Working with and for Tower Hamlets
King Edward VII Memorial Park has become the centre of the community life especially for the people of Wapping and Shadwell. The Park is well known throughout Tower Hamlets and indeed further afield, too.
It is a place where people from all walks of life, creeds or ethnic background come together to enjoy an oasis of peace in the middle of a much built-up area. As a community group we have invested a lot of time and effort not only to protect this vital asset but also to bring the community together.
We have organised events in the Park, promoted other local charities (Chance to Live), worked with local schools (St Peter’s, Wapping, St Paul’s, Shadwell and St Mary & St Michael’s, Shadwell), churches (St George In the East and St Paul’s) and mosques (Darul Ummah, Shadwell Mosque and the East London Mosque itself has kindly allowed us to take signatures for our petition after Friday prayers).
We have also had information stalls in the Park, in local markets (Watney and Whitechapel), at festivals (11th annual Community Fair on Stepney Green, Poplar Festival and all the events related to the Battle of Cable Street anniversary).
SaveKEMP had to carry out the job that Thames Water failed to do, namely to properly consult our community without leaving anybody out. We found the lack of translated material and the poor attempt the private company has made to engage with our people deeply offensive. Rather than being put off by the lack of sensitivity towards our community we decided to voice our concerns to Thames Water but also to take direct action. Today, we can report that our support base is over 10000 people strong and still growing.