The Bow Road workhouse was built in 1849 by the Board Of
Guardians of the City Of London Union to house the destitute and
infirm. This exhibition looks at the lives of the inmates and
staff - what is was like, why it existed and what happened when
it changed. It explores the operation of the facility as a
Psychiatric Hospital and its closure in 2005.
EXPLORE MILE END ON
EVENING PROGRAMME OF FILMS
Last year (2012) the Tower Hamlets Federation of TRAs produced
Residents Charter which sets our a number of basic principles which
Tower Hamlets Tenants and Residents call on all Providers of Social
Housing to adopt.
It was approved by Council July 2012 and in September 2012
was presented to the Tower Hamlets Housing Forum for consideration
(THHF is a partnership between housing associations ie registered
providers and the council).
The largest housing providor in the MERA area, EastEnd Homes
approved the charter in November.
Paul Bloss (CEO EEH) said in a letter
on 16th November "EeH would
therefore, fully endorse the key principles of the Charter given our
clear commitment to consultation in all areas of our work, and the
accountable" (full letter here).
image to read charter
On the 31st January 2012 at the Eastend Homes main board meeting the
recognition agreement with EEHLFA
(Eastend Homes Leaseholder & Freeholder Association) was ditched (see report here).
The board deciding
instead to set up a Home Owners’ Forum (or HOF as the bureaucrats like
to call it)
Over a year has passed and not a peep from the "HOF". Nothing on
the EEH.net website.
Maybe they have gone down the
same route as the resident scrutiny panel which recently has drawn in
up to two people to attend panel meetings.
Excessive dust during concrete crushing - site 15: 51.523138, -0.032504
Excessive dust - a constant issue - Brockesley St - site 8: 51.525544, -0.030143
Telfords workers starting noisy work at 7 am: 51.523460, -0.031220
Eric Street double yellow lines: 51.523992, -0.033205
Well done EEH - keeping doors closed: 51.523005, -0.030624
A rough guide to get started – zoom in or out if you want – click on the icons for more information
Breaches of planning law
Health and safety issues
Issue with link to video or picture
Health and safety – fire issues
How our estate was before the developers
Well hope you all had a good holiday.
The Eastend Homes website seems to be floundering in HTML cut and paste land due to ongoing technical difficulties (Ongoing and still unresolved for the last seven months).
Their free (as in speech and beer) content management system “plone” is stuffed and seems to have lost its database, If you know the whereabouts of the EEH website database do not hesitate to contact.
It has been four years since permission was granted for the over-developement of the Eric, Treby & Brockesley Estates with private flats. So with the aid of the Google it may be an idea to recap on the events of the past 4 years. So have a look and click about on the Google map above – still a work in progress so further information will be added as time passes.
A new scheme has started which gives Tower Hamlets residents the power to decide how to spend £170,000 on improving communities across the borough. Each of the 17 wards in the borough has its own Community Ward Forum, run by residents. There will be a series of three meetings. The first to decide local priorities will take place this Friday.
The Community Ward Forum is tasked with deciding how to spend £10,000 on improving the Mile End East area. You can be a part of the decision making.
The BBC and the East London Advertiser are reporting that ”A cyclist has died after a collision with a tipper lorry in east London on a cycle superhighway” Not quite the truth…..
The incident happened around quarter to four today (5th November 2013). At 9.00 pm the road was still closed and the victims dead body still on scene.
Word on the street is that a 62 year old man was dragged to his death by the tipper truck which at time of writing is also still on scene.
November 6th Update:-
A witness said the victim, in his sixties, “must have broken every bone in his body” after he was hit from behind by the truck shortly before 5pm yesterday on Mile End Road which forms parts of the blue-painted cycle superhighway 2.
The bike rider killed by a tipper lorry on London’s Cycling Superhighway 2 in Mile End yesterday has been named as Brian Holt, a porter at Mile End Hospital.
Mr Holt, a married father, was described by colleagues as a “wonderful man who would be sadly missed”.
Brian Holt is the third cyclist to die on Cycle Superhighway 2, which was described in the inquest into the death of Brian Dorling at its Bow roundabout eastern end as “just a piece of blue paint” by a crash investigator and as “confusing” and “an accident waiting to happen” by the coroner.
Bestzone Ltd, part of the Galiard (Group) Ltd have an invitation for you. They would like to show you the plans they have come up with to build over the former Vogue Cinema at 562 Mile End Road. The former infamous Boheme nightclub.
An application submitted to LBTH in 2007 (PA/07/01723) talks of a building of up to 30 floors. Below are the ideas we were shown at the Ecology Centre on Grove Road from 3.00 pm to 7.30 pm today 30th September. The revised plans have been reduced down to 15 floors from the 2007 scheme.
