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 3 (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.
Electrical contractors (Artek Electrical) will be on-site 1st-2nd December to undertake maintenance and upgrade works.
This work will include: repair of broken lamp-post and uplighters in central bed, repair of broken security sensor lighting, annual emergency lighting testing and certification, repair and recertification to meet latest safety risk guidance, addition of new garden uplighters to the wall areas by Blocks 2 & 3 and raised river wall garden area – and as many will be pleased to hear – the switch-on of our seasonal lighting display.
The contractors will be working in all areas across the development. Disruption should be minimal, although residents in Blocks 1-4 may experience some noise of drilling during working hours and communal area lighting may be temporarily disrupted. All efforts will be taken to ensure the later is completed during daylight hours to avoid stairwells being left in the dark.
Contractors have advised they will be following government COVID secure guidelines.
As stated in our previous communication essential maintenance works to clean the gutters will commence on the 25th of November. As a result of this, debris and rubbish will fall specially on some parking areas. Contractors also need these areas to be vacated to use ladders and a cherry picker. We therefore ask the owners of vehicles located in the unsheltered areas in the blocks to move them by 8am please.
Blocks 2 and 3 on Wednesday the 25th November (by 8am).
Blocks 1 and 4 on Thursday the 26th November (by 8am).
You can move your vehicle to any of the visitor parking designated areas around the estate. If you have any questions or are struggling to find a temporary space you can contact Roberto Saas firstname.lastname@example.org who is the director coordinating this work.
In response to several reported incidents of blocked gutters, a contractor (Sam’s Gutters) has been selected and maintenance works to clear and repair all gutters on the development will commence on Wednesday the 25th of November 2020.
Two or three workmen will be on site during this operation and all will be complying with government COVID-19 guidance as well as necessary health and safety regulations. This will include use of a cherry picker.
The proposed schedule will be as follows:
Blocks 2 and 3 with a cherry picker and ladders (Properties 20-43)
Blocks 1 and 4 with a cherry picker and ladders (Properties 1-10 & 53-62)
Houses (north side) with ladders (Properties 44-52)
Houses (south side) with ladders (Properties 11-19)
Contingency / completion.
Access to rear of properties
Houses and some flats on the ground floor may be requested access through their property by contractors to back patios in order to access the gutters on the east and west sides of the state. The contractor will be taking appropriate COVID secure precautions but if anyone has concerns and is not comfortable to provide access or is currently self-isolating please email email@example.com
If you are a house occupant, or a flat occupant on the ground floor, we will be in touch shortly on the specific access information required to carry out these works.
According the schedule we request vehicle owners to park somewhere else for a working day while contractors carry out the work. Please utilise the visitor bays in the first instance. If you are unable to locate a suitable space, we will advise you of temporary parking locations.
Following on from our recent fire stopping works, further works are planned on 24-28th September to upgrade fire doors in Blocks 1-4. This is being undertaken as part of a number of steps to ensure the development, built in the late 1980s, is compliant with the latest health and safety guidelines relating to fire.
The work will involve replacement of electrical cupboard doors with new doors that meet the latest standards as well as upgrades to the existing block entrance and 1st and 2nd floor entry doors.
There should be minimal disruption to those in the flats although residents may experience some noise during the hours of work (9am-5pm). Houses will not be affected by this work.
***UPDATED – Main Gate works has now moved to 10-11th September and final follow up work to complete the CCTV upgrade will be on 2nd September***
We will be undertaking some minor upgrade works to the CCTV and Main Gate over the next couple of weeks.
Final work will be undertaken on 2nd September as a follow up from previous work on 12-13th August by SECOM to add two additional cameras and move the position of two existing cameras. This is being undertaken to improve coverage of the central roadway areas and the riverwall entrance. The addition of extra cameras was discussed at the last AGM and care has been taken to ensure this upgrade in keeping with the requirements set out during the original CCTV consultation.
SECOM have confirmed that they will be following government COVID-19 working practices. There may be some minor disruption in the form of drilling noise during working hours – especially for residents in Blocks 1,2,3 & 4 (Flats).
Work will be undertaken on 27-28th August by WLS to upgrade and resolve intermittent closure issues with the main entrance gate. This work will involve upgrades to the automated mechanism with a more modern higher power one, correction to resolve one of the gates that has dropped over time and ensuring that safety systems meet the latest requirements. The upgrades should make the gates much more reliable and quieter in operation. The upgrades will prevent strong winds from causing issues with gate closure. Furthermore, the wheel, which causes a lot of noise, will no longer be required.
WLS have advised they will ensure the gate will remain accessible during this time and that the gate will not be left open overnight on 27th August. They have also confirmed they will be following government COVID-19 working practices. Disruption for residents should be minimal although those in Block 4 (Flats 53-62) may experience some drilling noise during working hours as part of the work to lift and refit the right hand gate that has dropped.
High speed fibre broadband provider Hyperoptic will be undertaking essential maintenance work in the Block 4 (properties 53-62) meter room to reposition their communications cabinet on Thursday 16th July. This is to facilitate better access to electricity meters for Block 4 residents that has been obscured by the current cabinet location.
We understand from Hyperoptic their communications cabinet in Block 4 is the “master” for the entire development and that the work to move the cabinet will involve disruption to their service. This means that anyone currently taking service from Hyperoptic on the development will likely lose internet access for a period of time on the day of the work. Hyperoptic have advised us that they have already contacted all affected customers with relevant information. If you are a customer and have concerns please direct this to their support team rather than PWRA.
Disruption to other residents during the work should be minimal although those in Block 4 may experience some noise during the day of the work for drilling etc.
Residents in Block 4 are asked to avoid using the meter room on the 16th July and to ensure that the area around the meter room is left clear (no child pushchairs etc). Residents’ personal possessions should not really be left in communal areas in the blocks under the terms of the lease anyway. PWRA will not accept responsibility for loss and damage in such cases.
Hyperoptic have assured us that they will be following the government working guidelines issued on Coronavirus.
Works are planned between July 20th and 22nd to undertake fire stopping in the riser cupboards in Blocks 1-4. This is being undertaken as part of a number of steps to ensure the development, built in the late 1980s, is compliant with the latest health and safety guidelines relating to fire. Furthermore, this work will serve to provide an additional level of protection to prevent possible entry points to pests such as mice etc.
The work itself will involve ensuring that any gaps where services (water, gas, electricity etc) enter the flats from the riser cupboards are filled with appropriate fire stopping material. This may also necessitate removal of existing non-compliant filling material.
There should be minimal disruption to those in the flats although residents may experience some noise during the hours of work (9am-5pm). We have sought assurances from our contractor that they will be following COVID-19 government working guidelines, which they have confirmed. Houses will not be affected by this work.
The trees on the estate are being pruned this week starting with the tall trees in the central bed.
We will start at the roadside end and so on 15th/16th please do not park cars by the central bed outside house numbers 48- 52 and 11- 15 to avoid any damage to cars. Instead residents and visitors can park at each end of the estate. On the 17th and 18th please do not park by the other end of the central bed at the river end outside house numbers 44-47 and 16 – 19.
Cars will be on house forecourts do not need to be moved for tree cutting.
Unfortunately there is some overlap with the jetwashing as they are coming back to sand the areas that were washed so these areas need to be avoided at times as well.
We apologise for the inconvenience and overlap of the two jobs but we had great difficulty finding times when contractors were available.