One of the ways that we try to get Circle Housing to listen to, and we hope to act on, repairs issues is to photograph and email the housing officers.
Once you take a photo, you can add text using a variety of available apps on your phone. At a later date, this allows you to check when you contacted them, and serves as an easy reminder of the exact issue.
It’s not been easy to get a good level of service from our housing association so hopefully this kind of evidence is useful if we need to speak to a housing tribunal.
It’s a real shame that Merton Council seem to be more interested in redeveloping our area instead of supporting the residents and the entire neighbourhood.
If they do sell off our open space next to Ravensbury Park, it will truly damage the entire area forever.
After some residents received a letter informing them of Circle Clarion’s decision to separate the water bill from the rent bill, will all tenants in Merton, and further afield, be receiving notices to pay £300 bills (?) on top of their rent, and will their rent see any reductions beforehand?!
It should be noted that leaseholders are probably also subject to these new terms and that residents in flats may find it impossible to get separate metered bills due to flats having multiple water supply pipes to each property.
Last year Circle Clarion seem to have instructed Thames Water to install water meters on supplies into each block of flats in anticipation of this new instruction. So this has obviously been waiting in the wings for some time.
Many questions need to be answered before this is introduced.
Just before Christmas 2016, Cypren Edmunds (Chair of Highpath RA) chaired a meeting between the residents of Highpath and the two executives, Austin Reid & Neil McCall from Clarion Housing (the merged Circle Housing & Affinity Sutton housing associations). Also in attendance was Paul Quinn, Merton Regen director.
What you’ll view on YouTube is the footage of the whole meeting.
There are 9 further clips of the same meeting also available to watch:
Tuesday and Thursday is Circle’s consultation event showing their latest version of the Ravensbury masterplan. It hasn’t looked good at the Highpath & Eastfields meetings with Circle opting for more density ie: floorspace and profit.
Circle look like they’ve been given as much support as feasibly possible by Stephen Alambritis (leader of Merton Council & our Ravensbury ward councillor) as well as Merton Council’s Labour Cabinet (plus most all party councillors on the planning committee for that matter). Circle seem very happy to push on rather than off.
Merton Council receive some kind of “clawback” funds from this development so it seems to be a win-win for Circle Housing & Merton Council to pally up as closely as possible. The details of this arrangement are hidden in the Stock Transfer Agreement that both of those parties signed up to. This is a commercially sensitive document so we can’t find out what the exact terms are.
On Wednesday evening at Merton Council they’ll most likely be voting through the Regen in their full council meeting, so we are hoping to attend that and report back. Our RA meeting will have to be postponed though.
Ravensbury Court refurb has been cancelled – Paul Quinn said there was a majority against the plans so he won’t go ahead with it. We don’t know the exact details yet though as they could still decide to do whatever they like as has been the case up until now. The majority was based on 25 homes being surveyed in Ravensbury Court, with 11 against the plans, 9 in favour, 3 neither agree/disagree, 2 don’t know. That’s 25 out of 59 homes, so 42% surveyed.