E-newsletter Volume 5 Issue 3 April/May 2018
Welcome to the April/May edition of the GPRA newsletter. You will notice that we are using a slightly different, pared down format which will keep you up to date with the main issues being addressed by your residents’ association and also let you know of up-coming events.
Committee Meeting Summary
There are two key meetings which the GPRA regularly holds – bi-monthly Committee Meetings and Quarterly Meetings (with representatives from Linden Homes, Grange Management and Clarion Housing Group). Our latest Committee Meeting was held on 18thof April. Issues discussed include the following:
Timing of the installation of the bus gates and bollards which will separate the east and west side of the development. Since the meeting, we have had further information which suggests that work on this will begin towards the end of June. A site plan showing the approximate positioning of these (marked in red) can be found by clicking on this link.
A Post Box for Graylingwell. Although at the time of our meeting there was no firm information, we have since discovered that the Post Office will be providing one but require a location that is wholly accessible from a footpath, for safety reasons. They are currently deciding on the optimal position, which might be near the bus shelter on Blomfield Drive.
Reducing noise levels from summer exchange school students. A constructive meeting with the university has taken place.
Maintenance of Heat Recovery and Ventilation Units. The search for an engineer goes on, but we have a plan.
Updates on the last Quarterly Meeting, in particular changes to Linden Customer Services.
Development of the Community Gardens and Allotments. The CCDT is coordinating the development of the new site and the Community Garden Steering Group has been re-activated.
Breaches of the restrictive covenants have caused some concern. These covenants have legal standing and are there to ensure that residents can enjoy living here without ‘nuisance or annoyance’. On the Hot Topics Page of the website, you will find more details.
Parking issues. A productive meeting has taken place with Grange Management and the new team in place at CPM.
In summary the following issues were covered:
- We met the newly appointed Account Manager from CPM – Jo Carey and her boss, Operations Director, Ross Thorpe. They assured us that our concerns about the management of the contract had been taken on board, which is why Jo had been appointed Account Manager. She will take a close personal interest in the site and promised to resolve any issues that were presented to her asap.
- A number of specific issues around the development were raised and we have been reassured to see that they have since been dealt with quickly and to our satisfaction.
- Some broader issues were discussed, and the rules around the parking of commercial vehicles on site, the long term use of visitor spaces for permanent residents, and the provision of disabled spaces were reviewed. We also reiterated that residents who owned driveways to their properties could park without permits on these driveways, and health and social care professionals who visited residents could park in visitors’ bays without a permit so long as they left an official badge in their car indicating they were on duty and attending a patient/client.
Full minutes of the Committee Meeting as well as Quarterly Meeting minutes can be found on this page of the website.
A Café every Saturday.
May sees the reintroduction of a Saturday Café on the first Saturday of the month. This means that you can be sure of a warm welcome at The Lodge by the chapel every Saturday between 10.00am and 12.00 noon. Come for a cup of tea or coffee with delicious cakes and an opportunity to meet with friends and neighbours.
The teams providing the refreshments are as follows:
First Saturday of the month – St Pancras (our local parish church)
Second and fourth Saturdays – the CCDT with a book exchange – donate a book you’ve read and take another home.
Third Saturday– GPRA – a chance to speak with your committee members
In a month when there are five Saturdays, the CCDT usually organise the café but, if you have an idea for a theme or charity for which you’d like to raise money, pop by one of the other CCDT cafés and talk to them about it.
Charity Quiz Night with fish and chip supper.
The next quiz night will be held in the Community Hall at Roussillon Park on Wednesday 16thMay from 7.00 – 9.00pm. Come as a complete team of up to six, on your own or with a friend or two.
Book your place by phoning 01243 697072 or emailing email@example.com
Please make sure that you give the numbers who will be attending if you book for several people under just one name.
A delicious fish and chip supper, delivered to us by Andy’s Fish Bar in St Pancras, is provided at the half way point to keep those little grey cells on the ball. (Sausage, chicken and vegetarian options are also available.) You get all this for just £8 which includes a charity donation.
Keeping Graylingwell Tidy
The litter pick which was postponed due to snow has been rescheduled for Sunday 20th May at 10.00am. Meet by the Sales Office to collect your grabbers, gloves and black bags. Let’s hope the weather has warmed up by then.
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