Welcome to Edition 6 of your local Labour newsletter. Read on for news of what has been happening in the ward and the Council this week – and how your local Labour Councillors, Denise Jones and Abdal Ullah are both working for you

  1. Council news

Refuse collection service

For the past few years the refuse collection for the Borough has been undertaken by Veolia, a private company, and the cleanliness of the streets has been the subject of much public criticism.  Mayor John Biggs and the Cabinet this week agreed that when the contract ends in March 2020, the service should be brought back in to the direct delivery of the Council. This should mean that there is more control over the quality of service, and a better financial deal for us as council tax payers, as well as a better environment

In the meantime if you see litter, fly tipping  or uncollected bins, the best way to report it is by following this link

Or if you have a smart phone, download the FIFILI app and you can report on a number of environmental issues very simply.

Free smoke alarms for people with visual or hearing impairments.

The London Fire Brigade has written to local councillors to let residents know that as well as fitting free smoke alarms in homes, they can also fit free smoke alarms and specialist alarms for people with visual or hearing impairments. You can find out more about what to expect on the home fire safety visits page. If you know anyone who would benefit, please inform them.

And for everyone, did you know your home must have a working smoke alarm on every floor?  If you have solid fuel heating, your landlord must also fit a carbon monoxide detector.  Your landlord must also make sure that the alarms provided are in working order at the start of any new tenancy. Landlords who do not do this are putting your life at risk and also risk a fine of £5,000. If your landlord will not fit the proper alarms, tell the council’s environmental health & housing team: 020 7364 5008 or by email at environmental.health@towerhamlets.gov.uk  The council will issue a notice telling your landlord to fit and test the alarms within 28 days. If the landlord doesn’t do this, the council will fine the landlord up to £5000 and arrange to fit the alarms.

Once you’ve moved in it’s your responsibility to keep the alarms in working order.

  1. Ward News

Remember to vote in TFL’s Consultation on changes to bus routes!

Many thanks to Sally Unwin, the Chair of St Katharine’s and Wapping Ward Panel who has forwarded a prompt to us all to: 


Central London Bus Services Review – TfL Consultation

Closes 9 Nov 2018.

TFL are proposing a number of changes to the Bus Service across Central London.   I have highlighted the above 3 which may directly impact Residents in Wapping, but there are many other routes being withdrawn completely or changed that may also impact your use of the buses.  It is recommended that those who rely on the buses, ensure they Vote and make their voices heard.

1)100 Bus: Proposal to extend the route to St Paul’s Station (currently stops at Museum of London). You must VOTE in favour of this, if you wish this extension to take place.  It is something many Residents have called for as it now means there is an easier interchange with buses 25 & 11 & 8 into the West End and also the stop is less isolated than the termination at Museum of London

2) Withdrawal of RV1 completely.  This bus links in with the 100 at Tower Gateway and provides Residents, who may have walking difficulties or parents with Prams, with the opportunity to link into the South Bank Theatres as well as getting into Theatreland at Covent Garden with only one change of bus.

3) Re-routing of the 11 bus which will no longer serve Liverpool Street Station and therefore will not link into the 100 bus at Wormwood Street, which currently gives Residents a reasonably short interchange requiring only one bus change to get into Aldwych/Charing Cross and the Galleries at Trafalgar Square.

Hermitage Primary School

Denise Jones has been helping the parents and children at Hermitage school to fund raise for the money to build a new library on the school site, for use by children and families. The fund raising has been going well and there is only £10,000 left to go. If anyone has any links to bodies that might donate money, or has contacts with companies who might be able to help with gifts in kind by helping with the foundation and ground works, please contact Denise. Contact details are at the end of this newsletter.

TFL issues

Abdal has been raising a number of these with Unmesh Desai the GLA member. Issues raised include the fact that the lift at Wapping Station is still out of action, and the dates for completion appear to be getting later and later. And we await responses to the proposed removal of staff from the ticket office at Wapping station.

In more positive news, and following pressure from Mayor Biggs and others, the bus stop at Adler Street on Whitechapel Road has just been renamed as Altab Ali stop, marking another way of remembering this tragic event. To learn more about who Altab Ali was, read more here.

Wapping Pumping Station

A public exhibition about proposals for the future use of Wapping Pumping Station is going to be held on Tuesday 13 November, between 3.30 and 7.30pm. The developer is the same person who has developed Metropolitan Wharf. Do go along to see what the plans look like.

Christmas plans

Abdal has been working with people from Pollyanna on plans for the Christmas tree on the Green on 1 December, and has also secured sponsorship for the pensioners Christmas lunch. More details to follow in future newsletters.

  1. What’s On

Two dates for your diary for events supported by LB Tower Hamlets. Firstly, this weekend sees the popular fireworks in Victoria Park. Details can be found here.

And then for readers amongst you the popular Writeidea Festival is returning on 16-18 November. Full details can be found here https://www.ideastore.co.uk/writeidea

  1. Contact details

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.

Thanks, and more next week,

Your Labour Team



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