19th July - St Katharine's & Wapping Ward Panel – Public Meeting

The Ward Panel is holding a public meeting which all members of FOSKD are invited to attend in the Bridge / Tower Suites on the upper foyer level at the Guoman Tower Hotel on Thursday 19th July. The timing is 18.00 arrival for a 18.30 start to the meeting. Refreshments will be served at the reception before the meeting. Members of the Safer Neighbourhood Police team and representatives from Tower Hamlets Council will join the Panel to up-date us on how anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the Ward is being addressed.

Representatives from St Mungo's Charity will be on hand during the reception to talk about the work they do to support homeless people in the Ward and they will also answer any questions on this topic in the Q&A session during the meeting. Please do come and show your support for the group of volunteers who serve on the Ward Panel and raise any issues of concern which you may have about ASB. By working together, the aim is to ensure that St Katharine & Wapping Ward is a safe and friendly neighbourhood in which to live.

Chinese Embassy to move to the Royal Mint Court site opposite St Katharine Docks

In a landmark transaction for London and in particular the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, it has recently been announced that the Royal Mint Court site on the opposite side of East Smithfield Road from St Katharine Docks has been sold by property investment advisory company Delancey & its joint venture partner LRC Group to the People’s Republic of China. The 5.4 acre site is set to become the new home of the Chinese Embassy. Based in Portland Place in the West End of London for the last 150 years the move to east London “will provide the new face of China in the new era” according to Ambassador Liu Xiaomong.

Planning consent had been secured from Tower Hamlets Council by the joint venture in February 2017 for redevelopment/refurbishment which was to have provided high specification office accommodation together with new retail & leisure space. FOSKD took an active part in the public consultation process for that scheme and we look forward with interest to see what the revised plans for the site will comprise of. Some time ago the Chinese Company ABP bought what was the Royal Albert Docks comprising of almost 2km of riverfront for offices, homes and shops. That scheme is due to be completed in March 2019.