Safety recommendation

Because the spy-hole system is not reliably telling a resident that a caller outside is safe for opening the door to, I recommend that residents when ordering online for home-delivery use companies, whose delivery is being made by a courier that allows tracking to the address online or have their items delivered to a store pick up point for collection.

A life-tracking service allows us to follow the courier path and shows us when he is near our address and about to deliver to our address.

Many residents, even if they have a door entry system cannot rely on callers wearing high-viz vests having honest intentions. Through a door spy hole all residents can see is what a caller wears. It has also been reported that residents are afraid to turn others away who want to follow them into a block with door entry systems. It is not advised to start an argument with anybody wanting to get into a block. That may end in aggressive behaviour and further problems.

However, if a person, you do not trust, follows you to your door, do not open your door, but leave the area and call 999.

Housing inspections or repairs are announced via previously arranged appointments and so we at least know when to expect a caller. It is better not to widely announce when residents expect official visitors to others.

The network of permanently displaced people in Tower Hamlets is getting bigger and desperation and often drug addiction are a definite problem. Local housing shelters have closed.

We need to keep ourselves safe in our homes and whilst I thoroughly recommend charitable organisations and helping as volunteers for such, it is essential to keep our homes safe.

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Invite to swim the Thames

Our residents are cordially invited to participate in the Community Day of Hackney Aquatics that will be held at the London Fields Lido.

From 3pm till late on Saturday 30. June 2018

Roll up, roll up and come along and swim if you want. Anyone can swim for a £5 donation. It would be great if we could altogether beat the 7.000 length required to equal the Thames.

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Hackney Community Day on 30 June 2018, at the Hackney Lido from 3pm

There will be

  • Barbeque
  • Ice cream
  • Food stalls
  • Pilates in the Park
  • Outdoor Yoga
  • Football
  • Extreme Frisbee

Hackney Aquatics want to split the proceeds of the day between the North London Hospice and the Club Access Fund. The Club Access Fund helps swimmers who are keen to swim but have problems finding the cost.

A huge thanks to all my neighbours who already generously donated for my granddaughter Madison to swim 5km at the Lido but she will also in the morning swim 3km at the London Open Swimming Championships* at the Surrey Quays. A mammoth undertaking for the good of the club.

All sponsors are most welcome to check with Hackney Aquatics whether their generous donations actually arrived at the club after the 30. June. If you do not meet me before and want to help but cannot come on the day please try to donate online.

*Your donation will not fund this competition but only the sponsored swim at the Lido.

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.

Parkview Spring Fayre

On Saturday 12th May, it’s Parkview Spring Fayre! All Parkview residents invited,

11am – 3pm at the Glasshouse, FREE plants for your balcony and FREE tea and cakes 🙂

At 12 noon there will be a container growing workshop led by Rita from @hackneycityfarm and at 1pm, live music!

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