On Sunday 18th July, the Big Lunch came to Eric Street. This is a popular national event and the lunch in Eric Street was happening at the same time as many community lunches all over the UK.
[Note: This post has been rewritten following advice and information from the ladies who organised the event. The author apologises for having misunderstood how it was actually organised]
The Big Lunch in Eric Street was organised by 20 ladies living in Eric Street and Windermere House. The original plan was that it would held in the Recipe Street Garden (Redevelopment: Open Space 3). However, the Eric/Windermere ladies were extremely disappointed to learn on Friday that the Lunch had to be moved.
Tower Hamlets Planning had decided that the Garden Site needed to be officially closed because the developers had contravened both planning permission and planning conditions when developing it. (We'll explain more in a future post).
A new venue was found on the grass strip on the west side of Eric Street. However, this could not accommodate the bouncy castle which had been ordered and already paid for and this had to be turned away. Failure on the part of the developer to comply with the rules for development means that the good ladies of Eric/Windermere are now significantly out of pocket.
On the plus side, the weather was excellent, the food on offer certainly looked amazing and tasted very good and adults and children all seemed to have a really great time. The activities for children were also very welcome and the balloons and bunting made the street look very festive.
Well done to the ladies of Eric Street and Windermere House for overcoming a major challenge and managing to deliver an absolutely fantastic community event!
The gazebos and tables were supplied and delivered by EastendHomes. Local councillor. EastendHomes Board Member and Mayor, Councillor Motin Uz-Zaman also put in a brief appearance.
A condemned tree
The above photograph also identifies Tree T38. This is a cherry tree which has been identified on the Tree Protection Plan for removal as part of the redevelopment.
While it can look very attractive in Spring, failure to maintain this particular tree means it has now overgrown its site. The roots have grown to such an extent that it makes walking on the slab pavement very difficult and the tree in full leaf obscures light to the rooms in adjacent properties.
The Arboricultural Assessment Report (page ) states the following
This over mature tree is in decline with typical structural faults for its age
Arboricultural Impact Assessment: Fell to facilitate construction of underground refuse store.