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Another power cut

The power has again been cut to part of the estate. This has been reported to UK Power Networks. The call reference number is CALL-401501-J. If you need to call UK Power Networks, dial 0800 316 3105.

Update at 14:32: Electricity is expected to restored between 14:30 and 15:30.

Power cut at eastern end of the estate

This post will be updated whenever new information is available. Keep refreshing to check for new information.


  • There is currently a power cut affecting the eastern end of Coburg Crescent and Chalner House. This has been reported by PRERA to UK Power Networks (UKPN): reference number CALL-400471-J. If you know of anyone affected who is particularly vulnerable, please call 0800 316 3105 to speak to UK Power Networks and report this information.


  • UKPN have given an update: Engineers have been despatched and are on their way. We will be informed once we have a timeframe for the electricity coming back on. The incident reference number is INCD-21292-M.


  • UKPN say that the engineers are still on their way. They believe the fault is at the local substation. For this type of fault the would expect a fix between 18:00 and 19:00. However, they will have a clearer idea once the engineers are on site.


  • Engineers have arrived on site and the electricity appears to have been restored. UKPN report that they think the problem was a blown fuse! For more information, see


  • UKPN have sent an update: The fault is in part of their underground cabling and this has affected the substation equipment. A specialist team is on its way to dig down and find the fault. UKPN estimate that this work will be complete between 22:30 and 23:30. So, if you have electricity at the moment, it may well go off again later this evening.


  • UKPN update: The engineers have located the fault and are digging down to expose the cable. The estimate for completion of the work is now sometime between 23:30 and 00:30.


  • The engineers have now routed power around the fault, so overyone’s electricity should be back on. If you still don’t have electricity, call 0800 316 3105.

Security marking pens

Our local Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team have given us some pens which we can use to mark valuables. This will help the police to identify stolen goods and return them to their rightful owners. Do get in touch if you would like to borrow or have one of these pens.

Security marking pens

Lambeth Reprocurement Panel

Committee member Michelle is part of a panel of Lambeth residents that will help with the procurement of a contractor to provide the following services across the borough:

  • Capital Works / Decent Homes
  • Responsive Repairs, Void Property Repairs, Planned and Cyclical
  • Maintenance, Estate Cleaning and Grounds Maintenance
  • Door Entry, Access Control and CCTV systems
  • Gas Servicing, Heating Systems, Water Storage and Landlord’s
  • Lift Maintenance

The first meeting of the new panel was on 29th October. Please contact us if you would like to read the report of the meeting.

End of a PRERA?

Only 15 households were represented at the AGM on 16th October – short of the minimum 17 required to hold an election for a new committee. So the AGM was held without a new committee being elected. The previous committee can carry on serving for a few months, but after that the association will be disolved, unless a new election can be held.

If PRERA ceases to exist, the voice of the residents will be weaker when dealing with the council or the council’s contractors. Good representation for residents will be increasingly important over the coming years as the council plans to spend millions of pounds carrying out much-needed major maintenance work.

Would you like the work of PRERA to continue? Can you help to make this happen? Do get in touch.

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Annual general meeting – 16th October 2018 at 7pm

PRERA’s AGM for 2018 will be held at 7pm on 16th October. As in previous years, the venue will be Laburnum Hall on Cheshire Estate – just next to the Palace Road Nature Garden.

The committee will give a review of what has happened over the past year. There will then be an opportunity to vote for, or be elected to, next year’s committee. A council officer will also be present to give an update on a proposed new waste policy.

If you care how the estate is maintained, if you want to help organise events, or if you want to influence how your council tax or service charges are spent, come along!

Map showing the location of Laburnum Hall
Map showing the location of Laburnum Hall

Resource centre planning decision

At the end of August the Lambeth Council Planning Committee issued a decision notice on the application to build a new resource centre on Coburg Crescent. As expected, permission was granted, subject to conditions.

There are many important conditions, but a key condition for us, in terms of being able to use the new building, is number 22:

Prior to the occupation of the development hereby permitted a Community Use Agreement shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority confirming that the community space will be made available for hire and use by the local community and community groups, subject to the normal operational constraints of the day centre service and with due consideration given to the need to safeguard the users and residents of the Resource Centre. The development hereby permitted shall thereafte be operated in accordance with the approved details.

Given that this new development was only made possible by demolishing our community hall, we have argued strongly that we should be able to use the communal facilities in the new building (café and community space) freely and without charge.

Artist's impression of the new resource centre
Artist’s impression of the new resource centre with the shop in the foreground. To the left of the shop is the café and the community space.

Hillside Gardens Park steering committee

The council have told us that they have £500,000 to spend in our local park, Hillside Gardens Park. They want a committee of local people to advise on how this money should be invested. Are you a user of Hillside Gardens Park? Would you like to get involved with this improvement project? There will be around seven meetings to attend over the course of a year. Get in touch to volunteer or find out more.

A group of volunteers after planting fruit trees in Hillside Gardens Park
A group of volunteers after planting fruit trees in Hillside Gardens Park

Free training courses

We have just received notification from Lambeth’s Housing Services Resident Engagement Officer of this training that is available free of charge to residents:

Level 2 Scrutiny course starts 20th September for 12 weeks, 6-9pm at the Town Hall

  • Gain a recognised qualification in the field of housing.
  • Understanding of scrutiny in the housing service.
  • Understanding of housing management performance information
  • Appreciation of what is required in undertaking a scrutiny review of a housing service.

Level 2 Food Hygiene course scheduled for 26th September 10am-3pm at High Trees.

  • Designed to help anyone who handles, prepares or serves food in the catering industry.
  • Understand your legal responsibilities.
  • Know what constitutes as best practice when it comes to controlling food safety hazards, temperatures, storage and much more

Level 3 Award in Education & Training Formerly known as PTTLS

  • Starts 2nd October two days a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am-3pm for 7 weeks
  • Short course designed to enable you to undertake teaching or training.
  • Gain awareness of the key principles and practises of teaching and develop appropriate training skills.
  • Perfect for all who are aspiring to teach, in further education, adult or community learning

Enrolments are scheduled for 10, 11 and 12 September from 10am – 3pm. Please contact High Trees on 020 8671 3132 or email mohammed.meho[at sign] to enrol.