Diary Date

The next meeting is on 15th March 2017, 7pm at the Lockner Community Flat (18 Blandford Court).

This is also our Annual General Meeting (like a normal TRA meeting, but with elections for added excitement). If you only come to one meeting this year, please make it this one – and if you think you might like to stand as Treasurer, Secretary, Chair, or Vice-Chair for the next year, please do (let us know if you’re considering it and would like a chat about what is involved locknertra@gmail.com).

Minutes, meeting March 2017

LOCKNER ESTATE – TRA MEETING

22nd March 2017

 

Present:

Emmanuel Malm (Hackney Homes)

Lisa Linpower (Chair), Dorchester Court

Francine Bennett (Secretary), Dorset Court

Raymond Subratie, Dorset Court

Shakira Subratie, resident

Linda Edwards, Dorchester Court (posters)

Jake Snell, Dorset Court

 

Apologies:

Jon Hoskins, vice Chair

Joe Cranston Turner, Treasurer

 

Action items

  • Investigate loose TV wiring on back of Dorchester Court (EM) – already followed up and job ticket assigned
  • Feed back to TRA on planting options and associated costs, to replace shrubs by red playground (EM)
  • Notify Wayne Hibberd that grass clippings are not being cleared properly after mowing (EM) – these are deliberately left to decompose by Hackney Homes
  • Query who owns billboard on end of garages, and whether HH or TRA could rent it out (EM)
  • Clarify the correct process for paying bills on community flat inc water and business rates, with Rachel Joseph (EM)
  • Proposal for new benches in green playground to next meeting (EM)
  • Clarify how the TRA can request playground improvements with Tony Stenning (EM) – There isn’t any provision of funding for this at present. The Planned Communal Repairs Budget otherwise known as the 184 is one area in which some funds could be earmarked however, more information about the size of this budget will be known in the first quarter of the new financial year.
  • Put up posters for all 2017 TRA meetings (LE)

 

Notes

  1. Playgrounds

Grounds Maintenance (via EM) have highlighted that there are shrubs growing into the red playground. They would like to know whether residents would prefer these shrubs to be removed, to avoid risk of children getting scratched, and possibly having the area replanted with something else. EM to get options from Grounds Maintenance to discuss at next meeting.

HH have identified that the blue benches on the green playground are splintered and need to be removed. EM to get a price and style proposal for replacing them with more appropriate new benches, to bring to next meeting.

 

  1. Panto tickets

The Subratie family and LE joined the meeting to raise questions and frustrations about the allocation of panto tickets. The TRA pays for panto tickets each year, with tickets being reserved first for people who have helped with community events in the year and then being first come first served on a particular day. In recent years the rule has been a maximum of four tickets or the number of people living in a household, whichever is lower, and last year there were 26 tickets total of which 8 were reserved for ‘helpers’ and 18 given out first come first served, including to those attending the meeting. There was a discussion but no conclusion about whether a ballot or a lower limit (e.g. 2 per flat) might be a fairer way to allocate tickets to a wider range of people. LE also raised questions about how TRA meetings were advertised (she considered that they were not advertised well enough) and criticised the lack of posters for the latest meetings; she agreed that she would put up posters for the 2017 meetings, which would also help her know that she could have panto tickets as that would put her on the ‘helpers’ list.

 

  1. Procedure on bills for flat

Bills including water and business rates for the community flat have started to be sent directly to the flat, and it’s unclear what the correct procedure is to pay them. EM to check with Rachel Joseph.

 

  1. Rental for garage billboard

LL pointed out that fly posters are using the large billboard on the garages to advertise unofficially, and asked EM to check who owns that billboard and whether HH or the TRA could rent it out for advertising, to generate revenue for the estate.

 

  1. Englefield Road gate

EM explained the current situation with the gates on either end of the car park. The gate to St Peter’s Way has been temporarily opened and Englefield Road has been closed, to allow cars out of the car park while works on Englefield Road are ongoing. Views from residents on whether to keep the new arrangement are mixed – it’s much easier to pull out of that end of the car park, as St Peter’s Way is quieter, but some residents at that end are unenthusiastic about the extra traffic. Agreed to review the situation at next TRA meeting.

