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New Front Doors

The Columbia TRA has been hearing reports that some residents have been experiencing quality issues with new front doors installed by Tower Hamlets Homes and/or their contractors as part of major works programmes. So that we can gain a clear understanding of the scale issue we request that residents contact us with a short outline of any problems they have encountered with their new door. Email

Community managed gardens blooming

Columbia TRA have taken over the management of a number of flower beds from Tower Hamlets Homes in the last year and you may have noticed the difference in colour around our estates.

Beds around Sivill House, Chambord Street and George Loveless House have already benefited from the hard work of our volunteer community gardeners.

As we take on more beds, we will be looking for more residents to help plant and maintain them either on a regular or ad hoc basis. Email to register your interest.

Chambord Street. July 2019
Sivill House, July 2019

Mayor John Biggs highlights role Weavers community has played as police drug raids lead to 15 arrests

The Mayor has highlighted the role residents have played in providing information that led to officers storming 19 addresses in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Havering and 15 arrests on suspicion of supplying class A drugs. The raids specifically targeted dealers who target the Weavers Ward.

Major John Biggs said: “Residents have worked with us to identify where people are peddling drugs, and their insight has delivered dividends.

“We will continue to use our collective powers to enforce against people dealing drugs and to keep our streets safe. This was another excellent result for the borough.”

DCI Mike Hamer, Tower Hamlets Crime, Gangs and Drugs lead, said: “The public can continue to play a very effective role in helping the police”.

Weavers Community Action Group representative Jonathan Moberly said: “This is a really positive step towards tackling a problem that adversely affects Weavers’ residents daily. It is great to see the police and community’s hard work is bearing fruit and we urge local residents affected by drug dealing on the streets to get in touch to find out how they can get involved”.

This story was reported in the East London Advertiser on 14 February 2019 and can be read in full here.  

Read our Winter Newsletter

CTRA’s latest newsletter is out now. Read news about our estates and about recent activity led by the CTRA Committee and other local residents such as:

  • Spring bulb planting on our estates
  • Recent work of the Weavers Community Action Group (WCAG) on drug-related antisocial behavour
  • New bike storage on our estates and how to rent a secure locker
  • Plans for our children and youth football training club
  • Major works and the Baroness Road Development and how the Committee can support you
  • Christmas on the CTRA Community Cart
  • A THH planned estates outdoor tidy up

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CTRA residents feature in BBC Inside Out film on drug-related ASB

Gareth Furby, BBC reporter and documentarian has spent time with CTRA residents and members of the Weavers Community Action Group (WCAG) to understand the impact of open drug dealing on our streets for a film piece on BBC’s Inside Out London (aired 14/01/19).

Filmed in late 2018, the piece shows footage of drug deals in progress and highlights work the WCAG has done to draw attention to the problem and organise crowd-sourced evidence gathering for police and other agencies. The film also shows what other Tower Hamlets residents in Wapping are doing to combat ASB in their area.

The film is available here to view in full.

Deck the CTRA Community Cart!

The CTRA Community Cart probably had its final outing of the year this week as volunteers from the Cart Steering Committee festooned it with tinsel and wheeled it down to Columbia Road for the first of this year’s Christmas Wednesdays.

Locals and passers-by were plied with hot mulled apple juice, mince pies and an opportunity to chat to residents as carol singers sang around the Christmas tree.

We’re starting to feel a little festive now!

The Cart Steering Committee is currently planning activities for Spring 2019 onward, if you would like to get involved by bringing ideas, DIY skills and/or perhaps support at some of our events, please do get in touch by emailing Jenny Dunn.

Join the CTRA Cart Steering Committee


Given that we don’t currently have a community centre, the CTRA Cart is an important asset for the community. To ensure that it is properly looked after and utilized in the community the CTRA is looking for local people to join a CTRA Cart Steering Committee.

The role of the Steering Committee will be to:

  • Plan and organize events and activities for the community with the cart
  • Manage the upkeep of the cart, help plan and/or execute small related making projects to improve or complement the cart such as a roof for the cart or a notice board
  • Oversee and facilitate the use of the CTRA Cart by other community groups

This is a fun project about bring our community together and making the most of the outdoor space we have.

Anyone with questions or wishing to join the CTRA Cart Steering Committee should email Jenny Dunn