Dates for events and meetings in July and August
THH hopes you have a wonderful summer holiday. Open Door Extra will be back in September.
Mile End Hospital Garden Party: music, talks, and cake
(11am-3pm, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road)
Homeseekers Open Day: for guidance on housing options, welfare reform, shared ownership and tenancy type. More info here
(11am-3pm, Christian Street Hub, 30 Challoner Walk, London E1 1AZ)
15/07 - 22/07/2018
Rainbow Film Festival: more info here.
(Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, London, E1 4UJ)
Tarling West Summer BBQ: Food, drink and fun for all the family.
(1pm-6pm, TRA Hall, 1a Newton House)
Art in the Park: free workshops with artists from Chisenhale Gallery. More info here.
(The Outdoor Classroom, Victoria Park, St Agnes Gate, E3)
Pennyfields Estate Fun Day
(3-5pm, Pennyfields Estate, Poplar, E14 8HS)
Robin Hood Gardens Fun day
(3-5pm, Robin Hood Gardens, Woolmore Street, E14 0HG)
Collins House Fun Day
(3-5pm, Collins House, Poplar High Street, E14 0AX)
Will Crooks Fun Day
(3-5pm, Will Crooks Estate, Poplar High Street, E14 0DA)
St. Vincents Fun Day
(3-5pm, St. Vincents Estate, Limehouse, E14 8AF)
Cottage Street Fun Day
(3-5pm, Cottage Street, E14 0AA)
Driving ASB out of Tower Hamlets
THH has continued its commitment to driving anti-social behaviour out of the borough by working to improve reporting options for residents.
All tenants and leaseholders will now be able to report online via MyTHH. THH’s specialist ASB team will pick up all reports and start to action them within two working days of their receipt. It is also possible to download a diary sheet here. This will allow you to start tracking the anti-social behaviour you are witnessing or experiencing immediately.
And for those who would prefer to report anti-social behaviour over the phone, you can now call THH 24/7 on 020 7364 5015.
THH has a range of tools and powers that can be used against residents who cause anti-social behaviour. In serious cases, the end result may be an injunction, or possession of the tenant or leaseholder’s home.
Even if there is not enough evidence to take enforcement action, reports will be recorded, and may help to support future cases. Knowing levels of ASB on each estate also helps the ASB team deploy the Neighbourhood Patrol Service or THH police teams effectively.
Remember, if you are a witness or victim of a crime, you should contact the police on 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.
Did you know?
In 2017, the Police introduced an ASB Warning system. Any individual found engaging in ASB is issued with an ASB Warning and their details are passed to the relevant landlord for follow up action. This may include a joint intervention visit to their home and referrals to support services.
This has proved to be an effective intervention, with the majority of individuals issued with an ASB Warning not coming to the attention of the Police again. Subject to supporting evidence, the THH ASB team may seek an injunction against any individual that disregards the ASB Warnings and continues to engage in ASB, causing nuisance to THH residents.
We are more likely to be successful with any legal enforcement action if residents report details of any incidents of ASB they witness.
THH summer photos competition
Over the last month, THH residents have been sending in their best summer pics for our photography competition - thank you to all who entered. Here are a few of the photos in all of their splendour:
THH Interfaith Community Iftar
The Atrium in Bethnal Green was the place to be on Wednesday 6 June, the date of THH’s Interfaith Community Iftar. 200 guests – a mix of THH residents, staff, Board Members and Councillors – all came together to break the fast and enjoy a variety of entertainment.
The event started with the recitation of a beautiful nasheed (Islamic song) from four young girls, followed by a welcome from Councillor Islam. As the night progressed, several more guest speakers took to the stage. These included Father Alan Green, the Chair of the Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum, who spoke about the importance of community gatherings, and Kari Ashikur Rahman, the imam at Darul Ummah Mosque, who explained the history and spirituality of Ramadan. At 9.15pm, nine year old resident Mohammed performed the Adhan (call to prayer).
As soon as the awaited time arrived, everyone dug straight into their water and fruit before proceeding to pray. There was a variety of tasty halal and vegetarian dishes suitable for everyone – everything from samosas and pakora to biryani and khichuri.
People of many different faiths or none also kept a fast on the day itself so they could experience what their Muslim friends and neighbours experience every day for a month. During Ramadan, everyone eagerly awaits the breaking of their fast, knowing that they have a meal to look forward to once dusk has fallen. However, there are people worldwide who do not know when their next meal will be. Ramadan is a time of gratitude and gratefulness for what we have and at the Community Iftar, this was the message that everyone took away at the end of the night.
