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.

 

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.

You can find the minutes and related reports on the Minutes page of this website. And you can also see a list of the new committee members.

Questionnaire results

questionnaire

Over 60 people responded to a questionnaire which was sent to all HLRA residents. That’s a 1 in 8 response rate. 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.

Fire safety: “Don’t lock our fire escapes!”

We are very concerned that Camden Council may lock the fire escapes on the roof because of concerns about safety.

We asked you to email our local councillors and the cabinet member for housing, Meric Apak, to urge them not to lock the fire escape doors on the roofs and to improve the safety of the walkways between blocks. Lots of you did email and we received a very positive response and suggested ways forward from both Meric and local councillor, Oliver Lewis.

Here’s why we think this issue is important. Camden Council’s last Safety Review concluded that the fire doors leading to the roofs should be locked because they were worried about people’s safety on the roofs. We believe that this decision breaks fire regulations because buildings of this height should have two exits. Our flats are not ‘sealed units’ and therefore the Council’s advice is to evacuate in the event of fire rather than remain in flats. We therefore must have two escape routes.

We provided a SAMPLE LETTER for you to adapt.

After our public meeting last year, and our continuing consultations with Camden Council, we are pleased that they are taking forward the following fire safety measures:

  • ensuring that all flat doors meet the ’30 minute’ fire safety standard – at no cost to tenants or leaseholders
  • installing hard-wired smoke alarms in the communal areas of all blocks
  • checking the wiring and fuse boxes of all tenants. Leaseholders are encouraged please to get their own wiring checked.