Hazardous e-bikes and scooters

Residents are experiencing problems with pavements and paths being blocked by abandoned e-bikes and scooters. These are particularly hazardous for the elderly, infirm, wheelchair users and parents with prams.

This is what Dr Farrelly from the Wapping Group Practice had to say:

“Dr Farrelly senior partner at Wapping Group Practice recognises that the hire bicycles that are abandoned on Wapping streets pose a hazard to our patients.  Especially, to our elderly and vulnerable groups, wheelchair users and parents with prams or young children, who are forced into the road to avoid them. I am equally concerned for any visually impaired patients for whom these unexpected obstacles create a major road safety issue.”

If you witness an e-bike or e-scooter blocking a pavement then please report to:

highwaysenforcement@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Your report should include:

  • Bike/scooter hire company name.
  • Bike/scooter identification if available.
  • A precise location. Example ‘Corner of Wapping High Street and Knighten Street’ or ‘Outside 144 Wapping High Street.’
  • A description of the obstruction or hazard it is causing.

Please share with friends, family and local residents.

St Katharine and Wapping Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel (a non-political Group of Volunteers, working with the Police, Local Authority and Residents to make the Ward a Safer Place in which to live and work)

St Katharine & Wapping Safer Neighbourhood Panel website:   www.skw-wardpanel.org

VAWG conference

VAWG conference

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Violence against Women & Girls (VAWG) & Hate Crime (HC) Team will be holding a conference on ‘Bringing Perpetrators to Justice’ on Thursday 1st December 2022 from 1 – 4pm. This event will be at Raines House,  Raine St, London E1W 3AU.  This will be a public event and participants are invited to sign up to the event here.  

The conference is for residents and the community of Tower Hamlets and the aim is to increase awareness and understanding of how Tower Hamlets council are aiming to ‘bring perpetrators to justice’, which is a key priority within the LBTH VAWG Strategy. On the day, you will hear from expert speakers on:

• Policing VAWG

• Changing perpetrator behaviours within the Positive Change Programme

• Multi-agency support and the risk management processes undertaken to manage young people being sexually/criminally exploited

• Prevent & VAWG

• Monitoring and enforcement against massage parlours and sexual entertainment venues exploiting women and girls

• Understanding and challenging ‘harmful practices’ and raising community awareness on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

• Designing pathways out of prostitution

• Hospital Community Navigation Services and the processes undertaken from A & E to community

• How courts respond to domestic abuse

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask panel members questions.

The conference is aimed at and relevant to all Tower Hamlets residents and members of the community and in bringing together these speakers, participants will be able to deepen their understanding of topical issues in the VAWG arena from multiple perspectives. This will enable participants to obtain a combined and current overview of both policy and practice.

Lest not forget

Lest not forget

Remembrance Sunday 2022

This year it’s the 13. November 2022.

In Tower Hamlets the following locations have Remembrance Services:

see details on council website.

Fireworks safety

Fireworks safety

Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden. Here you’ll find out the law around using fireworks as well as how to stay safe, and report those using fireworks in a dangerous or threatening way. 

https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/asb/asb/antisocial-behaviour/fireworks/

Fireworks and the law

What time can fireworks be used?

Fireworks can be used in the UK any time from 7am to 11pm.

Exceptions are:

  • Bonfire night: 7am to midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year: 7am to 1am the following day

Who can use fireworks?

According to The Fireworks Regulations 2004 and The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015:

  • anyone over 18 can buy, carry or use category one, two and three fireworks
  • anyone over 16 can only buy, carry or use category one fireworks
  • anyone over 12 can buy Christmas crackers
  • only licensed professionals can buy, carry and use category 4 fireworks
  • unless part of an organised event by licensed professionals, fireworks cannot be used on the street or in a public place
  • it’s an offence to throw or set off any firework (including sparklers and category 1 fireworks) in or into any highway, street, thoroughfare or public space

Categories of fireworks

  • category one: ‘Throwdown fireworks’ including firecrackers, bangers and party poppers
  • categories two and three: ‘Adult fireworks’ available in shops
  • category four: Professional display fireworks available from specialist suppliers

Open evening

you are cordially invited to join us for a Networking and enquiry evening to talk about any questions or ideas you may have about Neighbourhood Watch.

 Clear up those misconceptions, ask how we can help your local community or how you can improve your existing watch scheme. We bring people together and enable stronger communities. We include Met Police Volunteer Skills and train and insure our coordinators. See our new Neighbourhood Watch sign below. 

 Typical questions include, 

·  what platforms do we use

·  which apps do we recommend

·  what crime prevention messages do we distribute

·  how do we link up with Ward Panels?

·  How do you become a Met Volunteer?

·  How can a Neighbourhood Watch scheme help my community?

any other questions welcome.

 Just come along to meet us and have a drink and light refreshment. Please feel free to bring and share. 

 Date: Friday, 28. October 2022

 Venue: The Glasshouse Community Centre, 161 Old Ford Road, London E2 9QB

Map enclosed 

 Time 19:00 – 21.00

 Please forward this invitation to your networks. 

See how our Parkview Residents Association is featured in the latest national newsletter

help the victims of street harassment

help the victims of street harassment

Our latest campaign asks you to become an active bystander when you feel safe to do so.

Street harassment is on the rise and is often not an isolated incident. We know the long-term impact can harm mental health and change people’s behaviour. Victims often feel guilty, ashamed, and blame themselves. 

Witnessing street harassment and not safely intervening sends the message to those experiencing it that it’s okay and society normalises it. Ongoing acceptance of street harassment contributes to a toxic culture. We want to change this, but we need your help.

Our campaign targets bystanders (those who witness street harassment), be those Neighbourhood Watch members or not. 

The campaign encourages those who see someone being harassed in public to ask the victim if they are okay when they feel safe doing so. Those three little words let them know that they stand by them and that street harassment is never okay.

‘This simple action is a delay technique and part of the 5Ds of bystander intervention developed by Right to Be. By asking, ‘Are you okay?’ we become active bystanders and send the message that harassment is not okay. There are further actions that people can take, but our campaign focuses on the simplest step everyone can take.’  Deborah Waller, Head of Communications and Digital, Neighbourhood Watch Network

Watch this short video, or learn more about what we mean by street harassment, what else can be done about it, and reporting and support for victims by visiting ourwatch.org.uk/streetharassment.

Visit ourwatch.org.uk/areyouokay to download all the resources you might need to support our campaign and share this message far and wide.