The Board met for its final meeting of the year in late October. It approved plans for 2020 to bring forward our stock modernisation programme, to review our rent policy, to produce a development strategy and to consider proposals to increase the number of flats at Jerome House by redeveloping the basement and adding a further storey to the building.
It approved a new Equalities policy and proposals for an annual Board review of who has applied to Zebra and who we have actually housed.
The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House has been completed but we’ve had a number of snagging issues, with radiators not warming up largely caused by air trapped in the new system. To a certain extent, issues like these are to be expected although it’s frustrating for residents. The heating is now on 24 hours per day. We’ve fitted thermostatic radiator valves in every flat to give residents more control over their heating. We’ll be redecorating the basement corridor area, which was much affected by the works, this month. Next year we’ll be repainting the external front of the building at ground and first floors levels.
The installation of the new fire detection system at Jerome is also progressing well, but because new detectors will be needed in every flat this programme will continue until about February 2020.
We’re about to start repairs to the flank wall at Carleton Road and are liaising between contractors and residents to find the most convenient time. The wall was damaged by tree roots from a very large leylandii. This has now been removed and we’ll be looking to re-plant in the early spring.
During the last few months, we have had very well attended trips to the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at the Design Museum, and the Olafur Eliasson retrospective at Tate Modern. Our Winter Programme is now being finalised, and will include Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre, Master Harold and the Boys at the National, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, The Anthony Gormley Exhibition at the Royal Academy, Body Worlds at the London Pavilion and Inspired by the East at the British Museum, works by Western artists drawing on the rich heritage of Islamic art.
Steve has now held house meetings at Jerome, Anson and Carleton, Sentosa and Impala. He’s now planning to meet with Jeannine residents. We want to give residents the opportunity to tell us about the issues that relate to their schemes and to Zebra as a whole, it is also an opportunity for Zebra to inform you of any plans we have for programmes of work in your buildings. We want to improve, we want to provide services that match residents’ needs, and we are just about to set our budget for 2020/21. These meetings will help us with our priorities. The main themes to arise so far from these meetings have been conversion of remaining laundries to card payment systems, noisy neighbours, rubbish and recycling disposal, Social Programme events, new boiler works at Jerome House, Carleton subsidence repairs and common area refurbishment at Impala House.
Christmas/ New Year Office Opening
The head office in South Kensington will close between 1.00pm on Tuesday 24th December and 9.30am on Thursday 2nd January. Our normal out of hours emergency repairs service will be available during this time.