• E-newsletter Volume 2: Issue 12 – December 2015

    Welcome to the final newsletter for 2015!

     

    Graylingwell Energy News

     

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    By now all residents will have received letters from Graylingwell Energy regarding a change in service providers, from ENER-G Switch2 to ista Energy Solutions (who will be responsible for billing) and Veolia (who will be responsible for maintenance). This should herald an era of improved service, which should benefit all of us.

     

    The new contact numbers (which are included in the letter from GE and are now also on the Useful Contacts page of the website) are as follows:

     

    Billing query: 01223 847938

    Maintenance call: 01243 791880

     

    The email addresses for Graylingwell Energy have also been added to the Useful Contacts page.

     

    The bin saga continues

     

    Back in July we highlighted an emerging problem of lack of dumpsters and overfilling of them as a consequence. After much to-ing and fro-ing Linden finally completed all the stores needed and furnished them with a full complement of bins, both for general rubbish and recycling.

     

    Unfortunately, it now seems that a minority of residents are failing to use the facilities properly. What is happening is that they are leaving rubbish, bagged or un-bagged, loose on the floor in the stores, rather than using the dumpsters, and also putting general rubbish in recycling bins. This has led to the council refusing to empty the dumpsters until the affected stores have been cleared by Linden.

     

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    The GPRA will shortly be consulting with Linden, Grange and Affinity Sutton to come up with ways of dealing with such anti-social behaviour. We would welcome your suggestions, too.

     

    The Play Park

     

    A number of residents have been asking about progress towards getting the long awaited Play Park in Havenstoke Park. At our last committee meeting, Jane Haskins of the Community Development Trust, reported that Linden Homes have confirmed they have chosen the contractors. The council has to approve and insurances have to be in place with Grange. As soon as the council give the go ahead then work will commence. Hopefully work will start in January and, with luck, it will be ready by the summer of 2016.

     

    Latest planning application

     

    Responses to Linden’s application (outlined in the November newsletter) to build additional homes in three areas on the development, have been sent to the district council, both by the GPRA and also individual residents and other bodies. You can find links to the council website on the Hot Topics page of the GPRA website.

     

    Charity begins with cakes

     

    At the last Saturday Café in November, Ewan Acton, who lives in Lloyd Road and is one of our young ambassadors, took over the event in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

     

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    This was part of a project he was doing for school and he planned and organised the whole event. As well as collecting donations on the day, amounting to £100, he also raised £35 through a charity-giving page.

     

     

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    Needless to say, the hospice was delighted with the donation. Congratulations, Ewan.

     

    In a similar vein, the GPRA have decided to donate the proceeds of their final Saturday Café of 2015 (on 19th December) to Stonepillow, our local charity for homeless and vulnerable people, for whom Christmas can be a very difficult time.

     

    We shall be serving mulled wine (with a non-alcoholic version available, too), mince pies and other treats alongside our usual offerings. More information will be forthcoming nearer the time, but put the date in your diary now.

     

    We hope to see you there but, if you can’t make it, we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a great start to 2016.

     

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