Mattress mayhem on THH estates
THH has launched the Rights up your streets campaign, which aims to clarify what we expect from residents and what you can expect from us in return.
We kicked off the campaign by tackling the issue of dumping on THH estates. If we stacked up all the mattresses dumped on our estates in a year, they would amount to triple the height of The Shard.
Despite winning the height contest, the mattresses are no competition when it comes to appearance. Ridden with bed bugs and other unmentionables, they pose a real threat to residents. We brought in the Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets and the local press to call out the offending dumpers. Read the full story here or watch our video here.
Progress update for residents of Avebury Estate
As part of our fire safety improvement works, we are in the process of installing Fire Breaks on the Avebury Estate. Fire Breaks will be installed in blocks similar in design to Dickinson House and all Breaks used will have a 60 minute protection in line with Building Control.
Installation of Fire Breaks at McKinnonwood are now complete and works have started on the next two blocks. We anticipate that all blocks will be completed by May 2018. When the fire safety works are due to start in your block, we will put up notices and hold a drop in session for your block (we will let you know where) so we can advise you what the logistical process is for completing the works and to answer any questions you have.
We apologise in advance for any disruption the works will cause however we hope that you agree these fire safety works are necessary.
If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime regarding fire safety works, please do get in contact with us on 020 7364 5015.
Dates for events and meetings in February
St Peter’s Square TRA meeting
(7pm at St Peter's Church Hall, E2 7DA)
Birchfield TRA meeting
(6.30pm at Birchfield Senior Citizens Club, E14 0DZ)
Collingwood TRA meeting
(6:30pm at Collingwood Hall, E1 5AY)
Campaign to End Loneliness workshop
(10:30am - 4:30pm at the Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, N1 9RL)
In the workshops we’ll discuss what loneliness is, what activities can help us and what simple actions people can take to end loneliness. You’ll get a free lunch and the venue will be fully accessible. To book your place please contact us via email or call 0203 865 3907.
Tower Hamlets Federation of TRAs meeting
(7pm at Collingwood Hall, E1 5DY)
The Guest Speaker will be Cllr Rachel Blake, LBTH Lead Councillor for Strategic Development. The meeting will be in two parts; the first on the Council's plans for recycling waste, and the second on the proposed developments in the Whitechapel area. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. All welcome.
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Double trouble for ASB offenders in Tower Hamlets
People committing anti-social behaviour (ASB) on our estates now have twice the reason to worry. From 10 January the special police team working only on our housing estates has doubled in size to 14 officers.
In October last year a team of seven police officers, containing six police constables and one sergeant started work. The existing team has now been joined by an additional six constables and a sergeant.
Working directly with our ASB officers, the police team focus on drug misuse and drug dealing related ASB and group offending. Persons taking and dealing drugs on and around housing estates will face injunctions and further court action where necessary.
We have already had a lot of success in tackling ASB since the first police officers joined us, with 20 arrests made, 411 warnings issued and two vehicles seized.
Success stories so far include a suspected crime den masquerading as a barber’s shop in Mile End which was closed down in October last year. The shop had been causing misery for neighbours and the local community, with weapons found on the premises.
In December a cannabis farm was uncovered and shut down on a THH housing estate. The flat had been using electricity through dangerous illegal wiring and creating a fire risk for the whole block.
We are now calling on tenants to help us catch more offenders. Anyone witnessing ASB can report it to us on 020 7364 5015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If it is an emergency please still continue to contact the police.
Congratulations to Approach Gardens for winning the Wildlife and Overall Group categories at the Tower Hamlets in Bloom awards ceremony for 2017 - 2018.
Bow FC - Uniting the Community
Tower Hamlets Homes resident, Abdul Masum, tells us about his passion for the beautiful game.
“Born and bred in Tower Hamlets I wanted to give back to the community. Being a hard-core football fan since I could walk and talk, thanks to my dad who was a football-holic, I decided to form a football team. Who needs to be a famous footballer in Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool when you have Bow FC right here in Tower Hamlets?
“Our football club, Bow FC, is an all-male football team with ages ranging from 16-40 year olds. It is led and run by volunteers from the local area and is open to everyone. The club was formed on 14 February 2010 as a means of bringing the community together. Our anniversary is easily remembered as it is Valentine’s Day. Who said Valentine’s Day was a day for just couples? Whilst most people spend Valentine’s Day enjoying a romantic meal, we sat down and formed a multi-cultural family football team. 14 February for us marks a special day where a community bonded and developed. This year marks our eighth anniversary.
“Our football team does not only consist of training and playing matches: we also hold small events like BBQs and days out to keep the club united. Training consists of ball work techniques, fitness, and strength, and is held one to two times a week.
“Bow FC is not only about competition and winning but it is also a way to keep fit and healthy. The main purpose of our team is meeting and interacting with people and building relationships, both on and off the football pitch, to keep the community united. United we stand, united we fall.
“We like to help out in the community in any way we can, whether it is helping individuals or promoting a local event via our social media channels. Our aim is to get more people in the community involved in taking up a sport to keep fit and healthy. Our new focus is on women and girls of the community, as there is a restriction on the amount of female based clubs. We also hope to engage more with the younger people in the community so they can gain the knowledge and understanding of how important physical health is.
“Our motto is “The real victory is in bringing people together. If you can do that you have already won.” (But, of course, winning our football tournaments is an additional win.)”
If you would like to get involved or join in please get in touch at:
Or check us out on Instagram @bowfc_.
Newark Youth: Opportunities for all
Kamrul Islam and Manik Miah from Newark tell us about the projects they run for Tower Hamlets residents.
"Newark Youth was started as a football team in 1984 by a group of young people who used the old hospital car park as their football pitch. Over the last 10 years, we have expanded our focus, now providing support to a variety of age groups, from age 6 all the way up to adults in their thirties.
"We currently run 5 youth clubs and several community projects, such as study clubs, and we also help young people and adults who are looking for employment. Our new focus is getting girls into community work, leading events and becoming more involved. We want to help equip people for the future in any way we can: developing their skills, providing distractions from the streets, and advertising opportunities in the borough.
"Recently, we were given the Community Initiative Award at the THH OSCCAs for the youth club and project we run on the Locksley estate. It’s always nice to get recognised and rewarded, but this project couldn’t have happened without the help of the local TRA and residents. Locksley TRA provided us with a space; we just had to be creative and channel resources to the project and engage the local community. I would say this award is for that community, for showing great togetherness and enthusiasm.
"Anyone can get involved with Newark Youth, and there are many different ways. People can volunteer to help; they can join our projects, or our football teams if they want to keep fit. We have something to cater for everyone: kids, boys, girls, adult men and women.
"Sometimes, people just need a push in the right direction, so always try to offer your help and do what we can. You can’t always guarantee someone a job or outcome, but you can help them to get there."
For more information, click here or call 07958 085 480.