External painting and redecoration works will be undertaken across the whole development from 17th May 2021 for approximately 12-14 weeks. This work was originally planned for last year but had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The works to be carried out under the agreement are in accordance with the section 20 process that has already been undertaken and previously shared with all shareholders/owners. A copy of the specification for the works has been previously shared and is available upon request to shareholders. In summary these works will include repainting of all block doors (communal and flat front doors), bannisters and handrails, gates, fences (front and rear) and any remaining wooden window frames.
Works will start on Monday 17th May on the riverside Blocks 2 & 3 (Properties #20-#43) for an expected 4 weeks. The following 4 weeks will be to complete central houses (#11-#19 and #44-#52). Finally the work will conclude with the two roadside Blocks 1 & 4 (Properties #1-10 and #53-#62) for further 4 weeks. In total, all works are expected to be finished between to 12 to 14 weeks.
Various contractor equipment and a storage container will be placed within the premises as well as a portable toilet (to be used for the contractors). Temporary restrictions on some of the parking spaces will therefore be in place.
Contractors from SJS Maintenance will be in and out for the whole duration of the works. They will be working Monday to Friday from 8am till 4:30pm.
Further important communications will be posted here website and via communal notice boards in each block during the works to advise on any steps residents need to undertake during the works.
Works will be undertaken Wednesday 26th May by Solid Security Doors to replace the ground floor communal stairwell entrance door locks in Block 1 (Flats 1-10) and Block 2 (Flats 20-32), which have become worn and problematic over time. Unfortunately this will necessitate replacement of keys as there is no way to retain the existing lock. Owners for affected properties have already been sent an email to make the necessary arrangements for collection of replacement keys.
For security reasons, PWRA will only provide keys to property owners or a nominated representative authorised by the property owner. Tenants in affected properties are therefore encouraged to contact their landlord or managing agent to ensure they obtain replacement keys in order to not be locked out during the changeover. Owners who have not received the email mentioned above are advised to contact email@example.com urgently.
During these works, the contractor will also be reviewing and adjusting all communal stairwell fire doors across all Blocks 1-4. PWRA has received a number of recent reports of sticking doors and some cases were also highlighted during our recent health and safety asessment. This work is intended to resolve these issues. Unfortunately, due to temperature and weather changes over time the doors will likely require adjustment again in future.
Electricians from Artek Electrical will be on-site today (28th April) to undertake essential upgrade work to add an additional emergency light to the top floor of each block communal stairwell. This work is to ensure lighting is compliant with latest health and safety recommendations.
Disruption from the work should be minimal although those in the blocks may hear some noise of drilling during the routing of new cables and may notice communal lights in the block being switched on and off during testing.
PWRA apologises for late notice and any inconvenience caused.
We would like to get your views on whether we should look to providing additional covered / secure storage spaces and understand whether such an additional space may be useful for you to consequently avoid items being stored in the common areas. In this regard, please could you answer the following questions.
This consultation will run for 21 days and hence responses must be submitted by 18th May.
This survey is open to all residents, both owners and tenants. To complete it please click on the following link.
As part of the local elections on 6th May you may or may not be aware that one of the voting items included is a referendum on local planning for the Isle-of-Dogs. There is limited information available on what exactly this is about and the voting pack that has been recently sent out to postal voters contains no information either. This has left many voters unsure on what they are actually voting for and which way to cast their vote. The referendum does potentially have major implications on the local area.
In 2014 residents came together to form a neighbourhood planning forum for the Isle-of-Dogs. Forums allow local residents to write their own planning policies to help decide planning applications. After various problems, obstacles & delays, residents developed a 2nd Neighbourhood Plan. However, according to Parliament, in order to have full legal weight it first needs to be approved or rejected by voters via a referendum, which will happen on the 6th May.
Essentially if you vote yes then a range of policies will then have the same weight in law as the Councils Local Plan which Councillors voted on last January. If you vote no, then the policies and the Forum will disappear. Planning applications will then be solely decided based on policies written by the Mayors of London and Tower Hamlets and not include any policies written by residents.
It means developers will need to produce an Infrastructure Impact Assessment as part of any planning application, this is to ensure that infrastructure like new schools, GP surgeries, sports facilities etc. are considered in the planning process, policy D1. In addition Policy D2 says developers must prove that if they want to build really dense developments that the homes are of a high design quality;
Developers are encouraged not leave sites empty and unused but to use them for a social purpose if their development is stalled, policy ES1;
That you as residents are consulted about any changes to construction management plans, policy CC1, that developers must inform in advance local residents of any change they intend to make in working hours, policy CC2, and to reduce noise & dust policy CC3;
Developers are further encouraged to meet the highest level of sustainability standards for new buildings, policy SD1;
Planning has to be done using the latest 3D model technology policy 3D1;
That in any demolition of existing homes that the housing association is encouraged to bid for GLA grant money which means they need a resident’s ballot first and will also be able to build more affordable homes, policy RB1. We have also made some recommendations as Community Aspirations and on how to spend the Community Infrastructure Levy from page 29 of the Plan.
