Liveable Streets Bethnal Green

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Liveable Streets is a multi-million-pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. It aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot and bike.

We have now finished early engagement activities, co-design workshops and consultation of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green project. So far, we have listened to Bethnal Green residents and heard your concerns on issues including through-traffic, dangerous driving, anti-social behaviour, and pollution.

See the right side of the page to find out more about the previous stages of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green programme.

Construction phase

The programme is now moving into the construction phase for the Bethnal Green area, which will commence from Friday 12 June 2020. We will update each neighbourhood on the specific works taking place on the roads around them, or you can see the below timeline for when a scheme area near you is scheduled to commence construction.

Click here to see all the changes to the road layout across the Bethnal Green area. The full range of improvements will be detailed below.

Construction updates

Works are scheduled to start in Old Bethnal Green Road (Scheme 4) from Friday 12 June 2020, and will be completed in stages to minimise any disruption.

To find out more information about the Scheme 4 works scheduled, please see the notification letter for residents here.


Coronavirus update

Our Liveable Streets programme team are following government advice and are currently working remotely. Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

Please note that construction timing is subject to change depending on changes to coronavirus restrictions, weather and coordination of works in the area. We will update the website with any changes to the programme and hope you will continue to help us improve the look and feel of your neighbourhood.

For coronavirus updates from Tower Hamlets or to join our mailing list please click here.

If you have any questions regarding the construction phase please see below, or get in touch with the team by emailing liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401.

Liveable Streets is a multi-million-pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. It aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot and bike.

We have now finished early engagement activities, co-design workshops and consultation of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green project. So far, we have listened to Bethnal Green residents and heard your concerns on issues including through-traffic, dangerous driving, anti-social behaviour, and pollution.

See the right side of the page to find out more about the previous stages of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green programme.

Construction phase

The programme is now moving into the construction phase for the Bethnal Green area, which will commence from Friday 12 June 2020. We will update each neighbourhood on the specific works taking place on the roads around them, or you can see the below timeline for when a scheme area near you is scheduled to commence construction.

Click here to see all the changes to the road layout across the Bethnal Green area. The full range of improvements will be detailed below.

Construction updates

Works are scheduled to start in Old Bethnal Green Road (Scheme 4) from Friday 12 June 2020, and will be completed in stages to minimise any disruption.

To find out more information about the Scheme 4 works scheduled, please see the notification letter for residents here.


Coronavirus update

Our Liveable Streets programme team are following government advice and are currently working remotely. Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

Please note that construction timing is subject to change depending on changes to coronavirus restrictions, weather and coordination of works in the area. We will update the website with any changes to the programme and hope you will continue to help us improve the look and feel of your neighbourhood.

For coronavirus updates from Tower Hamlets or to join our mailing list please click here.

If you have any questions regarding the construction phase please see below, or get in touch with the team by emailing liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401.

Please submit any questions you have regarding the construction phase of Liveable Streets Bethnal Green. The team will aim to respond to you within a few business days.

Bethnal Green Construction Updates

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    Can you further advise how the emergency service acccess will function via the pocket park at the Gosset St/Columbia Rd junction. Thanks.

    Wattle asked 16 days ago

    Hi Wattle, 

    We will ensure a 3.2m wide access with dropped kerb and droppable bollard is maintained through the pocket park. 

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    I am aware that a number of questions posted via this link have not been made visible nor have they been answered. This is hardly transparent nor useful.

    Wattle asked about 23 hours ago

    Hi Wattle, 

    Some questions we receive include personal information, where this is the case, we respond privately.

    We aim to keep as many of the questions raised public, as we believe these Q&As help other residents who may have similar queries.

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Will the consultation for the area around Columbia Rd Market (re road blocks - Option1 or Option 2) be carried out by an independent team? One who does not financial benefit or has any bias one way or another. In other words PC Consult or Tower Hamlets Council? Will it also be limited exclusively to the residents surrounding these proposals as opposed to the several cycling websites the previous consultation was shared with, which face a biased slant to the result?

    Annie Oak asked 19 days ago

    Hi Annie, 

    The consultation will be managed and adhere to the Tower Hamlets consultation guidelines. 

    • The Consultation document was sent to every household within the consultation area and we encourage residents and stakeholders to fill it out and send it back, or go online to the webpage and do it
    • When collating the results for the results report we show how many responses we have had in total and how many responses we had from residents within the consultation area, this way it gives the Mayor and the cabinet an overview of all the responses we have received and the level of response from within the area
    • An example of this is within the cabinet report on the Bethnal Green document.


    I hope that this addresses your concerns.


    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Are the road closures proposed in Schemes 2 and 3 or any other for that matter reversible? It's not clear from the literature and the closure on Old Bethnal Green Rd that has already commenced looks very very permanent?

    MH asked about 20 hours ago

    Hello, 

    The changes are permanent and part of the Liveable Street programme to reduce rat running and encouraging walking and cycling. 


