I am sure we all remember the events of December 2012 when there were two serious attacks in Wapping Woods and the meeting held as a consequence of this.
What were we told about the lighting in Wapping Woods?
The anger of Wapping and Shadwell residents boiled over at the meeting but we were reassured by numerous people including Tower Hamlets Council officers, politicians and police officers that the lighting in Wapping Woods would be properly maintained.
Well on a wander through the Woods last night I could not help noticing that a number of the lights were not working.
Including the light right in the middle of the Woods where it is darkest.
So armed with only a torch and an iPhone the entire staff of Love Wapping set to work photographing the lot.
Well it was a Friday evening. What else is there to do in London?
It was dark
These photos are displayed below for your weekend viewing pleasure. Sorry some are out of focus. But it was dark. And it was a small torch.
Click on any of the photographs to see larger versions in a gallery.
Our team also noticed that vandals have damaged the canal railings under the Garnett St bridge, two of the posts have been dislodged.
A crime scene waiting to happen
This area under the Garnett St bridge is almost completely dark. During the day it is lovely around here but at night? It’s just a crime scene waiting to happen. Not because Wapping Woods is worse than anywhere else, but having a covered dark area like this is ideal for scum bags and general low lives.
We need to design crime out. This is the direct opposite. Lack of basic maintenance is designing crime into Wapping.
Find it, Fix it, Love it
One reason that this issue is pertinent is because Tower Hamlets Council has recently launched the Find it, Fix it, Love it (FIFILI) application for your mobile.
According to the blurb on the Council site:
“Users simply take a picture of a problem and the app will pinpoint their location and send the details directly to the council’s environmental contractors, ensuring that problems are dealt with swiftly. “
As someone who designs and develops mobile apps for a living I thought it would be easier to do a post here.
And as we have been trying to get the paving stones outside Hussey’s and the Post Office in Wapping Lane fixed for months I am slightly dubious about the worth of an app.
So let’s sit back and see how long it takes to get this little lot fixed, shall we?
Apart from the new mobile app f you want to report a broken street light you can fill in the Street Lighting Fault Reporting Form. Just in case you haven’t got a whizzy mobile.
Obviously the Love Wapping Street (Documentation and Reporting Branch) will submit this link. The receipt ID is 26506.