1. Ward work

Welcome to edition 2 of your St. Katharine’s and Wapping Labour Party Newsletter. Over the last week, Denise and Abdal have been contacted by 12 people and are currently pursuing cases with the council and other agencies. If you’d like to contact them to raise any issues, you can do so at surgeries, by phone or email or through Twitter.

Denise holds her surgeries by appointment on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 11-12 noon at Raine House Raine Street E1W 3RL and is happy to do home visits by arrangement. She can be contacted on 0207 364 0363:  07956103483 or denise.jones@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Abdal holds his surgeries by appointment only on Wednesdays 11-12 noon on the 1st floor of Wapping Youth Centre, Tench Street.  He is happy to do home visits by arrangement. He can be contacted on 07956124264, by email at Abdal.Ullah@towerhamlets.gov.uk, or on Twitter via @AbdalUllah.

  1. Major ward issues

Wapping station – thanks to all of those of you who signed the petition objecting to the loss of staff from the ticket office. Over 100 people signed a paper petition on Thursday morning this week, and well over 100 people have signed the online petition. See pictures below of petition signing at the station – the consultation ends on 12th October, so please get in touch if you could take forms for signing in your area, with the proviso that we need them back to collate by 10 October at the latest. Contact Abdal for petition forms and sign the online petition here.

Wapping station
Wapping station

100 bus – While you’re in petition signing mode, don’t forget to add your voice to the consultations about the extension to the 100 bus route. We, like many other local people remain concerned at the reduced frequencies of the D3 and 100 bus.  You can submit your views by using this link. The closing date is 9 November so please respond and ask your neighbours to do so too.

Denise and Abdal are continuing to work with the GLA representative Unmesh Desai on this as well as pursuing the possibility of building a lift on Cinnamon Street right down to platform level at Wapping Station.

On ASB issues, we have now had a response from the Youth Services about the deplorable incident on 18th September. Of the 6 young people involved, three are not known to the Youth Services. Youth workers are continuing to review future action and there is a plan to have further conversation with park users.  Abdal and Denise are also working on plans to restrict the use of Nitrous Oxide in the Borough.

Work with older people – 1st October was the the International Day of Older Persons, and this year the theme is Human Rights. There have been a number of activities across the borough supporting those brilliant voluntary organisations who work with and for older people, not to mention the older people themselves who often volunteer in providing services within the community. If you know of local champions who are doing brilliant work, please do let us know. Denise, as the council’s Older Persons Champion, is currently gathering information so please contact her if you would like her to meet people working with elders. This week she attended a moving seminar on Dementia run by the Alzheimer society where residents spoke about living with Dementia. The council will soon become a Dementia friendly borough.

This week, Denise attended the launch of “All East”, the new Bart’s Health sexual health services centre for Tower Hamlets and Newham in the Olympic Park, Stratford. The Ambrose King Centre in Whitechapel is staying open and is soon to be refurbished.

We are sad that the popular Wapping Historian Madge Darby died recently. Madge was over ninety and wrote numerous books about the history of Wapping. For a biography of Madge see Spitalfields Life website.

Please do share this newsletter with friends and neighbours, and ask them for their views about what we need to do to make Wapping an even better place to live and work.

 

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