Advertiser letters: Victoria Park, climb for meningitis and survey for diabetics

Victoria Park is let out for large events. Picture: PRESS ASSOCIATION

Victoria Park is let out for large events. Picture: PRESS ASSOCIATION - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Renting out park is a pain

Alan Thomas, Gore Road, Hackney, writes:

People living around Victoria Park have become used to Tower Hamlet’s Council commandeering large sections of our park to rent out to private enterprise. They display little consideration for local residents leaving whoever they rent it to to deal with communication with residents.

As Hackney, perhaps foolishly, relinquished any influence over Victoria Park to save money, those residents who live on the Hackney side of the park have no influence over the Tower Hamlets Council’s actions on leasing of the park, gain nothing from the events and cannot ask their councillors to represent or respond to their problems that they face from these events.

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For most of these events the heavy plant and traffic required to mount them mostly have to access the park from the Hackney side.

The Sunday Market is serviced from the park entrance in Gore Road causing traffic mayhem on the narrow road on Sunday mornings from the early hours.

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Tower Hamlets need to consider all residents around the park and give them a real say in how their Park is used, after all it was established by Queen Victoria as an amenity for the East End, not as a financial benefit for the council.

Take part in peak climb for charity

Michaela Ifill, Meningitis Now, writes:

We’d like to invite your more adventurous readers to join us on our Lake District challenge next Spring and help save lives and rebuild futures shattered by meningitis.

They’ll conquer eight peaks, all above 3,000 feet, over two days. It will require energy, commitment and a positive attitude, but will reward those taking part with breath-taking views, wrapped up in a serious adventure and a weekend they’ll never forget – there’s a great team spirit amongst those taking part and many come away from the challenge having made lifelong friends.

Every step they take will also help us to fight meningitis and move us closer to our vision of a future where no one in the UK dies from this devastating disease and everyone affected gets the support they need. If they know someone who’s had meningitis then this is a perfect way for them to show their support.

Registration is just £49 with a fundraising pledge of £500. Accommodation, food, travel and the support of a qualified and experienced mountain leader and safety team are all included, and I’ll be there to support you throughout your fundraising journey. It takes place between Thursday May 2 and Sunday May 5 next year.

Those interested in joining us can find out more at or by emailing

Share how you manage diabetes

Roz Rosenblatt, London Head, Diabetes UK, writes:

Almost 3.7 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK.

The condition doesn’t just affect people physically but has a big emotional impact that is equally harmful and is often overlooked.

Living with diabetes can be tough, and a lack of emotional and psychological support can make it even harder to manage the condition.

At Diabetes UK we want emotional, psychological and mental health support for people with diabetes to become a priority. We believe everyone should have the space and opportunity to talk about their emotional wellbeing, be empowered to seek support, and know where to go to get it.

Your experiences will help us make the case - so please take part in the survey and tell us how living with diabetes makes you feel, and whether the care you receive gives you enough support to cope with managing diabetes when your emotional wellbeing is low.

If you are living with diabetes, if you’re a parent of a child or a carer for someone with diabetes, complete our online survey by September 30 -

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