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Listed issues, most recent first:

  • 202771 - Turner Rise McD

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Alterations to car park with the erection of a freestanding restaurant with drive-thru facility, car parking, landscaping and associated works, including Customer Order Displays (COD), Goal Post Height Restrictor and Play Frame.

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  • Ipswich and Harwich Road Roundabouts

    Created by Steven Moseley // 2 threads

    The scheme will see the replacement of the double roundabouts located at Ipswich Road and Harwich Road with a single roundabout at each location. The carriageway between Ipswich Road and Harwich Road junctions will also be widened to accommodate two formal lanes in each direction. The scheme will include upgrading existing pedestrian crossings to signal controlled crossings and general improvements to the current off-carriageway cycle and footway provisions.

    The scheme will improve the performance of these two key intersections on the A133 and renewal of the infrastructure will reduce maintenance costs. It will also improve the existing highway assets including the strengthening of two retaining walls, one between Ipswich Road roundabout and the adjoining railway line and another between Ipswich Road roundabout and the Waitrose Car Park. The Scheme has also supported the Cowdray Bridge refurbishment, now being progressed separately through the structures capital maintenance programme.

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  • New cyclepath

    cyclescape user // 0 threads

    The current hardcore path is often not usable for walking / cycling during wet weather.  The path is difficult to pass through due to water on the surface.  A new tarmac option would be much better.  A new drop kerb on Bell Court and widened access would also help improve this route.  Note the path gives access to a local football pitch as well as a local park.  Cycling and walking in the area would increase if this issue was fixed.

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  • Brick Lane Liveable Streets consultation

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    The Council is committed to supporting Brick Lane’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and wants to use the investment of the Liveable Streets programme to support Brick Lane businesses and the local community in months and years ahead.

    Future Visualisation of Brick Lane(External link)

    These proposals have been developed on feedback based on residents, businesses and local community. We are consulting on these proposals now, so that if they are supported we can implement them in time for Summer to benefit businesses, the local community and visitors.

    Our proposals:

    • Pedestrianising sections of Brick Lane in the evenings and the weekends (Brick Lane will be open to all traffic before 5.30pm on weekdays) to support businesses to trade safely and make use of outside dining space.
    • Improving the accessibility of Brick Lane with dropped kerbs and new disabled parking spaces.
    • Enhancing the neighbourhood with improved lighting, planting and traffic calming measures to create a better and safer environment for the local community and visitors to walk and cycle around Brick Lane.
    • Installing new cycle hangars and cycle stands to encourage sustainable travel.
    • Creating accessible and safer school travel routes to improve air quality and road safety for children.

    What is being proposed?

    Three schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public spaces, discourage through-traffic and improve air quality (click on each scheme to view details):

    Our proposals include environmental enhancements and traffic calming measures to improve accessibility and safety for all and to encourage active travel.

    Why are these proposals important?

    Brick Lane is an iconic area of London that attracts over 18,500 pedestrians every day. This space is also shared with over 4,000 vehicles, many of which use Brick Lane to cut through the area. This means they are not visiting local businesses, schools or places of worship but are significant contributors to the already unacceptable levels of air pollution and congestion along Brick Lane.

    School streets are central to our Brick Lane proposals to address key safety and air quality issues. Our initiatives will create accessible and safer school travel routes by reducing the number of cars polluting the school environment and improving road safety for children.

    These proposals are a key part of Tower Hamlets commitment to support Brick Lane’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and aims to attract more visitors to the area and support businesses to trade safely.

    Overview of Brick Lane Proposals

    Overview plan of all proposed works in the Brick Lane area. Please click to enlarge(External link)

    Have your say

    Your views on our Brick Lane proposals are important to us. You can have your say by providing your feedback through our online survey.

    If you have any issues or questions you can either leave a question via our Q&A tool or alternatively email link)

    If you would like to raise any questions in Bengali or request a translated copy of the consultation booklet in Bengali then please fill out the request form here.

    The consultation is open from Wednesday 17th March and closes at 11:59 on Wednesday 14 April 2021.

    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(External link).

    If you have any questions regarding the construction phase please see below, or get in touch with the team by emailing link) or calling 0203 092 0401.

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  • Ox-Cam Arc

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Last month, the Government launched the process to develop a long-term Spatial Framework for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. The Government’s ambition is to support a better, more sustainable approach to planning for growth and investment in the area.

    The Government's proposal:

    What is the Arc?

