Many thanks to Robert and Thomas from the Open Orchard Project who kindly dropped by the estate this morning to care for some of our young fruit trees. They pruned the trees to improve their shape and to encourage healthy growth, they topped up the soil and they re-secured the protective cages.
Robert and Thomas are keen to collaborate with residents to come up with an ongoing maintenance programme for our young fruit trees. This will help to ensure that the trees are strong and healthy. If you would like to be involved with this, do get in touch with PRERA.
As quickly as it arrived, the mystery concrete has vanished, replaced with soil. Who knows why it visited us for three weeks, or how much its visit cost council tax payers? PRERA will seek answers to these and other questions in the hope that similar destructive and wasteful operations are not carried out in the future.
What a day! We planted hundreds of pot plants and bulbs all over the estate, in flower beds and planters and around trees. They don’t look like much at the moment, but, come the summer, the estate should be a riot of colour.
We planted geraniums, nepetas, heucheras, asters, campanulas, phlox, gaillardia, heleniums, snow drops and bluebells. You can make sure that these survive until the summer by watering them, if they are near to where you live.
Thank you to everyone who came to help, particularly Dot, Taye and Mark from Urban Growth.
Over the weekend a section of the grassed area at the entrance to Bushell Close was dug up and concrete poured in. This has created a new paved area that residents suspect will be used for storing bins. Understandably, residents who enjoy having a view of attractive gardens rather than rubbish bins are angry and worried about this.
It seems that residents were not consulted about this new construction in any way and planning permission has not been sought. The committee is urgently trying to find out what is going on and will provide an update through this blog once we learn more.
Update on 21/3/19: A formal complaint has been made to the council by PRERA about this new concrete.
Update on 26/3/19: After representations made to the council by residents, PRERA and ward councillors, we have been told that “this construction relates to the development of new refuse chambers required as a result of FRA [fire risk assessment] recommendations”. We have not been told who arranged for this work to be done or why there was no consultation, but we have been told that the Head of Repairs Projects will be reviewing the suitability of the site and, if appropriate, the development will be relocated.
Update on 28/3/19: PRERA has been informed that this concrete will be removed next week.
Update on 5/4/19: A resident has been informed this morning, through Cllr Atkins, that the removal of the concrete will commence today and be completed tomorrow. The area should be relaid with turf.
Update on 8/4/19: The work to remove the concrete will now start on Wednesday, we are told. This is because the machinery required was not available at the weekend.
Update on 10/4/19: Work has still not started to remove the concrete. PRERA will continue to pursue the council on this.
As Pinnacle PSG aren’t maintaining our lovely new raised beds (despite being paid to?) Rob has been weeding them. If you would like to help with making our estate an attractive place, do get in touch, or just have a go!
There will be an event this Thursday on Edmundsbury Court Estate to showcase community food growing in Lambeth. See below for more details and click the image to download a PDF that includes directions to the venue.
As has been described in previous posts, we have been monitoring the level of pollution on Christchurch Road, as part of the Love Lambeth Air project. The monitoring ran for a period of 6 months from November 2016 until April 2017. The project was rounded off with a feedback event on 14th June 2017, which was held at St. John’s Church in Waterloo. See here for a document describing this event.
Coburg Crescent’s recycling wasn’t collected on Tuesday – see this post. After the PRERA committee contacted Veolia, local Councillors, the estate services department and the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the recycling was collected on Friday. It remains to be seen whether recycling will now be collected regularly. Please let us know if there are further problems.
Recycling collections by Veolia have been very hit and miss for Coburg Crescent since the collection day changed from Monday to Tuesday last month. No collection took place on Tuesday this week and at the time of writing (Thursday afternoon) recycling is still waiting to be collected. The committee is chasing Veolia and the council to get our recycling collected.