Helping improve bins and bike provision

Bike Storage

Camden Council is planning to build a number of new cycle storage racks on our Estate. You can see the proposed sites on this map. Locations highlighted in orange indicate existing provision with numbers that are circled indicating covered storage areas. Locations highlighted in pink are those which had been previously proposed but have been rejected because of impact on the character of the Conservation Area. Locations highlighted in green are those which are now seen as possible locations moving forward.

We asked you for information about whether you use a bike and would like to have bike storage (or if you do not have a bike but may get one if there was safe cycle storage.

We brought together all the comments that people sent through and had a walk around the proposed sites with Ivan Christmas on Friday March 16th. We will be working closely with Camden to see that the bike storage provision works for everyone and that there will be further consultation with residents.

Refuse bins and recycling provision

Our Estate Manager is keen to find out residents’ concerns and thoughts about the accessibility, location and effectiveness of bins and recycling on the Estate. (An example is whether or not you have difficulties with the small opening on the locked recycling bins). We gathered information from you and presented this to the Estate Manager in a walk around the Estate on the 15th March.

Xmas Party


On Saturday 16th December we held our Christmas Party. There was a great turn out. Thanks to everyone who came along and also to those who helped out on the day. The kids enjoyed receiving presents from Santa and playing games, and the adults had a lovely timthumb_IMG_1349_1024e meeting old and new friends, with delicious food including mince pies and donated mulled wine and hot spicy apple juice.

Huge thanks go to Shannon Francis for organising the party.

Sorting out fire safety

On 9th October we organised a meeting in the Community Centre to discuss fire safety concerns with Camden Council. Over 40 people heard from Paul Leavey, Quality Assurance Team and responsible for fire safety; and Meric Apac, Cabinet Member for Housing; as well as contributions from two of our local councillors, Oliver Lewis and Sian Berry.

Grace Livingstone from the TRA presented the main points that had arisen in conversations with Camden since summer. People who came along strongly expressed their thoughts and priorities on what needed to be done, particularly about the need to keep the roof fire exits open, and to repair the walkways between blocks. You can read a summary of the meeting here.

We will be following up all the points raised and decided over the coming months, including a walk around the Estate with the fire brigade, as well as a meeting with Pellings, the company who will be reviewing fire safety on the Estate and suggesting related works.

York Stone pavements in garden

On 4th October, we sent a letter from the HLRA to the Grounds Maintenance Monitoring Officer, Victoria Whaley. The Committee was concerned that a heavy ‘ride-on’ mower was being used in the garden between Holly Lodge Mansions and Makepeace Avenue. This not only caused a lot of noise, and damage to trees, but was also damaging the period feature York Stone pavements. We asked that the use of the ‘ride-on’ mower was either stopped or ramps used to protect the paths.

Oakeshott Avenue Street Party

webstreet4We held a street party in July in memory of Jo Cox with the theme ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’.

We had a barbecue, drinks, music, arts and crafts for kids and a special visit from a fire-engine to cool us down on an especially hot day.

Special thanks go to Holly Lodge resident and HLRA Committee Member Alison David for organising the event.

Camden New Journal came along and included us in an article about all the similar parties happening around Camden.