Team Wapping
Team Wapping

Welcome to our new regular email. It’s designed to give people who live in Wapping information about what your Labour Councillors have been doing in the Ward, and in the Council. We also plan to use it to keep you informed about how the Council is delivering on the things which local people told us are important to them. Please read and share with your friends and neighbours through social media and by the good old -fashioned way of just talking to folk! And if you have any feedback, or things you’d like to see addressed in future emails, please do get in touch with either Denise or Abdal.

1) Surgeries and case work Denise and Abdal both hold regular surgeries, where people with specific issues can ask for help.

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

Over the summer she has been dealing with issues in Wapping such as

  • Anti social behaviour issues on nitrous oxide use, at Shadwell Basin and joining one late night walk on ASB organised by Abdal with officers, police and residents.
  • homelessness, due to evictions, overcrowding and housing repairs and fire safety on balconies
  • delayed rubbish collections
  • hospital discharges of elderly residents and follow-up care
  • home mobility and care packagesfor some of our most vulnerable residents
  • sports facilities
  • Repairs to gates in parking areas and Blue Badges
  • Traffic problems on The Highway and persuading TFL to extend the 100 bus to St Pauls.
  • Planning issues on Raine House, Phoenix Wharf

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.

Over the summer he has been dealing with a range of issues but has been focussing on ASB including

  • nitrous oxide use, youth in parks and trespassing,
  • 2 late night walkabouts on ASB
  • Environmental issues
  • Overcrowding, housing repairs
  • Delayed rubbish collection & recycling
  • Blue Badge/parking issues
  • Fees for football pitch hires
  • Planning issues on the High Street & Raine House
  1. General Ward Issues

There’s been a lot going on over the summer, starting with a number of reported problems about antisocial behaviour (ASB) In response to residents’ concerns, Abdal led two very well attended walkabouts. 80 residents joined representatives from the Council, the police, the youth service and Tower Hamlets Homes to talk about what could be done to reduce ASB, and to see for themselves some of the issues which people have complained about. Follow-up actions include increased regular check-ups on identified hotspots for loitering and drug use by the police, increase in patrols on estates by Tower Hamlets Homes, and useful dialogue with the youth service. There are plans for some more follow-ups, including an open evening at Wapping Youth Centre for parents and young people, dog walkers and other park users to meet. Watch this space for more details

A Continuing area of concern is the future of the 100 bus, and how to make it more useful. TFL is looking at the option of extending the route to St Paul’s tube station, making it more useful as a link into other forms of public transport. This came as a result of lobbying at a meeting of residents and TFL organised at Raine House earlier in the year.

And still on the public transport theme, there is a consultation recently launched by the people who run the Overground service, Arriva. The survey is about the 51 London Overground station ticket offices that it is proposed should close including closing the ticket office at Wapping Station but keeping staff there.  Please log in to the survey and make your view known here.

If you’d like to join the local Labour Party campaign against these service reductions, you can sign our online petition here or join us at Wapping station on Wednesday 3 October from 8:30am – 10am, where we will be handing out leaflets to support RMT’s Day of Action, ahead of the beginning of consultations on 11 October. The have alerted the Advertiser that we will be campaigning that morning, so please come along and show your support.

Our petition has almost 100 signatures so far, sending a clear message that many residents of Wapping value the services provided by the helpful and friendly staff at the ticket office. Closure of the ticket offices in our community, which includes Shadwell, raises concerns about passenger safety as there would be no brightly-lit focal point at night. Those who require additional assistance when travelling are particularly at risk, given that the heritage stairs are still a barrier to many people with disabilities, or parents with children in buggies.

The closures, which will take place across 49 other Overground stations, will also lead to job losses and staff displacement across London. Please add your voice to our opposition of these closures by signing the petition.

More news next week,

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