Parking regulations

We have recently received a number of complaints from residents around parking on the development. The parking regulations are already stated within the Lease (shared with owners – [clause 4(n)] ) and the Residents Handbook (available to owners and tenants). For awareness we are also sharing these regulations here:

Parking permits

From September 2020 a new parking permit system is being rolled out. All vehicles parked on the development must display a valid resident or visitor parking permit. Vehicles not displaying a valid permit may be subject to further enforcement including penalty fines, removal or reporting to local authorities.

Defined parking areas

Each flat is provided a specific allocated space in the area outside the block or around the central garden. The allocated spaces are defined within the Lease and Residents Handbook. For privacy reasons we do not publish the space allocation publicly here but owners and tenants can contact directors@plymouthwharf.com if unsure.

Each house is provided space on their forecourt for parking in addition to garage.

There are also a number of allocated “visitor” bays around the central garden, each one is clearly marked with a sign saying “visitor”.

Parking outside of the allocated areas is not permitted. The only exception being emergency vehicles or if explicitly agreed with PWRA board as a temporary exception. Such exceptions are typically only granted for maintenance of the overall development.

Use of allocated parking spaces

The following regulations are outlined in the Residents Handbook:

  1. Parking for the flats is in allocated spaces around the blocks and garden in accordance with the provisions of each of the Owner’s leases
  2. Flat Owners have exclusive right to use their own parking space.  Flat Owners shall not park their vehicles in other people’s allocated parking spaces – this will amount to trespass – unless they have explicit permission to do so from the corresponding owner
  3. There shall be no parking in such a way as to obstruct access to and from a resident’s allocated parking space – or allocated visitor bay
  4. Parking for the houses is in their own garages and on their own forecourts.  House Owners shall not park their vehicles in other people’s allocated parking spaces – this will amount to trespass – unless they have explicit permission to do so from the corresponding owner
  5. The Lease does provide that the five visitors’ bays may be used, if vacant, on a short-term basis only.  If these are full, then parking shall be outside the development  
  6. No parking is permitted at each end of the centre garden island as this restricts access of emergency vehicles.  No parking of bicycles or vehicles on the communal pedestrian areas  
  7. No  parking of bicycles in the flat block corridors or stairwells, nor the chaining of bicycles to railings, as maintenance of these areas is the responsibility of PWRA. There are two cycling racks to the left and right as you enter the main gates where you can park your bikes 
  8. Commercial vehicles cannot be parked anywhere on the development – unless explicitly agreed with PWRA board as a temporary exception. Such exceptions are typically only granted for maintenance of the overall development.
  9. Owners and Tenants are responsible for ensuring that their visitors comply with the parking regulations set out in the above paragraph.  The maximum stay for visitors’ vehicles in the visitor’s bays shall be 48 hours per week, after this time any visitor shall remove their vehicle from the Wharf – unless explicitly agreed with PWRA board as a temporary exception. Such exceptions are typically only granted for maintenance of the overall development.
  10. It is not permitted for residents to utilise their allocated space for commercial purposes or to rent it out for use by other people who do not reside on the development
  11. Any vehicle parked on the development must comply with government regulations – specifically be: registered with the DVLA, have up-to-date vehicle tax, have a current MOT and be roadworthy

Speed limit and direction of travel

The speed of vehicles in the Wharf shall not exceed 10 mph and vehicles shall comply with the one way system, which is clockwise from the Saunders Ness Road entrance.

Enforcement

PWRA board of directors will take action to enforce breaches of the parking regulations; including application of penalty fines, reporting to the police or even legal action if necessary.

Use of visitor bays and communal areas for parking is monitored regularly including via CCTV system where security or safety is a concern.

With regards to unauthorised use of private allocated spaces by others, we rely on residents to report this as we do not maintain a list of vehicles and their owners. Any resident whose space is being used without their permission can report this to directors@plymouthwharf.com. All emails will be treated in confidence.

Longer term we are looking to introduce a parking permit system to enable more effective policing of parking.

Notifications of new posts from the PWRA website

We’ve just introduced a new feature to the website to allow you to receive a notification directly to your computer or mobile device every time a new article is posted.

This works with most recent web-browsers and mobile devices. To use simply press the ALLOW button when the message “We’d like to show you notifications for the latest news and updates” appears (as shown in the picture). Alternatively, you can click on the red “bell” icon if this appears.

For more information on how this works you can read the article here: https://www.airship.com/resources/explainer/push-notifications-explained/

Use of communal areas during period of enhanced Coronavirus (COVID-19) controls

On the 23rd March the UK Government enhanced much stricter controls to reduce the spread of infection within the UK and reduce strain on essential public services. Full details of this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

At Plymouth Wharf we are lucky to have a private communal outside space that residents can use to exercise etc. However, for the safety of all residents we ask that everyone apply common sense should they do this. Furthermore, due to the restrictions we may experience reduced cleaning and refuse collection services.

For these reasons, we are asking all residents to heed the following guidance with regards use of communal areas:

  • Follow the government guidance on keeping safe distances and restricting any outing to small household groups only;
  • Only utilise the outside space if you can see it is not already busy with others and be considerate of others in terms of how much time you take up;
  • Take responsibility for tidying and disposing your waste as efficiently as possible (break down cardboard boxes, double bag refuse in black bags etc);
  • Take responsibility for keeping shared communal spaces clean (e.g. block and entrance doors etc) including wiping down with wipes / cleaning products where possible

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

We have recently received a number of queries from residents regarding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

It is important to remain calm and follow the government guidance, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

At this point we are not aware of any resident infection with COVID-19 in the development but all residents are asked to pay close attention to hygiene especially where shared facilities are concerned.

