Recycling was not collected on Coburg Crescent for two weeks in a row. A PRERA committee member and a Street Champion from Coburg Crescent got in touch with Veolia last week to try to get this sorted out.
Veolia did then come to the estate yesterday (Friday) and they picked up recycling along the service road. However, recycling which has been building up in other areas of Coburg Crescent due to the missed collections was not removed.
A further request has been sent to Veolia today (Saturday) to ask them to pick up the remaining recycling as soon as possible. We have also asked them to look into why the collections were missed and to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
Did you know that we have common frogs living on Palace Road Estate? We might expect them to be living in ponds. That’s where they breed during spring. However, they spend much of the rest of the year living and feeding in places like gardens, meadows and woodland.
Common frogs are carnivores, meaning that they feed on other animals. They eat things like flies, worms, snails and slugs. These types of animals are known as invertebrates (animals without a backbone) or mini-beasts. There are plenty of mini-beasts living in the gardens and grounds of Palace Road Estate.
Where do you think it will go to breed? One of the ponds in Palace Road Nature Garden, perhaps?
The famous Brixton Chamber Orchestra will soon be performing live on Palace Road Estate! The orchestra are a group of classically trained musicians who perform in a range of musical styles, from classical to jazz, hip-hop to pop. If you’ve not heard them before, you’re in for a treat!
The performance will be on Saturday 15th August at 2pm on the grass between Ponton and Despard Houses and the service road.
UPDATE: Following its successful delivery on 24th July, Farrans have been able to complete a substantial amount of the work that required the use of the Piling Rig. However, due to the discovery of unexpected electrical cabling there is a small amount of remaining work to do using this equipment.
The piling rig left site on Monday 3rd August and will return once the cabling is safely removed. Farrans will keep residents updated on when this will be.
In Farrans’ recent newsletter updating residents on the progress of the Coburg Crescent Learning Disability Resource Centre it was mentioned that a piling rig would be delivered during the week commencing 20th July.
Following the newsletter distribution, the Project Manager from Farrans, Gerard McNamee, has been in touch with PRERA to let us know that this equipment has to be delivered with a police escort, due to its size, and that this is only possible before 7am.
The agreement with contractors is that work should not start before 8am and so Farrans is planning the following to minimise disruption:
The lorry delivering the piling rig will arrive on Friday 24th July at 6:45am, with police escort as required.
It will reverse from the junction at Hillside Road to the construction site and then turn off all engines to minimise noise outside of working hours.
The equipment will be unloaded between 7:45am and 8:00am, with Farrans being careful to keep disruption to a minimum.
Farrans has stressed it appreciates that this is outside of usual working hours and will aim to ensure residents are not impacted by this.
Should any residents need any further information on this, please contact Farrans directly: Gerard McNamee,Project Manager, 07885268525, GMcNamee@farrans.com.
Thank you to Engie who have levelled and sown grass seed on a patch of damaged ground. Engie are performing major works on the estate and the damage was caused by vehicles accessing their site compound. Damage first occurred 8 months ago back in November 2019 and continued to occur during the winter and spring.
Luckily the two new apple trees which were planted nearby by residents in February have remained unscathed. Hopefully the grass will soon re-grow in the re-seeded patch and this lawn area will regain a uniform and attractive appearance.
Five years ago a group of residents came together to create the Palace Road Estate Residents’ Association (PRERA). Since then we have been busy working to make the estate an even better place to live. There has been a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who has contributed over the years. Here’s to the next five years!
A meeting was held on Thursday to give residents an update about the progress of the major works. There were representatives from the council, Pellings, Engie, MPS and PRERA present. Here is a summary:
Baly House and Ducavel House
Covid-19: The contractors confirmed that the delay and subsequent extension in period that scaffolding was required will not increase costs. A reassuring update was given covering distancing, use of sanitiser, staggered breaks, regular cleaning of shared spaces, and strict management of contractors (two strikes and they’re out) as well as all workers signing a compliance sheet and having daily temperature checks.
Asbestos: Found on window sofits in Baly and Ducavel will increase costs, residents will be informed shortly.
Doors: Replacement doors were being considered, but there is a substantial shortage of the right doors accross Lambeth, so it looks like this will be removed from the scope of the works.
Balconies: It was confirmed that both the private and communal balconies will be renovated, with new glazing and replacement timbers.
Scaffolding: Expected to come down in September or October.
Access to properties: To replace windows, internal access is required. Residents will be asked if they accept this, given concerns about Covid-19. The contractors are putting in place Covid-19 safety plans for access. Any refusal will be respected, but will delay the programme.
Communication: A newsletter is being created and the Resident Liaison Officer will ring all residents where access is needed. The newsletter will include information about the process for ensuring Covid-19 safety concerns are addressed.
Boiler room: New boiler has been installed but not piped up at the moment, so we are still running on the temporary boiler. Within the boiler room they are around 10% complete on the pipework.
Hot Water Issues: It’s believed the issues with hot water were due to the changeover to the temporary boiler. This changeover was done without notifying residents. This should not have happened and will not happen again.
In-flat system upgrade: The in-flat heating systems upgrades could require up to a week of work in flats. At present the plan is to replace the main communal boiler and distribution pipework to each of the flats. The contractors will then consider doing in-flat works once all of the external work is complete. If Covid-19 guidance has not changed by this time, they will hold off on in-flat work until safe to do so. However, they would not complete this work in the winter. If they could not complete, they would likely close the current scope of work and then enter into a new agreement for the internal works.
MPS scaffolding: The additional (green) scaffolding at the front of flats 6-8 is through responsive repairs and not related to the major works. Lambeth have now told responsive repairs that anything additional on-site must be notified
Water main replacement
This has mostly been completed, but completion is being prevented by the scaffolding on Baly and Ducavel Houses. Contractors will return when the scaffolding has gone.
The work includes replacement of the roofing felt, repair to degraded concrete and brickwork, replacement of entrance doors (to meet fire safety and security regulations), replacement of the plywood boxing over the external heating pipes and replacement of the timber cladding that is under some of the windows.