Dangers of Dock St/Vaughan Way Crossing

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We know that there is a lot of concern, particularly among parents, about safety in relation to the Highway, the busy road that dissects Wapping and Shadwell.

A couple of weeks ago, a lorry mounted the pavement during rush hour, crashing into a traffic light in front of parents taking their kids to school at John Cass and English Martyrs. After that incident, some Wapping residents asked if we’d help with their campaign to improve the safety of crossings on the Highway, a road administered by Transport for London. We’ve now made representations in support (pasted below) and will keep you all updated. Read more

Crossrail and the Overground

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Crossrail is one of the most exciting things happening in London right now and will bring huge transport benefits to us here in Wapping. However a few residents have expressed worry that the works at Whitechapel might lead to an extended closure of the Overground, affecting services from our own local station in Wapping. Worry not! Julia got in touch with Crossrail this week and it seems there are no such plans. Crossrail tries to coincide its works around planned TfL engineering works when the Overground would be closed anyway (all correspondence below).

In the meantime, for London/railway/history/tunnel geeks, some pictures below from Julia’s most recent visits to Crossrail works.  The first batch are of the tunnels between Moorgate and Liverpool St, the second from the new tunnels at Tottenham Court Road. Read more

Making the walk from Shadwell DLR Safer

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We know that many residents worry about the safety of the walking route from Shadwell DLR through Wapping Woods. One Prusom Street resident recently asked Julia if we could look into improving lighting around the steel bascule bridge on Garnet Street. We raised this with Tower Hamlets and have now received the reply below. A meeting is now to be held to assess whether lighting units can be installed in this area to improve lighting in that area between Wapping Woods and Shadwell Basin. Read more

Penang House Update

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P1060826A 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 windows in the flats aren’t secure and can be pushed in.

We have now received the following response:

ME1-86930302: Issues at Penang House, Prusom Street, London, E1W 3RF 

Thank you for your enquiry dated 15 April 2014 concerning your constituent (s) who resides at Penang House, Prusom Street, London, E1W 3RF Read more

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 we hear anything from Dr Rainsberry and her team.

UPDATE, 24 April:

From: Luck Nancy (NHS ENGLAND)
Sent: 24 April 2014 Read more

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

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P1070098We 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 of and graffiti on Tower Hamlets Homes communal areas; slow progress in maintenance and repairs to someone’s home; and the poor condition of the bowling green in King Edward Memorial Park where kids have gathered to take drugs. We are currently awaiting responses on all these issues and will update this website once we have them.

In the meantime, we list below some of the other issues we’ve taken up and the responses we have had from the council: Read more

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 local roads maintenance between 2010 and 2021.

Local authorities who get funding will have to sign a pothole pledge setting out clearly how many potholes they will fix by March 2015 so that local communities can have confidence that action will be taken. Please, let’s get some cash for Wapping’s neglected roads!]

Original story

It’s a regular complaint. Wapping’s streets are potholed, neglected, noisy, inadequately maintained and used as a rat run for people avoiding traffic on the Highway. We share residents’ frustrations, which is why we badger Tower Hamlets on a regular basis. Cllr Dr Emma Jones had some success in getting investment on Wapping Wall to restore our cobbles, securing an extra chunk of funding for permanent works. But we know that Wapping needs and deserves much more attention from the powers that be.

Here are some of the recent answers we have had from Tower Hamlets to questions we have put to the street team:

Street/pavement repairs required near Waitrose, outside the pharmacy/post office and John Orwell , Read more

Our Latest Delivery

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BlBL_WqIMAAuH-SWe 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. Read more

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 the need to upgrade the Royal Mint exchange which serves us. Read more

Tower Hamlets Budget Special

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This week we’re delivering our latest newsletter across the ward , detailing Conservative plans for our borough. Thanks, as always, to the great band of supporters who have helped us get the newsletter out.

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