site stays vacant for years.