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Newsletter No 2 - May 2017 
from Councillor Andrew Wood, Canary Wharf ward 

Dear all,
Welcome to the second email newsletter I will be writing for residents of Canary Wharf ward and our neighbours. Please forward this to anybody who you think would like a copy, they can then sign up to future newsletters on the email itself.

The first newsletter can be found by clicking here

Subjects of this newsletter include:

  1. Westferry Printworks dust from demolition
  2. Roadworks and construction update
  3. Police ward panel meeting and OWL
  4. Construction noise and out of hours working reporting
  5. Chris Wilford, Parliamentary Candidate for Poplar & Limehouse
I hope you find this useful, more information and how to contact me are on my website here;
http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/contact.html
or you can call/text me on   07710 486 873
tweet me at   @andrewwwood17
or email me at   cllrandrewwood@gmail.com
 
1. Westferry Printworks Demolition Dust

Demolition of the Printworks is proceeding quickly and should be finished in a few week's time. Local residents have been asking the developer what is in the dust coming from the site over concerns that it might include asbestos.

In response the developer wrote this report here you can find out more information here https://westferryprintworks.co.uk about the development.

I have asked the Council to confirm all of this as well with an independent air quality analysis but have not heard anything yet.
2. Roadworks and construction update
 
Tower Hamlets Council have started producing a quarterly report of all major roadworks planned in the Borough after all of the complaints they have been getting, the full report can be read by clicking here and a summary of the major local closures is below.

Marsh Wall: UKPN defective trench repair, works to be undertaken over 3-4 weekends (subject to LBTH approval) the proposed start date is June 2017.

Marsh Wall/Heron Quay roundabout: This is for occupancy of highway to facilitate construction work duration in excess of two years, scheduled for completion in July 2019.

Marsh Wall/The Madison site: Balfour Beatty has construction works in progress at the Madison Site. The programme commenced last December for completion mid - year 2020. Works planned for the next six months are as follows:
•    Basement Excavation and Construction due to commence early April and Continue until year end 2017.
•    Footway closure with hoarding whilst works are in progress

Marsh Wall Ballymore site: Construction works in progress. The programme began in December 2016 and will run till July 2017. The programme of works is as follows: 
•    UKPN connections -  June 2017
•    Open reach BT - July 2017 
•    Gas, Water and Soil vent connections - August 2017

Marsh Wall Landmark Pinnacle site: Footway closure in excess of two years to facilitate development works until mid - 2019 (subject to review)

Marsh Wall Wardian site: Footway closure in excess of two years to facilitate development from March 2017 to March 2019 (subject to review)

Marsh Wall Berkeley Homes: Development next to South Quay DLR on private land with ongoing construction traffic along Marsh Wall. This is scheduled to finish in 2019 (subject to review)
Westferry Rd: Fulcrum gas connection for duration of one week with temporary traffic signals. The work is scheduled to start at the end of May to finish June 2017.

Preston Rd: JSM working on behalf of UKPN to supply and connection to facilitate Wood Wharf development. The programme is to commence from mid-May to end of July 2017.

Lightermans Road/Mastmaker Rd/Millharbour: Galliard Homes Ltd has proposed six month programme for Harbour Central site which borders with Lightermans road, Mastmaker and Millharbour. The programme is as follows:
•    Mastmaker and Millharbour - HV cables to be pulled into the site late March – April 2017.
•    Gas connection from Millharbour – late April – June
•    Water Connection from Lightermans road – late April – June
•    Sewer connection works April/May. 
3. Police Ward Panel meeting and OWL
 
Last Wednesday I attended the Island Gardens ward police walkabout at 4.30pm, with the exception of one resident nobody else turned up. I found out afterwards that the Council had cancelled it that day because of the general election but nobody had told us.

Then on Thursday night I attended the police ward panel meeting on Mellish Street in the Docklands Community Centre. Due to an oversight, I was not told about the meeting in advance and only found out by accident the day before. It was meant to be a meeting that covered the whole Isle of Dogs. Had I had more advance warning I would have included it in my last email. Only two residents turned up although after the meeting had started we were joined by men who had been praying in the mosque.

