Friday 27 January 2023

Bow Neighbourhood Forum Public Meeting: (3pm, Saturday 28th January) , Bow Idea Store


Photo of the Malmesbury Estate "Bow" mural

Following the October referendum on the neighbourhood plan and the plan’s adoption by the Council in November, it now carries full weight in local planning decisions.

The Neighbourhood Forum is the body responsible for the plan. They are aware of the need to widen their membership, and this meeting is one way you can get involved in the work of the Forum.

Come to the public meeting and have your say! There will be:

● An update on the Neighbourhood Plan and role of the Forum.

● Space to share your ideas for how the Forum can help make Bow a better place for everyone to live, work or study.

● Opportunities to get involved with the Forum in support of sustainable development in Bow in 2023.

Date: Saturday 28th January, 3PM

Location: Bow Idea Store

Wednesday 25 January 2023

Join Us - This Thursday for a Safer Communities Engagement Day - Tredegar Square 9am-12 midday and 5-7PM

 Photo of a "Tredegar Square E3" street sign

Concerned about Crime and ASB levels in our streets?

This Thursday morning and evening the Borough’s Community Safety Team, Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and community safety partners will be in Tredegar Square.

In the morning (9-12) the council's safer communities mobile unit will be available with safer communities officers on board, as well as  police officers and Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers (THEOs). There will be opportunities for residents to speak to their local Safer Neighbourhood Operations team, report any issues and seek advice.

In the evening (5-7PM) there will be a walkabout which gives residents a chance to highlight concerns of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in our neighbourhood. You will have the opportunity to speak directly to senior officers in the police, council and partner agencies about your local concerns and emerging crime and ASB issues.

This is your Chance to let the powers that be know your concerns

There is an increasing tendency for those who live outside our 13 MEOTRA streets to think we live in some insulated bubble. But we don't. It is more Truman Show. Things may appear all hunky-dory from the outside, but the sirens don't always go past. They often stop.

Actually post-lockdown it has been a particularly tough 12 months or so in our area with residents suffering significant levels of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), numerous muggings (often unreported), a growth in car crime (again mostly unreported) as well as a several fatalities on our streets.

Any ideas/solutions?

Pop along and let the police and other parties know what you think they could, or indeed should, be doing to tackle problems.

Increased lighting on Lichfield Road, securing Tredegar Square Gardens from dawn to dusk (like it was for many years), tackling the Morgan/Tredegar Square/College Terrace accident Black Spot, the NOx-related ASB on Clinton/Lichfield/Morgan/YouNameIt. Which of these register with you or do you have problems you wish to highlight?

Location: Tredegar Square
Date: 26th January
Time: 9-12; 5-7

If you are unable to come, but have concerns you wish to raise, then please email and our Chair will make sure your concerns are passed on.

Accident Crash Map

Saturday 14 January 2023

Swap Shop - Saturday 21st January at Bethnal Green Library (10.30-1.30)

Tower Hamlets Council flyer describing the Swap Shop event

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! Help tackle waste and pick up some fabulous items at this fun, free sustainable event. Bring along up to 15 items for swapping. The event will only accept items in good, clean, reusable condition.

What to bring

  • Clothing, shoes and accessories – women’s, men’s and children’s
  • Unwanted Christmas gifts
  • Small items of furniture
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Toys
  • Sports equipment
  • Books
  • Tools
  • Musical instruments

Do not bring

  • Electrical items
  • Underwear
  • Items that are faulty or dirty
  • Food
  • Large items (A display board will be available for photos of larger items)

Only bring items you would be happy to take away!

How it works

  • Bring up to 15 items in good, clean condition between 10.30 – 11.30am and exchange for tokens 
  • There will be a break between dropping off your items and the start of the swap. Join a workshop, browse in the library, or go away and return 
  • Between 12 noon – 1.30pm browse and choose items and exchange your tokens for up to 15 new-to-you things!

All items will be quality checked before tokens are issued. You can donate any unused tokens. These will be given to those who do not have tokens and want to join in. Any items left at the end, will be donated to charity or brought to the next swap. 

Low-waste living workshop

Drop-in from 10.30am to 1.30pm

Clean your home naturally, save money and reduce plastic packaging! Learn how to infuse vinegar to use as a multi-purpose cleaning spray. Cut up old clothes into cloths to clean with. Share your tips on how to reduce waste at home. Bring a medium-sized jar or container to carry home your cleaning product

Any thoughts or questions?  

Contact Ruhina, Louise, Sam and Will 

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