KEEP OUR GATES, PROTECT OUR HOMES!!

KEEP OUR GATES, PROTECT OUR HOMES!!

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
Dilwar Ali started this petition to Tower Hamlets Homes and

Dear residents of Ocean Estate,

I hope you and your families are all well and keeping safe during these incredibly difficult times.

The Ocean Estate in Tower Hamlets is a very vibrant and multi-cultural community. It is managed by Tower Hamlets Homes (THH).

The estate however is very run down; brimming with anti-social behaviours, drug abuse, drug dealings and burglaries to name just a few. Gangs of youths congregate in public spaces; often being involved in illegal activities. Sometimes it is even described as the 'ghetto' of East London.

Tired of a lack of action from the borough, as far back as the 1990's many residents took it upon themselves to install metal security gates to protect themselves, their families and their properties. By having a second door, gave them a sense of security and helped especially those who are elderly, disabled or simply afraid of opening their doors and homes to strangers.

No doubt you will agree that this decision was correct and was rightfully theirs to be exercised.

In some instances THH and even private landlords have also implemented the exact same practice by installing the metal security gates to help combat the increasing rates of crime, thus putting minds at ease of concerned residents.

Today, Tower Hamlets Homes, under the pretence of fire safety, has decided to enforce the removal of these metal security gates without specific legal reason nor undertaking any consultation with residents, Councillors or the Tenant and Leaseholders Association! THH has bullied and threatened residents to an ultimatum.

REMOVE IT, OR ELSE WE WILL REMOVE IT FOR YOU AND THEN CHARGE YOU FOR IT.

This is the message that is being circulated to all residents, without taking into account how the residents feel, their views, opinions or concerns. We simply do not matter to them, and they simply do not care!

A metal security gate is and has become a well-established method of protection. It has never compromised residents fire safety, never caused an inconvenience nor raised any complaints. So what has made THH take this brutal stance?

Having spoken to many very concerned residents, I can state that they believe that the metal security gate is even more important than their main front door.  This is how deeply they believe in it and what it means for their security.

We ask Tower Hamlets Council and Tower Hamlets Homes to review this decision. Only through proper consultation, with all residents affected, and by holding a formal meeting with residents present, can an informed discussion and decision be made. As we are currently in a pandemic with nationwide lockdown, a reasonable time for this would be when it is safe to do so, as advised by our government.

I thank you for your time. I really hope that you are able to sign this petition and help us all to protect our families, our elderly and/or vulnerable residents and our properties.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!