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Whilst the Residents Association was one of the major opposition voices against the new housing development at the former Chest Hospital site, they are also the ones who act in contradiction of their own policies.
Petitions and callers came around our block to collect signatures because the proposed Chest Hospital housing development will reduce the light in our flats. But, at the same time the Residents Association proceeds to plant large fruit trees in front of people’s living rooms.
Two on a lawn outside Rosebery House, another one on a lawn behind Sankey House. Those trees don’t look like much now, but they will get pretty big and cut out all the light for the flat behind them. I have not been around the estate to see them all.
There are some great urban gardening schemes in the area because some areas have been parcelled off into smaller container- holding allotments. But on our estate we get this fruit tree all over concept.
The idea of our estate, which is land-scaped is to provide light for flats by creating that space of lawn in front of houses. If that lawn gets planted with lower trees, the light in flats will diminish considerably.
I don’t think it has been thought through properly and this also can affect the value of properties and the enjoyment people have from their flats.
People can make their opinions known about this by contacting Tower Hamlets Homes. Apparently the fruit trees have not been provided by Tower Hamlets Homes but the Residents Association and I think it will considerable increase the workload of our caretakers when the fruit starts to grow on those trees and will fall onto the ground.
The Residents Association cannot guarantee a long-term maintenance program for those fruit trees either.
Whilst bees and wasps are attracted to fallen and rotting fruit, which is good in a natural environment, on a housing estate it is likely to lead to a nuisance. We all know how hard it is to sit down and have a meal when wasps and bees swarm around food left-overs. We will get swarms of bees around the fallen fruit on our lawns, near our walkways and windows and children can easily pick those up and get stung. The planned beehive will guarantee it and it will also attract more wasps. I remember having been stung by a wasp, whilst trying to pick up an apple and my hand was swollen to twice the size for a week.
Perhaps it would be a better idea to have fruit orchards planted in designated areas, properly maintained by trained staff in local parks.
I think the whole concept is flawed and should urgently be re-considered.