View looking up Burdett Road towards Mile End Road
Residents around Southern Grove will have noticed a flurry of activity on the school site over the bank holiday weekend. Annoying it has been but today should see Bouygues UK hand the school over to the folks at Beatrice Tate. The existing Beatrice Tate School will be relocated from St Jude’s Road to the new site at Southern Grove. The school wiill accomodate approximately 75 SEN pupils aged between 11 and 19.
All pupils will arrive at the school via mini-buses. A drop-off area is proposed to the front of the School where pupil drop-offs and pick-ups will take place at the beginning and end of each day – much the same as system as the previous resource centre that the school replaces.
Do you want to get involved in improving your neighbourhood? Do you want to improve your skills and knowledge and make your TRA or community group more effective? If the answer is yes, we can help.
Tower Hamlets Homes in partnership with East Thames, Gateway, Newlon, Genesis, Poplar HARCA and Tower Hamlets Federation of Tenants’ & Residents’ Associations is offering local residents FREE training courses.
You will gain experience, learn new skills and get the chance to meet other like-minded people.
Places are on a first come first served basis – so book early!
Hardly…. but things have been happening on the site of the St Clements Hospital with the Shuffle Festival kicking off a program of events including a series of films curated by Danny Boyle heralding the opening up of the site which has been a mysterious and often dark place to Mile End residents who did not work there or be unfortunate enough to be sent there.
Danny has been involved and supportive of the first urban land trust at Clems and is keen, along with the East London CLT, to hold Boris Johnson to his promise of a similar scheme on the Olympic site. The aim being to provide a truly affordable “housing product” for the people of East London
The St Clements Social Club headed by the “Meanwhile Uses Committee” of the CLT has pulled together an exciting programme of events which started full swing on the 8th August. Danny revealed last week in an article in The Standard that he used to live in Ennerdale House on Hamlets Way.
Meanwhile Uses Committee members Kate MacTiernan and Lizzy Daish have been the driving force behind the project but the list of those involve is literally as long as your arm.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (help and advice with planting schemes)
Mile End Residents Association (Board members and local reps have helped with monitoring noise levels around the site)
Community Payback team (the grounds would not have been cleared without their help)
London Fire Brigade (the work they did to get the bow up last year for the opening was phenomenal)
Dave Smith and Calum Green (ELCLT)
…… and many more. Names will be added…..soon…
Most of the Danny Boyle Q&A sessions are now sold out, but please feel welcome to drop in for a drink and a look around the site – open after 4.30pm most days .
This is a site where subject to the finalisation of the Section 106 agreement (a legal document which amongst other things ensures the amount of affordable housing) will result in 73 really affordable homes for local people and a social hub for all the community.
See Danny Boyle talking about the site, the prospect of true community involvement, the festival and his future projects.
In partnership with the East London Community Land Trust and associated development partners.
The planning application for this site can be found here. It is a huge and complex set of documents. Local groups and organizations will be making comments to tweak the design. Among some of the concerns are treatment of the gardens – around bio-diversity issues.
Residents in the area support the scheme in general but are keen to see more opening up of the front or side walls to reflect the change of use from incarceration to habitation.
The resulting site should be as open as possible with community space in the front building.
Some concerns were expressed at the consultation meetings that a gated community would not be welcome and access should be free for pedestrians and cyclists to use the site as a route to the Cemetery Park.
The development will result in 73 truly affordable homes.
If you would like to offer comments for improvements or support for the application email the case officer – [email protected] Please quote the application number PA/13/01532 or comment on-line here
The official 21 days consultation period ends on Tuesday but you can still comment after this date.
East End Homes have been “consulting” on a change to the way it is run which will write residents out of its structures? It was a very quiet “consultation”.
A stealth consultation.
Under the changes, East End Homes wants to stop residents being members of the East End Homes company – and thereby stop them having the right to go to the AGM and have a say.
Many Eastend Homes residents say “So what is different? What will change?” This is because Eastend Homes never told residents of their rights in the first place – now they want to remove the rights most people didn’t know they had!.
To take away these rights first they have to publish a membership policy – which they did at the end of last year (7 years late) in a far corner off the EEH website - read the policy here
The documents they wish to change are the Memorandum and Articles of the company – a hairball of unintelligible legal jargon even if English is your first language.
Read what Paul Bloss (ex LBTH housing official - ex leader of the Housing Choice programme - ex Shadow Chief Executive of Eastend Homes now CEO of EeH said to LBTH Council to get them to agree to back Eastend Homes as a landlord - the full report here