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Tarling West Estate

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Solidarity with Residents of Grenfell Tower

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Residents of council tower blocks and estates across East and South London dropped 22 banners – one for each of the 22 residential floors in the 24 storey Grenfell Tower, destroyed by fire in Latimer Road on 14 June – in a show of mass solidarity with victims, survivors and local community.’

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/a-beautiful-message-to-the-grenfell-community-from-the-housing-estates-of-east-london/

Very proud that residents of Tarling West Estate took part, above is a banner of solidarity with the residents of Grenfell Tower displayed from Richard Neale House and below from Newton House.

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Problem of the Month: June

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June’s problem is abandoned cars. We have an ongoing problem on the Tarling West Estate with cars (often stolen) being dumped on the estate then vandalised and or used by local drug dealers or drug users.

The procedure for tenants and residents who spot an abandoned car is to inform our Neighbourhood Housing Officer, Mohammed Parvees (Mohammed.Parvees@thh.org.uk ) , THH Tel:020 7364 5015 or email (contactus@towerhamletshomes.org.uk), Shadwell Safer Neighbourhoods Team (Shadwell.snt@met.pnn.police.uk) and the local Police 999 in an emergency 101 for everything else.  Should you report an abandoned car please also copy in the TRA (tarlingwest.tra@gmail.com)

 

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BBQ and TRA Meeting 2 July 2017

Tarling West TRA are happy to welcome tenants, residents and friends of Tarling West Estate for a summer social event. A BBQ and Meeting will be held at our meeting hall on Sunday 2 July, 2017. The BBQ will be held in the garden of out meeting hall, so it’s a good opportunity to do some late-Spring cleaning and enjoy our communal space, meet other tenants and residents of your estate and get involved in improving the quality of life on our estate.

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BBQ 3pm

TRA Meeting 6:30pm

Tarling West TRA
1a Newton House
Cornwall Street
E1 2QW

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Problems on the Tarling West Estate

Here we lay out some of the problems and threats we experience in our community and in our life together on the Tarling West Estate:
We currently have problems with:

1/ Anti-Social Behaviour.

As a consequence of a private security operation at Watney Market and stronger policing in Whitechapel and due to the attractive opportunities for begging at Shadwell Station we have seen a surge in the number of homeless, beggars and drug users frequenting the estate this February-March 2018 – sleeping rough, using drugs, sleeping or taking drugs in abandoned cars on the estate and trespassing in Newton House, Maddox House and Richard Neale House. The TRA and residents have been making police, THH and THC aware of these problems on a daily basis, we have yet to see any results from these efforts.

2/ Bulk Waste and Flytipping

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Few of our residents on Tarling West Estate seem to realise that if they dump bulk waste, large household items, furniture or packaging either outside their flat or on the street in front of the estate, even by the rubbish collection points, leaseholders are collectively charged for the removal of these items. Each item costs over £60 per removal, at the moment we have more than two collections a week and the annual cost is substantial. Moreover, if one person dumps then usually others follow, both residents and opportunistic local businesses regularly flytip items on our estate, both in front of the rubbish collection points and elsewhere.

This is senseless since each household has two free collections carried out by the council IF YOU CONTACT THEM BY CALLING THE STREETLINE TEAM ON 020 7364 5004  and many items such as functioning furniture or electronics are eligible to taken away for free: ‘Each household is now entitled to two free collections per year – with up to five items taken away per collection by the council’s Clean Team.’

http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/environment_and_planning/recycling_and_waste/recycling_and_waste_at_home/large_items.aspx

3/ Enclosure and Privatisation of Estate Lands

We currently have two ongoing incursions on the Tarling West Estate, both effectively amount to inappropriate trading  on what is a private estate road and amounts to trespass and breaking the clause in the users lease agreement. The length of Cornwall Street is a private estate road owned by Tower Hamlets Council and managed on its behalf by Tower Hamlets Homes, the land under and surrounding our estate is owned by Tower Hamlets Council.

3A/ Wholesalers using Network Rail railway arches

For several years wholesale businesses leasing railway arch units running between Chapman Street and Cornwall Street owned by Network Rail have been developing their businesses significantly and this has resulted in various incursions onto Tarling West Estate, noise pollution, illegal parking, poor waste management, various traffic accidents, parking infringements, threats to local residents and inappropriate use of estate land. Though Tower Hamlets Homes leased a part of our estate to Network Rail for use as a parking area by these businesses, this agreement was not made with the consultation of residents and the businesses in question have used the agreement to transgress, cause mayhem and irreversible physical damage to our Estate.

