Published: 29 April 2020

Dear neighbour

First Port 

  • Our First Port team are working hard on site to keep the development clean, tidy and safe.  
  • Key jobs undertaken include:
    • deep cleaning the gym
    • pool maintenance and painting
    • cleaning water feature
    • painting the bin stores
    • managing the bins - these are still outside as directed by First Port head office but we are asking for them to be put back into the bin stores and to have the chutes re-opened as soon as possible. 

Rubbish and recycling

  • Please help by making sure rubbish bags are tied and securely placed in the bins.
  • Recycling can be placed loose in the appropriate bin or in a clear bag. 
  • All boxes should be collapsed and flattened to allow everyone else to use the recycle bins - flatten them before you go downstairs, it’s easier!  


  • Everything is growing and the gardens are looking lovely in most places but in need of attention in others.
  • The gardeners are currently here once a week to do essential maintenance.  
  • Some residents are supplementing the gardeners work, on a voluntary basis, weeding, tidying and planting. Rachael, customarily in the pink beanie and scarf, is often seen early evening weeding a section of garden.  The planters between Consort and Falcon have been cleared, replanted and funded by Brittis and Sally.   
  • A few new plants have been dotted around to brighten the place for all to enjoy.  If you’d like to get involved, why not have a look at the gardens near your building and see whether some weeding needs to be done? Gardening is a therapeutic activity!
  • When smoking please bring the butts back home with you - it’s not very nice to leave them lying around, think about children playing.  Take them in from your balcony so that they don’t drop onto somebody else’s.
  • Take the opportunity to spring clean your balcony/terrace. Get rid of old dead plants and empty pots.  We all see each others balconies, let’s get them looking nice! 

Inside our buildings

  • We are all at home much more than usual, with many people working from home.  
  • Please think of your neighbours who may hear you through the walls, above your head and below your feet, through the windows and on the balcony, and when coming in and out. Close your flat door quietly, don’t slam it. 
  • In particular, small children’s feet and squeals travel.  Keep running activities outside, there’s less chance of accidents, and less annoyance to people below you. 
  • If you spill something in the communal areas, please clean it up, or if it’s too difficult, let the concierge know. 
  • If you smoke on your balcony please think about your neighbours - not everyone enjoys smoke.


  • If you are a dog owner please note that they must be kept on leads on the development (and further afield).  
  • Please don’t let your dog use the grassed areas on the development as a toilet. The gardens are for everyone and it’s not pleasant to get dog poo on your clothes or shoes. If an accident happens please pick it up. 


Please take care driving around the development.  More people are walking and children are out more when not in school.

Published: 24 March 2020

Dear neighbour,

As some of you might have seen already the Concierge office has been closed as of Tuesday 24 March afternoon. There will be no staff around to clean inside nor outside. Not to take deliveries or handing out keys or parking permits. 

All bin rooms are locked up and all bins are outside. Bin-shutes are closed and should NOT be used, please. There’s no bin under the shute to collect anything  put down there so it will end up on the floor, smelling and attracting rats and other vermin.

PLEASE don’t dump your rubbish on the ground outside, put it in the bins. Especially when there is food waste you are throwing away. Please don’t put whole boxes in the bins. AND if you see rubbish on the floor, please help out and put it away. We know the foxes will be moving in and having a feast so think before just dumping your rubbish anywhere.

We all have to do our best and help out.

Could we (SDSRA) ask that you all check your block (all floors would be helpful) and make sure the tape blocking the entrance to the shute is still there, stopping anyone using it. And if removed or tampered with, put it back. 

Thank You.

Please don’t dump paper or other rubbish in the corridors, lifts or communal areas as NOBODY will be around to clean, really, no one is here to vacuum or pick up after us.

Bin men are not on strike at the moment so they will be collecting our waste.

When going for a walk, please include a walk around the estate and check that bin rooms are still locked, rubbish is not sitting the ground but in the bins. Doors are shut to our blocks/garages.

This is the time when however many cctv cameras we have, they are not monitored by the concierge. So please don’t let anyone you don’t know into your building. No tailgating into/out of the garage.

We all live here, for many of us this is our biggest investment, lets keep it safe and clean. Lets step up and have our own ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ looking out for each other in this very difficult and unprecedented time. 

We (SDSRA) are very thankful for all Your help and lets hope we can go back to normality soon.

Stay safe sane and in touch. We are all here to help as much as we can.

Kind regards

SDSRA committee


Published: 23 March 2020

Update on bin collection disruption after strike action called off:

Further strike action, which had been planned to run between Thursday and Saturday this week, has been called off after UNITE members came to an agreement with Veolia.

We have the majority of our crews out working this morning – 25 teams started on today’s collections with one team absent due to illness. They will continue to work through scheduled collections running between Monday and Friday. Additional resources will support clearance of problems areas where required.

There will be normal collections days for residents this week, with the service anticipating to catch up by Friday.

We have suspended the separate collection of recycling, food waste and garden waste for the week with teams clearing all of this together. Bulky waste collections will remain suspended.

A full street cleansing service is also in operation, giving priority to town centres and high streets.


Published: 21 March 2020

The Island Gardens Covid-19 Community Support Group is comprised of members of the local community who have created a support network for those in isolation due to Covid-19. Contacting the group will put you in touch with a group of volunteers throughout Island Gardens who can support with tasks such as groceries, exercising pets, other errands or even just a friendly phone call. 


Please contact the central line on 020 3488 4594 or email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible with support. In addition, flyers like the one below will be sent through letterboxes over the weekend. 


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Published: 20 March 2020

Swimming pool and gym is closed from now until further notice.

UK pubs and restaurants told to shut in virus fight

Published: 20 March 2020

There will be a new industrial action from Tower Hamlets waste contractor and its staff next week starting on Wednesday 25 March until Friday 27 March at least. 

Last collection here at St Davids Square should take place on Tuesday 24 March.
Make sure you have put all recycling and rubbish out on Monday evening before 22.00 (bin stores are locked until morning) to be sure it’s collected. 

Please DONT put boxes and cardboard down the bin-shute. It gets blocked. Today Friday 3 shutes where blocked ðYell¤¨

Check Tower Hamlets website for updates.

 Published: 17 March 2020

Bin collections severely disrupted 9-16 March 2020 

SDSRA Social Event - Kinkao Thai restaurant

Tuesday 29 October at 19.30 - 21.00

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Wednesday 12 June 2019, 19.30-21.00, residents lounge