Local news for Wapping E1W and Tower Hamlets

News

Council launches Integrated Early Years Service consultation

Council launches Integrated Early Years Service consultation

By on July 28, 2016 in News, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

Your view on the future shape of Tower Hamlets Council’s Integrated Early Years Service is being sought by the council.The service ensures children and families get the best start in life at an early stage across the borough.A public consultation has now been launched asking residents for their views as the service has to find […]

Continue Reading »

Wapping Is Open says Cherryduck

Wapping Is Open says Cherryduck

By on July 21, 2016 in Brexit, News with 0 Comments

Following the incredible stupidity of the EU Referendum result the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched  the#LondonIsOpen campaign to show that London is united and open for business and to the world.Mayor Khan is urging all Londoners, organisations and businesses to show their support for the #LondonIsOpen message via social media and other creative ways.So […]

Continue Reading »

Person drowns at Shadwell Basin

Person drowns at Shadwell Basin

By on July 20, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

Unconfirmed reports today of a person drowned in Shadwell Basin. The photo below of large numbers of people swimming in the Basin last year shows the numbers who are attracted to the water when it’s hot.Unfortunately despite the air temperature making the water look inviting it is very cold and can catch the unwary off […]

Continue Reading »

Swarm of Wapping bees spotted in Vaughan Way E1W

Swarm of Wapping bees spotted in Vaughan Way E1W

By on July 16, 2016 in News, Wildlife with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Willoughby House stink gets right up Tricia’s nose – updated

Willoughby House stink gets right up Tricia’s nose – updated

By on July 12, 2016 in News, Tower Hamlets Homes

Update 21 July 2016 – Seems the stench coming from the rubbish chutes at Willoughby House is just as bad as it was when LW reported it the other week. (see original story below).Seems the Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) contractors who turned up as if by magic only a few hours after our original post […]

Continue Reading »

Boy racers doing ‘doughnuts’ at 3am in Watts Street

Boy racers doing ‘doughnuts’ at 3am in Watts Street

By on July 11, 2016 in Crime, News with 1 Comment

After a period of relative calm it seems that ASB activity in Watts Street is on the rise again. Local residents have noticed an increase in the numbers of boy racers parking up their cars on both sides of the road during the day and last night some idiots chose to perform ‘doughnuts’ in their cars […]

Continue Reading »

Investigations

Corruption, fraud, nepotism – that Youth Services email in full

Corruption, fraud, nepotism – that Youth Services email in full

By on July 7, 2016 in Investigations, Youth Services with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Investigations rip through CLC as Halsey abandons Tower Hamlets

Investigations rip through CLC as Halsey abandons Tower Hamlets

More details are emerging of the sheer scale of the investigations into the Communities Localities & Culture (CLC) Directorate of Tower Hamlets Council.

Continue Reading »

Data theft report published by Tower Hamlets Homes

Data theft report published by Tower Hamlets Homes

The internal report into the alleged data theft of Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) tenants personal information has been published by Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) but it provides no clear conclusions.One unnamed individual seems to be of interest to the THH investigators but this person left Council employment after Lutfur Rahman was thrown out of office.This does […]

Continue Reading »

Tower Hamlets Homes data theft report – full text

Tower Hamlets Homes data theft report – full text

This is the full unedited text of the report published by Tower Hamlets Homes at the conclusion of their investigation into the alleged data theft of Tower Hamlets Homes residents personal information for use in electioneering by Tower Hamlets First.(Formatting has been changed slightly for web publication.)The LW news story and analysis of this report […]

Continue Reading »

The curious case of DHG just got even curiouser

The curious case of DHG just got even curiouser

By on June 15, 2016 in Charities, Investigations with 0 Comments

The curious story of the Docklands Handicapped Group (DHG), the charity that was not a charity but was still paid £300k in grants for a decade, has turned to farce as those who reported the issue are now being investigated by the police as a result of an allegation of tampering with the post  – made […]

Continue Reading »

Tower Hamlets data theft – ICO gives up search for guilty

Tower Hamlets data theft – ICO gives up search for guilty

By on June 3, 2016 in Corruption, Investigations, News with 0 Comments

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has completed its investigation into the massive data theft of Tower Hamlets Homes resident’s personal details stating that the ICO ‘will not be taking any further action’.This would seem to be the latest sorry episode in a sequence of events whereby the 280,000 residents of a London borough are abandoned by the authorities […]

Continue Reading »

Wildlife

The Killer Coots of Limehouse

The Killer Coots of Limehouse

By on July 6, 2016 in Wildlife with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Kingfishers spotted at Shadwell Basin

Kingfishers spotted at Shadwell Basin

By on July 6, 2016 in Kingfisher, Wildlife with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Kingfisher nesting bank built by Regents Canal Limehouse

