Completion of redecoration works – Monday 12th July

Our contractors, SJS have now completed nearly all of the redecoration work. There are a few details to cover but Monday the 12th of July should be the last day. If anyone has an issue please email roberto.saas@plymouthwharf.com by Monday morning at the latest.

Before reporting an issue, something that was missed for instance, please make sure the area is free of obstacles and accessible to the contractors so they can finish the work. After Monday, the board will not recall the contractors at PWRA’s expense. 

The board would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation over the last few weeks during the redecoration works.

External painting and redecoration works – 17th May 2021

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.

The contract for the works has been awarded to SJS Maintenance.

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.

Adjustment of block stairwell doors and Block 1 & 2 lock replacement – Wednesday 26th May 2021

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 directors@plymouthwharf.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.

Block stairwell emergency lighting upgrade works – 28th April

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.

Bicycle storage area consultation

We have previously shared communications that storing of personal items such as bikes, buggies etc in the communal areas is not permitted other than existing shared bicycle racks. This is a health and safety hazard, which was again highlighted in the recent assessment conducted. The PWRA board believe one of the reasons for this may be the lack of a covered and secure storage space for such items, specially in the blocks of flats.

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.

https://us19.list-manage.com/survey?u=74177838413281aa7a31c069f&id=1f9aae004e

Isle-of-Dogs Neighbourhood Plan referendum

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.

Below are a summary of the policies (taken from the Isle-of-Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Forum website). More detail can be found on the website: https://www.isleofdogsforum.com/what-you-are-voting-for.html

If the majority vote YES this means:

  • 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.

Further information can also be found on this Nextdoor post from Tower Hamlets councillor Andrew Wood.

Manhole repairs

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.

Remote fobs no longer working and needing reprogramming

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 roberto.saas@plymouthwharf.com 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 apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Health & Safety and Fire Risk assessment 16th February 2021

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 remind residents that they should not store personal possessions (such as bicycles, scooters and prams) in the communal block areas and especially in front of the electrical cupboards blocking access as they can amount to an enhanced fire risk. Furthermore, riser cupboards adjacent to the flats in blocks should also be kept clear and not used for storage.

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. 

Happy New Year and Christmas tree collection

PWRA wishes all residents and their families a Happy New Year in these difficult times. We sincerely hope that this year is a better one and our community here can begin to interact as normal again.

Life after Christmas for trees can be hard…

For those of you that have Christmas trees that require disposal after the seasonal festivities, please be aware that Tower Hamlets do offer a free collection service for real trees (not plastic). This service runs from 4th to 18th January 2021 and is aligned with the normal kerbside food and garden collection service (Wednesdays in the case of Plymouth Wharf).

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.