As part of our recent Health & Safety assessment it was identified that several of the manholes on the development are uneven and in need of attention. We have raised this with the owners of these services. BT Openreach have attended site and surveyed their manholes and agreed that work is required to those outside houses #11, #15 and Block 2 (Flats #20-#31). A temporary safety barrier has been erected on the manhole outside #15.
We are awaiting a date for the BT Openreach contractors to undertake the work and will keep you informed when we know more. It is likely that this will involve some disruption to vehicle access for a short time especially at the respective properties adjacent to the affected manholes.
Unfortunately we identified an issue today with the remote receiver for the main vehicle gate – which although repaired – means that some remote fobs issued will no longer work until they have been reprogrammed.
The process to reprogramme the fobs only takes a few minutes (and can be done whilst you wait) but you will need to provide your fobs back to PWRA to do this. There will be no charge for this service.
If you check your remote fob and find it no longer opens the main gate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make the necessary arrangements.
If you make use of a “Homelink” system built into your car to open the gate, you may also need to follow the relevant instructions to reprogram this once your remove fob is updated.
This issue only affects the remote fobs. The operation of the touch fobs (which can also be used to open the main vehicle gate) and intercom connection to telephones are unaffected.
PWRA has commissioned a Health & Safety and Fire Risk assessment which will be undertaken by Tetra Consulting on 16th February 2021. This primarily involves the 4 blocks and communal areas. No disruption to residents is expected as part of this inspection and contractors will be observing COVID secure working practices.
We thus request that any items be removed in advance of the inspection. Should this not be done, the Board reserves the right to remove these items and place them by the bin cupboards. Bike storage areas are available by both Block 1 & 4 in the communal driveway and are covered by CCTV. Thank you for your cooperation.
In order to use the service, remove all decorations from your tree first and place it out with existing food and garden waste on Wednesday 6th January or Wednesday 13th January.
In order to avoid trees blowing around the development in the event of high winds, thoses in houses should leave trees securely up against their fence at the end of their drives.
Residents in the flats should place their trees in the Block 4 recycling bin area (this is the area opposite the Block 4 stairwell between properties 53 & 54. Please take care not to block access to the bins for residents in that Block. We will then arrange with collection team to take all the trees in this area.
We kindly ask that residents who do not make use of this service to not simply dump trees in bin cupboards or elsewhere on the development as they will not be collected. If necessary, CCTV will be used to enforce and dumping of rubbish and offenders will be charged for removal.
*** This article has been reposted from a Tower Hamlets Mayor communication ***
The government has announced thatLondon has entered tier 4 restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19.
We will be moving into new, additional coronavirus restrictionson Sunday 20 December to help combat the spread of the virus in the capital as rates are dangerously high and a new strain is spreading faster than previous strains.
All non-essential shops must close, along with hairdressers, nail bars, indoor gyms and leisure facilities. People should not travel unless absolutely necessary, and work from home wherever possible.
Household mixing will no longer be allowed on 23-27 December. The rules say residents must not leave the area nor mix with anyone outside their household, apart from support bubbles. It is important we follow the rules to keep everyone, particularly those who are older or more vulnerable, safe.
An ‘infographic’ spelling out the rules is included above. But to spell out a few key points:
Faith gatherings are allowed provided there is no mixing and proper distancing but even then remember the virus is carried through droplets in the air so a face mask is the best way to keep you and others safe.
And as we all know, the Christmas period, even if you don’t celebrate the Christian faith, is an important time for families to gather together. But because this virus is surging again we must all scale back massively our plans, not meet outside our ‘bubble’ and the rule the government suggested of 5 days with up to three ‘bubbles’ has now been withdrawn.
So it’s going to be a very different Christmas. But I do want you to look out for your friends and neighbours who may be isolated by this. Call a friend. Meet, if you can, (just two of you, socially distanced) in a park or for a walk. And a single bubble can still work. But be very careful.
I know these added restrictions are disruptive to both residents and businesses but they are in place to keep us all safe. We will continue to work with the government to increase testing and make the case for adequate economic support for Tower Hamlets.
Please play your part to #KeepTowerHamletsSafe. Check on friends, family and neighbours by phone. Uncertain times can affect people’s mental health, so it’s vital we look out for each other safely. A host of health and wellbeing resourcesare available.
We also have a dedicated phoneline for vulnerable residents to get support with self-isolation, supplies and urgent needs throughout the pandemic.
We will provide more local advice and updates soon. Until then, please read more in this newsletter and share the latest advice with your networks.
Celebrate safely this Christmas, stay at home
Follow the new rules and play your part to keep our community safe, including:
Do not meet socially with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, indoors or in any private garden.
Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants can only operate takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
Reduce the number of journeys you make and work from home where possible.
Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.
Following a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases across London and in Tower Hamlets, we have expanded testing capacity in the borough. It remains extremely important that residents book a Covid-19 test if symptomatic.
We continue to operate local testing units in Shadwell, Mile End, Isle of Dogs and Billingsgate. Appointments at all testing sites can be booked by calling 119 oronline.
In order to protect yourself and other people, please remember to wear a face covering when going for a test. If you’re attending a walk-in test centre, please walk or cycle and avoid public transport or taxi. Don’t go if you’re very unwell or at high risk (shielding) from coronavirus – choose a home test instead.