Sadiq takes tea at Watts Grove

Posted on Monday 25th September 2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan enjoyed a cuppa and a slice of cake when he visited the new Watts Grove development in September to view some properties and meet residents.

He told Chief Executive Susmita Sen how impressed he was with the Bow scheme which is providing 148 affordable properties for individuals, families and people with disabilities.

The development has been built on a former brown field site once used as a council refuse lorry depot.  It now houses four new blocks of flats, 13 terrace houses and 13 disabled adapted properties. All the family size flats have three beds and two bathrooms. Other features include a specially designed under 5s play space, a 5 -11 play space and a community garden. It’s also car-free with over 100 cycle spaces.

Sadique and Susmita 1

Sadiq Khan visited Eric and Susan Murdoch at their ground floor flat and presented Susan with a bouquet as a house-warming gift.  The couple are unique in having moved from the Boundary Estate – Tower Hamlets’ and London’s first social housing scheme – to the newest. 

Eric said they had waited ten years for a property suitable for Susan who uses a wheelchair. Council and THH staff worked with the developers and planners to get the disabled adaptions just right including wider corridors and accessible bathrooms.  Susan said: “We are both very happy. This is perfect. It’s given me more independence and saves me having to call on my husband and family for help all the time.”


Posted on Monday 25th September 2017