Abbey Orchard Estate
We have written to Peabody about this issue:
“I am at the end of the line as far as trying to get scaffolding taken down from outside windows on the main courtyard of our estate. It was erected originally last August 2020 for work on the roof and had one modification but apparently work is not yet complete. The problem is that we have never seen anyone on the scaffolding and as we live on the ground floor cannot open or clean all our windows on the courtyard side as well as loss of light and plants that have died in window boxes and planted area outside.”
“We appreciate that the scaffolding has been up a very long time, this is due to our contractors working on a roof leak at the estate. The cause of the leaks were not obvious and there has been a period of time needed to carry out works, test the effectiveness and then complete additional works where needed. We are nearly finished with the roof works now and anticipate that the scaffold will be struck in approximately 4 week’s time.”
Following our enquiries, residents told us:
“There was someone inspecting the scaffolding earlier today which is a start, so I am hoping that the landlord has been prompted into action. Many thanks as always – how fortunate we are to have a supportive and hard-working Councillor who really cares about his constituents”
We have asked the Environmental Health Team to investigate this issue:
“At the rear of 92-94 Belgrave Road a dripping overflow drips constantly into 2 buckets in the rear yard of the basement flat (both of which are themselves overflowing). The noise can be heard from Clarion House and no doubt all along the vast void that runs along the back of Moreton Place and Belgrave Road properties. This has been going on for 2 years and I have traced and asked the managing agents to deal with it – in 2019 and last year. The basement tenants in the rear yard have told me that they can’t work or sleep well in the property and they have asked the owner of the offending flat above to fix the overflow.”
Cundy Street plans
The Council has finally agreed the Grosvenor Estate plans to demolish the Cundy Street flats. You can read about it here https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/neighbours-mark-end-era-belgravia-20778072?utm_source=mylondon_newsletter&utm_campaign=mywestlondon_newsletter2&utm_medium=email
Darwin House and Balmoral Castle redevelopment plans
Councillor Liza Begum attended the Planning Committee meeting in person to represent local residents. In her deputation she raised concerns over safeguarding processes for Darwin House residents, the dissatisfaction of residents with the consultation period, the lack of social housing in the current plans and the impact phase 2 would have on the grade II listed buildings which were in close proximity to the proposed building facing the riverside.
We have asked the Housing Office to investigate reports of anti-social behaviour outside Hopkinson House, Vauxhall Bridge Road.
Following our enquiries about the anti-social early morning deliveries and collections from the Blue Cross Animal Hospital, the Hospital Faciilities Manager tells us:
“I can now confirm after a successful pilot today, our Wednesday morning cremation collection has been re-scheduled. I am pleased to advise our collections will now be made on Tuesdays’ during working hours.”
Queen Mother Sports Centre
We have taken this issue up with the Council:
“I swim thrice weekly at the Queen Mother centre in Victoria. The pool is OK and the changing rooms are kept clean. However, since the pandemic, timed tickets are required. This is completely understandable. There are two big problems, though. Firstly, they have 60-minute sessions which are available only on the half hour, with a capacity of 10 people per lane (fast, medium, slow, so 30 people in total). This means that everyone arrives more-or-less at once, the lanes are usually full, from the off, and the changing rooms and showers get crowded, which is exactly what we don’t want in these Covid times.
Then there are annoying little things like poor maintenance – e.g. a slamming door to the wet side changing rooms which has been broken since 2019 but despite my having reported it several times, remains broken – and today, tepid showers which dribbled such a paucity of water it was almost impossible to get wet. Everyone Active are not providing a good enough service – at least not for swimmers like me.”
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