Tom McLaren speaks about problems at Queen Mary's Gate estate

Tom McLaren is urging the police and housing association to help improve residents' lives at Queen Mary's Gate estate.

Tom McLaren is urging the police and housing association to help improve residents' lives at Queen Mary's Gate estate.

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

My name is Tom McLaren and I’m speaking out about antisocial behaviour (ASB) in South Woodford. 

Over the last year or so we’ve spoken to thousands, literally, of residents in the area.

One of the main concerns they have is antisocial behaviour and crime.

And that’s understandable because crime levels in South Woodford, compared to neighbouring areas, are significantly higher. If we look at Roding, for example, crime is 17 per cent lower, Monkhams is 24 per cent lower and Bridge ward is 31 per cent lower.

One of the main issues is the Queen Mary’s Gate estate.

When we went in to talk to residents we noticed the state of the buildings was significantly deteriorated.

There were holes in the walls. Parts of the stairs were missing. Some of the doors were broken and the lifts weren’t working.

Digging deeper we found there were significant ASB issues that had returned.

The police need to address the behaviour of certain individuals in the blocks, they need to be more visible in the estate and really get out there and show them they can’t behave in this manner – it’s unacceptable.

On top of that the housing association needs to put in place measures, in consultation with the police, to make sure all the areas are secure.

We’re talking about the car parks, they need to be properly secured.

We also need the ASB team from the council to look at this and take whatever actions need to be used to address it.

That might mean something like evicting tenants, but if that’s what it takes to deal with the problem and to make the area safer for all residents then that’s something that needs to be done.

We also need something for the kids to do. At the moment they’re hanging around outside there because there’s nowhere else for them to go.

Residents shouldn’t have to put up with intimidation, with drug dealing, loud music, and with the kind of conditions they’re suffering these days.

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10:06am Thu 24 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

From the opposite side of the A406 North Circular the place has all the appearance of a prison.
From the opposite side of the A406 North Circular the place has all the appearance of a prison. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 6

1:53pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Police have long abandoned the streets to the dominance the pit ball owning drug dealers, hoodlums, beggars, drunks, undesirables and big issue sellers, where the elderly fear to tread.
Police have long abandoned the streets to the dominance the pit ball owning drug dealers, hoodlums, beggars, drunks, undesirables and big issue sellers, where the elderly fear to tread. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Concerned_Citizen says...

That whole housing development was doomed from the beginning.
It looks like a Young Offenders Institution.

They would be better off knocking it down again and building a park.
That whole housing development was doomed from the beginning. It looks like a Young Offenders Institution. They would be better off knocking it down again and building a park. Concerned_Citizen
  • Score: 4

11:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Maybe Tom could join the Special Constabulary?
Maybe Tom could join the Special Constabulary? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

5:07pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Daisy Chain says...

Tom I know you are seeking election shortly and this pitch is no doubt part of your platform, but we really do not need a demagogue representing our area. Whilst the Queen Mary Estate may have some issues with maintainance and quality, I would be careful about banding about crime statistics like that. Firstly, when you refer to 'South Woodford' I assume that you mean 'Church End' as that is the relevant ward - and indeed the ward that I live in.

Secondly, you present crime levels as a percentage difference to the neighbouring wards which is pretty meaningless unless you know the overall crime rate, the type of crime and how it relates to the borough and London as a whole.

Looking at the Met Police Crime maps as I'm sure you have done, Church Enddoes indeed have a higher overall crime rate than its Woodford neighbours, but across Redbridge is oneof the lowest for burglery, violence against the individual. It appears that the overall rate is pushed up by the crime of theft from a motor vehicle. As you know, such crimes tend to prevail in areas with public car parks' Church End has two major supermarkets car parks, a station car park and two public car parks. So 'quelle surprise' there then.... you are surely not blaming that on the residents of Queen Mary Gate are you?

By all means pledge to improve and safeguard the area, but check your facts first!
Tom I know you are seeking election shortly and this pitch is no doubt part of your platform, but we really do not need a demagogue representing our area. Whilst the Queen Mary Estate may have some issues with maintainance and quality, I would be careful about banding about crime statistics like that. Firstly, when you refer to 'South Woodford' I assume that you mean 'Church End' as that is the relevant ward - and indeed the ward that I live in. Secondly, you present crime levels as a percentage difference to the neighbouring wards which is pretty meaningless unless you know the overall crime rate, the type of crime and how it relates to the borough and London as a whole. Looking at the Met Police Crime maps as I'm sure you have done, Church Enddoes indeed have a higher overall crime rate than its Woodford neighbours, but across Redbridge is oneof the lowest for burglery, violence against the individual. It appears that the overall rate is pushed up by the crime of theft from a motor vehicle. As you know, such crimes tend to prevail in areas with public car parks' Church End has two major supermarkets car parks, a station car park and two public car parks. So 'quelle surprise' there then.... you are surely not blaming that on the residents of Queen Mary Gate are you? By all means pledge to improve and safeguard the area, but check your facts first! Daisy Chain
  • Score: 3

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