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Master Plan core strategy’ there to confuse even lecturers

PUBLISHED: 09:11 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:11 05 October 2010

MOST residents have not yet seen what is coming from Tower Hamlets council in its Master Plan for London’s East End. The consultation Core Strategy’ I am certain is there to confuse even the cleverest of college lecturers

Dear Ed,

MOST residents have not yet seen what is coming from Tower Hamlets council in its Master Plan for London's East End. The council's consultation 'Core Strategy' I am certain is there to confuse even the cleverest of lecturers in Tower Hamlets college.

This 120-plus page cross-reference documents are surely inaccessible to almost all residents. Perhaps that is what they are hoping for.

I found in the document on Bow that the area will be centred around a rejuvenated Roman Road market and lively town centre.

Wow! I thought that sounds good. But is this the same 'Bow' that Tower Hamlets council has let fall into disrepair, letting Roman Road become so sad you could cry walking down there? You could never compare it to 'The Roman' of 20 years ago.

We have had to endure parking enforcements, lack of public toilets and having no supermarket, as well as the Draconian pressure on market traders under this administration and the one before.

The council has well and truly nailed 'The Roman' coffin down, no matter how many 'farmers markets' they run.

It tells us we are going to get a redevelopment unparalleled to the rest of London. Then it hit me what the Master Plan was really saying, that the number of households will increase from 78,500 to 110,000. That's close to a 50 per cent increase, or another 150,000 people-not even counting their cars and pets and rubbish.

That's just the infrastructure before we even talk about the overburdened public transport or the mains water supplies and the sewers.

Our schools, nurseries and colleges have waiting lists with pupils and students fighting for places today, not to mention trying to get a GP and a dentist.

So what about Bow's future with 50 per cent more households? Having so many people crammed into these high-density flats planned for Roman Road will lead to a social breakdown. We are at breaking point now, with developments springing up wherever there was once a tree or blade of grass.

Carole Swords

Parkside Estates, Bow


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