Kingfisher nesting bank built by Regents Canal Limehouse

By on June 21, 2016 in Kingfisher, Wildlife with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Limehouse cygnets enjoying a porridge oats breakfast

Limehouse cygnets enjoying a porridge oats breakfast

By on June 7, 2016 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Mr Burns fishing at Limehouse marina lock

Mr Burns fishing at Limehouse marina lock

By on May 30, 2016 in Grey Heron, Wildlife with 0 Comments

It has been some time since Mr Burns the Grey Heron has graced the pages of LW so it is high time we caught up with one of Wapping’s favourite birds.Our Wildlife Ranger Team (Rivers & Canal Branch) had often spotted Mr Burns sitting on the top of the Limehouse Basin lock gates. Just sitting. […]

Continue Reading »

Cute coot chick catastrophe averted by LW Rangers

Cute coot chick catastrophe averted by LW Rangers

By on May 14, 2016 in Photographs, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Drama on Limehouse Basin Marina today as our entire team of LW Wildlife Rangers (Marine Division) were deployed to build a floating coot nest and save two new born coot chicks from drowning.Although coot (Fulica atra) chicks can swim as soon as they are born they cannot jump. In this case our Rangers were informed that the […]

Continue Reading »

Corruption

PREVENT linked Youth Service scandal in Tower Hamlets

PREVENT linked Youth Service scandal in Tower Hamlets

By on May 23, 2016 in Corruption, Investigations with 1 Comment

Allegations of serious misconduct including fraud and corruption by Tower Hamlets Youth Service personnel under disgraced ex-Mayor Lutfur Rahman have emerged after a remarkable speech by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Rachel Saunders at the town hall last week.Youth Services normal role is to engage youth on the street and provide them with activities to keep them […]

Continue Reading »

Jim Fitzpatrick turns up pressure on Met & CPS

Jim Fitzpatrick turns up pressure on Met & CPS

By on April 19, 2016 in Corruption, News with 0 Comments
WOW! Our MP Jim Fitzpatrick took no prisoners during his Adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the complete failure by both the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution to bring any prosecutions with regard to corruption and electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.You can see Jim’s excellent speech below on Parliament TV. It was held at […]

Continue Reading »

Jim Fitzpatrick MP raises Met inquiry farce in Commons

Jim Fitzpatrick MP raises Met inquiry farce in Commons

By on April 15, 2016 in Corruption, Politics with 0 Comments

Our local MP Jim Fitzpatrick has scheduled an Adjournment debate on the Metropolitan Police Special Enquiry Team investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets in the House of Commons on Monday 18th April.  Jim has already asked numerous questions in the House  about corruption in the borough.An Adjournment debate is a half-hour adjournment debate at the end […]

Continue Reading »

Tower Hamlets corruption – Guest post by Angela Moffat

Tower Hamlets corruption – Guest post by Angela Moffat

By on March 28, 2016 in Comment, Corruption with 0 Comments

This is a guest post by Angela Moffatt, one of the four electoral petitioners who brought a private action that led to the removal of Lutfur Rahman and Alibor Choudhury from office and is now considering bringing a private prosecution against him. As such it does not necessarily reflect the views of LW.  In 2010 I […]

Continue Reading »

Tower Hamlets corruption – Guest post by Andy Erlam

Tower Hamlets corruption – Guest post by Andy Erlam

By on March 28, 2016 in Comment, Corruption with 1 Comment

This is a guest post by Andy Erlam, one of the four electoral petitioners who brought a private action that led to the removal of Lutfur Rahman and Alibor Choudhury from office. As such it does not necessarily reflect the views of LW.  While the Election Petitioners continue to try to obtain their £500,000 legal fees from […]

Continue Reading »

Residents to bring private prosecution against Lutfur Rahman

Residents to bring private prosecution against Lutfur Rahman

By on March 24, 2016 in Corruption with 6 Comments

Two Tower Hamlets residents are considering bringing a private prosecution against former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman alleging conspiracy to defraud the Returning Officer, misfeasance in public officer and fraud (of course!). Community activists Angela Moffatt and Cathy Holmes have decided to take this step after last week’s decision by the Metropolitan police not to prosecute election offenders, a decision […]

Continue Reading »

Swans

Goose annoys swan, swan chases goose (photos)

Goose annoys swan, swan chases goose (photos)

By on April 19, 2016 in Photographs, Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

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. 

