Welcome to our Zebra news. Here you can find out what social events we’re organising and what’s happening in your neighbourhood as well as our news. Contact Zebra housing@zebrahousing.com on any issues and to express your views on anything that we do. We want to find out how we can make Zebra better.

February 13, 2020

A blue plaque at Carleton Road

The blue plaque to commemorate the fact that 73 Carleton Road was the home of the famous late 19th century/early 20th music hall star, Marie Lloyd, has been installed. There will be ceremony later in the year to formally unveil it.

February 13, 2020

 Art exhibition by Samia AL-Shouli ** 15 – 17 February 2020 **

Dr. Samia Towfeek Al-Shouli is a Zebra resident. Not only is she a physician (clinical immunology and allergy) and author of 5 books but she is also an artist in the abstract world through the medium of sculpture as well as painting in oil and acrylic on canvas and fabric.

An exhibition of her work - Arwah Aberah – can be viewed at Old Brompton Gallery 238 Old Brompton Road, Kensington, London SW5 0DE between 15 and 17 February.

February 13, 2020

Major repairs

The installation of the new fire detection system at Jerome has been complete. We are still looking at ways to reduce false alarms, but residents can help by opening windows if there’s a lot steam/smoke from cooking. Of course - for families with children please be vigilant when opening any windows.

We’ve completed the repairs to the flank wall at Carleton Road.

We plan to start work on the stairwell at 34 Chalcot on Monday 17th February. This is a big job involving new lighting and fire detection, re-plastering, redecoration, re-carpeting and fitting a new door entry panel. It’s likely to run into the summer.

And we hope to start work on limited redecoration of the front of Jerome House in April/May 2020.

February 13, 2020

Zebra News February 2020

Coronavirus

Obviously, we are concerned and the health and wellbeing of our residents, staff, and stakeholders is of paramount concern to us. However, we need to keep a sense of perspective and to respond in a proportionate and balance manner.

We have so far passed on UK Government advice to residents and will continue to take actions as recommended by the Government and Health Agencies.

Board News

The Board and its committees are responsible for the oversight of Zebra and setting out its strategic direction. The Board met on 6 February approving the annual budget, an annual plan and a number of other measures and policies The major highlights of this are

  • The approval of a rent policy – broadly to retain the current policy of maintain rents at approximately 80% of their local, low market equivalent
  • The approval of an anti- slavery policy
  • Various major works as reported in the last Zebra news including an ambitious programme of refurbishment
  • Improvements to our IT
  • The approval of the annual rent increase of 2.7%
January 20, 2020

ZEBRA NEWS January 2020

We’ve started the New Year with a spring in our step. We have an ambitious programme of work this year and we are looking forward to it.

Gordon Stevens and Peter Comyns

Over the Christmas holiday period we were informed of the deaths of two old Zebra hands - Gordon Stevens and Peter Comyns. Both Gordon and Peter were in their 90s and had been associated with Zebra, which is now 60 years old, in the early days.

Gordon was a Board member and the Zebra Chair for a number of years. He only retired from the Board about 6 years ago but prior to that he had had a very distinguished business career as the boss of Unilever. He was an unceasing supporter of Zebra, he always made time to talk to staff  and he brought humour, a steely compassion and wisdom to the Board.  He actually passed away in September but we were not informed until late December so we were not able to attend his memorial service. There were obituaries in the Times and Telegraph which attest to his qualities and describe a really stellar career. He is remembered with immense affection by staff and Board members who knew him

Peter Comyns was an early member of Zebra (supporting and actually managing the Marloes Road scheme), a Board member for a number of years and more recently was involved with the Zebra Trust, our sister organisation, which assists with education in Africa.

 

January 20, 2020

Board News

The Board and it’s committees is responsible for the oversight of Zebra and setting out its strategic direction. The Audit and Risk Committee and Board will meet in late January and early February 2020 to approve the budget and major plans for 2020/21. The major highlights of this are

to refit 10 flats in the course of the year to include kitchens, bathrooms and furniture

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

to appoint a Treasurer (a formal Board position)

 

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House has been completed and we believe all the snagging issues have been resolved. However if any resident still has a problem they should let us know. We’ve be redecorated the basement corridor area, which was much affected by the works and 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 has also now largely been completed. 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 still looking at ways to alleviate this but residents can help by opening windows if there’s a lot steam/smoke from cooking.

We’ve started the repairs to the flank wall at Carleton Road and they will be completed by the end of January. The wall was damaged by tree roots from a very large leylandii. This has now been removed and we’ll be doing some replanting in January/February.

We hope to start work on the stairwell at 34 Chalcot Crescent in March. This is a big job involving new lighting and fire detection, re-plastering, redecoration and recarpeting.

A blue plaque at Carleton Road

The blue plaque to commemorate the fact that 73 Carleton Road was the home of the famous late 19th century/early 20th music hall star, Marie Lloyd,  is due to be unveiled in mid-February. We’ll invite residents when we have further information.

January 20, 2020

SOCIAL PROGRAMME – Spring 2020 Events

Tues 4th Feb 7.30pm - £27
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Apollo Theatre
 
Sat 22nd Feb 11,00am - £12
Kensington Palace Tour
 
Tues 10th March 7.30pm - £22
The Lion King
The Lyceum Theatre
 
Sat 21st March 3.30pm - £22
Tutankhamun Exhibition
Saatchi Gallery
 
 
Mon 23rd March 7.00pm - £14
The Visit
National Theatre
December 4, 2019

Christmas/ New Year Office Opening

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.

December 4, 2019

Major repairs

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.

December 4, 2019

Board news

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