Covid-19 level 4

New Covid-19 restrictions will apply in London tomorrow (Sunday 20 December) until further notice:-

  • Stay at home-
  • Non-essential businesses must shut-
  • No household mixing on 23-27 December –
  • You can meet 1 person from another household outdoors

Additionally we recommend that everybody wears face coverings in any socially mixed areas like stair cases, lobbies and great caution is used during lift use.

Tower Hamlets Council advice page.

Neighbourhood Watch meeting

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch has a scheduled meeting for

19. November 2020 at 14:00 – 16:00

Venue, virtual meeting on Microsoft Teams.

All known members and regular attendees have been invited.

All residents and users of the Parkview Estate, Gatehouse School, St. James the Less Church and local shops in St. James Avenue can apply for membership of the Parkview Neighbourhood Watch on this web page:

As we cannot ascertain proof of address from any other agencies, we need to ask residents who are not registered on the Ourwatch platform to email us proof of address (a recent letter, invoice) if you want to get an invite to the meeting. Invites to be sent to either registration email on Ourwatch or email where the proof of address originates from.

It’s just the easiest just to join on on the Ourwatch website as this will require you to enter your address. All meetings details and agenda get published on the Calendar page.

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Covid-19 and communal areas

I have had complaints that there is not enough care taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in communal areas especially in housing communal areas.

I would strongly suggest a common sense approach.

See the brilliant THH Covid-19 poster. Unfortunately it is not in all blocks or entrances

The common sense approach is to

  • wear a face covering when entering the communal areas
  • have your own bottle of hand sanitizer with you
  • only one person at a time in a lift or only members of the same household together
  • when using stairs keep 2 meters apart
  • of course there are exceptions for people with a carer
  • When leaving the lift after entering your dwelling, wash your hands, remove the face mask.
  • Regularly cleanse and disinfect areas like door knobs, other surfaces you touch regularly like sides of doors, light switches.

We hope that all residents and local area users can enjoy good health. Please look at the recommended health advice on various providers

Estate notice boards

I welcome the installation of estate notice boards. On this one there is plenty of room to post items. However, I find myself unable to put a Neighbourhood Watch notice into one of them. THH tells me it is the Residents Association who has exclusive access and the chair of the Residents Association does not give me access. However I will email them again about it.

So I am currently approaching people to convince them that organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch work in the best interest of the community.

THH should be welcoming Neighbourhood Watch groups with open arms as they always complaint that they do not have enough resources to reduce ASB on estates.

A Neighbourhood Watch exists on Parkview since 2007 and our crime figures are really low.

I just wanted to put a perpetual leaflet about Neighbourhood Watch into the notice board because of the 50% of people who do not use the Internet in Tower Hamlets. It is also much more environmentally friendly to use a notice boards rather than leaflets in excess of 350 dwellings on a regular basis. All leaflets produce a carbon footprint.

But unfortunately our community liaison officer Yasmin Aktar is not very forthcoming. She refers me to the SNT police or the TRA to solve the issue.

At present I am writing to all housing providers and the council to enable the possibility for Neighbourhood Watch to be advertised on all communal notice boards and in libraries. It is a legitimate and useful organisation, which keeps completely within the law.

making complaints

My recent posts about noise and cargates from St. James Avenue into the cul de sac between Rosebery and Sankey House I had to withdraw because of legal issues.

As a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator I have to keep to the rules.

The case is I had been approached by a resident about his problem with noise being generated from a parking area near the Gatehouse school wall.

I have no problem with that because as I can show you, I cannot even see that area, nor can I hear a lot of noise from it. I did however complain about the tree being too near the house but apparently some people oppose the tree being removed. This case is currently still ongoing.

This is my view from my living room window and/or balcony. I cannot see the carpark.

I can only complain about things that affect me. I would not complain on behalf of a resident who is perfectly capable of making their own complaint. I would only complain on behalf of people who are either incapacitated or have no access to the internet or ask me in writing to do so. Everybody else needs to approach the housing provider THH here.

I could raise the issue as a general concern during an estate walk-about with the estates officer why there is no cargate but that is as far as I can act.

All particular complaints need to be made formally and then the rule generally is, the more people complain about an issue that is generally unpleasant for them, the more attention will be paid to the issue.

I did have the cycle gates installed because obviously this issue caused direct health and safety issues for all who used the walkway near St. James the Less vicarage and Sankey House but the cargate problem doesn’t cause such direct threats to people’s safety as of now.

Looking at the crime figures in the area, we do not have a rise in burglaries in the area. If there was it would be raised at the SNT Panel meeting, which would prompt extra police support for the issue.

People can use this online form to directly voice concerns to the local police. You can see all relevant statistics here.

Please contact me if you have further comments about this.

Newsletter 2020

The latest newsletter from the Parkview Neighbourhood Watch will be delivered to your doors shortly. Please go to the newsletter page for details.

Nobody from Neighbourhood Watch will knock on your door or ask to gain entry into your flat. All contact information for Neighbourhood Watch on this estate will be on the leaflet and you can choose to get in touch if you want.

For the latest crime figures in this area please go to Ourwatch and input your post code to find up-to-date information. Or use this link here. According to the map our estate looks pretty save.

 

Balcony tomatoes

balcony tomatoesMy balcony tomatoes have grown into unbelievable dimensions. I just put some seeds into my balcony tray to see what happens. And this is what happened. I just put seeds from actual tomatoes into the soil, like those multi-coloured ones, you can buy these days.

I don’t think there are any height restrictions for plants to put into balcony planters or window boxes. It is however turning out to be difficult to stop the stalks from collapsing. But, I’ll do my best to grow those tomatoes for this year but recommend that people rather grow tomatoes within the balcony, from perhaps a grow bag or pot.

Next year, I know better. But this year, I see home-made ketchup coming up. Balcony gardening is a great past-time and some plants, like tomatoes, do not need a lot of attention. They are happy with being watered twice per day and getting a bit of tomatoe fertilizer off and on. So anybody who works can grow some home-grown tomatoes without much effort.

It’s nice to see home-grown produce, however small the growing space.

planned community kitchen

The latest Parkview TRA leaflet promises the installation of a community kitchen in the Glasshouse.

I am writing to the Tower Hamlets Homes, Community Partnership Officer as we speak to ascertain that a proper Health and Safety Risk Assessment has been carried out according to HSE requirements.

Also other questions need to be asked

  • Was there a risk assessment according to HSE requirements?
  • who is qualified to staff the kitchen?
  • who is the first aider?
  • who is the fire marshall?
  • is there an accident book to record all accidents?
  • Are the rules of the Food Standards Agency been followed?
  • Was there a consultation off all affected included Gatehouse school?

After careful consideration I do not support but oppose the project because there is an increased fire risk from having a large cooking facility in the immediate vicinity of a school and that cooking facility will not have permanent staff but will be operated by random persons. It is not known what the qualificatoins of those persons will be.

Should any fire break out in the community kitchen it most likely will result in the school having to be evacuated for the sake of the safety of the children.

 

chef cooking in kitchen
Photo by Rene Asmussen on Pexels.com

I’ve been informed that Tower Hamlets Council supports the installation of the Community Kitchen, I requested that they consult also with the school about this, as it is direclty next door and will be affected by problems with the increased fire risk.

I won’t be complaining about the community kitchen, but I made my reservations known. I will not be using it, I think it’s quite risky. But I suppose everybody will use it at their own peril if they wish.