Zebra News and Services

November 3, 2019

ZEBRA NEWS NOVEMBER 2019

Board News

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.

Major Repairs

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.

Social Programme

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.

House Meetings

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.

 

September 30, 2019

Zebra News October 2019

Board News

The Board met for its a half-day strategy meeting in September when it considered Zebra’s plans for the next 10 years and how we might finance them. Because we were 60 years old this year, we thought it would be useful to reflect on our history, our current position and what we might want to look like in 10 years’ time. A number of strands emerged. The Board wants to look at accelerating our refurbishment and modernisation programme. We want to improve our IT. We need to review our long-term loans. We want to consider how we might grow. This is all work for the next 18 months and will require thoughtful budgeting of which we’ll keep you informed early in 2020.

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House is has largely completed. We had to relocate the new boilers (and the laundry) to allow more efficient and environmentally sound fluing. The new boilers will be far more efficient saving money and emitting less CO2 and we have 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, in October. Next year we’ll be redecorating the basement, ground and first floor front of the building.

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 have also started work on some window and related repairs at the upper floors of two of our houses at Impala as well as replacing some outdoor steps. 

House Meetings

We have now held house meeting at Jerome, Anson and Carleton, and Impala. The purpose of these meetings is to give residents the opportunity to meet and discuss issues that relate to individual schemes and to Zebra as a whole. We want to improve, and we want to build services that match residents’ needs. The main themes to arise so far from these meetings are the consistent importance of location and affordability of our residences, our social programme, recycling and the importance of consideration towards other residents in communal environments. Further meetings are planned for the spring.

August 9, 2019

House meetings

As already reported Steve is holding a number of house meetings over the next few months to get feedback on all that we do and on ideas for Zebra’s future.

Steve is organising a house meeting in September for Anson/Carleton and also for Impala House in the same month.

August 9, 2019

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House is progressing well and should complete, on schedule, in August/September. We had to relocate the new boilers (and the laundry) to allow more efficient and environmentally sound fluing. The new boilers will be far more efficient saving money and emitting less CO2. As we recharge the system, we plan to fit thermostatic radiator valves in each flat to give residents more control over their heating.

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 are also about the start work on some window and related repairs at the upper floors of two of our houses in Primrose Hill. This will require scaffolding from approximately 8 weeks. We will inform residents of the details of this by email.