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London Dock school Wapping design exhibition – information boards

London Dock school Wapping design exhibition – information boards

By on November 11, 2017 in London Dock school with 0 Comments

Further to our two previous posts on the London Dock school Wapping design exhibition here are images taken by residents of the information boards.

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London Dock school Wapping design exhibition – tweets

London Dock school Wapping design exhibition – tweets

By on November 10, 2017 in London Dock school with 0 Comments

An edited collection of tweets about London Dock school. Related content London Dock school design exhibition – resident’s comments London Dock school design exhibition – selected tweets London Dock school design exhibition – information boards [View the story “London Dock Wapping school design consultation” on Storify]

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London Dock school Wapping design exhibition – residents comments

London Dock school Wapping design exhibition – residents comments

By on November 10, 2017 in London Dock school with 0 Comments

Confusion and uncertainty continues about London Dock school in Wapping with some residents being told there may never be a school, some being told there might be a school but not until the mid–2030s and others told something in between.

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London Dock secondary school building design consultation 9th November

London Dock secondary school building design consultation 9th November

By on October 28, 2017 in London Dock school with 2 Comments

A public consultation on the building design of the London Dock secondary school building is being held between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 9th November at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, East Smithfield. 

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London Dock school update September 2017 (well, sort of)

London Dock school update September 2017 (well, sort of)

By on September 28, 2017 in London Dock school with 0 Comments

The new secondary school at London Dock is projected to open in September 2020 but the type of school still seems to be a secret.

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London Dock secondary school, some facts, some opinions, some clarification

London Dock secondary school, some facts, some opinions, some clarification

By on November 19, 2016 in London Dock school, Schools with 0 Comments

In an attempt to provide everyone with the same information this post is a round-up of all the currently available information Love Wapping has managed to gather about the proposed secondary school on the London Dock site.It is by no means comprehensive but it will hopefully help all involved. The information comes from a variety […]

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Wildlife

Plans for improving the ecology of Wapping Canal unveiled

Plans for improving the ecology of Wapping Canal unveiled

By on September 4, 2017 in Wapping Canal, Wildlife with 0 Comments

The Tower Habitats team have been busy and have come up with a plan to improve the ecology of Wapping canal with floating reed beds!

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Wapping’s Egyptian Geese goslings continue to thrive on Shadwell Basin

Wapping’s Egyptian Geese goslings continue to thrive on Shadwell Basin

By on August 24, 2017 in Egyptian Geese with 0 Comments

All six Egyptian Geese goslings continue to thrive on and around Shadwell Basin and are now much more than just small balls of fluff. 

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Shadwell Egyptian Geese and six gooselets all well

Shadwell Egyptian Geese and six gooselets all well

By on August 11, 2017 in Egyptian Geese with 0 Comments

After receiving reports of something very nasty happening to the Egyptian Geese family on Shadwell Basin last night this morning we despatched our entire team of Wildlife Rangers to check on them so here are some photos to show you how they are.

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Anyone missing a peacock? Mr. Shouty ruffles feathers in the Isle of Dogs

Anyone missing a peacock? Mr. Shouty ruffles feathers in the Isle of Dogs

By on July 20, 2017 in Wildlife with 0 Comments

A peacock’s plumage is a wonder of the animal world but few expect to find a peacock on their doorstep when they return home of an evening.

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Nine Egyptian Geese goslings in Shadwell Basin

Nine Egyptian Geese goslings in Shadwell Basin

By on July 9, 2017 in Birds, Egyptian Geese, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Many residents have reported the Egyptian Geese goslings in Shadwell Basin and so we sent our Wildlife Rangers down to east Wapping to see what was going on.The Egyptian Geese are the Wapping Wildlife Rangers firm favourites due to their incredible plumage, cheeky character and that unique cry.Our Rangers did not have much trouble in finding […]

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The Tale of the Very Small and Very Lost Wapping Wagtail

The Tale of the Very Small and Very Lost Wapping Wagtail

By on May 1, 2017 in Birds, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Our Wildlife Rangers (Central Wapping Division) have been in action most of the morning dealing with a fledgling wagtail which flew the nest only to be rescued from the Turks Head Cafe.Wagtails (Genus Motacilla) are wonderful birds which gain their name from the way they, you guessed it, flick their tails up and down for balance […]

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Terrorism

Terrorist incident at Parsons Green Underground – police bulletin

Terrorist incident at Parsons Green Underground – police bulletin

By on September 15, 2017 in Terrorism with 0 Comments

MPS information bulletin. Police were called at approximately 08:20hrs on Friday, 15 September 2017 to Parsons Green Underground Station following reports of a fire on the train.

