Estate Improvements

Every year we are given a pot of money from the council to improve Lockner. It’s called the The Resident Led Improvement Budget (RLIB). It can be spent to improve Lockner re-doing fencing or painting railings, planting trees or starting a community garden. The only limitations are that it has to benefit all living on Lockner, and your imagination!

There will be a “walkabout” on Monday 20th April at 11.15am (meet outside the community flat 23 Blandford Court) with the council people running the RLIB. During this time we quite literally walk about with them talking them through and showing them our wish list.

More information can be found about the budget here.

If you are unable to make the meeting and have any ideas, you can email them to us or pop a note through the community flat door (23 Blandford Court) so we can be sure your voice is heard!



Notes from last meeting / next meeting 4th December

TRA meeting – 2nd October 2019


  • Get a copy of the letter to residents about Rashan Charles situation and circulate via website/email (LL)

  • Find out about electric car charging points on estates (CU)

  • Investigate possibility of Community Payback team doing playground decoration (CU)

  • Organise list of people who want panto tickets + purchase tickets (LL + NG)

  • Investigate Poole Court water damage on balconies and gutters (CU)

  • Report ASB and drug dealing north end of Dorset Court (CU)

  • Investigate Poole Court bin chutes (CU)

  • Circulate Shared Lives flyer (LL)

  • Reschedule drawing event (MG)


  1. Update on meeting with Mayor and police about shootings at Yours Locally (LL)

After we discussed the ongoing problems with violence and intimidation around Yours Locally at the last TRA meeting, we requested a meeting with the Mayor about this serious and very sensitive situation.

We were pleased that our request was taken seriously, and the Mayor convened a meeting including senior LB Hackney and Police representatives, and the owner of the shop.

We were told that they now have ongoing CCTV coverage of the area which is being carefully monitored, there is an increased plain clothes presence, and they are keen to ensure that things are calmed down. Rashan Charles’ mother has helped to move his shrine to another location, and they are hoping that things will be much calmer.

Police are going to send round a letter to local residents to clarify what actions they are taking and reassure residents.

  1. Electric car charging (LL)

Those present agreed that it might be of interest to get an electric car charging point installed in the Lockner parking area. CU agreed to find out how this might work, and whether there would be any cost attached.

  1. Cost of repainting playground railings

This has been re-estimated and is still being quoted as costing around £9000 to repaint the railings on 3 playgrounds. Those present still felt this was a very high cost and would like to more seriously investigate the possibility of getting a community payback team to do the work, as they have on De Beauvoir Square in the past. CU agreed to look into this.

NG suggested postponing this work to spring/summer in any case, when the playgrounds will be more heavily used, rather than redecorating just before they may be damaged by winter weather.

  1. Panto tickets

In previous years we’ve spent £1000-3000 on panto tickets, but it’s hard to judge in advance how many to buy.

This year we agreed to collect a list of names ahead of time, then purchase tickets once we know exact numbers. Other than that we’ll follow the same rules as last year (e.g. 4 tickets per household, residents only, priority given to those who’ve volunteered for TRA or estate jobs over the past year and first come first served otherwise). NG and LL will organise this.

  1. Meet new Estate Manager

Celestine Udenze is our new estate manager and joined the meeting to introduce himself. He is available at or at the neighbourhood office in person.

  1. Any other business

  • Poole Court are still having frequent trouble with balconies and gutters overflowing and causing water damage inside flats (CU to report)

  • Dorset Court continues to have issues with antisocial behaviour and residents and their friends drug dealing at the north end of the block around the stairwell (CU to report)

  • Poole Court bin chambers and chutes are dirty and need jetting (CU to review)

  • RP gave an update on the Shared Lives scheme, where those with a spare room can be paid to have a lodger who needs some extra support (LL to circulate flyer)

  • Drawing event had to be cancelled due to bad weather – to be rescheduled for a Sunday some time soon (MG to reschedule)