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22 trees outside Matilda House to be coppiced – but for sound ecology reasons

22 trees outside Matilda House to be coppiced – but for sound ecology reasons

By on November 19, 2016 in News, Planning with 0 Comments

During the week news emerged via Twitter that a planning application (PA/16/02563/NC) had been spotted concerning 22 trees outside Matilda House St. Katharine’s Way to be coppiced (aka reduced to a much lower height) and 56 metres of mixed native hedge added to the estate boundary. Cue uproar! “You can’t cut those trees down!”But it seems the coppicing […]

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Laughing gas convention in Wapping? Neighbourhood littered with NO2 canisters

Laughing gas convention in Wapping? Neighbourhood littered with NO2 canisters

By on November 19, 2016 in Crime, News with 0 Comments

Any resident out for an early morning walk in Wapping today would have been disappointed to find our neighbourhood littered with discarded canisters of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) dumped by the usual suspects overnight.LW set out to photograph the results at various locations and the pictures below show what we found.      We estimate we found between 200 – 300 […]

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London Dock school – confused? You will be. Part One.

London Dock school – confused? You will be. Part One.

By on November 6, 2016 in London Dock, London Dock school, News, Schools with 0 Comments

If you did not attend the meeting regarding London Dock school last week then you missed some good cake. You also missed becoming confused by the well, confusion. LW went along to try and clarify what is going on with Mulberry Schools Trust, the Council and London Dock school and can safely say we have […]

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Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on 2016

Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on 2016

By on November 6, 2016 in Events, News with 0 Comments

It’s the big Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on happening on Monday 28 November between 6.30 and 7.30pm organised by Cllr. Julia ‘Stardust’ Dockerill and her band of community elves – you!Cllr. Dockerill needs help from Wapping to get things done and her been writing messages to Father Christmas on a regular basis. In Tower Hamlets […]

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Tower Hamlets whistleblowers – how to blow that whistle

Tower Hamlets whistleblowers – how to blow that whistle

By on November 2, 2016 in News, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

Note: This blog post has been updated, edited, polished, changed and slightly reduced in length since first published. This statement is from the Tower Hamlets Communications Office. “The  Clear Up project is not being managed by the Cabinet Office. “The newly appointed project leader is here,  on secondment, and is independent.  However, his role has […]

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Council plans for community hubs within walking distance of all residents

Council plans for community hubs within walking distance of all residents

By on October 30, 2016 in Charities, News with 0 Comments

New ‘community hubs’ – or community centres as they used to be called – are to benefit from a ’community benefit rent reduction’ policy as Tower Hamlets Council seeks to reinvigorate the voluntary sector.The Council is proposing that every Borough resident should be within walking distance of a ‘community hub’ wherever they live. This comes […]

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Investigations

Rahman’s Youth Service workers employed to authenticate Register of Electors

Rahman’s Youth Service workers employed to authenticate Register of Electors

A little while ago LW published a Freedom of Information (FOI) request asking the Council some basic questions relating to the people it employs to check that the Register of Electors is accurate. We decided to publish this request to fully involve both our readers with our investigations. We are now publishing the response.The reason […]

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Commissioners: Investigations outcomes can only look like justice denied

Commissioners: Investigations outcomes can only look like justice denied

By on October 20, 2016 in Investigations, News with 0 Comments

Despite Tower Hamlets Council being run much better now than under whatisname the four Commissioners sent in by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are still in place and unlikely to go anywhere soon, despite the wishes of Mayor Biggs.Below is a short extract from the DCLG Commissioners Response to Best Value Action Plan Six […]

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New London Dock school to be most heavily polluted in Tower Hamlets

New London Dock school to be most heavily polluted in Tower Hamlets

Irrespective of the exact nature of the new secondary school at London Dock some basic research using publicly available data indicates that its pupils will suffer from the site being the most heavily polluted school in Tower Hamlets if not the whole of London.A previous LW story ‘Eleven Tower Hamlets secondary schools exceed legal air quality levels‘ showed […]

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Youth Service Rapid Response Trucks – some more details

Youth Service Rapid Response Trucks – some more details

By on October 10, 2016 in ASB, Investigations, Youth Services with 0 Comments

Here is some more detail on those Youth Service trucks. This is a a response to a Members Enquiry (ME) by then Cllr. Gloria Thienel way back in 2013.  The subject is the high level of ASB around the Youth Club mobile bus when parked in Stebondale Street on the Isle of Dogs and is […]

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EXCLUSIVE: How Lutfur Rahman used Youth Services to steal an election

