Zebra News and Services

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.

July 3, 2019

ZEBRA NEWS JULY 2019

Staff News

Sass Ezekiel, our finance consultant, left in June and David Morrow has replaced him as Finance Director. David knows Zebra well having, a number of years ago, been the Audit Director responsible for our external audit. More recently he has worked as FD at Soho Housing Association.

Board News

The Board meets in late July to approve our annual accounts and then again in September for its bi-annual strategy conference when we’ll look at our long-term finance plan and more general plans for the next 5-10 years.

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House is progressing well and should complete in August/September. The old boilers are 30 years old and were located under the pavement at the front of the building. We’ve 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.

We are also progressing well with the installation of the new fire detection system at Jerome, but because new detectors will be needed in every flat this programme will continue for a number of months.

Social Programme

In recent weeks, we have had groups attending the Van Gogh Exhibition at Tate Britain and the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at the Design Museum. We are now starting to book the Autumn and Winter programme of events.

Garden Party and Barbecue

Our annual garden party took place on the evening of Friday 28 June, at Impala House. 150 guests attended, including residents and their families, Board and staff members, contractors and neighbours. The weather was fantastic, and the catering superb.  This was a very special event for us, marking Zebra’s is 60th Anniversary.  We were pleased to welcome a number of former Board members and Trustees to the event.

Babies, babies..

..There’s always someone having a baby. Three Board members have recently had babies and residents at Jerome, Impala and Sentosa have all had babies. Congratulations all!

House Meetings

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. He’s already met residents from Jerome. We had some really good feedback on the social programme. Residents weren’t keen on day trips in the UK. Rather, because they are in London, they prefer to make their own trips to European destinations. Residents felt we should focus on shows and exhibitions in London that they could get to in an afternoon or evening.

Steve is organising a house meeting in July for Anson/Carleton and for Impala House in September.