Action day as Limehouse neighbours join police to stop yobs using their park
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 September 2019
A people's "action day" has reclaimed open space that has been a magnet for yobs by sprucing up the run-down Rectory Gardens next to the Limehouse Cut.
Neighbours turned out on Saturday, September 1, to join their neighbourhood police team to add a lick of paint to the railings by the canal to make the place more appealing for families.
It was organised by Tower Hamlets Council following complaints about things that should be done to improve the area, which included "reclaiming spaces" used for antisocial activity.
"This was a chance for ordinary people to help create a safer environment," mayor John Biggs said.
"It sends a message that antisocial behaviour is not welcome in the East End."
The first of many action days was planned by the council to deal with the "seasonal peaks in crime and antisocial behaviour".
But was it also a chance to meet the public to hear about their concerns.
The neighbours explained what was needed, then set about clearing rubbish, painting railings and replacing missing fence panels.