Lockner Estate seen from Debeauvoir Square by Jenny Duval

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Next Meeting

Date for your diary – Wednesday 25th April will be our rescheduled AGM. It will be held at 7pm in the community flat, 23 Blandford court.

The AGM is the most important meeting of the year. We need to get a quorum (minimum number of people attending) to be a registered association.

If you appreciate things like the Big Lunch, the Christmas Panto and having a voice with the council over housing matters – please come along.

Please support us so we can carry on supporting life on Lockner for us all.

2017 Panto Tickets

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Tickets will go on sale for £4 each on Friday 30 November from the Community Flat, 23 Blandford Court at 7pm.

First come first served; arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are limited to 4 per household (and please don’t ask for 4 tickets if there aren’t 4 people in your household – they are strictly for residents only and are a treat, not an entitlement)

 

 

Panto Time!

It’s that time of year again! Amazingly we managed to get NINETY tickets this year (a record!), because Hackney council have increased our grant and we have been saving money from renting the community flat out. 

We’ll be heading to the Hackney Empire on Wednesday 20th December at 7pm. Details on how and when to get tickets to follow on website/social media/notice boards once it’s been arranged. 

And remember… if you’ve been involved in organising an event for Lockner Residents Association, you get priority tickets – a great motive to get involved! 

More Cleaning Meetings… Hrumph.

 

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As requested and agreed at the last meet with John Wheatley (cleaning manager) a follow up meeting has been arranged on Tuesday 28th November 2017 09.30am at the communinity flat, 23 Blandford court.

Please could you tell neighbours and save the date.

The new cleaning schedule will go up in the notice boards shortly (Hackney council already have some up in the notice boards, but we will make some more user friendly ones). The meeting will be for us to feed back our views – is the new schedule working?

Cleaning Meeting Minutes

Todays meeting was rather heated, but we have some positive actions to take forward. Please keep a look out here on the website, the facebook page, notice boards and emails for updates and details of the next meeting that will be scheduled for a months time.

Attendees

Unfortunately a register was not passed around.
Three members of the Hackney Council cleaning team including John Wheatley (manager).
Housing manager Emmanuel Malm.
Lisa Linpower, Chair
Nikki Parrott, Vice chair
An additional 11 residents
Actions
  • Email TRA the current cleaning schedule for the TRA to print in large posters on notice boards, add to the website and email to resident mailing list (JW)
  • Send quarterly cleaning quality assurance reports to Lockner TRA for us to distribute to residents so residents can subjectively and objectively assess new cleaning schedule (JW)
  • Raise concerns over illegally parked car blocking 2 disabled bays for a long period of time with Shamus Adams at Hackney Council (JW)
  • Escalate concerns over rats on the estate following recent drainage issues on Dorchester Court (JW)
  • Arrange a review meeting between cleaning department and residents 1 month following this initial meeting (JW, LL)
Issues raised:
  1. Antisocial behaviour on stairwells is a large concern with feces/urine and drug paraphernalia, residents do not feel this is being addressed as frequenty under the new scheme
  2. Residents are angry and upset that our full time cleaner has been replaced with a new service without any consultation. It was aknowledged that our previous cleaners have provided what was effectively a caretaking role in addition to cleaning and it is something we all appreciated and miss. JW explained that he is standardising services throughout the borough and thoroughly explained steps his team have taken and how services are being delivered.

TRA meeting – September 2017

Attendees:
Lisa Linpower (Chair), Nikki Parrott (Vice-Chair), Francine Bennett (Secretary), Maria Savito (Treasurer), Cordelia Harwood (Blandford Court), Serena Allen (Blandford Court), Linda Toigo (Stratton Court), Jake Snell (Dorset Court), Jerry Kateen (Swanage Court), Emma Thomas (Swanage Court), S Ionades (Blandford Court), Abi Bobyi (Blandford Court), Mattia Reininger (Stratton Court)

Actions
Chase again for clear information on door scheme (EM)

Share service charge bill breakdown with others (CH)

Chase again for clear shared information on whether water tank rebate to service charges has been consistently applied (FB/MR)

Chase again for clarification on business rates and service charges on community flat (EM)

Schedule special open meeting to discuss cleaning issues with HH cleaning manager (LL)

Contact Wayne Hibberd and review options for shrubs in area around Dorchester Court (EM/LT)

1. Update on actions from last meeting
Find out whether Hackney can do a mailout for every open meeting, in order to create quorum for each meeting (FB)

Completed – HH agreed to do this

Chase Hackney again for clear information on business rates and utilities for community flat (EM)

Chased, but still no clear information received

Add rent review to agenda of next open meeting (FB)

Not added, due to still no clarity on business rates and utilities which would factor in

Test different meeting time for next open meeting (FB/LL)

Done – testing 6.30 start this meeting

Invite Major Works representative to next meeting to explain proposed door scheme (EM)

Invited but did not attend or provide any clear information. EM to chase further. 

Contact councillor to raise concerns about proposed door scheme (LL)

Done. Apparently scheme has been cancelled but still awaiting formal confirmation. 

Query whether service charge rebate has been made to all flats affected by tank overcharge (FB)

Queried. No useful reply, will chase once more and then raise as complaint if not resolved

Raise any cleaning concerns to cleaner.estates@hackney.gov.uk (all)

Cleaning manager has complained about our raising concerns, and says that he has inspected and finds the standard acceptable. LL to arrange special open meeting just focussed on cleaning, to discuss issues with him. 

Add bike locker options to next meeting agenda (FB/EM)

Lockers have appeared since last meeting! Apparently these can be rented online

2. Major works representative – to discuss what is the proposed door scheme, purpose, cost,  (EM)
Major Works/Leasehold Services did not attend or give any useful update. EM chasing again to get clear information for us. 

3. Rent review – postpone due to continued lack of information? (FB)
Postponed due to lack of information. 

4. Bike locker options (EM)
Bike hangars have mysteriously appeared since last meeting! Apparently can be rented online for £12 a year. 

5. Any other updates from Hackney Homes (EM)
No special updates. 

6. Any other business (All)

EM is continuing his review of pram sheds to make sure that ownership is properly recorded and that sheds are fairly shared between residents. He is working block by block, and posting notices on shed doors for 28 days, to check who owns which. Unfortunately all records from the previous housing manager on this topic are lost. 

Residents are experiencing significant ASB issues on Swanage and Dorset Courts from a flat which is generating drug detritus and noise late at night from visitors. EM to review. EM also recommended contacting the community safety officer Sam Peters with any concerns to enable him to remain aware. 

LT raised concerns about the state of the grass outside Dorchester Court, and would like to explore options for low-level shrubs instead of grass. LT to contact WH to discuss further.