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TNRA news April 2018

15 April 2018

TNRA meeting with Knight Frank

At the start of April, Knight Frank replaced Capita as the managing agent of Trinity Village for Trinity House. On 10 April, TNRA had an introductory meeting with Lucy Jones, the Partner at Knight Frank with responsibility for the Trinity House relationship. We briefed her on TNRA’s activities and highlighted areas where we can work together to improve the lives of residents, particularly the square gardens, local planning applications and traffic issues. Lucy confirmed that there will be no changes to the onsite management team in the Trinity Street office. However, we can expect to see improved systems and processes, more training and greater oversight from Knight Frank’s head office. We asked for greater transparency, more consistency and a less aggressive approach in setting rents. We also discussed maintenance work, including the need for a more timely response when issues are raised, regular clearing of lightwells of leaves and litter and a systematic approach to sound-proofing and the upgrading of electrical wires and cabling when properties are refurbished. While we are unlikely to see major initiatives in the next 3-6 months as Knight Frank familiarises itself with the estate, we are hopeful that the appointment of a professional letting agent, accredited with the Association of Residential Letting Agents, will result in a better experience for tenants of Trinity House.

Dickens Square redevelopment

Deborah McKenzie at the Council has updated us on the redevelopment of the Dickens Square park: "Since our last consultation event in November we have considered the feedback from residents about their priorities for the park. As a result we thought it prudent to complete more detailed site investigations before progressing the design to the next stage….. Our Landscape Architects are now reviewing these survey reports. Regrettably we have experienced some delay to the project due to staff sickness and therefore were not able to arrange the consultation update and stakeholder meeting planned for March. This means that we shall need to defer the next meeting until mid-late May……. In the meantime we are continuing to liaise with Rockingham Estate Play Association about the future of the adventure playground. Whilst I appreciate that this delay will be disappointing I am confident that we will produce a final design by autumn this year and commence construction in 2019 as planned”.

King’s Place planning application

Formal consultation is underway for the proposed development of  King’s Place, the site on the north corner of the junction of Newington Causeway and Harper Road. The planning application is as per the public exhibition in January and envisages the construction of a 14-storey hotel with 434 rooms. TNRA will strongly object to the proposal in its current form. It shows no real consideration of the impact of the development on the character and heritage of the surrounding area. The tower block will be over-bearing and form the dominant element in the streetscape. The project will deliver minimal new homes and none that are affordable. A small mews planned off Harper Road will be insufficient to accommodate related traffic flows and will result in greater congestion in an area where traffic reducing measures are now a priority. The deadline for commenting on the application is 29 April. More information is available on Southwark Council’s planning website at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications

Other developments in the Trinity Village area

Following a request from TNRA, Southwark Council has installed five new bike racks at the south end of Merrick Square, opposite the Old Rectory.

Work to replace pavements at the north end of Falmouth Road with York stone is on hold, with removed paving temporarily replaced with Artificial Stone Paving, because the supplier of York stone to the Council’s contractor "is currently facing difficulties in importing York stone from China and requires an additional lead period for York stone supply”.

The Council has put in place the trial width restrictions of 6’6’’ (2m) on Harper Road, between Bath Terrace and Rockingham Street, and at Bath Terrace. Initially, the concrete blocks installed by the Council were moved to make the width restrictions ineffective. However, Joanna Lesak at the Council advises that "the blocks are being bolted into the carriageway as soon as possible. This should render the blocks tamper-proof, however we will continue to monitor the situation”.

TNRA community skip

We are grateful that Southwark Council continues to fund the TNRA community skip which is located on the east side of Trinity Church Square on the first Saturday of the month. We were expecting the skip over the weekend of 7/8 April and notified several residents that the skip would be available then for their use. In the event, the skip came a week early for Saturday 31 March when its presence was missed by Committee members away on holiday. We have reminded the Council of the correct delivery arrangements for the skip and apologise for any inconvenience caused for residents. The skip is due next over the weekend of Saturday 5 May.

Membership subscriptions

Membership subscriptions for the current year expire on 30 April. Many thanks to everyone who has already re-joined for 2018/19. If you have not yet re-joined, please renew for 2018/19 using the form sent with your Spring Newsletter. Alternatively, you can re-join here. (Apologies for the temporary loss of the website for a few days recently.)

The Committee team is knocking on doors to sign up members for the new year. If current members have renewed we can concentrate on calling on non-members and new residents to persuade them to join. Prompt renewal will also mean that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of membership.