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King Henry’s Wharves – Here we are again

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Another chapter in the saga of the King Henry’s Wharves development. A new construction management plan has been put together whose lengthiness tries to bore us into forgetting that there remains no decent strategy for how this development can be constructed without MAJOR disruption to our whole community. We have been in touch with concerned residents and once again have used their knowledge and work to put together a template objection letter which residents may wish to send to the …

Police Meeting Update

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Thank you to all the residents who turned out for the police meeting we organised at St George’s Town Hall last week to discuss persistent anti-social behaviour, dangerous driving and crime in Wapping. We know everyone is keen to engage and the Borough Commander has since written to outline what action police will be taking as a result of our meeting. I paste below her correspondence, which includes her recommendations to council but also to residents about how we might all work …

DAMNING OFSTED RATES TOWER HAMLETS’ CHILDREN’S SERVICES INADEQUATE

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Ofsted has today released a damning report into Tower Hamlet’s Children’s Services, rating the department ‘inadequate’ after uncovering ‘serious and widespread failings’ towards those children most in need of help and protection. [Report – click here] Tower Hamlets Conservative group is deeply worried by this assessment but grateful to Ofsted for its vital investigation into the borough’s Children’s Services. Ofsted’s report is the wake-up call the borough needs, not least as the recent departure of Government Commissioners risks the view …

Success in helping local businesses expand!

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In spite of its sleepy residential profile, Wapping actually hosts a growing number of exciting creative businesses from Studio Spaces on Pennington Street to The Dock tech start-up hub in Tobacco Dock and Gensler, the big US architecture firm about to move into Thomas More Square this summer. But perhaps the best known is Cherryduck Studios, formerly Tower Bridge Studios, which shot to local fame after making the fantastic #Wappingisopen YouTube video over the summer. Cherryduck is run by local Wapping couple, …

Tobacco Dock Hotel Site

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Turning into Wapping Lane from the Highway, Wapping residents will recognise the dormant Tobacco Dock hotel site which has lain undeveloped and unloved for far too many years now. It was hoped when planning permission was given to build an aparthotel on the site that we would finally see this eyesore dealt with. Instead, the site has become even grubbier as the hoardings guarding it have gotten more graffitied and ratty-looking. Following resident complaints, I am trying to get the council …

TfL response on the 100…

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A quick update on the campaign to stop TfL cutting short our 100 bus route. Here’s the latest reply from TfL as to why they’re making the change. Fairly sure they’re under pressure to cut budgets to fund Sadiq’s half-hearted fares freeze in spite of pinning the blame on central government. The freeze only affects those buying single fares so Travelcard users are getting the double whammy of hiked fares and reduced services. Anyway, over to TfL… Dear , Thank you …

Tideway Invitation

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This invitation has just come through for all Wapping residents keen to learn more about the Tideway plans for King Edward Memorial Park. Put it in your diary! Dear resident, We will be holding an event on Thursday 23rd March 2017 from 19:00-21:00 to provide an overview of landscape design, architecture and art for the Tideway construction site at King Edward Memorial Park. This event will be held at the Shadwell Centre.  There will be members of the Tideway architecture …

King Henry’s Construction Management Plan

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If you’re a Wapping planning buff you’ll already know. But if you aren’t, you probably go past that big, empty, scraggy site diagonally in front of the Captain Kidd and think, ‘why on earth is that prime piece of Wapping lane so neglected?’. There have actually been approved plans for the past three years to redevelop the site and convert the nearby wharves to residential units, with affordable units built on the empty site. I have posted details of those …

Update on King Edward Memorial Park

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Last week I met the team from Tideway to get an update on the supersewer works at our local park, King Edward Memorial Park. Main points to come out of the conversation:- – the community liaison group is now up and running and around 25 people attended the last meeting. That meeting included a presentation on the new playground. I paste all the links below. KEMP CLWG 31 Jan 2017 minutes – FINAL KEMPF Presentation Jan 2017 play pages jan …

Delivering newsletters in the snow and sunshine!

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The local Conservative campaign team has been helping me deliver my Winter Newsletter over the past couple of weekends, in the snow but thankfully also in the sunshine. There are quite a few blocks that we are unable to deliver due to security doors and so on, so for those we were not able to reach, the PDF version is below. Best wishes, as always, and do drop me a line if you have concerns about any issue within the …