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TNRA news May 2018

03 May 2018

TNRA members triumph in the Court of Appeal

Since 1985, some properties in Trinity Village have been redeveloped and sold on long leases by Trinity House. The blocks in Trinity Church Square and Trinity Street are managed by Mainstay on behalf of Trinity House. After bad experiences at the hands of previous managers, the long leaseholders of 4-6 Trinity Church Square decided to buy the freehold of their property through a collective enfranchisement. They established the right and price at which they will acquire the freehold and control of their building from Trinity House. However, the purchase and celebrations were on hold while Trinity House contested residents' rights to use their private rear garden. In November 2016, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) at the Royal Courts of Justice ruled against Trinity House, agreeing with leaseholders that permanent rights could not be revocable under notice.
Trinity House refused to accept the judgment and took the issue to the Court of Appeal. In a judgment on 18 April 2018, all three judges at the Court of Appeal rejected Trinity House's case, awarded costs to the long leaseholders and refused Trinity House's application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Notwithstanding the judgment, we understand that Trinity House is still seeking to take the case to the Supreme Court. TNRA is proud to have supported the long leaseholders of 4-6 Trinity Church Square in this landmark legal case. We wish them a speedy and successful conclusion to their dispute with Trinity House.


Around 40 people attended TNRA's Annual General Meeting on 24 April. Aside from the formalities of approving TNRA's annual report and audited accounts and electing the new Committee, the evening provided yet another TNRA sponsored opportunity for residents to meet their neighbours over a glass or two of wine. We are particularly grateful to Neil Coyle MP who joined us at the start of the evening to speak and take questions and to our current and prospective local councilors who were available at the end of the meeting to discuss issues of concern to our members in advance of elections to Southwark Council on 3 May.

Misdirected post

There have been a number of reports of misdirected post recently - not just within blocks where the postman reads the building number but seems to ignore the flat number but also for other addresses in the general area.  Before we contact Royal Mail on behalf of local residents, please let us know if you have experienced such problems by emailing us at info@tnra.net.