Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to my latest e-newsletter
It's been another busy few weeks with two prominent local issues involving the protection of precious green spaces.
Rectory Gardens- A successful Community Action Day was held in response to the walkabout and requests from local residents. Council officers have committed to completing the railing repainting. I will be working with these local residents to continue monitoring ASB in the park and pushing for further positive actions that means it is more used by the community. Click the tweet below to find out more.
Malting & Brewster Houses- Another public meeting was held with the council, THH and leaseholders to hear views and discuss the works in more detail. More flats have been made available for structural tests, which are ongoing. This has pushed the timeline back with work now slated to start in early 2020. THH are using this time to engage with residents and discuss decanting needs.
Duke Shore Wharf- Many people were surprised to see mature trees and green space ripped up to act as site works for this. The Environment Agency and council didn’t notify or consult with residents or stakeholders properly, which they admitted at a speedily organised public meeting. TEAM 2021 (the consortium put together by the Environment Agency to conduct infrastructure work on the Thames) have now reconfigured the site and will put mitigating measures in place like additional mature trees and funding for the park.
The planning department sent a letter explaining what went wrong from their point of view to residents and will be looking at how processes can be improved with the relevant Cabinet member.
Cyril Jackson Primary School - I was disappointed to see that the governors have decided to pursue academisation. The school is now in a due diligence phase. If that is successful the final decision is made by the Department for Education. You can read my objections here.
Around Tower Hamlets
New Town Hall- I was pleased to visit the site of the Old Royal London Hospital, which will be Tower Hamlets’ new town hall in 2022. It’s a big investment for the council so it’s vital backbench councillors are on top of this project.
Local Infrastructure Fund- I have also been speaking to several organisations and groups about ideas for capital funding in the area. The consultation is now open and you can submit your ideas for infrastructure (ie physical things like play equipment, street crossings, greening) in the area here > https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/council_and_democracy/consultations/2019_Local_Infrastructure_Fund_Consultation.aspx
Please feel free to share your ideas for this with me too.
As ever, please feel free to get in touch or visit me at my weekly surgery between 12.30pm and 1.30pm at Limehouse Youth Hub.
Labour Councillor for Limehouse
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