MyTHH: Manage your services online 24/7
MyTHH is an online service used to make life easier for all tenants and leaseholders. You can view your MyTHH account 24/7 and access a range of services whenever you want.
NEW: A form for reporting anti-social behaviour (ASB) is now live in MyTHH. Your report will be picked up by a specialist ASB team within THH.
Over 2000 tenants and leaseholders currently manage their accounts through MyTHH. You can manage most of your transactions online and MyTHH also gives you a live view of rent, service charge accounts and repairs.
With MyTHH you can:
» View current and previous repairs on your property and the communal areas of your block and estate
» Take part in surveys to help improve services
» View your rent statements and balance
» Log requests directly
» View your leaseholders account and invoices
» Give notice to terminate licence or tenancy
» Message us securely
» Update self-serve account details
» View the major works and improvements THH has planned for its homes and estates over the next six years
» View parking bay, garage or store shed accounts
Signing up is quick and easy - just head on over to my.thh.org.uk and fill out a few details to register. Once your details are validated you’ll automatically be sent a username and password.
Convenience store stopped from causing major inconvenience
A mini-market, which had been responsible for criminal and anti-social behaviour in Limehouse, has been closed down following concerns about its links to crime and anti-social behaviour.
Residents on the Birchfield Estate reported to THH that the shop was being used as a gathering point for large groups of youths engaging in rowdy and intimidating behaviour, including fights, drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis. It was alleged that the shop kept no regular opening hours as would be expected from a local store, exceeded its allowed opening hours by operating past midnight, had very limited stock and sold to under-age customers.
Local residents organised a community safety meeting with Police and THH’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team to complain that Feruz Ali Lesser, the business owner of Feruz Super Store, 1 Pennyfields, E14 8HB, was encouraging anti-social and criminal behaviour.
Two weeks later THH’s Police teams executed a warrant to search the shop, which is just off West India Dock Road. A joint operation with Tower Hamlets Homes, Police and Tower Hamlets Council resulted in a three month Premises Closure order being obtained on 25 June from Thames Magistrates court. Costs of £2500 were also awarded. The court heard impact statements from local residents which included reports of:
• Large groups of 14-20 year olds intimidating passers-by, fighting with each other and threatening local residents.
• Cannabis being smoked, alcohol and ‘laughing gas’ being consumed openly and offensive language being used, particularly in front of parents taking young children to school
• Urinating, vomiting and spitting
• Shop-keeper not only took no action to stop the behaviour outside his shop but joined in with them
• Drug-related activity was encouraged in the area by the shop, attracting customers and dealers from the illegal drug trade with packages of drugs being seen changing hands
• A group of six boys aged up to 20 kicking a younger (13-14 year old) boy repeatedly, whilst he was on the ground
• Males on mopeds wearing balaclavas behaving and driving aggressively
• Cars parked next to the shop playing loud music
• An angle-grinder used to attempt a break-in to a gate in the nearby housing block
• Elderly residents being trapped in their homes as they were too frightened to go out.
Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes, Susmita Sen, said:
“This so called convenience shop was in fact causing major inconvenience to the community. The premises were responsible for criminal behaviour; our residents shouldn’t have to put up it and we won’t put up with it either. We’ll continue to make tackling anti-social behaviour on our estates our highest priority."
THH celebrates The Great Get Together weekend
On the weekend of 23 and 24 June, the sun was shining across the borough as THH residents, on a number of different estates, gathered to enjoy several Great Get Together/Big Lunch events.
Organised by local community champions, these events celebrated the late Jo Cox's belief that 'we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us'. Over food, games, and music, residents had fun and made new friends.
Below is a selection of photos from the Great Get Togethers in Wapping, York Square, Approach Gardens and Brunton Wharf.
Two of the organising committees - Wapping Bangladesh Association and Love My Street - were partly funded by THH's Inspiring Communities Fund to deliver their events. To be the first to hear about the next round of funding, sign up here.
Photo below is by Virginie Petorin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulk Waste Survey
Residents of Tower Hamlets Homes experience high volumes of bulk waste being dumped on their estates. Please share your views on bulk waste by completing the short survey here.
The survey will help THH understand:
• Your main concerns with bulk waste
• How you think we could reduce bulk waste being disposed of incorrectly
We thank you for helping us to understand your concerns.
If you would like to get in touch with the THH Scrutiny & Resident Feedback Team, please email: email@example.com.