EXCLUSIVE: How Lutfur Rahman used Youth Services to steal an election

“I saw the kids getting off the [Youth Service] bus with these postal vote envelopes. Reason I know they were postal votes was because it says LBTH on the envelope and I recognised it…  It seemed as if they had a list as they would go to a specific door, knock knock, the door opens, […]

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Freedom for Freedom of Information requests

Freedom for Freedom of Information requests

By on October 6, 2016 in Investigations, News with 0 Comments

Investigative journalism requires a variety of skills and one of them is the correct use of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. In a bid to ensure that the investigative work that LW undertakes on your behalf is both open and transparent we have decided to publish a selection of future FOI requests as and when […]

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Wildlife

Kingfisher spotted flying along Thames foreshore at Wapping

Kingfisher spotted flying along Thames foreshore at Wapping

By on September 18, 2016 in Kingfisher, News, Wildlife with 0 Comments

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 […]

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Mr Burns gets his (Tesco) sprats

Mr Burns gets his (Tesco) sprats

By on August 13, 2016 in Grey Heron, Photographs with 0 Comments

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Corruption

You only have until 8th December to report issues to ‘Clear Up’ project

You only have until 8th December to report issues to ‘Clear Up’ project

By on November 21, 2016 in Corruption, Crime with 0 Comments

Residents, partners, stakeholders and employees of Tower Hamlets Council only have a couple of weeks, until 8th December,  to tell the Council’s ‘Clear Up’ project what they know about corruption and wrongdoing in the Borough.  James Richardson, a secondee to the Council from the Civil Service, has been appointed as the Clear Up Project Manager and is […]

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Help clean up Tower Hamlets – tell Jim what you know

Help clean up Tower Hamlets – tell Jim what you know

By on October 6, 2016 in Corruption, News with 0 Comments

In a previous post details of the dedicated Council ‘Clear Up’ team were described in a further attempt by Mayor John Biggs administration to rid the borough of the corruption of the previous Mayor’s corruption. The team will investigate outstanding allegations which may have taken place between October 2010 and June 2016.It is worth knowing that if for some […]

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Mayor establishes independent corruption ‘Clear Up’ team

Mayor establishes independent corruption ‘Clear Up’ team

By on September 16, 2016 in Corruption, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

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 […]

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Golds increases pressure on Met Police to explain corruption inaction

Golds increases pressure on Met Police to explain corruption inaction

By on August 26, 2016 in Corruption, News with 0 Comments

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’ […]

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Lutfur Rahman referred to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Lutfur Rahman referred to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

By on August 17, 2016 in Corruption, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

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 […]

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Biggs: “THF’s mockery of electoral system clearly a criminal act “

Biggs: “THF’s mockery of electoral system clearly a criminal act “

By on August 12, 2016 in Corruption, News, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

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 […]

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Swans

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 […]

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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. 

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Data Stories

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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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 […]

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Previously on Love Wapping...

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

By on November 19, 2016 in London Dock school, Schools with 0 Comments
London Dock secondary school, some facts, some opinions, some clarification

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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King Edward Memorial Park (KEMP) update from Thames Tideway Tunnel

By on October 31, 2016 in Save King Edward Memorial Park with 0 Comments
King Edward Memorial Park (KEMP) update from Thames Tideway Tunnel

The main works contractor for the Thames Tideway Tunnel will start the main enabling works (including hoarding around the site, creating an access road and mobilizing the site team) in King Edward Memorial Park in January 2017.A joint venture of experienced tunnelling contractors: Costain Ltd., VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche will deliver the […]

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London Dock secondary school meeting Monday 31 Oct 6.30 pm Raines House

London Dock secondary school meeting Monday 31 Oct 6.30 pm Raines House

Just a reminder that there is a meeting regarding the proposal by Mulberry Schools Trust for the London Dock secondary school on Monday 31 Oct 6.30 pm at Raine House, Raine Street.For the geographically challenged Raine Street is just south of 21 Wapping Lane, set back from the road on the green.Unfortunately whatever Mulberry Schools Trust […]

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Hey Flat 8 Tradewinds Court, Asher Way, E1W 2JB – we have found your rubbish!

By on October 30, 2016 in Environment with 0 Comments
Hey Flat 8 Tradewinds Court, Asher Way, E1W 2JB – we have found your rubbish!

Even the Wapping Mole needs time off from digging and on his way back from a shopping expedition for some new non-moleskin trousers and not-moleskin notebooks he found some rubbish! How odd weird unusual annoying normal routine is that? Well the odd thing is Moley had just read this tweet from @MayorJohnBiggs.Mayor Biggs made the […]

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