Monday, 16 February 2009

Olympic Stadium Coming Along Nicely

Just thought I'd put up a few pics of how the Olympic Stadium is looking just now.

These were taken form the Greenway - the only way to cycle or walk in between Hackney Wick & Stratford - since Carpenters Road was closed.

It seems a bit better now - there don't seem to be as many biker joy-riders buzzing our kids cycles nowadays. Maybe it's because of all the construction site workers toing & froing - or maybe its the ex-Ghurka soldiers manning the security points along the Greenway.

Aaaaaaanyway - parts of the stadium seem to be going up speedily - but it kind of looks like a vertical million piece jig-saw puzzle with only one side started at the moment.

Still worth a Sunday afternoon stroll Hackney Wick!

Friday, 13 February 2009

Restuarant Review: West Indian Food & Jerk Centre

West Indian Food & Jerk Centre
97 Wick Road
Hackney Wick
E9 8AB
(Corner of Barnabus Road)
07951 461 034

Opening Times: Mon-Thurs: 12 noon to 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 12 noon to 1.30am

Last night we got a take-out delivered from the new brilliant West Indian Food & Jerk Centre - and it was fantastic!

We found out about it through our lovely neighbour - Zoulla - and this is probably going to be the way many of us find out about it.

It's definitely a word-of-mouth experience. Once someone has eaten from it - the news will be passed on to only your special friends.

The 'Centre' is actually right next to the Prince Edward Pub (on the corner of Wick & Barnabas Roads) - so is more at the southern end of Hackney Wick - but the cycle delivery service will reach any part of The Wick (& probably beyond!).

This is West Indian food - Old Skool Style! A very simple short menu - concentrating on ox tail, goat, chicken, pork, fish, rice & peas & dumplings - all so tasty!

These guys know what they're good at cooking - and stick to that!

We had curry goat, jerk chicken & fried snapper (fish) - with some hard dough, dumplings & salad. It was food just like granma used to make! Good ol' home comfort food.


The goat was so good we sucked the ones completely white! The chicken done just like we like it - slightly crispy, well marinaded and hot. The snapper was stunning!! Grilled with a secret onion & herb combination basting - absolutely scrumptious - our 5 year-old daughter wanted much more!!

Like we said - Old Skool - right down to the telephone order ("Whodis?") - and the friendly cycle delivery (in da snow!). One word of warning: please ask them to put the scotch bonnet chili sauce separately - and not directly onto the meat - especially if you've got young kids.

All of us gave it a 5 out of 5 - except for one burnt tongue giving it a 4 - so that probably makes it a 4 and a half out of 5. But for those of you that like your food on the warmish side - you'll probably give it a 5 out of 5!

Thanks guys - great food from great people - long may you cycle!!

Monday, 9 February 2009

Lea River Navigation Canal Dredging

Thanks to the ever waistcoated Charlie Foreman for the heads-up on this important bit of news. Our stretch of the canal will be cleaned up between February & March 2009. This is brilliant news for the Coracle racers who keep capsizing - and have to wade through the sludge back to the Eton Rowing Club house - each year!!


British Waterways, working with the Environment Agency and the Olympic Delivery Authority, is undertaking a programme of dredging on the River Lee Navigation to help improve water quality, and access for barges in and around the Olympic Park.
Local residents, boaters, businesses and clubs have all been made aware of the programme via letter and meetings.

Please find attached a copy of the letter sent to local residents. If you require any further information please do let me know.

Kind regards

Gill Owen
Communications Manager
T 020 7985 7227
mb 07733 124580
1 Sheldon Square
Paddington Central
London W2 6TT

Dear Local Resident

Improving Water Quality on the River Lee Navigation

Water quality on the River Lee Navigation has been an issue of concern for many years, affecting local residents, wildlife, boaters and other waterway users.
Now a number of organisations are working together to improve the water quality of the river.

This will be a long-term programme of works to help deliver a clean, green and active waterway.

The first step in this clean-up programme is a c.£5million programme of dredging and bridge protection works. The Environment Agency is funding the removal of up to 16,000m3 of silt from the River Lee Navigation, from Tottenham Lock downstream to Old Ford Lock, whilst the Olympic Delivery Authority is funding the dredging works that will open up the waterways in and around the Olympic Park, first for freight barges, and in legacy for leisure use.

The works will take place between February and May 2009. The dredging barges will remove big obstructions first, such as car parts and trolleys that have been dumped in the waterway, before removing silt from the river bed.

The dredging of the polluted sediments will gradually help improve the water quality of the river, which in turn will encourage wildlife to return to the area, enable boats to travel more easily along the river and improve the appearance and even the odour of the waterway.

British Waterways will be managing the dredging programme, and is talking to hundreds of users and neighbours of the River Lee Navigation to ensure that people are made aware of the planned works and any minor disruption which may affect users.

If you need any further information about the dredging programme please call British Waterways London T: 020 7985 7200. If you would like to report any dumping of rubbish or illegal fly-tipping along the River Lee Navigation please call the Environment Agency T: 0800 80 70 60.

Yours faithfully
Simon Bamford, General Manager, British Waterways London

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Mabley Green Consultation

The Committee of Mabley Green User group have arranged a meeting with the Design Team who are planning the new facilities on Mabley Green. They want residents to have a say in what the new facilities will be, it will definately include a new children's play site. We really would like people to be involved in this process.

The meeting will take place on

Wednesday 11th February at 7.30pm
at the Hackney Wick Community Centre

The Old Baths
80 Eastway Hackney
London, E9 5JH

020 8986 1999.

Can you please let me know if you will be attending so we know how many people to cater for
Many thanks

Gill Jackson
Support Worker