After a new bollard was installed to deter Smart car drivers from circumventing the gate on Palace Road, it has now gone again. The council’s bollard department never rests!
A family fun day will be held on Palace Road Estate on Sunday 11 August 2019. Put the date in your diary!
The Palace Road Nature Garden is looking magnificent after all the hard work put in recently by the Friends of Hillside Gardens Park (and Palace Road Nature Garden) and The Conservation Volunteers. If you haven’t been there recently, you’re in for a treat!
There is a free writing and performing workshop this coming Wednesday (29th May) at Cressingham Gardens Estate – see below. The event is aimed at 11 to 16 year olds and will feature readings from local poet and authors, lunch and a book giveaway! If you are interested in attending, you must book in advance with the organiser, Anne Cooper.
The Friends of Hillside Gardens Park are holding their annual sports day on Saturday 18 May. There will be events for all ages and abilities, including those who just want to drink tea and eat cake! Everything will be free of charge. Check out the picture below for timings.
There should be no need to book, for most events, but some may be very popular. To be sure you can get to do the event that you are interested in, book here: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/HillsideGardens/Events/Event/1f398361-d0bf-440c-8e0f-4bac8a550380
PRERA carried out a quick photographic survey this morning on the cladding over the communal heating pipes. The cladding was found to be coming apart in a number of locations across the estate. It appears that the plywood boxing beneath the white PVC fascia is decaying and losing its structural integrity. Residents and visitors are advised not to loiter beneath.
Last week another piece of cladding fell from the boxing around our communal heating pipes. This has happened several times previously and the poor state of this cladding has been raised with the council many times. Following this latest fall, we have been promised an “urgent inspection” and “any identified issues will be urgently addressed “.
The poor quality of the work to box in these heating pipes has been clear for several years, now. The work was originally carried out without planning permission. When permission was applied for in 2015, permission was refused, partly because the plywood used was not deemed sufficiently robust. Some sections where bare plywood was used were subsequently replaced with metal, but no work was done where the plywood had white PVC cladding.
At the end of January a new bollard appeared on Palace Road, just outside the Palace Road Nature Garden. It is beside the gate that blocks the road to motor traffic, but obstructs wide cycles (such as tricycles), mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
What is it for? We asked the council and they replied that someone had been driving a Smart car through this gap, leading to complaints by “a number of” residents – hence the new bollard. As for non-motorised road users who can’t get through the gap any more, they are advised by the council to “use the footpath running parallel”. This may well be illegal, of course.
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.
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 April and again on 10 April. No timescale has been given for its removal.
Update 29/4/2019: Work appears to be starting today, to remove this hazard. A platform is being constructed at the foot of the wall, presumably to allow access.