TH Council Internal Audit find limited assurance in the Councils "Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) Information and Record Management" service
Service paid for by MHCLG has problems
In part because trying to use MS Excel spreadsheet to track everything…
TH Council is too dependent on Excel
But also clear problems with work not being done, letters not sent in time, data missing, staff turnover issues
795 private blocks over 18 meters on spreadsheet = 293 buildings applied for BSF money = 37% of buildings with issues but 158
owners have not provided full information to the Council
The report is not all bad but you get little sense that this an emergency that affects a 1/3 of buildings in TH
& striking that TH Council has not invested any of the huge amounts of £ it has earn't from these buildings
The Council are also tracking buildings below 18 meters but that spreadsheet also has problems with data incomplete & inconsistent
I have asked several times for access to this information but have always been refused so I cannot even check it myself

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30 Sep
"Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector has determined that a Written Statement of Action is required because of significant areas of weakness in the area’s practice"
Hugely disappointed that TH Council again does badly in an OFSTED inspection this time on SEND
And does not disclose
they get letter 5th July, report published Monday!
I was not aware of this report, it was not mentioned by anybody in last nights full Council meeting
We should have had an emergency update about this rather than about price of milk in Tesco
This is about whether we are
effectively looking after the most vulnerable children in TH
SEND = Special Educational Needs and Disability where OFSTED found we had "significant areas of weakness"
We should have had an update on this on the 2nd September almost 2 months after 1st draft of letter sent to TH
Read 6 tweets
29 Sep
Tonight at Council is a rather strange Labour motion, it starts:
1. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intends to close the JobCentre Plus branch based at Dod Street, Poplar.
2. That the reasons for the closure are due to the landlord not renewing the lease
Why odd?
Clearly, we do not want the Job Centre closing & I would support asking the DWP to find another location so I am not sure what the 30 minute debate is about, we can all agree to that
What is odd is that since July 2019 TH Council has known of plans to re-develop the site
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for 84 homes in a new 8 storey building & to close the Job Centre
And in November 2020 TH Councillors voted unanimously to approve the development which included the transfer of the Job Centre to Mansell Street…
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Read 7 tweets
29 Sep
Stop the sale of the Isle of Dogs Police Station - petition to sign…
Although some of you believe that it has been empty, a number of Police teams have been based at the Manchester Road Police station including the local E14 Safer Neighbourhood Teams
(they are about to or have just moved out) and the Police Cadets, only the front desk was closed
In future, they will need to commute to & from Bethnal Green Police Station about 20 minutes each way if minimal traffic
Given the continuing increase in population, the increase in stabbings locally, reduction in opening hours of St Andrews Wharf youth centre to then reduce the availability of the SNT & other teams makes little sense especially given how much £££ this area generates now
Read 5 tweets
29 Sep
Liveable Street (LS) debate tonight at full Council
@going4golds & I have introduced a motion to debate the next steps on LS, following the Mayors announcement of a pause, it starts with "we need to find ways of reducing this division"
A key point at…
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the bottom 1st & top of 2nd page are quotes from the Labour manifesto in 2018
I am not sure this matches what was delivered
It then details the difficulties emergency services have had (more evidence of this in these London Ambulance Service letters)
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2021 residents survey findings are interesting
More residents concerned about congestion 17% than air quality 16% but both are well down the list of top concerns…
Motion then starts to make recommendations
In Weavers ward electoral mandate for a restart
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Read 6 tweets
25 Sep
1st results of Liveable Streets LS survey
Q2 What should the Mayor do next with Liveable Streets?
Green - extend & strengthen the programme
Dark Blue - stick to the existing proposals
Yellow - pause to reconsult residents
Light blue - scrap the whole thing
Orange - Not sure
As you can see I segment the answers by source (same survey, same questions)
Full results here
As you can see the results are strikingly different depending on which social media tool you ask Q in
I have always known this but this provides some proof
But total results are dominated by responses from my Twitter & my Facebook group mainly in E14
So in total responses clearly pro-LS
(note Collector pic done today rest of results as at 8pm Friday when I announced in public that I could segment answers by social media tool)
Read 8 tweets
23 Sep
ASDA Planning update - meeting tonight Thursday
You can watch the meeting live from 6.30pm, click on the link…
I sent the Councillors on the Committee below 8 planning reasons for a rejection yesterday (see pics)
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But my main concern is not a planning issue - I just do not think this area can cope with becoming the Manhattan of London as currently managed i.e. selling the only local Met Police station!
In 2017 the planning committee rejected a number of planning applications
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but all were lost at appeal, in part because of not enough planning reasons for a rejection which is the email is designed to help with if the C'tee want to reject it
If they want to approve it I added some recommended conditions
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