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The nights are drawing in, there’s a little frost in the air… yes, as winter arrives, it’s time for a GLERA General Meeting! 
Join us this Tuesday evening - 28 November - at 7pm in the Ralph Perring Centre to hear about what's going on on our wonderful estate.  Hear the latest about the major projects on the Estate, those concrete testing estimates and let the GLERA committee know what you think. 

Read the agenda online. 

See below:

  • Update from the Leaseholders' Group on Concrete Testing costs
  • Update on the RCS site plans
  • Update from the Community Centre group
Anne Corbett, leader of the GLERA Leaseholder group writes…

The GLERA Leaseholder Group met on 22 November, holding a wide-ranging discussion and sharing concerns about the proposed concrete repair work. We are concerned that the City has only received two tenders, but we are not sure that re-tendering would elicit any more tenders. 

Although we agree that the Keepmoat estimate is a reasonable figure for the work required we are concerned that the work has not been properly specified.  Group Leader Anne Corbett explained that she had questioned the quality of the tender paperwork in the Estate Office, which has led to the papers being replaced with more legible copies.  

On behalf of the Group, Anne Corbett has written to David Downing (City of London Asset Management) to ask: 
  • Why were all the tests recommended by Dr Bromfield in the original condition survey not carried out?
  • May we have a copy of the original specification for the concrete condition survey?
  • Is the City of London confident that the concrete repair work will be safe?
  • Why is Keepmoat the better contractor for the concrete repair work?
  • May we see the scoring sheets for the concrete work tender evaluation?
  • Were the concrete repair tenders invited or was there an OJEC tender?
  • Will the City appoint a clerk of works to supervise on site the concrete repair work?
  • Why can’t the the concrete repair work and the re-decoration work be done at the same time to save money on scaffolding costs?
  • How much time will the clerk of works spend on the Golden Lane Estate during the concrete repair work?
  • Will the concrete repair work be guaranteed by the City of London and the contractor?
  • Can the City release the Arup concrete report which was commissioned in the 1980s?
We’ve asked for a response by 28 November. 

The Leaseholder Group meeting agreed to try to build a purposeful and productive relationship with the City of London, so that improvement works are done in a timely and efficient manner.

Email Anne Corbett if you’d like to be involved in the Leaseholder Group.  Or, come along on Tuesday evening to hear the latest. 
Charles Humphries, Chair of the GLERA Subcommittee on the Richard Cloudesley Site writes…

The consultation periods for the COLPAI planning applications have been extended for a second time, due to the large number of errors on the original drawings. The consultation period now runs to 4 December. There is still time to make an objection, either to Islington or the City of London. Information on how to submit can be found here.

So far, there are 134 objections registered, (mainly from residents), and 24 supporting (mainly from parents at the school). It is likely the scheme will go to the Planning Committee for consideration early in the New Year.

GLERA opposes this proposal because it doesn’t meet planning policy. Specifically:
  • It will result in loss of daylight in excess of BRE limits to 55 homes;
  • Noise from the playground is likely to be “Noticeable and Very Disruptive”;
  • It is 8 storeys higher and 270% of the maximum density permitted in planning policy and will dominate the listed estate;
  • It includes a single staircase tower block only 4” wider than Grenfell Tower;
  • It contains no public amenity areas or access to nature on the site.
Interested in alternatives?
Watch the video presentation about an alternative plan for the RCS site which contain the same amount of housing and school buildings and does not break policy.
Image of alternative plan for the RCS site
Click the image to see more images of an alternative suggestion for the site. 
Sue Pearson of the Community Centre Steering Group writes…

Since the residents meeting on 4 November we have had a further meeting with the City of London officers and have agreed a way forward. We will be working together to recruit a Centre manager. We are currently thinking about the job description with the aim of having someone in place by the time the Centre opens at Easter. This person will be paid initially by the City of London.

The Steering Group is starting the process of forming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). We will be looking for interested residents to put their name forward to become trustees, or to volunteer to help:  both in this initial setup phase, and when the centre reopens. As we don't want to make the Centre a business that will just hire space to the highest bidder, we will need to raise between £30k - £40k a year from fundraising events, sponsorship and corporate giving, so anyone who has ideas and can help with this will be warmly welcomed!

We welcome you to our first fundraiser, a Christmas Market being held in COLCEC (by Basterfield House) on Saturday 9 December where all proceeds from the cafe and tombola will go to the Community Centre fund.
GLERA is a "Recognised Tenants' Association" under relevant legislation. GLERA represents all kinds of residents on Golden Lane Estate including City tenants, leaseholder tenants and sub-let tenants of leaseholders. 
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