Monthly Archives: April 2014

Monthly Archives: April 2014

Penang House Update

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A couple of weeks ago, we knocked on the doors of Penang House residents to see if they had any concerns that needed raising with Tower Hamlets. One resident told Neil about several problems in the building, which we reported to the council: a) the lights are out on the stairway b) the stairway (step tops) has become eroded and dangerous c) broken windows on the communal stairway have been boarded up rather than replaced since January and d) the …

St Katharine Docks GP services

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We share residents’ worries about recent newspaper reports suggesting that the future of Dr Sarit Patel’s St Katharine Docks GP practice has been put into question following funding changes. We have made immediate representations to Dr Anne Rainsberry, the NHS’s Regional Director for London, to ask for the full facts. Dr Patel has a stellar reputation here and residents do not want to lose his expertise, personal touch and continuity of care. We shall let residents know as soon as …

Action on lighting, street cleaning, anti-social behaviour and road safety

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We regularly door-knock in Wapping to introduce ourselves to residents and see if they have concerns about the area that need raising with Tower Hamlets. We have met a fantastic bunch of people in recent weeks and taken up a broad range of concerns. This past fortnight’s concerns include youths drinking and littering in Wapping Woods; poor lighting around the Garnet Street/Shadwell Basin steel bridge and slipperiness there in winter months; persistent damp in a housing association home; poor upkeep …

Our constant battle to improve Wapping roads

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[UPDATE! 24 April – We welcome the new government funding for pothole repairs that has been announced today and urge whoever controls Tower Hamlets on 23 May to bid for support. The £168 million Pothole Fund, announced in the 2014 Budget, has today opened for bids from councils, with applications closing next month. The funding is enough to repair more than three million potholes across Britain, and comes on top of £10 billion already being given to councils in England for …

Our Latest Delivery

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We had a great team of friends out in Wapping this weekend to help us deliver our latest newsletter. Thanks, as ever, to them for their relentless enthusiasm and enormous support. If you didn’t get a copy of our newsletter, you can find it here. It details some of the ways in which our borough has been let down by the incumbent Mayor and the Labour majority.

Broadband – Why the Slow Progress?

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We have been getting a lot of complaints here in central London about the provision of superfast broadband. The Mayor of London has secured £25 million from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport’s Urban Broadband Fund to support the rollout of fibre optic in the capital. However BT have been slow in upgrading the exchanges in the City and East London. Julia made representations on behalf of Wapping residents to BT’s head of customer service, Warren Buckley, pressing him on …