Our first clothes swap day
On November 10th 2018 we organised Holly Lodge’s first clothes swap event. Lots of residents brought along clothes and went home with others, new friends were formed and there were plans to organise a repair day for all those other clothes that we could mend or turn into something fabulous.
Huge thanks to Alison David and Shannon Francis for organising and for all the other volunteers for donating food (including Tesco’s), rails, time and fun.
Update on heating and hot water
The decisions over the future of heating and hot water provision on the Estate were put on hold because of the sad death of one of the main Camden officers involved. Some members of the HLRA met with Camden in July to discuss what was now going to happen. You can find the notes of the meeting here. There seemed to be a desire to go forward together and find the best solution with residents. We have subsequently followed that meeting with a letter which has requested Camden to look into and address some outstanding issues and questions, before coming back to us with an agreed way forward which will also involve all residents in finding the best solution.
At the beginning of this year we were presented with an initial options appraisal which we objected to with an indepth response on the basis of inadequate assumptions, feasibility, lack of knowledge of the realities of the different situations in the flats, and cost estimates. It seems as though all possibilities will be reviewed more thoroughly in the coming months with greater resident involvement.
HLRA AGM – 73 residents voted in a new committee for 2018/2019
On the 17th September, the HLRA held a very well attended AGM which voted in a new committee, discussed what had happened over 2017/18 as well as issues and activities for the next year. It was a joint AGM with the Holly Lodge Community Centre who also reported back on what they had been doing over the last year. All three of our ward Councillors – Oliver Lewis, Sian Berry, and Anna Wright – attended, as did Hugh Boatswain, the lead on Tenant Participation for Camden.
Over 60 people responded to the questionnaire. That’s 1 in 8 residents. Thanks to everyone who filled the forms in online or by hand.
Here’s the full report of what you said.
And here are some of the headlines
What do you like best about living on Holly Lodge?
Top of the list at 62% – the greenery, semi rural feel and the gardens. About half like the quiet and calm; and a quarter the community and your neighbours.
What would you like to see improved?
The main area of concern is ground maintenance and gardens, then bins and recycling; repairs and contract management; followed by caretaking and car parking.
What would you like to see organised/get involved with?
The top three activities are: social events; a repair café; and clothes and item swaps. You are also interested in a business club, healthy eating events; first aid; gardening and computer training.
At the Community Centre, you’d like to see a film club, more exercise classes, art classes, a café and interest in the existing astronomy group.
Thanks to everyone who wrote to our local councillors and the Cabinet Member for Housing about fire safety and particularly roof access and the safety of the walkways between blocks.
We have had a positive response and are currently awaiting further feedback.
Bikes and Bins
And thanks also to everyone who sent in information about bikes and bins. We held two successful walk-arounds with Camden Council officers in March to present your views and discuss plans going forward. The questionnaire in August showed the high level of demand for secure bike storage. So we will make this a priority for the next year. And we are continuing to discuss with Camden around trying to improve bin facilities on the Estate.