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Classifieds / 1 bed flat to let
« Last post by star360 on Today at 05:35:59 PM »
Top floor 2 bed flat available to rent from 31st Aug.
Please call on 07973 728482 if interested.

No agents.

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General Discussion / Recommended Tradesmen in E14
« Last post by 586 on July 07, 2019, 09:10:28 PM »
Am looking for recommended, builders, or solo painters/decoraters, and electricians for some renovation work in my flat.

Does anyone have any recommendations from the local area?
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General Discussion / Re: Thames clipper depot noise
« Last post by wacky on July 04, 2019, 09:17:00 AM »
I tried calling tower hamlets and complaining once, it did seem to die down but need to keep hammering the council about the pollution. Oh itís definatelu purposeful and unnecessary cos there isnít any fog during the summer. If u been on one of the boats you would see the people running it, very arrogant and inconsiderate people with an attitude of Donít give a F
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General Discussion / Re: Concrete Batching Plant.
« Last post by first-settlers on July 04, 2019, 09:10:23 AM »
Thank you Dome Ranger, fascinating history.
Lee Valley authorities need to spend a little money to just open up the dock gates the silt will flow away over a few weeks. Wonder if it is possible at all...
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General Discussion / Re: Concrete Batching Plant.
« Last post by The Dome Ranger on July 03, 2019, 08:27:56 PM »
East India Dock is owned and managed by the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority

https://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/parkframework/development/pdfs/ParkDevelopmentSchemeJuly2010.pdf

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2016-17/leevalleyregionalparkamendment.html

East India Dock Basin
East India Dock Basin, whilst relatively small, is a super spot for some lunchtime birding. The basin contains tidal brackish water and there are mudflats with a small band of saltmarsh vegetation to the north.
A colony of Common Tern returns here to breed every summer on the artificial rafts. Look out for Black Redstart which are regularly seen around the site, especially during spring and autumn.In winter the basin supports good numbers of Shelduck and flocks of over 150 Teal. Close views can be obtained as they feed over the mud. Also look out for waders such as Redshank feeding on insects along the strandline.

Look over the O2 Arena on the opposite bank of the Thames for the chance to see Peregrine Falcon. A variety of gulls including Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull frequently use the site but itís worth scanning amongst them for the more unusual species. The north of the basin is saltmarsh and home to some interesting plants dominated, unusually, by Buttonweed with Sea Milkwort and Sea Arrowgrass.

The flower-rich grassland includes two of the more unusual exotics at the site, Warty Cabbage and Salsify, in addition to native meadow flowers such as Ladies Bedstraw. The scrub bordering the site can be a good spot to pick up some unusual vagrant species, with birds such as Barred Warbler recently recorded.

Governing legislation
The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority's remit, described in the 1966 Act, embraces just about every conceivable aspect of leisure, sport and recreation, including nature conservation and the protection and enhancement of the natural environment.
 
The Authority is able to exercise this duty by itself, or by acting in partnership with or seeking the services of companies, individuals or other bodies. This partnership power is an important part of the Authority's approach today, working with both the public and private sector.
 
The organisation is not a local authority and is not governed by local authority legislation. However, it often adopts what is considered ďbest practiceĒ by local authorities.
 
Click here to download a copy of the Lee Valley Regional Park Act.

The birds of East India Dock Basin
East India Dock Basin bird sanctuary

East India Dock Basin, the last remaining section of the once grand East India Docks, is home to a variety of birds in the heart of London's docklands.
Scores of different birds, including Kingfisher and Grey Heron, flock to the relatively small site close to the new developments of Canary Wharf.

Several bird watching huts are situated around the dock to give you an ideal opportunity to spot wildlife. Tern rafts, used for nesting, often attract Common Teal during the summer months. The Teal will fly to the north west coast of Africa for winter.
Black Redstart is one of the rare birds to visit East India Dock Basin. They favour derelict sites and were common during the Second World War. The redevelopment of London and the docks have seen their numbers decline in recent years.
The nature reserve, opposite the O2 arena, is unusual as most shores with salt marshes in England are engineered for boats and have housing close to the waters edge.
   
