Lawson estate residents this is what is happening on your estate
Amy & Carla from Awkward are coming to talk about this young people’s project.
- Social media
Be the first to know! We are pushing social media, as a way of keeping residents informed about what is happening on their estates. The options are:
Anne will let you have an up-date on JMB proposals.
- Southwark Housing Heroes
Your TRA should nominate itself for the up-coming Southwark Housing Heroes award. There may be other categories you want to nominate to as well.
- JMB residents’ hall management agreements
We have had advice that because TRAs are not legally constituted they can’t enter into a binding licence agreement. We are therefore asking our TRAs with hall to sign up to the following principles:
- Maximum use by JMB residents:
- Social events: as most residents live in flats, residents halls can be used for:
- Family gatherings
- TRA meetings
- JMB consultation meetings
- Learning & development activities
- Democratic control
- TRA Committees should encourage maximum resident use and review use at each meeting
- TRA Committees should ensure that robust financial procedures are in place to manage booking fees.
The JMB will provide support to achieve these objectives and is well-placed to support intra-JMB working to achieve the best use of residents’ halls.
- Care of up-keep
The JMB has responsibility for:
- Ensuring the residents hall is structurally sound
- Ensuring the hall is usable e.g. heating system and toilets are in working order
- Health and safety requirements e.g. gas safe, complies with fire safety best practice, electrical tests and asbestos control
- Supporting TRAs to ensure responsible use of the hall
The TRA is responsible for:
- Internal decoration
- Tables and chairs
- Cleaning in the hall and around the perimeter
- Gas, electric & water costs
- Hall bookings
- Ensuring responsible use of the hall
- Joseph Lancaster new build
The next consultation meeting is on Wednesday 21st June. We are hoping that the land will be transferred to the CBS at Southwark’s July Cabinet meeting.
- Estates Improvement Plan
Jane, the CBS Project Officer, is concentrating on visiting residents around the Joseph Lancaster site. We want to make sure that:
- Residents have chance to suggest estate improvements
- Residents have the chance to ask questions about the new build plans
- We know about tenants’ housing needs.
If you haven’t filled out a questionnaire yet, we’d be really grateful if you could. If you want Jane to visit you please let us know.
- Homeowner project team
The JMB is working towards taking on the full range of homeowners’ services. A project team of homeowners is working with us to develop our plans. If you are a homeowner and would like to contribute your idea please let Andy Bates, JMB Manager, know.
- Major Works
The major works for the next 2 years are as follows:
June-August this year: replacement front doors to all of Nashe House and Beeston House and the upper floors of Kempe, Alleyn, Middleton and Munday Houses, plus the remaining doors that Southwark didn’t do at the Great Dover Street complex. Shellen Security will soon be writing to residents to establish designs/colours.
July – September: this year minor electrical intake cupboard refurbishment/safety work to all blocks. This has been tendered but no contractor is appointed as yet.
January 2018 – August 2018: Roof renewal, brick cleaning, concrete repairs, external decorations and bin store installation at Jonson, Lyly, Greene, Nashe, Munday and the cottages. I have the tender documents and will be tendering in June/July.
The above are definitely going to happen.
We have pencilled in Trinity Street externals, bathroom renewals everywhere and lift renewal at Jonson, Lyly and Greene for 2019/20, but this is subject to revision, depending on finances and other emergency works arising.
- Symington security
Last night we agreed the following description of works:
- Devise a way to fit secondary entry controls to the lifts and staircase
- Up-grade the existing entry phone system. This could include an entry door camera so that residents can see who they are letting in. A fob recognition system so we can track who is entering the block. A sliding door on the Harper Road side because wind resistance makes closing the door difficult
- Service Improvement Budget for Lawson estate
We are looking to identify low cost, but high impact improvements.
We are planning to renew the estate signs on Cardinal Bourne St, Great Dover Street and the main sign on the entrance at Burge St/Bartholomew Street junction. Also double yellow lines across the estate are in need of renewing.
Also to repair the broken gas meter covers at Symington House.
Any other ideas from the TA will be most welcome.
- Greener, Cleaner & Safer funding
£8,700 has been awarded. Debbie is working with Ron, our repair manager.
- Special cleans
Since your last meeting special cleans have taken place at Symington and Falmouth.
- Community event Kipling estate: Saturday 17th June 12-4pm
The event includes free food, yoga and a medical check-up