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Ramadan Shopping, June 2014

3B/ Tarling West green space privatised and misused

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Between Shadwell Overground Station and Maddocks House there was a small green space which was historically part of our estate lands until 2011 when the land was leased by LBTH to Rail for London (subsequently TFL) for essential maintenance works and refurbishment of the station. Associated with this lease was a covenant making clear that the land could strictly be used ‘solely in connection with the use and operation of Shadwell station’ (as residents discovered by making  a Freedom of Information request, January, 2017).

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At some point after the completion of the works to Shadwell Station the land was leased onwards to an unknown party who has since attempted to build on the land for commercial purposes, initially seeking to open a number of market stalls, this failed and the site laid dormant until January 2017 when in the middle of the night work begun installing containers on the site (thus blocking the natural light to ground floor flats in Maddocks House) and smashing and rebuilding the already very narrow pavement which skirts the land leading from Tarling West Estate to Shadwell Overground Station.

As can be seen above the works obstructed pedestrians travelling to and from Shadwell Station, the pavement is already badly damaged by customers using the wholesalers operating from the railway arches. Furthermore the mess generated by the works has encouraged anti-social behaviour and littering as well as being a hazard and eyesore for residents and users of the space.

Residents of Tarling West are seeking clarification from TFL, THH and LBTH about how this land was transferred and how we can challenge it’s improper use. Thus far we are not impressed by either Tower Hamlet’s Homes’ response or that of LBTH or TFL, we feel this is a dubious alienation of land held by a public body and an improper use of a part of our estate.

transfer of land from LBTH to Rail for London happened in 2011.  It was agreed by THH in 2009, which was covered in point 5 on the response you have already receive from Cllr Islam.  Existing THH personnel were not in post in 2009 and we have found no file records that can assist with this enquiry any further. 

The solution we propose is cancelling of the lease, restitution of the land to LBTH under the management of THH, restoration of the land as a green open space for the use and enjoyment of residents of Tarling West Estate and repair of the pavement used by pedestrians and the general public. Fight the enclosures. Down with the fences!

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Abandoned car parked by children’s play area March 2016

4/ Abandoned Cars on Tarling West Estate

We have an ongoing problem of a number of abandoned cars on Tarling West Estate. Given the large number of cars on the estate, including those parked by customers and employees of businesses operating from the Network Rail railway arches and lack of monitoring of parking by Tower Hamlets Homes these often go unnoticed for sometime and often become noticable to residents when they begin to be used for criminal activity such as drug-dealing and drug taking. It is Tower Hamlets Council’s responsibility to tow away cars abandoned in the borough, but because our estate is located on a private estate road there is a vacuum of responsibility between LBTH and THH which leaves the cars languishing on our estate for an average period of 2 months.

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5/ Guerilla Gardening

On the morning of Monday 27 March outside Richard Neale House a pastoral scene greeted our eyes: an employee from one of the wholesale businesses operating from the Network Rail railway arches (whose street address is  129 Chapman Street) backing onto Tarling West Estate could be seen working hard digging up the land which is part of our estate mapsite and planting vegetables there. It’s wonderful to see the greening and planting of our estate carried out so enthusiastically. We wonder however if we might coordinate future allotments not just for local business interests, but for the residents by actually planning them together in discussion between the Tarling West TRA and Tower Hamlets Homes? This is just one of the more humorous examples of THH’s poor, almost non-existent, management of the land.
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Where Are We?

The Tarling West Estate is located along the length of Cornwall Street between Cannon Street Road and Watney Street. The estate boundaries are bordered to the south by Cable Street (or Cablestrasse as some have called it in homage to the area’s irrepressible cultural diversity) and to the North by the DLR and C2C rail track. The estate is very close to Shadwell Overground and DLR stations. Nearby is Watney Market a famous East End institution running for over one hundred years and still going strong; St George in the East church designed by architect Nicholas Hawksmoor; the Cable Street Mural commemorating the struggle against fascism by the local community in the 1930s; St George’s Gardens a public park surrounding the church and St George’s Leisure Centre.  The historic relic of popular entertainment Wilton’s Music Hall, now restored as a bar and cultural centre, is less than a mile down the road also off Cable Street. These are just a few of the historic elements which make up our rich surroundings and make it a great place to live. From a more practical and play-oriented perspective the amazing Glamis Adventure Playground provides a unique facility for kids of all ages to play and socialise adventurously for free. The nearby Shadwell Basin, a former dock provides a watery playground for sailing, and canoeing. Though many swimmers enjoyed the basin this summer (2016) swimming in the basin is actually forbidden, though there are plans in the pipeline being led by the Turk’s Head Charity to make an official swimming pool in Shadwell Basin in the near future.

