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
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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.

 

Promised improvement about waste services

I had recently reported that lids were missing from recycling containers and that it took me quite a while to get those replaced.

Councillor Eve McQuillan also took this up on our behalf with the council who promised: ………….”A new residents and agent reporting portal is being rolled out on our website, which will streamline reporting and viewing information relating to waste collections and cleansing services. This is under review and being adapted currently as the council recognizes some of the difficulties that Ms. Joanna has described.”

 

Best advice for ASB and crime solutions

forest bike bulls
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“Police have asked anyone who has had a bike stolen in Hackney or Tower Hamlets in the past 6 months…to email CE-MiST@met.police.uk with as much information about the bike as possible. (Make, model, colour and/or serial number, and a picture if available.)”

Follow Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch on Twitter. https://twitter.com/thnwa

Latest Advice on how to deal with ASB and crime. Follow simple steps to report and achieve results. https://towerhamletsneighbourhoodwatch.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/getting-results/

 

 

Neighbourhood Watch news

The National Neighbourhood Watch Network brings out the latest newsletter for all to find interesting information. Please click through to read their latest August 2020 newsletter and perhaps subscribe to all future editions on their website.

I also link to their newsletters from our Newsletters page.

I also recommend that all subscribe to OWL for the regular newsletters from our local SNT Bethnal Green team.

There is also a Neighbourhood Watch Impact Survey for all readers. Please take part. click 

 

Neighbourhood Watch activities

All residents who are carrying out Neighbourhood Watch activities on this estate are covered by Free Public Liability Insurance provided by our parent organisation Ourwatch.

When you next apply for or renew your home insurance you may want to state that you are part of a registered Neighbourhood Watch scheme and you may get a discount on the cost of insuring your home contents.

Please note that TRA activties like gardening on the estate are not covered by Neighbourhood Watch Public Liability insurance.

There is though a great example of Neighbourhood Watch community planting for a small pocket park, which was council funded. That initiative involved planting in a small area with very low level plants only. I am making enquiries whether the pocket park area was very much restricted to one small area or covered a larger area.

Please inform the main coordinator, which is myself, if you carry out Neighbourhood Watch activities it would help.

Please contact me if you require any meetings.

Foxy encounters

close up of fox on grass
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Just read this charming story how a fox in Berlin amassed 100 shoes in a collection. People remarked about it on a Neighbourhood Watch website. read the story. If you have any interesting animal encounters let me know. I’ll publish.

I’ve seen Foxes about very early in the morning around the estate and the area.