The latest news and updates from the Chalcots Estate – w/c 19 February 2018
Following the tragic passing of Ms Leonard from Bray block, both Camden and the TRA working group would like to extend their condolences to all of her family, friends and neighbours. If you have been affected by these events, there are a number of free locally available services that you can access.
We’ve asked our Safer Neighbourhoods team and our Head of Security to attend our next floating support drop-in session. They will be able to offer advice and support about safety in your community and your block. The drop-in runs between 1pm and 5pm on Wednesday in the 2nd floor café at Swiss Cottage Library. The Safer Neighbourhoods team and Camden’s Head of Security will be available between 1pm and 3pm.
We remind residents that if they have any concerns about activity on their estate, they can contact the security team in Bray control room on 07903 232 593.
iCope are an NHS service that offer confidential support for stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. You can make contact with the service by calling020 3317 5600 or online via icope.nhs.uk/self-referral.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust are offering a telephone conversation to support Chalcots residents who are feeling stressed or anxious. If you would like to access the service please call 020 8938 2241, between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Through this service you can also get a referral to further support from a clinician.
If you’re unable to make it to a floating support drop-in but would still like to access help and advice, please email either Paul.Latham@camden.gov.ukor Darren.Sweeny@camden.gov.uk.
We have been advised by the TRA that a small number of residents may not understand the on street parking restrictions. We remind all residents to check signage for on street parking restrictions and to be aware that some suspended bays are in place. If the signage has a large yellow suspension warning on it, please ensure you read the details before parking. Vehicles parked incorrectly in suspended bays will be ticketed and you will need to pay the fine.
We will soon be installing new guttering in the underground carparks. This will catch any lime scale drips that form on the ceilings, protecting the paintwork on parked vehicles.
Temperature and humidity study
We are still looking for volunteers to take part in our research project to monitor temperature and humidity in flats at the Chalcots. The research will help us to assess the risk of condensation in your block and take preventative measures where needed. If you would like to participate you can register your interest by calling 020 7974 4444 (option 7) or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela Carr from Wates will be available to organise key cutting and reimbursement at Burnham TRA on Saturday 24 February from 10am to 2pm. If you have not yet claimed your free additional key from Sentry Doors or your second key at half price, this will be your last chance to do so.
Comments have now closed on the planning application for solid aluminum cladding panels. We expect the application to be presented to planning committee in March.
Feedback from TRA technical meeting, Wednesday 21 February 2018, present Blashford, Taplow, Burnham, Bray and Dorney
Camden provided an update on the windows. They said that investigations were still ongoing and that contractors would be using the mast climbers to inspect more windows on the blocks. Officers reiterated that they would keep the TRA group involved in the window investigations and their evaluation. The TRA group highlighted that time was an important factor in the window investigations as the grey matte colour of the windows attracted sunlight, meaning residents need to open their windows in the summer.
The TRA group asked where Camden had got to with the lights above flat doors. Camden said that costs and the plan for the lights were still being discussed.
Camden and the TRA discussed the impact of increased contractors on Winchester Road when the cladding replacement starts. Camden said they were looking at the likely impacts will develop a plan of action.
Camden’s Head of Security was in attendance at the technical meeting. The TRA asked for increased security in the blocks. Camden said that there was an enhanced presence of council officers doing additional checks across the estate. They also reiterated the effectiveness of the CCTV across the blocks. The TRA asked for CCTV in the stairwells.
The TRA asked when the bike sheds at Blashford and Bray would be installed. Camden said they would follow up and find out. The TRA asked if this could happen sooner rather than later. Taplow said they wanted a new bike shed, Camden said they would look into it.
Dorney TRA raised concerns about rubbish piling up at the Fellows Road entrance, particularly over the weekend. Camden advised that Estate Services would look into it.