 

AOB

Sections of the TV wiring trunking seem to be dropping off the back of Dorchester court – EM to investigate

Grass clippings are being left on the ground after grass areas have been mowed by Grounds Maintenance – EM to highlight to Wayne Hibberd

How to…

… help rough sleepers and vulnerable teenagers. 

It’s cold out at night at the moment. If you see a rough sleeper, you can report it to this website and they will do their best to arrange an emergency bed for the night. We have asked for help for the person sleeping rough under the stairs on Blandford 😢

http://streetlink.mobi/

There is also an amazing charity called Depaul, who run a service called Nightstop that matches kind people with a spare room with homeless and vulnerable 16-25 year olds in crisis for a night. Imagine a charitable AirBnB that pays you in karma. 

Inform from their website below:

Nightstop provides a safety net to those forced to leave their home and places young people in a safe and warm home for the night, provided by a vetted and approved volunteer.

It prevents young people from sleeping rough, “sofa surfing”, or staying in unsuitable accommodation where they would be at risk of abuse. The use of spare rooms in a positive environment makes a huge difference to young people in crisis.

There is a link below if you could volunteer a room on Lockner. 

https://uk.depaulcharity.org/NightstopUK

Panto Tickets – a sell out!

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Panto tickets went like hot cakes on Friday night – they were all gone within 5 minutes of the door opening.

There was a huge demand and lots of dissapointed people. We took contact details for those who missed out and have purchased extra tickets for people who put in orders (so if you stormed off in a huff and now regret that, get in touch and we will extend the Christmas cheer to you, too).

Remember! Residents who are involved with organising community events for Lockner Estate get priority tickets – a great motive to get involved!

The families who missed out – we have got the tickets for you – get in touch on locknertra@gmail.com for details x

De Beauvoir Book Launch

This is a special invitation for fellow Lockner residents! One of our residents, Jon Hoskins, has written a book about De Beauvoir and the launch event is this Wednesday evening, 23rd November, just down the road at Open School East in the Rose Lipman building.
The book is called Own De Beauvoir! It looks at the intense, localised, collective action in De Beauvoir Town between 1968 and the mid-1980s, and it incorporates newly uncovered images, archival material, semi-fictional writing and personal accounts.

From 7-8pm there’ll be a talk by Stuart Weir, a former editor of the New Statesman, as well as an academic, campaigner and leading local activist in the late 1960s and 1970s in De Beauvoir Town.

It’s free to come and there’s a donation bar all evening. Please feel free to forward this to anyone else you think may be interested.
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Lockner Car Park and the Englefield Road Gridlock

There are two entrances to the car park at the front of Lockner; the one on Englefield Road is open and used, and the one on St Peters way is closed and unused (one entrance has to be closed to stop people using it as a shortcut causing throughway traffic through the estate). I have drawn and a (dreadful – apologies) picture below to illustrate this, the car park area is boxed in yellow.
Englefield road is undergoing extensive roadworks. It will be closed completely for 10 days from next week, and when it re-opens they will have closed all local roads – diverting all local traffic down Englefield Road, meaning there is likely to be heavy traffic there every day from now on (as well as the 76 bus route).
Getting into and out of the car park is already difficult and will become worse, in addition the road will be closed completely for 10 days and we’re unsure what the council have planned for residents access throughout this time.
Do you think it would be a good idea to CLOSE the Englefield road gate and OPEN the St Peters way gate? This means the permanent car park access would be St Peters way, and no longer Eglefield Road. Its not a residential part of St Peters way, so there is no one to upset, it will reduce traffic on Englefield Road, mean residents can get in and out of the car park much more easily, and as an extra bonus, we can turn right out of the St Peters Road traffic lights.
Any thoughts please email the Lockner TRA with your feedback.
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Panto Tickets

It’s that time of year again and the TRA has purchased 26 tickets to see Sleeping Beauty at the Hackney Empire, 7pm on Friday 16 December

Tickets will go on sale for £4 each on Friday 2 December 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 you can’t ask for 4 tickets if there aren’t 4 people in your household going) and are strictly for residents only.

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Please note that residents who are actively involved with arranging events for Lockner have priority tickets – a great motive to get involved!