The head office in South Kensington will close from 1.00pm on Tuesday 24th December until 9.30am on Thursday 2nd January. Our normal out of hours emergency repairs service will be available during this time.
Christmas/ New Year Refuse Collection
All residents will be emailed any specific information with regard to household waste and recycling arrangements at your building over the Christmas period. Some collection agencies put on more services over the holiday period, while others collect less, so please read the email you will receive carefully.
The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House has been completed but the snagging issues, with radiators not warming up largely caused by air trapped in the new system, have continued and we will need to carry out some minor alterations to the system. 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’ve replaced heat detectors with smoke detectors in kitchens because that’s what the regulations require but that is causing the alarm to be activated more regularly when there is excessive smoke from cooking. We are looking at ways to alleviate this.
We’ll start repairs to the flank wall at Carleton Road at the beginning of January 2020 and are liaising between contractors and residents to find the most convenient times. 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.
The Board will meet in early February 2020 to approve the budget and major plans for 2020/21. The major highlights of this are
• to bring forward our stock modernisation programme
• to redecorate the front of Jerome House
• to refurbish the staircase at 34 Impala
• to improve our IT, to provide a portal to enable residents to pay rent, see your account, and book repairs and for Zebra to reduce its use of paper
• to consider a sustainability strategy
The Winter Social Programme is now in full swing, with some events having already sold out. We do have some tickets remaining for the following events:
THEATRE: ‘MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS’ at the Lyttleton, National Theatre. Monday 16th December. 7.30pm. TICKETS: £10
In a grubby tearoom in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1950, two years after the start of apartheid, this gentle, but very powerful play explores the the tensions, sadness, anger and humour of those times.
THEATRE: ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ at the Old Vic Theatre. Monday 6th January. 7.00pm. TICKETS: £24
Christmas in London wouldn’t be complete without Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This year, Matthew Warchus' smash-hit production of the classic holiday tale returns to London's Old Vic for a limited festive run. There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with A Christmas Carol, Dickens’ masterful tale of redemption.
We are now planning the programme for the New Year, and we are hoping to have some reasonably priced opera and ballet tickets to announce for the Spring.