    King Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Hi I wonder if you could help me understand the scheme a bit better. I understand that there are still two options being considered around the Jesus Green area. Option 1: being closures on both Barnet Grove and Durant street and option 2: being closures on both Wellington row and Barney Grove at the junction of the two And closure of Quilter street at its junction with Ravenscroft street. I live on Elwin Street. With either of these two options and the other planned changes, the only way I can see that I will be able to drive to my house is from the Hackney Road only, via Shipton Street, then the top of Columbia road into Barnet Grove and finally into Elwin street. And that I will not have access to Elwin Street from the south ie From Bethnal Green Road. Please can you confirm that my understanding on these two points are correct. If this is the case then I cannot see how I can access my house by car on sundays as the Columbia Rd market usually blocks the top of Columbia road, or at at least makes it very difficult to get through. Many thanks

    Giff asked 7 days ago

    Hi Giff, 

    The extension of  Columbia market is only temporary in order to allow traders to adhere to social distancing. As it is only a temporary measure you will regain access to Grove Road via Columbia Road in the future before any final decision is made. We understand that if this was to progress with the extension of the market then there would be no way to access your road via vehicle and this Is not what the plans intend. 

    In regards to the closures. I believe you are correct and this would be the case that you would access your road via Hackney Road and Shipton Street and that access via the South will be blocked.  

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team


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    Please confirm when the detailed design proposals for Scheme 1 Arnold Circus will be available on the website

    rebeccacollings asked 16 days ago

    Hi Rebecca, 

    There is currently a detailed PDF available on the website along with an informative video. 

    Please refer to the following link:

    https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lsbethnalgreen/news_feed/arnold-circus 

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    You have changed the proposed road layout for option 1 and option 2 without any further consultation with residents, I live in Baxendale Street and if Option 1 goes ahead there is no way to access my street by car esp on a Sunday. This needs rethinikng!!

    Annie Watts asked 21 days ago

    Hi Annie, 

    In regards to your concerns of option 1. I believe that currently on Sundays the market has been temporarily extended to maintain social distancing and provide traders with more space to observe this. As the extension of the market is only temporary, in future you will regain access into Grove Road via Columbia Road on Sundays as normal. The aim of option 1 is not to cut off any vehicle access to your road. 

    I hope this addresses your concerns. 


    Kindest Regards, 

    The livable Streets Team

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    Can you share more information about the CCTV installation? Specifically: - what data will be collected - how long it will be stored for - what data management and retention policies you will adhere to - who will manage the data (including external partners) - what the objectives of this collection will be and how those will be evaluated Thank you - we are excited to see the project come to life!

    Matt asked 13 days ago

    Hi Matt,

    The new CCTV will be operated by Tower Hamlets council and will:

    • reduce the fear of crime
    • deter and detect crime and provide evidential material for court proceedings
    • assist in the overall management of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets public space
    • assist the local authority in its enforcement and regulatory functions within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
    • enhance public transport services by deterring misuse of bus lanes and so reducing delays and increasing reliability of time tables
    • reduce the cost of repairs as a result of vandalism, criminal damage or any other consequential indiscretions
    • assist in supporting civil proceedings which will help detect crime
    • provide effective protective surveillance of council staff going about their lawful business
    • ensure the safe and efficient operation of the road network through the detection of any breach of traffic and parking regulations
    • detect any acts of anti-social behaviour.


    Tower Hamlets councils CCTV control centre opened in March 2006 and has been developing rapidly since. There are about 350 street cameras in the borough and 70 are on view at any given time.

    The council work with the Metropolitan Police, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and other law enforcement agencies to site and monitor CCTV in the borough.

    CCTV operators are on duty 24 hours a day and regularly sequence through cameras or areas to ensure a spread of viewing and certain areas are monitored more closely than others at different times of the day.

    More information about Tower Hamlets CCTV policy can be found by contacting:

    CCTV Manager, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, East India Dock, London E14 2BG

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    On Pollard Row there is a road closure which will allow access for emergency vehicles. Can you please explain the nature of the closure and how Emergency services will be given access.

    Wattle asked 19 days ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in the Liveable Streets programme.

    Regarding your query, the closure on Pollard Row will be put in place using some planters, as well as lockable bollards to allow access for emergency and maintenance vehicles. 

    We hope this information has been helpful.

    Kind regards,

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Are the timelines still accurate with Covid-19? Do you know when Pundersons Gardens is likely to close please?

    Kate Williams asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Kate,

    Thank you for your interest in the Liveable Streets programme.

    At this stage the construction timelines are still accurate, however these may change in the future pending COVID-19 restrictions, weather conditions and coordination of works in the area. If this is the case, we will update the timeline on this page, and residents and businesses will receive localised updates.

    Under the current programming, the closure on Pundersons Gardens is programmed for 20 July 2020.

    Kind regards,

    The Liveable Streets Team