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Increased high-visibility police patrols around mosques in borough

Increased high-visibility police patrols around mosques in borough

By on June 19, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

Police patrols around mosques and other places of worship in Tower Hamlets and the rest of London have been increased in direct response to the brutal attack in Finsbury Park.“Understandably there will be concerns amongst many in the East End following last night’s attack.,” said Mayor John Biggs in a press statement.“This morning my Cabinet Member […]

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London Bridge terrorist attack – do you recognise this pink ceramic knife?

London Bridge terrorist attack – do you recognise this pink ceramic knife?

By on June 10, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

The Metropolitan Police has released photos of one of the distinctive pink knives used during the London Bridge terrorist attack in an attempt to trace their origin.The ceramic pink knives were found on or nearby the three attackers after police shot them dead last weekend.The kitchen knives, each measuring 12 inches, are branded Ernesto and are ceramic, […]

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Body recovered from Thames at Limehouse believed to be Xavier Thomas

Body recovered from Thames at Limehouse believed to be Xavier Thomas

By on June 7, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

Police have been appealing for information about Xavier Thomas, 45, a French national who had not been seen since the night of the terrorist attack on London Bridge.On Tuesday, 6 June at approximately 19:44hours the body of a man was recovered from the river, near Limehouse, by specialist officers from the Marine Police Unit based at […]

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London Muslim Alliance Silent Peace Rally in Solidarity with Londoners

London Muslim Alliance Silent Peace Rally in Solidarity with Londoners

By on June 6, 2017 in Events, Terrorism with 1 Comment

Update: Due to huge support for this event it has been postponed until Saturday 17th June, 7.30pm, Altab Ali Park. The police told the organisers that they could not deal with a march of such a size on date originally scheduled. The London Muslim Alliance has been set up as a direct response to the London Bridge atrocities […]

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London Bridge attacks – Counter Terrorism police appeal for information

London Bridge attacks – Counter Terrorism police appeal for information

By on June 6, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command has now released the names and photographs of all three attackers shot dead by police during the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and at Borough Market on Saturday.All three men involved in the attack were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of the first call.The three have […]

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Investigations

Criminal investigation into Rahman’s alleged crimes closes in

Criminal investigation into Rahman’s alleged crimes closes in

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published it’s second interim report into Operation Lynemouth, the Met’s major criminal enquiry into any alleged criminal or electoral wrongdoing connected to Lutfur Rahman’s administration.

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Car bomb kills investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Car bomb kills investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

By on October 16, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Investigations with 0 Comments

Maltese investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed today when a bomb exploded under her car.

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Biggs – no joint plans with Turks Head Company, no s106 cash for Lido

Biggs – no joint plans with Turks Head Company, no s106 cash for Lido

Official from John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets regarding the Turks Head Company, the Lido and the £3.1m Tideway s106 cash. 

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KEMP planning event – statement by Turks Head Company

KEMP planning event – statement by Turks Head Company

John Aldenton of Turks Head Company has stated that the KEMP planning event  has been organised for the Community Liaison Working Group.

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Turks Head Charity ‘planning weekend’ for KEMP exposed

Turks Head Charity ‘planning weekend’ for KEMP exposed

The KEMP ‘planning weekend’ taking place this weekend is not quite what the Turks Head Company claims it is.

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Plan to remove ‘King Edward Memorial Park’ from the map.

Plan to remove ‘King Edward Memorial Park’ from the map.

A proposal by local charity the Turks Head Company to rename King Edward Memorial Park as ‘Shadwell Park’ has emerged ahead of a ‘planning weekend’ organised by John Aldenton’s charity on 13th, 14th and 15th October.

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Prostitution

Prostitution moves from Green Bank to Pennington Street

Prostitution moves from Green Bank to Pennington Street

By on April 13, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

The prostitution activity that has been taking place in Green Bank has now moved up to Pennington Street next to London Dock.Reports from residents and a little snooping by LW seems to indicate that it is the same people in the same cars doing the same thing, so it seems the problem has just been […]

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Prostitution problem in Green Bank evaporates into thin air

Prostitution problem in Green Bank evaporates into thin air

By on April 12, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 1 Comment

The prostitution problem in Wapping E1W that has concerned many residents may have been solved. Since Saturday night none of the usual vehicles and occupants have been seen in Green Bank. The photograph below taken last night shows a complete lack of anything apart from residents cars.The reason the prostitution problem has been fixed is undoubtedly […]