Continue Reading »

Wapping swans – only one cygnet this year

Wapping swans – only one cygnet this year

By on April 12, 2016 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Wapping swans have six eggs on the nest

Wapping swans have six eggs on the nest

By on March 8, 2016 in Swans with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

The Wapping cygnets are flying away (photos)

The Wapping cygnets are flying away (photos)

By on July 30, 2015 in Swans, Wildlife

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Mystery as Wapping ducklings fall victim to mysterious predator

Mystery as Wapping ducklings fall victim to mysterious predator

By on March 28, 2015 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

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. […]

Continue Reading »

Seven new cygnets for Wapping

Seven new cygnets for Wapping

By on March 22, 2015 in News, Swans with 0 Comments

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Data Stories

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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.  

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward

Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Tower Hamlets – all the grants, all the wards, all the money (UPDATED)

Tower Hamlets – all the grants, all the wards, all the money (UPDATED)

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox MP: President Obama leads tributes from around the world

Jo Cox MP: President Obama leads tributes from around the world

By on June 18, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

US president Barack Obama has phoned Jo’s husband Brendan from Air Force One to offer his condolences.According to a White House press statement Obama said: “The world is a better place because of her selfless service to others, and there can be no justification for this heinous crime, which robbed a family, a community, and […]

Continue Reading »

Jo Cox MP: Hermitage moorings barges sound horns in tribute

Jo Cox MP: Hermitage moorings barges sound horns in tribute

By on June 18, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

At 8pm last night the barges at Hermitage Moorings, the Wapping home of Jo’s family, paid tribute to Jo by sounding their horns in unison.For several minutes the mournful sounds carried along the Thames and across the city.Words cannot express the loss and shock felt by her family and friends, communities in Yorkshire, London, UK, Europe, […]

Continue Reading »

Jo Cox’s Fund on GoFundMe now online

Jo Cox’s Fund on GoFundMe now online

By on June 17, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 1 Comment

In celebration and memory of Jo Cox her family and friends are raising funds to support charities closest to her heart.  At the time of publication £48,000 £50,000 had been raised in just three hours.The three funds chosen are:The Royal Voluntary Service, to support volunteers helping combat loneliness in Jo’s constituency, Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.HOPE not […]

Continue Reading »

Flowers for Jo Cox MP at Hermitage Moorings

Flowers for Jo Cox MP at Hermitage Moorings

By on June 17, 2016 in Crime, Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

As the shock of the murder of Wapping resident Jo Cox MP ripples across the world the carpet of flowers on the Cox family houseboat at Hermitage Moorings steadily grows.For those family members, friends and residents who are not able to visit Hermitage Moorings itself here are a few photographs Love Wapping and Vickie Flores took […]

Continue Reading »

Jo Cox MP – tweets from around the world.

Jo Cox MP – tweets from around the world.

By on June 17, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

There seems to be several tweets a second about Jo being published. Too many to make sense of for many. We have chosen just a few of the better ones which you can see below. [View the story “Jo Cox MP” on Storify]

Continue Reading »

Jo Cox MP 1974 – 2016

Jo Cox MP 1974 – 2016

By on June 16, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

Mum, wife, activist, MP. “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.Jo […]

Continue Reading »

Previously on Love Wapping...

Beyond the Referendum

By on July 23, 2016 in Comment with 0 Comments
Beyond the Referendum

On average the wealthiest 10% of people in the UK have £7770,000 each, whereas the poorest have just £877 (including pensions).Makes you think, doesn’t it?For more information shareradio

Continue Reading »

Surprise Chinese takeover of Tower Hamlets Youth Clubs

By on July 11, 2016 in Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments
Surprise Chinese takeover of Tower Hamlets Youth Clubs

The ripples caused by the investigations of the unusual goings-on of the borough’s Youth Services under Rahman mean that only eight Youth Club ‘Hubs’ will remain open. As time will tell the Rahman era Youth Clubs will be revealed to be at the centre of numerous activities, and we do not mean ping-pong, hiking and five-a-side […]

Continue Reading »

“They don’t speak for me and they don’t speak for Bangladesh”

By on July 7, 2016 in News with 0 Comments
“They don’t speak for me and they don’t speak for Bangladesh”

Hundreds gathered in Mile End Park this morning for Eid to mark the end of Ramadan and pay respect to those lost in the recent attacks in Bangladesh.Less than a week ago 23 people were killed in a terrorist attack on a popular bakery in Dhaka.  Prayers for Bangladesh“The tragic event last Friday in Bangladesh where […]

Continue Reading »

Will Brexit Save King Edward Memorial Park?

Will Brexit Save King Edward Memorial Park?

As the UK tries to get its head around the greatest crisis since the Second World War, there is the possibility that the Brexit storm clouds may have a silver lining for the campaign to Save King Edward Memorial Park from the clutches of Thames Water.Simple fact is that with the economic future for our […]

Continue Reading »

Top