At last! After a long Kingfisher drought in Wapping one of the spectacular little birds was seen flying along the Thames foreshore at around 8am this morning.As ever our Wildlife Rangers (South Wapping Division) were out on patrol bright and early (well, early) and their dedication was rewarded. A solitary crowOur Rangers attention had been caught […]
The Wildlife Rangers (Urban Section) were pleased to see a gaggle of MPS Tower Hamlets three wheeled scooters in Green Bank Wapping this lunch time. Our Rangers have not seen these nifty little Piaggio MP3 scooters around since the London Olympics when the MPS used them to whizz around the Olympic Park.The three PCSO’s were taking a […]
Local Wapping charity Community Solutions has arranged an opportunity for parents and carers to meet with both Mayor John Biggs and Cllr. Rachael Saunders (Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services) to discuss the proposed cuts to Early Years services in the borough.The meeting will take place at Wapping Children’s Centre at 4pm this Friday […]
One moment it is the boy racers making life in Wapping miserable, now it is a coach company – Centaur Coaches to be precise – who are using the narrow streets of E1W as a convenient cut-through. Well, convenient for them, dangerous for Wapping residents. No whacking great commuter coaches in Wapping“Wapping’s streets are not […]
Wapping is a popular place for brands to use. Bolt the word Wapping into some meaningless marketing phrase, turn up, do what you want, clear off, brand enhanced, profits ensured.And brands really don’t like it when they cannot control what you do. Ask the Adidas man.Unfortunately he forgot he was in the East End when […]
Being the dedicated relentlessly trendy hipster dudes that we are LW has decided to finally get on the Instagram photo platform. We are still adding images but you can find us here. Er.. that’s it.
One part of ridding Tower Hamlets of a corrupt mayor in 2014 was the proof that council grants were being made on the basis of who you voted for, not what you needed. This was done using ‘Open Data’ published on the council’s website.It is ironic that over a year later, with a democratically elected Labour […]
In the British Indian Empire of the 1930’s an Indian-Pakistani scholar creates the concept of an ‘Islamic State’. 80 years later his political party takes control on an inner London borough (guess which one?) without ever contesting an election or winning a single vote.How?Simply put Jamaat-e-Islami, the group in question, have slowly, steadily and systematically […]
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) still seems incapable – or unwilling – to grasp the nettle that is extensive and systematic electoral crime in Tower Hamlets.“Ghastly” is the word used by Cllr. Peter Golds, leader of the Conservative Group at Tower Hamlets Council, to describe a meeting with the MPS at the Town Hall on […]
The Puzzle that is Islamic Forum EuropeFor the duration of the Lutfur Rahman administration of 2010 to 2014 the London Borough of Tower Hamlets was under the control of Islamic Forum Europe (IFE), a fundamental Islamist group inspired by the teachings of Abul Ala Maududi and his Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Assembly) organisation.Voters in London’s East End will immediately notice that neither […]
In response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request LW has obtained the original email message read out by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Rachael Saunders in response to the political party / group / Islamic Forum Europe front / who cares anymore / whatever previously known as the Chums Of Lutfur ‘Excellency’ Rahman Association (CHOLERA) at the Council […]
More details are emerging of the sheer scale of the investigations into the Communities Localities & Culture (CLC) Directorate of Tower Hamlets Council.
The entire Love Wapping management and editorial team wish to apologise for this week’s excess of heavy duty electoral corruption stories and make amends by bringing you some photographs of one of our Wapping Wildlife favourites – Mr Burns!Mr Burns is one, possibly all, of our local Wapping grey herons who can usually be seen […]
The Love Wapping Wildlife Rangers are, despite their job title, not very good at spotting wildlife and so their complete and abject failure to see a swarm of bees yesterday should come as no surprise to anyone.Many thanks to Wapping Sourdough who spotted the bees being very busy and told our Rangers.The swarm of bees […]
The coots (Fulica atra) we see on the water in and around Wapping and the Thames are lovely, fluffy and ruthless killers.The series of photographs below show how a pair of coots attack another lone coot when it encroached on their territory at Limehouse Marina.All three coots were inside the lock entrance to marina and […]
Kingfishers have been seen early in the morning at Shadwell Basin. It seems these amazing birds are best spotted at first light up until around six a.m.If you don’t know what first light is – we can’t help you.The Shadwell Basin anglers have spotted them very recently so they should still be around.It is not […]
Fans of Wapping’s Kevin the Kingfisher will be delighted to hear that a new nesting bank for Kingfishers has been built by the Regent’s Canal at Limehouse, only 50m north of Limehouse Marina.Our Wildlife Rangers saw this peculiar looking structure several times on their extended patrols into Limehouse and were baffled as to its purpose. First […]
While the Wapping swans have only managed to breed one cygnet this year the Limehouse swans have four cygnets. We sent our Wildlife Documentary Team over to Limehouse to prove that there is wildlife in other parts of the East End apart from Wapping E1W.Parents keeping a very careful guard over their latest brood. Swans love porridge […]
In an attempt to bring to a close the most shameful period of Tower Hamlet’s history the Council is setting up a ‘Clear Up’ team to rid the borough of the last of Rahman’s corruption.The team will investigate outstanding allegations which may have taken place between October 2010 and June 2016.To submit an allegation about […]
Cllr. Peter Golds has written to the Metropolitan Police to ask for a meeting with the electoral petitioners and key stake holders to explain why they were not asked to provide evidence in the recent Met “investigation” into corruption in Tower Hamlets. His letter comes hard on the heels of the publication of ‘Securing the Ballot’ […]
The previous ‘Mayor’ Lutfur Rahman has now been formally notified that he will be prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for illegal practice, corrupt practice, failing to uphold the rule of law, failing to act with integrity* and pretty much everything else as a result of the Tower Hamlets election petition.(* Tower Hamlets First […]
Mayor John Biggs has issued a press release commenting on the ‘Securing the ballot’ report by Sir Eric Pickles and makes his feelings about Tower Hamlets First (THF) very clear indeed.”Ultimately electoral fraud is a crime which affects everyone and I welcome any action which helps to crack down on those who set out to […]
Further to our straight copy and paste of the 50 recommendations contained in Sir Eric Pickles’ review of electoral fraud in the UK (with a special guest appearance by Tower Hamlets) here are some of the highlights of direct relevance to the borough.The full report can be downloaded here (PDF)All emphasis is that of LW. Inside […]
As the very reason for LW existing is the blatant corruption of the previous Tower Hamlets Council administration we thought we would devote the resources of the entire editorial team to comprehensive coverage of the report of Sir Eric Pickles’ review into electoral fraud ‘Securing the ballot’.The full report can be downloaded here (PDF) and […]
The Wapping swans may only have the one cygnet this year but they protect their territory with the same resolution as ever. This afternoon one of our visiting geese made the mistake of enjoying a slow cruise along the canal in the late afternoon sunshine. Result? See below.All as normal.