EAST INDIA DOCK BIRDS
Some of the birds spotted are:
Canada Goose
Cormorant
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Little Ringed Plover
Reed Warbler
Tufted Duck

Plant life includes reeds and grasses that make a good habitat not only for nesting birds but also insects such as butterflies and grasshoppers.
The tidal water, a mix of fresh and salt water, is also teaming with fish and shrimp, and less commonly today - the eel.
You can see exposed mud in the basin, helped to form by algae and dead plants, and this can become a sea of yellow Buttonweed plants during the summer months.

Observe the birds from one of the dockside hides
East India Dock is owned and managed by the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority and is open daily between 8.30am and 5pm. The dock is a 10 minute walk from East India DLR.
For more information and travel advice visit the Lea Valley Park website .

History
The East India Docks were built between 1803 and 1806 after the success of West India Docks (1802). Prior to 1803 the East India Company were importing goods to nearby Blackwall since 1600.
Silk, tea, spices and wine were just some of the goods imported from south east Asia, east Asia and India.
To cope with the East India trade the docks were built around the existing Brunswick Dock. The docks were for the exclusive use of vessels engaged in the East Indies trade.

The docks were successful until the Second World War when bomb damage caused the Export Dock to close permanently. Like many other London docks the containerisation of cargo in the 1960s made the East India Dock obsolete. It was closed in 1967 by the Port of London Authority.Oregano Drive, Nutmeg Lane, Coriander Avenue and Saffron Avenue are all local streets aptly named after the goods traded in the area. Today only a small part of the original dock remains, but for the birds of London one of the most important.
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General Discussion / Re: Concrete Batching Plant.
« Last post by first-settlers on July 03, 2019, 03:29:56 PM »
This is very comforting to know that the site moving away from Concrete related use. I hope it does not become mainly a freight related use though, many container/cruise type users will increase the pollution of the neighborhood...

On a related note, East India docks now seem completely filled up with mud and mostly dry - there is real risk of the dock becoming a dry ground and eventually attracting some development. What can be done regarding desilting the docks?
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General Discussion / Concrete Batching Plant.
« Last post by Peter De La Mare on July 02, 2019, 05:46:57 PM »
Does anyone remember this threat from 2013?

Well, Iíve received an email from John at TBW.

Some great news.
 
We are delighted to hear that Regal Homes (new owners of Orchard Wharf) reckon they have persuaded the PLA not to have concrete batching taking place there but to have a mix of another maritime use along with residential.
 
For those of you who donít know the site, it is beside East India Dock Basin on Orchard Place (it is not Orchard Wharf where the old petrol station used to be).  For many years it has been zoned for concrete production and we fought hard against that several years ago, but till now that use has overshadowed the future of the site.
 
Regal Homes are going to have an exhibition here at TBW about their initial thinking and gives you a chance to meet the team behind it.  All of you are invited to attend.  The dates are:-
Thursday 11th July from 4 pm to 8 pm
Saturday 13th July from 11 am to 3 pm
Location Ė our Story Box by the lighthouse
 
Their flier is attached.  If any of you cannot make it and want to meet them separately their contact details are on the flier
 
If you are linked into other networks within your residential areas please do forward this to them.
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General Discussion / Trinity Bouy Wharf Event.
« Last post by Peter De La Mare on June 30, 2019, 09:56:08 PM »
Our neighbours are having an event. Message below:-

We have a series of summer jazz concerts at TBW.
 
As a local resident we have free tickets for you (plus 1) for Mishka Adams and Beto Caletti  on Wednesday 3rd July 2019 6pm- 10pm.  Example of them here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxb3gVcO-5g
 
Do RSVP below if you want to come.

patrycja.nowak@urban-space.co.uk

 
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General Discussion / Re: Union Flag upside down
« Last post by Max on June 30, 2019, 02:38:06 PM »
Itís happened again! 😵
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General Discussion / Thames clipper depot noise
« Last post by vq_resident on June 28, 2019, 08:31:08 PM »
Is anyone else getting frustrated with the level of noise coming from the Thames Clippers depot at Trinity Buoy wharf early in the morning? Iím woken up most mornings at 4:45am by them blasting their horns in what is most definitely an excessive manner.

I have contacted them in the past and been told itís for safety, i.e. to test the horns, however I donít buy that - the noise is more persistent than that, and seems to be for communication between boats and general greetings.

I have sent another complaint this evening - if anyone else bothered by this Iíd encourage you to also send one to add more weight to the matter! (Click here to go to their complaints page)

And yes I know itís the price we pay of living on the river...but the noise has become more excessive and disproportion recently.
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