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JUST WHO DECIDES WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK AND HOW MUCH YOU PAY FOR IT?

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DO YOU THINK YOU DO?

I bet you think you make the decisions over what you and your family eat and drink. I hope this article will make you think twice.

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My first question is – where do you do your main shopping? The answer is usually the same. It’s one or other of the main supermarkets, whether it’s on-line or in their stores.

So if you think about it, you could only purchase items they have on their shelves (or website). This is the first limit placed on you from the start. Each supermarket carries out stock rotation. I’m not just talking about putting out fresh stock of the same line, but rotate the varieties they have for sale in their stores. For example, one store will carry out a specific item for a while, sometimes on a special offer, whilst other stores do not stock it. After a…

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COUNCIL MAKES SECRET AGREEMENTS WHICH IGNORES PEACE & QUIET FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED

TOWER HAMLETS HOMES ARE NOW PLACING ‘VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS’ INTO HOUSING DEDICATED TO THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED

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I have often wondered what was going on in Bentworth Court, part of the Granby Estate, in Tower Hamlets.
Bentworth Court is a block managed by the Borough of Tower Hamlets’ arms-length management company, Tower Hamlets Homes.
It is intended as a place where older and disabled residents can live in peace and quiet, but this is clearly no longer of concern to Tower Hamlets Council, or Tower Hamlets Homes.
For a while now there have been people who look ‘out of place’ coming into and leaving the block with official security fobs, and Anti-Social Behaviour has been taking place around the building again.
It is now coming to light – Tower Hamlets Homes, apparently acting without consultation with existing residents, has come to approve the housing of ‘various groups of residents’ including Refugees, and other ‘Hard to Place’ groups into this sensitive block.
Below is am e-mail I have received from a worried resident of the block, which has helped spark this enquiry. I have removed any indication of the senders identity.
Hi Mark hope you’re well.
Just thought I’d send you an update of the situation regarding the above.
Specifically, the Noise Nuisance complaint I made some 3 months ago.
Following a period of action, to be fair, on my behalf by the Housing Officer.
Thankfully the situation has improved somewhat.
There persists however some incidents of the recurring problem.
Albeit strange, in that these consist of very short bursts of Noise Nuisance sporadically.
In the same vein though, I was informed by a member of THH head office staff some time ago that Tower Hamlets Homes had entered into agreements with various organisations, to provide accommodation for groups supported by them. The impression I was given during the ‘phone conversation was that groups consisted of refugees, as well as other ‘hard to place’ groups.
This would perhaps explain the incidence of anti-social behaviour being experienced by myself and others in social and general housing. A similar topic which I find it necessary to report to THH at this time is the noise from occupants of some properties using power tools (drilling, grinding, etc), within the properties, at all times of day and night. For example, on 30th April thru to 1st May, and 1st May thru 2nd May, at midnight or so until about 4 am, on both nights. Not particularly conducive to ‘getting a good night’s sleep’. I think you’ll agree. Anyway, there is some positive stuff out there too!
All The Best.

 

If anyone from the Council or THH would like to comment on this matter, I welcome you to use the contact form below:

TOWER HAMLETS FARCE OF TRANSPORT FOCUS GROUP

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TOWER HAMLETS TRAVEL FOCUS GROUP FARCE

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I today attended the Travel Focus Group for Tower Hamlets held at the Idea Store at Whitechapel, only to realise that these group meetings are only being held as a tick box event, to show that meetings with the public had been carried out.

The first milestone was the fact that as the venue’s lifts were too small to take my mobility scooter, so it had to be left in the enrtance to the venue, forcing me to walk and use the lift up to the 3rd floor!

Then the refreshments arrived, only after we had already started the meeting!

The meeting was constantly interupted by late arrivals.

As well as attendees being asked what problems they had in getting to this very central venue, the meeting really focused on only three main subjects, Cycling, Walking and Driving.

If I hadn’t brought up some…

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UNNECESSARY BUS STOP CLOSURES

ARE ALL BUS STOP CLOSURES NECESSARY?

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Recently in my area there has been a TfL bus stop closed (Barnet Grove West Bound) for weeks now.

There is a small building site next to the stop, but there has been very little activity on the site to quantify total closure of this stop.

The biggest problems closure of this particular type of stop is to the elderly, pregnant ladies, and the disabled, many of whom use this stop, as the distance to the next one is quite a distance away.

I have noticed in the past that there are frequent bus stop closures in London for no apparent reason.

 

IS THIS THE TIP OF THE ICEBURG?

Do you have the same problem?

If you do suffer from unnecessarily closed bus stops, specially in London, please let me know using the  contact form below.

Any personal information will not be passed on to anybody whatsoever.

I look forwards to the results.

SOCIAL LANDLORDS DOWNGRADING COMPLAINTS

COMPLAINTS DOWNGRADED TO ENQUIRIES!

It has been drawn to my attention that arms-length housing association Tower Hamlets Homes could be downgrading complaints enabling them to take less action and save time.

An example pointed out to me was a complaint of Noise Nuisance from a neighbour, which for some reason or other has been downgraded to an enquiry.

A matter of Noise Nuisance should have been dealt with as an Anti-Social action, and been dealt with as Anti-Social Behaviour, which should have been dealt with rapidly. Instead it was downgraded to an enquiry, which requires no further action.

 

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THIS?

I am wondering if this is just the tip of the iceburg, therefore I am asking you to let me know if you have had this downgrading happen to you.

If you have been a victim of this downgrading practice, (with any Social Landlord, not just Tower Hamlets homes) please let me know using the contact form below.

I look forward to finding the results.

DO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GET VALUE FOR MONEY?

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Are University Lecturers Cutting Corners?

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I have recently been speaking to a university student who was commenting that she was unhappy with the value for money she was receiving from her university lecturers.

It would appear that some lecturers are now preparing their lectures using systems like Powerpoint, but seem to be forgetting that the Powerpoint presentation systems are intended as an aid to lectures, not to replace it.

Those lecturers under question now seem to be giving lectures by reading out their Powerpoint presentation verbatim, and not embellishing or expanding on the contents.

Given how much our students are being charged for their University education, and how much they get into debt to pay for it, surely they are entitled to Lecturers actually earning their fees by adding their personal input into supplimenting the automated presentation given.

If lecturers continue to only read out their presentation verbatim, then there…

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