Having taken guidance from ARMA (Association of Residential Managing Associations), of which PWRA is a member, we will however be taking the following additional steps and precautions:

  • We are contacting all our suppliers and contractors to ask that they ensure they follow government guidance as well as report any instances of Coronavirus infection within their staff to us;
  • We are asking any residents who are self-isolating due to suspected Coronavirus symptoms or because they believe they are within a high risk vulnerable group to register with PWRA board of directors by emailing directors@plymouthwharf.com providing:
    • Property number
    • Reason for self-isolation
    • Number of people within the household
    • Preferred contact email and telephone number
  • Note – This information register:
    • will be kept securely and strictly in-confidence in accordance with data protection (GDPR) regulations as outlined by the ICO;
    • will not be shared with anyone outside of the PWRA board of directors;
    • will only used to monitor safety of those residents and guide ongoing policy decisions;
    • will only be held as long as the outbreak continues, whereupon it will be destroyed.
  • A number of residents have already offered to provide support such as collecting shopping or even someone to talk to for those self-isolating. Anyone requiring such assistance should either utilise the community WhatsApp group or contact us directly and we will be happy to coordinate.

Waste disposal considerations

Please pay attention to the government guidance on waste disposal particularly if you think you may have symptoms to help us reduce risk to other residents:

“When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.”

We will be sharing this same communication with all property owners via email or in writing according to their recorded preferences and kindly ask that all owners please share the link to this post with their tennants.

Driving safety and speed

We have had a number of complaints recently of people not observing the rules for driving on the development and driving with excessive speed or without due care and attention.

Residents and owners are reminded that a 10mph speed limit is in force and the development operates a clockwise one-way system. This is very clearly signed on the main entry gate.

These rules were implemented for good reason to keep everyone safe. There are a number of young families, children and pets on the development. Please remember that and ensure your visitors and any agents or tradespeople coming on your behalf also do so.

Annual Plymouth Wharf BBQ – 2nd November

If you were wondering what happened to the annual PWRA Summer BBQ this year, don’t worry you haven’t missed it. Unfortunately, our organising committee couldn’t find a suitable date in the summer so we will be having a Winter BBQ instead. It might be a bit colder but as a consolation we will be having some fireworks to go along with it.

To keep things easier PWRA will only be supplying the BBQ, charcoal and fireworks so please bring food and drink (we will provide plates, sauces and some buns).

Gate fobs and intercom phone connection (updated)

Note: This article was updated June 2020 to reflect removal of previous restriction that only UK landline telephone numbers could be connected to the gate intercom and that mobiles can now also be used.

We have had a number of recent enquiries from residents regarding how to use the main gate or obtain replacement fobs.

Fobs

There are two different types of fobs that can be used to open the main vehicle and pedestrian gates: touch fobs and remote fobs.

The touch fobs do not require batteries and can be used to open both the pedestrian and vehicle gates by simply touching them on the appropriate panel.

The remote fobs require batteries and can only be used to open the vehicle gate. There are different types of remote fobs. If you are having problems with your remote fob not working, we suggest you first check and replace your batteries.

Replacement fobs can be obtained by emailing directors@plymouthwharf.com and making a payment to the PWRA bank account of £5 for remote fobs and £15 for touch fobs using FOBS and your property number as reference

Unfortunately, for security reasons we can only issues fobs to property owners. If you are a tenant please contact your landlord or managing agent.

Gate intercom

The main gate intercom works differently to that at the flat block doors and requires connection to a telephone number (UK mobile or landline). Once set up, when your property number is selected on the main gate, your telephone will ring and you can use buttons 0 and 1 on your phone keypad to open either the vehicle or pedestrian gate respectively.

To connect your telephone to the gate requires emailing directors@plymouthwharf.com and making a payment to the PWRA bank account of £28.80 with reference GATE and your property number. The setup process typically takes 3-5 days once payment is confirmed.

This charge is payable to the company that maintain and setup the intercom system for us and so if you change your telephone number then you will need to pay again. We are now able to support any UK numbers (excluding premium rate) but unfortunately not non-UK numbers.

Unfortunately, for security reasons if you are a tenant rather than a property owner we will need confirmation from your landlord or managing agent before we can action the change.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2018

As required by Companies Act 2006 Section 307, notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Plymouth Wharf Residents Association Limited will be held at Compass Point, Manchester Road, London E14 on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 8pm to present the annual report of the board and the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 for Plymouth Wharf Estate.  

Shareholder’s report and AGM packs have now been issued to all shareholders. If you have not received yours please contact directors@plymouthwharf.com stating your name and property number.

Shareholders entitled to attend and vote at the above mentioned meeting may appoint a proxy who need not be a shareholder of the Company, to attend and vote on his/her behalf.

We appreciate the AGM is being held slightly later this year so to keep you warm on a cold winter night (and in keeping with the season) we will be providing attendees with mince pies and mulled wine (including non-alcoholic option).

Directions to Compass Point

From Plymouth Wharf: turn left out of the rear gate and walk along the river walkway. Compass Point community room is the building overhanging the walkway. Alternatively head right out of the main gate and take the first right, walking to the riverside.

Enderby Wharf cruise terminal plans cancelled

Plans for a cruise terminal to be built across the river from Plymouth Wharf in Greenwich have finally been cancelled after several years of campaigning by the local community over fears of noise and pollution.

This will come as a relief to a number of residents that were not happy with the plans. It is not yet known what the fate of the Enderby Wharf site will be now but it’s thought that the site of the cruise terminal may now be replaced with a park with possible concessions made to developers in terms of height on residential development planned.

More on this story here: http://www.fromthemurkydepths.co.uk/2018/11/13/greenwich-cruise-liner-plan-abandoned/