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The Truth about Grenfell Tower: A Report by Architects for Social Housing

A PDF file of this report is available here: The Truth about Grenfell Tower

On Thursday, 22 June, 2017, in response to the Grenfell Tower fire the previous week, Architects for Social Housing held an open meeting in the Residents Centre of Cotton Gardens estate in Lambeth. Around 80 people turned up and contributed to the discussion – residents, housing campaigners, journalists, lawyers, academics, engineers and architects. Below is an edited film of the meeting made for us by Line Nikita Woolfe, with the assistance of Luc Beloix on camera and additional footage by Dan Davies, and is produced by her company Woolfe Vision. The presentations we gave that evening are the basis of this report, to which we have added our subsequent research as well as that collated from the numerous articles on the Grenfell Tower fire published in the press and elsewhere, to which we have attached the weblinks, with the original documents included whenever they are available.

https://architectsforsocialhousing.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/the-truth-about-grenfell-tower-a-report-by-architects-for-social-housing/

 

 

 

 

Letter on Fire Safety Post-Grenfell

Tower Hamlets Homes fire safety letter FINAL VERSION JUNE 2017

Tower Hamlets Homes fire safety letter FINAL VERSION JUNE 2017

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Problem of the Month: April 2017

April’s surprising problem of the month is Guerilla Gardening

On the morning of Monday 27 March outside Richard Neale House a pastoral scene greeted our eyes: an employee from one of the wholesale businesses operating from the Network Rail railway arches (whose street address is  129 Chapman Street) backing onto Tarling West Estate could be seen working hard digging up the land which is part of our estate mapsite and planting vegetables there. It’s wonderful to see the greening and planting of our estate carried out so enthusiastically. We wonder however if we might coordinate future allotments not just for local business interests, but for the residents by actually planning them together in discussion between the Tarling West TRA and Tower Hamlets Homes? This is just one of the more humorous examples of THH’s poor, almost non-existent, management of the land.

A special prize is available for collection during the month of April for the first resident to guess what vegetable the mystery gardener is planting and report it to Tarling West TRA.

Problem of the Month: March 2017

Problem of the month this March is Bulk Waste and Flytipping

A special prize is available for collection from 1A Newton House for the lucky winner responsible for the above. Someone who has managed not only to flytip on our estate, increasing the charges to leaseholders and tenants, but also break the lift at the same time incurring further costs for repairs.

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Few of our residents on Tarling West Estate seem to realise that if they dump bulk waste, large household items, furniture or packaging either outside their flat or on the street in front of the estate, even by the rubbish collection points, leaseholders are collectively charged for the removal of these items. Each item costs over £60 per removal, at the moment we have more than two collections a week and the annual cost is substantial. Moreover, if one person dumps then usually others follow, both residents and opportunistic local businesses regularly flytip items on our estate, both in front of the rubbish collection points and elsewhere.

This is senseless since each household has two free collections carried out by the council IF YOU CONTACT THEM BY CALLING THE STREETLINE TEAM ON 020 7364 5004  and many items such as functioning furniture or electronics are eligible to taken away for free: ‘Each household is now entitled to two free collections per year – with up to five items taken away per collection by the council’s Clean Team.’

http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/environment_and_planning/recycling_and_waste/recycling_and_waste_at_home/large_items.aspx

Shadwell on Film

Though Shadwell is not a very well known area in London, even many East Londoners are confused exactly where it is possibly because it is not entirely distinct from the adjacent and more well-known areas of Wapping and Limehouse, nonetheless a number of important films have been made about the area.

A recent short film giving an introduction to the area through interviewing mostly well-heeled inhabitants:

People of Shadwell

Hidden London: The Real Battle of Cable Street

A documentary about the Battle of Cable Street, featuring former inhabitants who participated in organising against Mosley and the Police:

Two films have been made exploring racist football firms, I.D. and I.D.2. Here, Shadwell and Shadwell FC are fictions based on the notorious fans of Milwall FC just over the river. There is a grain of truth in that Shadwell is close enough for many locals from the area to have been Millwall fans in the past, and the area definitely had a strong reputation for racism in the 1980s and early-1990s.

I.D. (1995)

ID2 Shadwell Army (2016)

Brief shots of Richard Neale House and Maddox House (110.27mins) on our estate appear in the  film.

Tunde’s Film (1973)

A ‘gritty’ feature film made entirely in Shadwell with an all star local cast and based on a script by a local resident was made in 1973. There are extensive shots of the area and Tarling West Estate, from which some of the panoramas in the film are shot.

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http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-tundes-film-1973/

 

 

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