It seems that only one of the nine eggs that the Wapping swans laid on their nest has hatched. Sad news that it is we should all consider ourselves lucky we have these lovely animals in our community and make sure we keep an eye out for them.Thanks to everyone who has not revealed the location […]
Our Wapping swans have six eggs on their nest and, as our swans tend to breed earlier than most places, it is highly likely we will have some new cygnets soon.Our Wildlife Rangers have been carrying out checks on the nest twice a day recently and as ever it is good to see lots of other […]
The Wapping cygnets are all grown up now (well, almost) and they are beginning to fly away. One has already left so if you want to see them before they go best you get down to Wapping canal now.It only seems a few weeks ago that they were born. For those of you who can’t make […]
Update 13:02 hrs Saturday – Eel sighting confirmed!First there were ten. Then there were five. Then four. Then one.Now? None.The Wapping ducklings have disappeared.But who or what is responsible? The answer may surprise and shock you.Before blame is laid it should be pointed out that mother duck (pictured above) is pretty useless as mums go. […]
Great news! The Wapping swans are now proud parents to seven cygnets! The latest Waeppas hatched a couple of days ago and earlier than expected.Here are some great photos of the cygnets enjoying their first swim by local resident and Wapping Wildlife Ranger (Canal Division) Seb. He and his partner, like many other residents, have […]
Using data from End Child Poverty this map shows the variation in child poverty across Tower Hamlets. At 49% overall our borough has the highest rate in London.For further context on this subject please see Grants Distribution by Ward.This map is best viewed in full screen.
Tower Hamlets is not the richest borough in London. Our children have to endure some of the highest rates of poverty in the entire country. As part of the continuing analysis of the manner in which the current Tower Hamlets First administration distributes grants across wards the illustration below shows four key quality of life […]
One of the many problems of trying to make sense of how Tower Hamlets Council allocates grants is that the documentation is inconsistent. An example of this is the main PDF file that refers to the allocation of Mainstream Grants (MSG) awards, 01c Appendix 1 Collated Reports by funding stream for Cabinet Final – 301112.pdf [PDF […]
Spitalfields and Banglatown is the smallest ward in Tower Hamlets with a population* of 10,286 people. Analysis by Love Wapping indicates that each resident of Spitalfields and Banglatown benefits from £107 of grants from Tower Hamlets Council.By contrast residents of Millwall, with 23,083 residents the largest ward in the borough, only get £2.30 each in grants. Click on the […]
Update 18 October 2014. Further analysis has led to the original figures for grant funds being revised upwards. Please see this new post for details. New analysis of Tower Hamlets Council documents shows the distribution by electoral ward of £6,752,416 of funds in four grant ‘pots’ to organisations across the Borough. The four grant pots are […]
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On the 150th anniversary of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales popped along to Shadwell to open the shiny new state-of-the-art fire station on Cable Street. Shadwell station includes two larger appliance bays to accommodate the brigade’s latest vehicles, a four storey drill tower for training, offices and meeting rooms, a […]
The images below are four slides regarding ASB in the borough from the presentation by MPS Tower Hamlets Borough Commander Sue at the recent council Overview & Scrutiny meeting which should be read in conjunction with this post, ASB reduction key priority for Sue Williams, Tower Hamlets top cop, You can see the full presentation here on the Tower […]
Just an hour ago a local resident talked to LW and told us of her experience when she decided to take a photograph of the vehicle and its occupants parked in Green Bank guzzling nitrous oxide.LW knows the identity of the resident but will not be revealing it or other details that could identify her or […]
It’s nice when a plan comes together. After huge frustration this morning trying to get the police to stop a boy racer from speeding around Wapping while off his head on nitrous oxide our Wildlife Rangers have managed to find the silver BMW. We also know the driver by sight. He lives in Wapping. We […]