Don’t loiter outside the rear entrance to Ponton House – there is a large piece of metal hanging by a wire four storeys up above the entrance. This was reported to Lambeth Housing on 6 March and again on 10 March. No timescale has been given for its removal.
We have been provided with a report on a structural inspection that was carried out on 31st May and 1st June 2018. The inspection was made by structural engineers employed by Lambeth Council. It makes a number of interesting observations:
- Lack of routine maintenance, including painting timber cladding, repairing minor cracks in masonry and replacing damaged windows and glass panels on the balconies.
- Water ingress in concrete structural elements (lintels and floor slabs) leading to pieces of concrete falling from heights, leading to “health & safety risks to the residents and visitors to the buildings.”
- “A system of tree management should be set up and put in place to manage the trees in the estate in consultation with Lambeth’s Trees Section.” This comment will come as a surprise to service charge payers who are regularly charged significant sums for tree maintenance.
Despite the reported immediate risks from falling pieces of concrete, the council chose not to inform residents until their letter about initial works to make the concrete safe in mid-July.
The report asserts that “None of the defects mentioned above is considered as impairing the structural stability and integrity of the buildings at present.” However, since the inspection excluded the garages, above which many of the flats are built, PRERA has requested that the garages are also inspected.
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.
Amongst several others, presentations were given by Claire Baldock from Mapping for Change, May Van Schalkwyk, an oncologist and Sarah Hudson and Sheila D’Souza, residents of the Barbican and Marylebone, respectively. Their presentations can be downloaded by clicking on their names.
For several years the play area has been open to dogs, because the springs on the gates had broken. After months of nagging by the committee, the springs have now been replaced, so children should now be able to play without worrying about dog mess.
Do you like what PRERA is doing? Would you like to join us in making the estate cleaner, greener and a friendlier place? Contact us!
Did you know that there is a range of sports facilities just over the road from Palace Road Estate? The City Heights E-act Academy has a sports hall, dance studio and outdoor multi-use games area (MUGA) that are all available to the public. They can be used at weekends and on weekday evenings. Bookings can be made here.
If you are a badminton player, you may be interested in joining the South West Strings Badminton Club who meet at the school on Tuesday evenings.
After months of anticipation, our new outdoor gym has arrived! Now that the weather is warmer, why not try it out and let us know what you think?
It’s been a while since we posted about the new outdoor gym. We can now announce that it is scheduled to be arrive later this month! It will be installed on 23rd and 24th March. The equipment should be installed with rubber matting around it, to avoid the area become muddy. There will be six items of equipment and they should be painted tastefully in shades of dark green and grey.
It’s the first of March and time to replace the pollution-monitoring diffusion tube on Christchurch Road (see this post for more details). The results for the first three months have now been published. You can see them on the air pollution map. Sadly the latest result (for January 2017) is the worst yet – 101µg/m3 – two and half times the World Health Organisation guideline for this pollutant.