Author: Donna

McDermott Close Party raised at Police SNT meeting

I attended the Latchmere Safer Neighbourhoods Meeting at the George Shearing Centre last night. It has to be said that these meetings are not exactly exciting, but they do give Residents the opportunity to raise local issues directly with the Police, and for the Police to keep residents informed about their targets and objectives.  Council Officers are also present at the meetings – so it’s a good opportunity to raise issues such as Antisocial Behaviour on Housing Estates such as ours. Residents in McDermott Close will know that there was a particularly loud and Antisocial all-night Party in one of the Blocks last weekend, and despite multiple calls to both the Police and to the Council, by multiple Residents,  both the Police and the Council seemed reluctant to attend, and the Party was not actually closed down until almost 9am on the Sunday morning. I raised this with the Police and Council officers present.  They clarified that dealing with this kind of Antisocial behaviour is the Council’s responsibility (even for homes which are *not* on Council Estates), but that the Police will accompany Council Officers on request, where the Council Officers feel that their safety may be at risk. However, it seems that on Saturday night, the Council was reluctant to attend at all, and when they did so, they just asked for the noise to be turned down,...

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Kambala Estate Cleaning

An Open Letter, sent to Councillor Thom, chair of the Council’s Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Dear Councillor Thom, I’m sending you this Open Letter, on behalf of the Kambala Estate Residents. The letter, and any response, will be published on our website at www.kambala.org.uk As we mentioned to you on your recent Inspection of the Kambala Estate, we have long suspected that the Cleaners are made aware of your visits, and are instructed by the Cleaning contractor to spend extra time making the Estate look good, before you arrive. Today my Partner has been told, by one of the cleaners on the Estate, that the cleaners who normally work on our Estate, have been instructed to work at Badric Court today, because there’s an Estate Inspection tomorrow. Consequently, today our Estate is receiving little more than a quick tidy of the worst areas. Small wonder, then, that whenever you visit our Estate, all the litter has been cleared away, and everything’s looking clean and tidy – compared to the rest of the year, when it’s not. My partner has also learned that despite the fact that the cleaners are now expected to clean the rubbish cupboards weekly; the Contractor is receiving an additional fee from the Council for doing ;this, and the Council has increased the Service Charge to leaseholders, in order to pay for this – the...

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Christmas Fair and Party – 14th December

We’re organising some fabulous Christmas Events, and we’d like to invite the whole Community to come and join in!

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New Website for Community Sharing

Streetbank is a website for sharing things. Do you need to borrow a drill for some DIY? Perhaps there’s someone near you who could lend you one? Or perhaps you have a Food Mixer sitting in the cupboard that you rarely use? There might be someone down the road who would love to borrow it to make a Birthday cake.

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New Youth Club opening next Spring

Councillor Belton’s November newsletter reports that we are soon to have the largest Youth Club in the UK, right on our Doorstep. The old Caius Youth Club was demolished in 2008, in order to build a brand new development, consisting of a huge Youth Club on the lower floors, with 80 flats on the floors above. (Caius is pronounced “Keys” – it’s a latinised word, BTW) The Club will have a 3-storey Sports Hall, as well as a dance studio, a small cinema, a music recording studio, and a multimedia suite. It’s being built just behind Badric Court, on the corner of Yelverton Road and Holman Road,  and the builders are due to hand over the keys next Spring. It’s about time local Kids had some decent facilities, to counteract the Council’s seemingly endless cuts to Children’s facilities in the Borough! Below are some artists impressions of what the new building will look like… This slideshow requires JavaScript. Share this:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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