Sunday 30 October 2022

Bow West Police Survey

 Metropolitan Police "SAfer Neighbourhood" sign

Our local borough Safer Neighbourhoods Team for Bow West Ward currently has an online survey available. The "Bow West October 2022 Virtual Ward Survey" only takes a minute or two to fill out and is an excellent opportunity for you to let the local police know about issues affecting you here in Bow.

Whilst completing the survey you have the opportunity to detail particular issues and can give very granular details such as the street name, times etc. I would really encourage you to do this. Such data is used to set local policing priorities.


Bow West Police Ward Panel - Get Involved!

Safer Neighbourhood Teams in London aim to hold quarterly "ward panel meetings".These meetings allow residents to talk directly with the police, councillors, and other key parties such as Tower Hamlets Homes about local issues. Importantly, local policing priorities are set at these meetings.

Unfortunately due to COVID, staffing, volunteer and other issues our own Bow West Panel hasn't been meeting as often as it should. Meotra, together with our two local councillors Asma Begum and Nathalie Bienfait, and Alex and Barny from the local police, having been working behind the scenes to get these useful meetings going again.

Meotra always sends a representative (indeed Roshan, a MEOTRA committee member, has chaired the meeting for many years), but we are really keen to encourage fresh faces to come along. If you'd be interested in attending then please put your contact details in the MPS survey, and/or get in touch with us via for more info.

Be Kept Informed About Local Policing Issues.

You might also want to sign up to be kept informed via the following social media platforms:

Twitter: @MPSBowWest | @MPSTowerHam | @metpoliceuk

You can get in touch with the Bow West police via

Monthly Crime Data is available on the MPS Crime Dashboard and here. It is highly searchable right down to the ward level. It is extremely detailed - it even lists the number of fish stolen in May 2022 in Bow West 

Bow WEst CRime Map

Graph showing monthly variation in phone theft  in Bow West
Mobile Phone Theft in Tower Hamlets

Saturday 15 October 2022

Urban Sketchers out in force here today

Today dotted around our neighbourhood we have around 70 artists from UrbanSketchers sketching and painting our area.

I gave them a quick tour and some history and context to the area. 

They have split up in to ones and twos, will sketch for a couple of hours and have their throwdown outside the Art Pavilion at 3.30 today. 

Hopefully we'll be able to host an exhibition of their sketches at some point.

The exhibition, celebrating ten years of the group, finishes tomorrow and is well worth popping in to. You might even spot your home in a sketch!

Photo of the urban sketchers "Throw Down"

An artist hold up his watercolour painting of the Lord Tredegar Public House.

Friday 14 October 2022

Bow Votes Yes to Adopt the Neighbourhood Plan

Electors have voted in favour of adopting the Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum today with 1743 Yes votes to 736 No votes.

This result follows years of hard work by many Bow residents, and gives us, the people of Bow a greater say in local planning matters.

Wednesday 12 October 2022

Use Your Vote This Thursday


Historica photo of George Lansbury (leader of the Labour Party in the 1930s) surrounded by local East End children

Yesterday Hollywood legend Dame Angela Lansbury died at the age of 96. She had strong roots in the East End via her grandfather George Lansbury the politician and social reformer who lived in Bow Road. He was leader of the Labour Party from 1932 to 1935; served the East End community for many years in various elected roles, and was jailed twice for his political beliefs. He, together with his wife and family, was a strong supporter of women's rights.

Dame Angela was tremendously proud of her ancestors' contributions to women's suffrage.

The Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Neighbourhood Forum Flyer

Today (Thursday) sees the people of Bow going to the polls to vote in a referendum on whether we should adopt the Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan. MEOTRA have been involved with shaping the plan since the outset with many of our residents attending their meetings and workshops.

If you’ve misplaced your polling card, do not fear, the card itself is not required at the polling station. Simply give your name and address and this will be looked up by the officers present. No ID is needed.

Traditionally these local votes have poor turn outs. Let's see if we can go some way to bump that trend. The polling station for most of us is at the Epainos Church in Lichfield Road, E3 5AT; although for some residents it may be Malmesbury Primary School, Coborn Street, E3 2AB.

This twitter thread by former Isle of Dogs councillor Andrew Wood gives a pretty neutral take on the pros and cons of supporting the referendum. 


Saturday 8 October 2022

Urban Sketchers – Open Exhibition 8-16 October at The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park

Mile End Car Service, Burdett Road

A wonderful art exhibition is on from now until the 16th October at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park, just behind the Texaco Garage.

The sketchers have captured the spirit of London with over 100 sketches on show. There are plenty of local buildings and views such as the now derelict "Mile End Car Service" above, Morgan Arms and the Art Pavilion itself. When you read "Mile End Car Service" can you hear the woman's voice that used to pick up the phone saying it? And it was quickly followed by "On its way now".

Flyer for the forthcoming LONDON by Urban Sketchers Exhibition at the Art Pavilion

It isn't just a passive exhibition either. You can join in and sketch the park too from the venue, join the sketchers on one of their "sketchcrawls" around the park or watch a demo. Further information is on the Friends of Mile End Park website