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

Help choose electrical charging points

We contacted the Mayor of Tower Hamlets last year to ask for more electrical charging points, also for houseboats because our residents suffer from the effects of coal being burned in boats on the canal.

It has now been announced that Tower Hamlets council has approved 400 new Electric vehicle charging points and residents can suggest the installation locations.

Residents can suggest a location for a new EV charging point as part of a consultation launched on Tuesday 5 October.

We assume that is in addition to the built in lamp post charging points.

Bicycle storage consultation

All residents of Parkview Estate are welcome to participate in our questionnaire and consultation about bicycle storage spaces on Parkview Estate.

Please complete the questionnaire to ascertain whether and what sort of bicycle storage is needed on Parkview Estate. Questionnaire closes on 13. June 2021.

It is very important that you respond to this survey because responses will be used to determine further deployment or removal of already existing storage units on the estate.

Your data will be shared with Tower Hamlets Homes, Tower Hamlets Council and the Parkview Residents Association for evaluation.

The forthcoming meeting of the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association has also invited the Tower Hamlets Cycling and Walking Champion Councillor Kyrsten Perry and the Mayor to discuss cycling storage among other issues. This meeting will take place on 22. June 2021 18:00 – 20:00 at the Glasshouse, organised by the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Free bike marking event

In conjunction with

This event will be held

Date: Saturday, 10th. April 2021
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Weavers Fields E2 6HD see map

You must pre-register by contacting:

Bike register deters cycle thieves and reunites stolen bikes with their owners. Working in partnership with all UK police forces.

There is also a FREE Dr. Bike event, which is run by Tower Hamlets Council and Bikeworks

6. April 2021 9:00 – 12:00, Victoria Park Hub E3 2JU.

Please note the two events are not connecte.

Up-date on parking / pedestrian safety

In addition to social media posts about the subject of newly created parking spaces and yesterday’s post. In case you did not read the comments to yesterday’s post. Pavement parking has been prohibited in London since 1974. The government now also wants to widen this prohibition to the whole of the UK.

Therefore the newly created parking space near the playground behind Mark House has been put there illegally.

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch has submitted an urgent official complaint with Tower Hamlets Council about this yesterday and this also includes the erection of car gates on all entrances to the estate and better pedestrian safety around the estate.

Second class safety for pedestrians and children

Whilst we are in lock-down, the increasing demand for parking on the estate during day-time has been adressed by painting extra parking spaces onto the internal roads of Parkview Estate.

Picture by @RossiBike

The entrance to the playground behind Mark House is obstructed by vehicles parking directly in front of it. This makes it difficult for people with pushchairs or wheelchairs to enter the park.

This parking space is even allocated a space number and it is very concerning that this probably means a permanent installation of extra parking spaces on the estate.

There is a similar but even more dangerous problem behind Gatehouse schools between Rosebery and Sankey House.

A loop road feeds the area behind Gatehouse school, which is very busy during school drop off times and after school. There is no pedestrian walkway at all.

The council was happy to allocate parking spaces but no pedestrian walkway at all. They did put in bicycle barriers but do not protect pedestrians on the road.

Adults, children have to share this loop-road with cars, bike, vans, waste collection lorries, whilst commuting to and from school.

walking from Sewardstone Road to St. James’ Avenue hs become a dodge the traffic exercise.

As can be seen, the are has no pedestrian walkway whatsoever but a bicycle barrier to stop cyclists racing through the estate but nothing to stop people and cars colliding.

There is a call for a car gate at the entrance to St. James’ Avenue but I think this doesn’t go far enough. There needs to be a dedicated pedestrian walkway.

It all looks quiet without traffic but it can be very busy.

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.

Fix your bike voucher

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The £50 bike repair voucher can be claimed online on a first come first served basis. Repairers register here if you have enough public liability insurance only. Unfortunately at the time of writing the website to claim the £50 voucher is off-line due to extreme demand. Try during the day if you can claim your voucher here.

Dr. Bike and bike marking

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  • Full bike MOT by qualified mechanic
  • Bike marking

Saturday, 25. July 2020, 10:00 – 13:00

Victoria Park, Terrace Gate entrance, London E3 5AT.

Enquiries to Tel: 020 8980 7998

There will also be an all-ability cycling club at the park between 9:30 – 11:30 on the day. Details here.