We have received an ‘indicative capital programme‘ for the 2019-2020 accounting year. This shows that the planned works for Palace Road Estate are in four categories: (i) externals, (ii) water tanks and boosters, (iii) communal heating / distribution / control and (iv) electrics. No other Lambeth estate has work planned in as many as four categories. The draft programme will go to the council’s overview and scrutiny committee for their approval.
Perhaps as a result of our request during the visit of Chuka Umunna MP to the estate, the council has carried out an inspection to see what work is required to renovate the external elements of the buildings. The report can be downloaded here.
The report says that the following work is necessary:
- Total replacement of the roofs.
- Replacement of windows, including patio/balcony doors.
- Upgrading of doors to flats to meet fire safety standards.
- Repairs to balconies, “including timber replacement and replacement or alternative glazing”.
This work, together with the necessary structural repairs, is estimated to cost in the region of £10.5 million. We have been told that this work will form part of Lambeth’s capital works programme over several years, starting in the 2019-2020 budgetary year.
We have just received confirmation that our local MP Chuka Umunna will be visiting the estate this Friday. He is coming to meet residents of the estate to find out about our concerns. Representatives of the PRERA committee will be there, but all residents are welcome, so do come along. We will be walking around the estate, starting at the childrens’ play area at 2pm.
This weekend and last weekend, members of the PRERA committee were out planting daffodil bulbs around the estate. We planted a couple of hundred, around the edges of the flower beds on Bushell Close and along Coburg Crescent, as well as in some of the tree-pits along Palace Road.
The bulbs were donated by Pinnacle, our grounds maintenance contractor, who also lent us the bulb-planting tool. You may have noticed that the oval bed by the entrance to Bushell Close has recently been planted with roses, again courtesy of Pinnacle.
Many residents recently received a leaflet asking them to give their views on improvements to streets around the Streatham Hill area. The leaflet gives no details of the funding for these improvements, but a figure of £200,000 has been reported, coming from Transport for London and levies on developers. More information can be found at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/ourstreets.
The roads on Palace Road Estate are included in the area that could benefit from these improvements. If you think that Palace Road, Bushell Close or Coburg Crescent are in need of improvement, please complete the online survey at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/streathamhill.
As the leaflet states, the consultation is open until 5th January 2018 and there will be an ‘engagement session’ at the church on Hillside Road (St. Simon and St. Jude) on 22nd November, from 6 until 8pm.
The new planters that recently appeared on top of the garages along Palace Road have now sprouted a collection of shrubbery. They really improve the appearance of these areas of the estate!
Some smart new raised beds arrived last week on the estate. They were placed on the roofs of the garages along Palace Road. Their arrival follows a request made on 22nd January 2016 by our secretary, Franny. Teodoro, our Estate Housing Officer, tells us that they should be planted up over the next few days with some low-maintenance plants. Do you have any suggestions for what should be planted? Let us know.
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.
The estate services team has kindly donated some internal noticeboards to us. Last weekend, Michelle and Rob set to work fixing them to walls at the bottom of staircases across the estate. Boards were installed in Ducavel, Ponton, Baly and Despard Houses, as well as Bushell Close. There were only five boards, so unfortunately it wasn’t possible to install one in every staircase. The committee will use the internal noticeboards to replicate information that is posted on the external boards, so, even if you can’t get to one of the internal boards, you won’t miss out on any information.