Another Raines House consultation – with only 24 hours notice

Surprise! LW has just seen a tweet informing Wapping residents that there will be another ‘consultation’ about the proposal to spend £1.3m on renovating Raines House to upgrade its function as a community centre tomorrow Wednesday 23rd May between 4-8pm at Raines House, Raine Street E1W 3RU.

We do not understand why the Council considers it adequate to only provide less than 24 hours notice to local residents about this event.

Update 16:33hrs 22nd May – Statement from Council

“Tower Hamlets Council wrote to 940 households on 14 May about the Raines House Public Consultation Event taking place on 23 May. All of the information, including feedback from previous consultation meetings and a copy of the letter sent to residents, is available on our website.

The consultation is open until 4 June and the council will continue to correspond with residents via its channels. If someone in the area would like to receive written correspondence about this consultation, please email your details and the title Raines House: Proposals to create a Community Hub consultation to consultation@towerhamlets.gov.uk”

There again LW still does not understand how or why the decision was made to spend £1.3m on Raines House when there are other community centres in Wapping which are in desperate need of proper funding.

But we intend to find out.

Raines House users with Aspire Party members protesting outside Tower Hamlets Town Hall.

One of the interesting things about Raines House is why the Aspire Party suddenly thought it worthwhile to engage with the users of the Raines House facilities during the recent local and mayoral elections?

This previously unexpressed interest in the needs of the Wapping community is all the more remarkable for the complete and utter lack of interest in issues even near E1W by Aspire / Tower Hamlets First before the announcement by the Council that changes were afoot at Raines House.

Political opportunism? In Tower Hamlets? Surely not!

LW has very good reason to believe that there is an awful lot about Raines House that is not known to residents – and we think these issues should be more widely known than they currently are.

To be continued….

In the meantime please do pop along to the consultation tomorrow Wednesday 23rd May between 4-8pm at Raines House, Raine Street E1W 3RU.

The Wapping Mole has a clash with another appointment but will do his best to burrow along to Raines.

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