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Newsletter No 4 - June 2017 
from Councillor Andrew Wood, Canary Wharf ward 

Dear all,

With the hot weather out of hours construction noise is a particular annoyance but the process for reporting it has got more difficult. I detail below a process for reporting out of hours construction and trying to improve the process at the same time.

There are also two public meetings being organised by Transport for London this week about the new river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon at Westferry Circus if you wish to attend, details are below.

I will in future emails provide more information about the response to the Grenfell fire in West London last week but as an interim step I attach below the Fire Brigade Home Fire Safety Guide for you to have a read, it can also be found here

Lastly the Ballymore planning application for a 434 apartment residential development comprising two buildings of up to 41-storeys and 26-storeys on Cuba & Manilla Street next to the Landmark building and close to Novotel is being considered by Councillors next Wednesday 28th June. Full details here and pictures below.

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. Construction Noise & Reporting Out of Hours working

As you know construction noise and disruption is a major issue locally but unfortunately Tower Hamlets Council have made the process of reporting it more difficult so I need your help to change the process. As a reminder, allowable construction hours are;

-   Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
-   Saturday 8am to 1pm

No work outside of these hours unless signed off in advance by the Council which should only be for a special reason like removing a crane. You should NOT hear any construction noise outside of these hours. But importantly the Council will not seek enforcement if the developer has advised them of any over running works. So, if a developer says our cement lorries are stuck in traffic at 4pm they can work beyond 6pm and effectively ignore the allowable hour’s rule.

The other change is that out of hours’ complaints are mainly being treated by the noise complaints team based on the volume of that noise which means a Council officer must attend to measure the noise. I used to ask people to send me videos time stamped as proof of that but the Council will only accept evidence from Council officers witnessing noise themselves. But they do not run a 24-hour noise operation so that means nobody can deal with a complaint early morning or evening when we get the most construction complaints. So, if you want to complain about noise you should do two things;

1. Complain by telephone to 0207 364 5008 day time or 0207 364 5007 evenings

But the noise team only works Monday – Fridays 8am – 5pm and Thursday nights to Monday mornings 8.30pm-3.30am. So call as soon as the office is open.

2. I need your help to change the process by also emailing the Mayor and the Environment team at;

mayor@towerhamlets.gov.uk & environmental.protection@towerhamlets.gov.uk
& cc me in at cllrandrewwood@gmail.com as well so I can count the complaints. The noise team say they do not receive enough complaints to justify a longer service. Only the Mayor can change the process so make sure he understands how bad the noise and disruption is in your email.
 
2. Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf river crossing 

Transport for London now have a team working on the design for a river crossing after Mayor Sadiq Khan made it a manifesto commitment to deliver it. The main justification seems to be to relieve pressure between Canada Water and Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line and to promote cycling. The main argument against it is cost, as estimates vary from £88 to £200 million to build it and more to maintain it. We also know that the GLA estimate that there is a roughly £200 million funding gap for infrastructure required on the Isle of Dogs (more on this in a later email). There are a range of other issues including visual intrusion due to the height of the bridge above the river so anybody with river views will be impacted. This is because the PLA (Port of London) want any bridge to be 20 meters above river level (Tower Bridge is 9 meters by comparison). This is what TfL have said;

“We are at an early stage in developing the crossing and are investigating a range of options, including taking account of the proposal for a bridge promoted by the charity Sustrans, which you may already be aware of. We want to take on board the views of the local community as part of this design process from the outset.”

“As part of this process we will be engaging with the community and relevant stakeholders over the summer to understand their views on the project. This will include community workshops at TfL’s Westferry Circus Auditorium (where they have offices) on the following dates:
  • Thursday 22 June 2017 from 18:30 - 20:30
  • Saturday  24 June 2017 from 14:00 - 16:30

Attendees need to register by emailing       rivercrossings@tfl.gov.uk

There are campaigns for or against the proposed bridge but this is the first time there has been any formal consultation about the proposed crossing.

This is the proposed location.
 
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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