    The Oxford-Cambridge Arc (the Arc) is a globally significant area between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge. It is formed of five ceremonial counties: Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

    It supports over two million jobs, adds over £110 billion to the economy every year and houses one of the fastest growing economies in England.

    Our ambition for the Arc

    There is an opportunity, recognised by government and local partners, to build a better economic, social and environmental future for the area. With high-quality, well-connected and sustainable communities making the Arc an even more beautiful place to live, work and visit.

    Delivering the ambition

    To achieve this ambition, the government alongside local partners, is going to:

    • Develop a Spatial Framework for the Arc; a long-term strategic plan to help coordinate the infrastructure, environment and new developments in the area. We are committed to working with local communities throughout so we can create beautiful and sustainable places for residents and workers to enjoy.

    • Explore the creation of an Arc Growth Body; that would be a clear economic leadership voice for the Arc, championing its talent and assets internationally, supporting businesses, and fostering innovation.

    Areas of focus

    Productivity and jobs

    The Arc currently generates over £110 billion to the UK economy every year.

    The Arc has the potential to become a world-leading and globally renowned centre for business, innovation and investment in a variety of industries, including AI (Artificial Intelligence), advanced manufacturing and life sciences.


    With a strategic approach to planning for growth, we can enhance the area’s natural environment and biodiversity, ensure communities and businesses have access to the infrastructure they need, and ensure new development is more affordable and beautiful so that it enhances places across the Arc.

    Infrastructure and connectivity

    Improving connectivity across the Arc with a new rail line between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge will link communities with employment and leisure opportunities.

    While integrating sustainable and accessible transport options will support our ambition for the Arc and ensure homes and employment sites are situated in the right places.


    Encouraging clean growth and the creation of sustainable communities will support us in improving the quality of life for those that live and work in the Arc. While also helping us future-proof its businesses and communities against the effects of climate change.

    Key documents

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  • Bar Hill Cycleway

    Created by // 1 thread

    This is probably an old issue, but I only discovered this cycleway on Sunday.  I very nearly had a bad accident cycling through the pinch point (pram arms) at the Dry Drayton end of the Bar Hill Cycleway.  There are many photos on Cycle Street's photomap (e.g. 26327) that illustrate the invisibility in the shade of the metal arms.  No signage or reflective tape to warn of the hazard.  For me, this is MUCH more dangerous than the A14 bridges. (I have signed the petition and attended the Highways meeting.)  Similar obstruction towards Bar Hill too, but by then I knew to walk the bike through!

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  • COLNE QUAY: student development

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Colchester based student housing developer and operator Beyond The Box, is bringing forward plans for a landmark purpose built student housing development called ‘Colne Quay’ that will transform the Hythe. The plans will open up a vacant brownfield site, provide much needed quality and well managed student accommodation and will deliver benefits to the wider community.

    Before finalising our designs and submitting a planning application to Colchester Borough Council, we are sharing the proposals with the local community and inviting feedback.

    This website includes key information about our proposals and an opportunity for you to leave feedback

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  • 210516

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Construction of an external pod to the front of the store to be used as storage and associated coldrooms. Removal of the existing click & collect canopy and associated steelworks and the construction of a new3 lane click and collect canopy and associated

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  • Local Cycling Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) consultation

    Created by Steven Moseley // 2 threads

    This LCWIP consultation should be seen as the first stage of a process to implement LCWIPs by Essex County Council. They ensure that a long-term approach can be taken to develop local cycling and walking networks, ideally over the next 10-year period, and form a vital part of the Government’s strategy to increase the number of trips made on foot or by cycle.

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  • Planning application : ESS/11/21/COL

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Continuation of use of waste recycling facility without compliance with condition 11 (HGV Movement Times) of planning permission ESS/09/18/COL that was for “Erection of Clean Materials Recycling Facility at Existing Established Recycling/Recovery Facility, Relocation of Existing Staff Welfare Facility, Provision of Additional Staff Parking, Culverting Section of Existing Swale, Additional Landscaping, Rainwater Harvesting together with amendments to site operating hours and HGV movement times to permit 24 HGV Movements between 07:00- 16-30 hours on Good Fridays” to now allow for 6 HGV movements between 05:30 – 0600 hours; 10 HGV movements between 06.00 – 07.00 hours and 10 HGV movements between 07.00 – 07.30 hours to allow more flexibility in early morning movements periods.

    Greenacres, Packards Lane, Wormingford, CO6 3AH


    Application reference : ESS/11/21/COL

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