One stop shops due for closure

Changes to One Stop Shops

As more council transactions have been made available online, the services available at our One Stop Shops and the number of residents visiting us have significantly reduced.

More and more residents are getting things done from home using their own computers. At the same time, we have been investing considerably in our five Ideas Stores – so that they look and feel fresh with better access to technology.

As a result, our One Stop Shops at Chrisp Street and Bow will be closing on 17 January 2020. After this date, residents will need to access council services online or get support at nearby Idea Stores in our digital hubs.

The counter service our One Stop Shop in Bethnal Green will also stop on 17 January, but assistance will be available by appointment.

Paper forms or transactions for parking, benefits, council tax, or lettings and the housing register are no longer available.

We have made this possible because many people say it is difficult to get through by phone and they are fed up of waiting in long queues.

Please see further details here.

Safer Neighbourhood Public meeting

Tower Hamlets residents are cordially invited to attend a

Residents Question Time on
Wednesday, 29. January 2020
18:00 – 20:00 (doors open at 17:30)

Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS Map.
nearest underground station Aldgate East.

  • Meet the Police Superintendent for Neighbourhoods Policing and the Divisional Director of Community Safety.
  • Share your local experiences and views
  • Current action being taken to address key issues
  • Contact details for further details Jon Shapiro 07811 482731 jon.shapiro@zen.co.uk

This event is funded by MOPAC and is organised by the Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhood Baord. SNB.

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 secretaryparkview@gmail.com

Becoming recycling champions

TheLondon Recycles scheme runs competitions, which enable individuals to compete for a monthly recycling reward of £25 in vouchers for the top five scoring residents.

The estate, that earns the most Green Points will win the biggest share of a £1.500 to donate to a local charity. Create an account here.

Please recycle into the purple bins the following items, ensuring they are clean. Paper and card, cannot be soiled by oils or food left-over and tins need to be rinsed. Boxes need to be flat. Ensure no broken bottles or glass. Look at packaging to see which parts are fit for recycling and discard those items not suitable into the waste bin.

  • cans and tins
  • paper and card
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, pots and trays
  • Aerosols

Generally with Christmas paper and decorations, if it is stiff and doesn’t stay flat when scrunched or folded, it is unsuitable for recycling. However, that can vary for every region and it is not quite clear to me what Tower Hamlets accepts.

As it will use water to rinse jars and bottles for recycling, it is probably a good idea to use left-over washing up or bathing water for that purpose.

I am not certain whether Christmas trees will again be collected this year in early January, as the post on the Tower Hamlets website was from January 2019.

Batteries can be recycled in larger supermarkets, which have battery recycling bins, please enquire and do not put them in the normal bins.

Clothing, shoes there are reccycling containers in the locality, e.g. near opposite the Nisa store in Bishops Way. Please do not put them into the purple recycling bins.

Compost recycling is carried out by the Parkview Gardening scheme, they accept coffee grounds, tea bags* and some food waste, please get in touch with the Parkview Gardening scheme to arrange.

*Most tea bags contain plastics, so are not suitable for the compost.

 

 

Leisure facilities in Tower Hamlets

Leisure facilities in Tower Hamlets have seen an enormous increase of use during the last 7 years. From 2002 – 2019 visits jumped from 80K to 2.2 Million.

A great statistic to see, published by Tower Hamlets council with their OS Leisure Facilitiesv4 papers to be discussed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 25. November 2019.

Yet the council wants to invest only 1.9 Million to maintain and improve 7 Leisure centres. That is simply not enough in my view. Anyone interested can go to the Overiew and Scrutiny Committee meeting on Monday 25. Nov at the Town Hall and make their views known. Please also lobby Councillor ahead of Monday’s meeting. Our local Councillor Eve McQuillan is due to attend that meeting.

I have lobbied the Council officers to consider increasing that spending and to consider a greater involvement in swimming for secondary school pupils because there is little happening in Tower Hamlets at the moment.

But of course our leisure facilities are very important for all of us and wear and tear is an important factor together with modernisation and up-keep. Please help improve our leisure facilities.