This is really disappointing as I got the ward panel meeting moved to Alpha Grove in 2014, advertised it locally and got more people to attend but there was then a gap and it looks like we have to restart again from scratch but this time for the whole island not just Canary Wharf ward.

But looking at  the experience of Limehouse and Poplar a resident led well organised ward panel actually can make a real difference by applying more pressure on both the Council and police. For example I am currently helping Limehouse with a Public Space Protection Order which will give the police extra powers in Ropemakers Field. We can then roll that out to other areas.

But the local Canary Wharf police team did ask residents to join something called OWL (Online Watch Link) to keep you up to date on what is happening.
http://www.owl.co.uk/met/

The Met police (many of whom still use Windows XP on their computers!) have been working on a new website which for the first time allows some crimes to be reported online
https://beta.met.police.uk

The new Canary Wharf page is here, it includes details of crime stats and the local police officers and is well worth a look
https://www.met.police.uk/your-area/tower-hamlets/canary-wharf/?tab=StatsAndPreventionAdvice

Limehouse police station is now entirely occupied by the Specialist Firearms Command (SC&O19) who have a London wide role. Tower Hamlets police have moved to Bethnal Green except for the local police teams in the Isle of Dogs police station on Manchester road.
4. Construction noise and out of hours working reporting

The Council have changed the process for reporting construction working out of hours. It has made it harder to report and I have been told not to report it myself due to the time delay that causes, you have to do it by calling 0207 364 5007 or 0207 364 5008 (see below) or emailing environmental.protection@towerhamlets.gov.uk

They will more importantly NOT seek enforcement if the developer has sought prior consent or advised them of any over running works even if hours were breached or noise heard beyond the boundary. But they say that they do not receive enough complaints to justify a 24 hour service.

As a reminder allowable construction hours are;
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Saturday 8am to 1am
No work Sunday or Bank Holidays
No work outside of these hours except where allowed in advance by the Council (but there is no publicly available list of when they have done so)

This is the advice I have received

Call 0207 364 5007/8 so we can record full details of the complainants, the location of the noise and what was witnessed / heard etc. This then can build a case against the perpetrator and allows us to interact with the complainant.

Noise reporting service on Monday – Fridays 8am – 5pm and Thursday nights to Monday mornings 830pm-330am, when details will be recorded and officers tasked to attend to determine if any Noise or  breach of planning or other consents under Control of Pollution Act have been breached. We are not required in law to provide a 24/7 service and therefore ask residents to contact the service with their complaint at their earliest opportunity during operating hours, even if the work has stopped.  The complaint would then be reviewed by our noise team to determine if any action is to be taken.


As you can see no noise enforcement officer is available during the hours when the work is most likely to occur out of hours.
5. Chris Wilford, Parliamentary Candidate for Poplar & Limehouse

My good friend Chris Wilford has been selected to stand for the Poplar & Limehouse constituency in the general election on the 8th June.

He used to live in Canary Wharf ward and he stood for Parliament here in 2015 and in 2014 was the Mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets for the Conservative Party. So he knows the area well. There is more information about him on his website here and he can be contacted by email here chriswilford2017@gmail.com

My next email will detail all of the candidates names and parties as the deadline to register is this Thursday.

If you would like to help locally get in touch with Chris or I.
There are forty-five Councillors across Tower Hamlets, five of whom like me belong to the Conservative Party.  We are the effective opposition to the Labour administration & the Labour Mayor. In the 2010 referendum, voters of Tower Hamlets chose to remove power from Councillors and introduce an Executive Mayor for Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman and now John Biggs who  have executive power. So my role is to hold them to account but also push the Council to deliver what it should be delivering.

Although I have a political role my long term focus is on making the area the best place to live in London despite the huge amount of construction underway which will make us the UK equivalent of Manhattan, Shanghai or Hong Kong.

If you wish to have a chat about what it is we do locally and events that we organise please get in touch. I am happy to meet you on a one to one basis.
Sent to you by Councillor Andrew Wood, 12 Neptune Court, Homer Drive, London E14 3UQ
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