You may have received a survey through the post in relation to School Streets proposal from Tower Hamlets regarding traffic restriction changes to Saunders Ness road.
We are aware that the demographic in the estate has changed with more young families with children attending the affected schools. A number of residents have asked if Plymouth Wharf should express a collective view, which may have more weight than individual answers. Whilst reducing street traffic on Saunder Ness school is in principle a good idea, concerns have been expressed over the proposal, particularly on the impact on parking on our stretch of the road.
In order for PWRA to make representations on behalf of all residents, and in order to be sure to express a majority view on what might be a controversial subject, we would like to conduct a mini-poll. Note that the Tower Hamlets consultation survey closes on 18th December, therefore we should be grateful to receive your answers by 10 December latest.
The PWRA poll (open to both shareholders and tenants) can be found here:
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 highlighted in our previous communication, from the 1st December 2020, PWRA will begin commencing enforcement.
From 1st December 2020, any vehicle without a valid PWRA parking permit displayed parking in a visitors bay may be subject to enforcement action including: parking fines, removal or reporting to local authorities. In the case of vehicles without a permit that are parked in assigned resident bays the respective property owner will be contacted.
Tenants who have not been issued with parking permit should contact their landlord. All property owners were contacted previously with details on how to collect their permits. For further information email email@example.com
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.
High speed fibre broadband provider Hyperoptic will be on-site on 18-19th November to install FTTP (Fibre to the Premise) to the houses. This service is already available to flats.
All house owners have been contacted and asked whether they are willing to grant permission to install the fibre and advised of any preparation they need to undertake. Tenants of houses should contact their landlord to confirm if they are affected.
The work will involve lifting of BT manholes on the development as well as accessing the garages of houses in order to run the fibre connection through existing BT ducts. Disruption should be minimal outside of the affected houses. We have sought assurance from Hyperoptic that all work will be done following government COVID-19 guidance, which they have confirmed.
Any enquiries relating to Hyperoptic relating to getting service should be directed to them. Please do not engage the engineers directly whilst they are onsite. We have been asked to respect social distancing guidelines and they will be unlikely to be able to answer specific questions anyway.
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.
PWRA is introducing a new mandatory parking permit system for all residents from this month. This action has been taken as a result of receiving an increasing number of complaints about parking on the development from residents. It will be used to help enforce the parking regulations. Permits will shortly be issued to the owners of all properties and residents will be required to display these on their vehicle or that of any visitor.
Each property will be issued with two permits:
A resident permit that must be displayed in the window of their vehicle
A visitor permit to be displayed in the window of any visitor vehicle to the development
Each permit will be uniquely numbered and does not directly identify the associated property for security reasons. A register of assigned permits against properties will be held securely by PWRA in accordance with our data protection policy.
House owners, who have both a garage and driveway space will also be able to request an additional resident permit at no additional charge to use on their second vehicle.
Flat owners will only be issued with the two permits.
In the case of tenants, it is their landlords responsibility to issue them with the parking permits. For security reasons, PWRA will not issue permits directly to tenants without approval from the landlord or their nominated managing agent. The landlord or nominated managing agent will be responsible for ensuring that permits are collected at the end of each tenancy and reissued to new tenants.
There will be a 3 month introductory period (September-November) to allow time to ensure that all residents (including tenants) have received their permits. PWRA will monitor during this time. From December, any vehicle without a permit displayed parking in a visitors bay or not in an approved space may be subject to enforcement action including: parking fines, removal or reporting to local authorities. In the case of vehicle without a permit that are parked in assigned resident bays the respective property owner will be contacted.
Replacement for lost and damaged permits
A small admin fee will be charged to cover lost or damaged permits. Replacement permits will only be issued to property owners or their nominated managing agent.
Conditions of use
The parking permits are exclusively for the use of residents and their invited guests only. It is not permissible to sell, lend or utilise the permits for any form of commercial agreement or financial reward.
***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.