Welcome to edition 4 of the newsletter, keeping you in touch with the things that Abdal and Denise, your Labour Councillors, and your Labour Council are tackling on your behalf

Raines House Abdal and Denise have been discussing the way forward on Raines House, with Mayor Biggs and officers, who issued the statement below on Wednesday   ‘’The council will be resubmitting an application for our plans to repair and refurbish Raines House while respecting its historic features.

The current users of Raines House will not be asked to leave and will be allowed to remain on the site until at least Christmas while the new application is considered.

Organisations on Chandler Street will need to regularise their status to bring them into line with other licences to occupy, but we do not anticipate this will mean any organisations needing to leave unless there is a breach of conditions.

As Mayor I’m committed to ensure our community buildings benefit local residents and the wider community, which includes investing in this much-loved historic building’’.

Denise and Abdal will continue to work with all users of the community buildings in Wapping to make sure that all rents due are paid and that all suitable checks are in place to ensure the safety and safeguarding of clients of the services.

The King Henry’s/Phoenix Wharf

The King Henry’s Wharf /Phoenix Wharf development has been given the final go ahead by the Planning Inspectorate. There are numerous issues that residents are concerned about including keeping Wapping High Street open throughout the construction period, times of deliveries and construction, methods of removing waste and ensuring the Developers keep to the agreement to set up a working group with residents.  Following pressure form Denise and Abdal, Council officers have sent them the following update: –

“The planning agent is happy to respond to any queries that residents or ward councillors may have about the CMP or any other issues relating to the site/proposed development.   Mr McArthur’s contact details are as follows: –   Tel: 020 3846 6390 Mobile: 07972 171705

E-mail Address: lewis.mcarthur@cunnanetownplanning.co.uk Address: Cunnane Planning, Ariel House, 26 The Quadrant, Richmond TW9 1DL   Mr McArthur has also confirmed the scheme will not be built out in the near future, as no contractor has been appointed by the landowner/developer to take that forward and this is not currently something that the landowner is actively discussing.  I trust this news the scheme will not be built out any time soon will provide some comfort to yourselves and to local residents regarding site construction traffic, the flow of buses, general disturbance and so forth “

We will continue to update you on the progress of these discussions.

Rough Sleepers outside Waitrose and near the canal at Tobacco Dock

Both Abdal and Denise have contacted LBTH staff and the Police about the homeless people sleeping in a small camp near Waitrose, and near Tobacco Dock. The council Rough Sleeper Coordinator and the TH Outreach Team (TH SORT) are working with the manager of Waitrose about the small camp on Waitrose land. The council is also running a ‘Housing First’ pilot that helps vulnerable people to find accommodation. TH Enforcement Officers attached to the Drug Intervention Programme (DIP) are also visiting regularly as are the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Enforcement action has been taken by the ASB team in relation to two of the individuals in the form of Community Protection Notice Warnings. If anyone witnesses any ASB in this area we would encourage you to report it to the ASB team via the REPORT IT process on the council website. www.towerhamlets.gov.uk   Community Garden

We are delighted to be working with Tower Hamlets Homes to create the Wapping village gardening project.  As well as giving people the chance to learn how to grow plants and flowers and to improve the air quality in the area, our aim is of it to be another way of bringing communities together and building pride in our area. Council officers will be consulting residents in November and if there is a positive response, the gardening boxes should be ready I for us all to get planting in March 2019.

Wapping Village Gardening
Wapping Village Gardening

Cllrs Abdal and Denise check out the location of the Wapping Village Gardening project Photos: Cllr Abdal Ullah

Councillor Enquiries

This week Denise and Abdal have been contacted about Rough Sleepers, Phoenix Wharf, parking spaces, an abandoned car, and drug dealing, and complaints from local residents about smoking and noise outside the new Bordello restaurant. They did a walkabout in Wapping with officers regarding the food gardens. Both Councillors attended the Scrutiny Committee. Denise attended her surgery and briefly the Brexit campaign. She attended 8 other meetings with officers this week.  Abdal has been occupied with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which has formally asked for a review of the decisions to close the three remaining council day nurseries, and the future management of the Integrated Community Equipment Service. His ward Wednesdays are proving popoular.

 Big Half Marathon

Both Councillors attended the Big Half Marathon Drop in Session, which they had demanded from the Council and the organisers of the events. On behalf of residents they spoke to the organisers about the things that upset residents in Wapping – road closures 4 time a year that prevents the buses running, the need for better communication about dates and routes sent out in good time, safety when crossing. The organisers took note and said they will be considering the points and will send a response. If we haven’t heard from them in a month we will be chasing them for answers.

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