Bevin Court gardening group back in action again – last Sunday of every month from 11am until next winter. All the regular cheery faces plus some new ones. Come and join in if you like getting muddy and growing things
Hopefully work should start soon on building these on the estate as the drawings are now awaiting planning consent. We will keep you posted…
This is a joint email from Tom and Sally about the future of the TRA.
Tom has moved away from the estate so is no longer the TRA chair, and Sally (the TRA’s elected Treasurer) is acting as a point of contact for TRA matters until we have elections for new officers later this year.
This seems like a good moment to talk about what we thought the TRA can do – and it’s limitations, in light of our experience over the last year and in consultation with Islington council.
We see the TRA as a friendly space for residents to meet each other and discuss their concerns. It needs to be open and fair, and create space for everyone’s voices to be heard. We think the TRA should primarily exist to organise a couple of informal social events each year to bring the residents of Bevin Court together. The Christmas party we organised in December is a model of how the TRA can do fun and friendly things that enhance our community. As an example of how this has real benefits, at the party some residents met, found out they had similar repairs issues, and since then have worked together to press the council to get their repairs fixed.
The TRA should help facilitate consultations with the council about what its future plans are for the estate. It should also work to keep the residents informed about what is going on in the area.
The TRA shouldn’t be a substitute for the council managing the estate well. Each resident should have their repairs issues dealt with promptly when they report them.
We don’t think the council should seek information from the TRA about other individual tenants and residents, because this gives power tothe TRA officers that could potentially be abused. At the end of the day, we are all volunteers and it would be unfair to expect any of the officers to take on this responsibility.
The council is planning a programme of training for anyone wishing to be a TRA officer soon. We hope lots of you come and take part. The more people who participate, the fairer and better the TRA will operate. Essentially, we want this to be fun! (It’s the council’s job to deal with our grumbles…)
Julia Barclay mentioned that some people have emailed us and not received a reply. I can’t find any that haven’t been answered but do resend if you’re waiting. Thanks. This remains the TRA contact email and will be checked on a weekly basis.
Any urgent issues should be addressed to the council. If you need to escalate a repairs issue beyond the housing direct helpline, or need to speak to the council officers about any other concerns you have here are the officers you should contact:
Catherine Shawsmith, estate services manager:
t: 020 7527 4787
Pritpal Chhoker, head of the St John St area housing office:
t: 020 7527 6213
Jo Murphy, head of housing operations, Islington:
Happy New Year to you all.
Tom and Sally
Here’s what they say about the likely timetable for completion:
“From the Area Manager for high rise replacement/repair projects:
We will deal with the communication issues today and over the weekend with particular focus on any vulnerability.
The existing pipework has been reused in part, being tested successfully yesterday and will be commissioned today. From that pipework we need to install new entries to each property for the supplies to be restored, which will begin today. Customers will begin to have supplies from today. Dependent upon access we envisage restoring supplies to all properties by the middle of next week.
We have also had an enquiry from a local councillor who has also been informed of our progress and anticipated completion date.”
They promise to get back in touch about the compensation situation, so I will update you when they do.
Work will be carried out over the weekend to get gas supplies up and running for residents in the east wing at Bevin Court. I’m waiting for an update on when the work is likely to be finished. Hopefully after weeks without gas things will be sorted out soon.
1800-2000 in the lobby here… So now its almost Bathtime in Clerkenwell….
Will this mark the end of AirBnB ghost flats on the estate?
More info in this Guardian article:
Stone City Films Ltd 37 John’s Mews
London WC1N 2NS
Stone City Films – THE EGG AND THE THIEVING PIE
Dear Bevin Court Residents,
I am writing to let you know about our intended plans to film in
Bevin Court, Cruikshank Street, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9HB
7th December 2016 between 1000 and 1500
We will be filming on the staircase inside Bevin Court. The filming will not involve any shouting or loud noises, so noise will be kept at a bare minimum. The scene’s we intend to film are of our protagonist moving up and down the staircase.
The short film, THE EGG AND THE THIEVING PIE, is written and directed by BAFTA Scotland new talent nominated LOLA BLANCHE HIGGINS. It is a surreal and gently humorous film exploring the idea of animal traits in human form. The film is backed by Stone City Films, a BAFTA winning film production company with 20 years of experience in the film industry.
We have informed the police and the local council of our plans. This proposal has also been reviewed by Bevin Courts residents association, and as a good will gesture we have donated £150. If you have any concerns about the proposed filming that you would like to bring to the attention of the Islington film office, please contact the filming officer on 0207 620 0391.
If you have any queries or issues on the day, please call me on my mobile 07521 209 191, or alternatively email me on email@example.com.
Yours sincerely Line Producer Iñes Lourenco
Stone City London, Telephone: (44) 020 7405 9111 37 John’s Mews Email: firstname.lastname@example.org London
Dennis Brown the man next door – see you all neighbours and fam
Or for another generation:
Bevin Court lobby 6-8pm – there will be face-painting, halal and vegetarian food and wine. A tree and Father Christmas…