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Green Bank prostitution – good news and bad news

Green Bank prostitution – good news and bad news

By on April 7, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

A week after the news that Green Bank Wapping was home to a thriving prostitution industry here are some details of what has and has not changed.For various reasons LW knows Green Bank as well as our own backyard and, with the help of various nearby residents, has been keeping an eye on the comings and goings […]

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Organised prostitution in Wapping – response from MPS Tower Hamlets

Organised prostitution in Wapping – response from MPS Tower Hamlets

By on April 4, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

Below is the full text of an email from Chief Inspector Martin Kirby of Limehouse Police Station in response to a formal enquiry by Cllr. Denise Jones about the current situation with organised prostitution in Green Bank, Wapping, and other locations. SNT stands for Safer Neighbourhood Team aka our local police. Hello Denise, I have discussed […]

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The harsh reality of Romanian sex trafficking gangs – Matei Rosca

The harsh reality of Romanian sex trafficking gangs – Matei Rosca

By on April 2, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

Love Wapping is pleased to be able to publish a guest post by Matei Rosca who lives not that far from Wapping and immediately responded to our first story regarding the Romanian gang organising prostitution in Green Bank.  Matei has very kindly offered to help our community by sharing his knowledge of this problem.Matei considers that even […]

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Wapping prostitution continues as authorities fail to join the dots

Wapping prostitution continues as authorities fail to join the dots

By on April 2, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

Another normal night in Wapping as sex workers stand and chat on the pavements of Green Bank, Wapping High Street and Tench Street while waiting to be transported to their next assignment. Residents continue to react with a mixture of disbelief and shock when they realise just what is going on in the heart of […]

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Data Stories

TfL 100 bus route consultation results combined to fix final result

TfL 100 bus route consultation results combined to fix final result

By on February 22, 2017 in Data Stories, Tower Hamlets, Transport with 0 Comments

Analysis of the published results of the Transport for London (TfL) consultation into proposed changes of the 100 and 388 bus routes show that TfL is ignoring its own data and ignoring the wishes of Wapping residents.In the published consultation results TfL has combined the results of feedback on both the 100 and the 388 bus […]

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Council Payments To Suppliers Open Data worse than under Lutfur

Council Payments To Suppliers Open Data worse than under Lutfur

By on September 13, 2016 in Data Stories, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

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 […]

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DCLG Commissioners clamp down on Tower Hamlets grants

DCLG Commissioners clamp down on Tower Hamlets grants

The Commissioners sent in by Eric Pickles to sort out Tower Hamlets council have begun to publish the results of their work on the Main Stream Grants (MSG) shambles.Have a look at the bar chart below to see which organisation’s projects have been stopped. Grant funding with ‘red’ status are the ones in – you […]

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Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

By on October 26, 2014 in Data Stories, Investigations with 0 Comments

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.  

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Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators

Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators

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 […]

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Mainstream Grant funding increases

Mainstream Grant funding increases

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 […]

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Previously on Love Wapping...

Police seek two men for hate crime at Tower Hamlets synagogues

By on November 15, 2017 in Crime & Policing with 0 Comments
Police seek two men for hate crime at Tower Hamlets synagogues

Police are appealing for help to identify two men wanted for questioning after anti-Semitic stickers and posters were placed at two synagogues in Tower Hamlets.

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Free Trade Wharf JUB incident – update from Jim Fitzpatrick MP

By on November 9, 2017 in News with 0 Comments
Free Trade Wharf JUB incident – update from Jim Fitzpatrick MP

This update on the Free Trade Wharf Jacked Up Barge (JUB) incident just in from the office of MP for Poplar and Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick plus a tweet and photos from What’s in Wapping!

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Broken Thames Tideway barge causes Free Trade Wharf evacuation

By on November 8, 2017 in Save King Edward Memorial Park with 0 Comments
Broken Thames Tideway barge causes Free Trade Wharf evacuation

Reports are just coming in that residents of Free Trade Wharf have been evacuated as one of the large ‘jack up’ rigs being used by Thames Tideway to construct the supersewer (aka Thames Tideway Tunnel) has suffered a mechanical failure. 

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New property development at Brewhouse Lane Wapping

New property development at Brewhouse Lane Wapping

Wapping residents have discovered yet another property development at Brewhouse Lane overlooking Wapping Rose Gardens, one of the most precious green spaces in our community.

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