Liveable Streets review

There is a review going on for the Bethnal Green area, which I publish here, as it also concerns us what happens in our area.

The following message was sent by Becca Jordan to the Weavers Community Forum:

“You will have likely have seen improvements to Bethnal Green’s streets, leading to a significant reduction in traffic. There are however increases in traffic where approved closures have been paused and concerns have been raised from residents regarding severance, particularly for north south journeys.

We are therefore undertaking a review and are speaking to residents, businesses and the emergency services to assess the impact of the scheme and see how we can make amendments to address concerns, whilst retaining the benefits of reduced traffic secured by the scheme.”

Key areas of focus are:

  • emergency service access throughout the area
  • Warner Place/Squirries Street
  • The closures at Pollard Road, Barnet Grove, Old Nicole Street
  • Ropley Street
  • Arnold Circus

Tower Hamlets would therefore like to invite your group to attend a drop-in consultation session on the local Bethnal Green Liveable Streets scheme.

Session 1

St. Peter’s Mission Hall, 56 Warner Place, E2 7DA,
Saturday, 13. November 11:00 – 14:30

Session 2

St. Peter’s Mission Hall, 56 Warner Place, E2 7DA
Wednesday, 17. November 16:00 – 19:30

Lower Lea Valley action plan

There is a consultation on improving East of the Borough and Lower Lea Valley areas and perhaps create new green spaces.

“In January 2020, the council adopted its new Local Plan and we are now working on delivering the vision and objectives contained within it. We are also working on an Area Action Plan for the east of the borough (see map), which will provide more detail on how this area should develop over the next 10 years.”

The consultation is here to participate in. this consultation closes on 25. September

Liveable Steets Bow Consultation

Only one week left to have your say on changes to Bow as part of Liveable Streets. Add your thoughts and ideas for your neighbourhood to the online interactive map by Tues 21st May.

Please follow the link for all details on how to participate through drop-in sessions or online.

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The consultation is part of TfL’s and Mayor of London’s Liveable Neighbourhoods funding in which Bow is one of the first neighbourhoods to be improved under Tower Hamlets Council’s own Liveable Streets programme.

Cycling route consultation

Transport for London has today opened a new consultation to find out views on new cycling and walking routes between Victoria Park and the Isle of Dogs. Since this affects our residents I publish so you are aware and can take part. Please follow this link.

This might include more roadworks in the area.

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.

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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.

The Bethnal Green Mulberry

bethnalgreenmulberryAs this historic tree is extremely important to many, Crest Nicholson are now making an increased effort to save this tree.

A letter recently posted through our letter boxes explains that they will be doing the following:

  • Ground investigation 5 – 9 November  to understand the properties and values of the soil surrounding the tree and to further confirm the extent of the tree root system.

The Tree Officer from Tower Hamlets Councils has agreed to the work being carried out.

Details of the outcome will be made available once interpreted by the team experts and project arboriculturalist.

 

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.

School children’s art exhibited at the Chest Hospital


Three local schools’ art adorned the scaffolding around the former Chest Hospital development site.

Whilst we wait for building to begin, these pictures brighten up the area. A new

  • Planning Application PA/16/03342
  • LPRN 6040806
  • Ass. Ref PA/16/03343

is currently again under consideration of the Tower Hamlets Planning Committee.

The application is accompanied by an Environment Impact Assessment

  • Ref PA/16/03342
  • Consultation 28/06/2018.

The deadline for submitting comments is 28/06/2018.

Chest Hospital development on hold

chesthospitalimageAs 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.

Chest hospital new plans drop in.

New plans discussion meeting on Tuesday, 12th. December 2017 @ 19:00 hours.

Chris Keys has submitted the following invite to residents via Change org.

The developers have now submitted a new set of plans for the chest hospital. initial reports indicate that the developers have ignored the main concern of local residents (the height of the new buildings) and have actually increased the height of the tallest tower at the Bonner Bridge end of the site.

Due to concerns about the accessability of the first set of plans and about the biased PR events the developers have staged we will be holding a drop in session at the glasshouse This Tuesday the 12th from 19:00 – 21:00. Where the submitted plans will be available to view.

Council Officers Gareth Gwynne and Simon Westmorland have agreed to attend in order to answer questions that you may have in relation to the proposals. They will not be there to present the proposals but rather they would be on hand to answer queries you may have in understanding the application documents.

It is also important to bear in mind that they will not be able to answer questions about the Council’s opinion/recommendation for the application given that it would not be proper for them to do so prior to the close of the consultation period. The purpose of their attendance would be to answer queries in relation to the specifics of the proposals, eg number/type of units, height of buildings etc.  Please also be aware that this would not be the forum to formally present any objections you may have, this should be done through written representations to the Council as is the usual process.

We encourage anyone with an interest in this matter to come and see the plans for yourselves rather than relying on the biased accounts presented elsewhere by the developers.

Tuesday December 12th, 19:00

The Glasshouse community centre 161 Old Ford Road, London E2 9QB