Allocations Policy Versus Community

A Mother and son in an ‘under-occupied’ 3 bedroom flat apply to swap with family of 4 in overcrowded 2 bedroom flat, including the daughter and two grandchildren of the Mother. Something in everyone’s interest, especially Southwark’s. But it has been rejected.
Four of the six people involved have lived in Juniper since they were born.
The son has no rights to the flat he has lived in all his life, and will eventually be rehoused, if lucky, or more likely evicted. And his sister will have to continue to live in an overcrowded flat. Everyone’s lives are made more difficult and the community suffers.
Southwark’s allocations policy stinks, even if it is ‘the law’.

Major Works Consultation Night Highlights

28th February 2017. Flat 1.
• No parking in the forecourt for a year. Disabled parking situation to be clarified.
• Individual flat surveys to start within two weeks.
• Satellite dishes to stay after contract. Or at least until Southwark makes up its mind.
According to officers, the long term plan is to remove all disks from LBS blocks.
• All rear balconies to be cleared for work.
• Ventilation system of downpipes to be investigated as possible cause of back-ups into bathrooms.
• Drains surveyed and cctv’d. Awaiting report.
• LBS compiling list of vulnerable residents in order to take their needs into consideration.
• Leaseholder service charge deadline challenged.
• Charges for lead replacement challenged on grounds that block was insured for theft.
• Progress group to meet monthly.

 

TRA Inaugural Meeting 25th June 2015

Juniper Inaugural TRA Meeting Draft Minutes (TBA). Thursday 7.30pm. 25/6/2015. Brimtonroy Hall, Culmore Road. SE15 2RQ.

Present
Brendan Gillen LBS. Cllr Sandra Rhule. Mustapha Semanda LBS.
Natasha Meroni 13. Karl Bolingbroke 18. Alimat Lawson 23. Jackie Wilford 14. Rob Kenyon 32. Claire Phillips 60. Kirsten Dunham 60. Paul Hood 73. Coralie Allison 16. Nick Cattermole 71. Maureen Ismay 4.

Apologies
Serena Simon. Tim Burrows.

Introduction
Brendan Gillen (LBS) informed the meeting of the procedural requirements of a TRA, gave a brief summary of the constitution, the duties of elected officers, and explained that the election of officers was the only stage needed to form the association.
The respective roles and powers of the committee and general meeting were dicussed.

Election of Officers
The following residents were unanimously elected as officers of Juniper TRA
Chair. Jackie Wilford. (proposed R. Kenyon. seconded C. Phillips.)
Vice-Chair. Paul Hood. (proposed R. Kenyon. seconded J Wilford.)
Treasurer. Claire Phillips. (proposed Kirsten Dunham. seconded J Wilford.)
Secretary. Rob Kenyon. (proposed Kirsten Dunham . seconded C. Phillips.)
Coralie Allison, Nick Cattermole and Maureen Ismay were elected as committee members.

Adoption of Model Constitution
The meeting unanimously voted to accept the model constitution. (10/11)

Appointment of Auditor
Southwark Group of Tenants Organisation are to be contaqcted regarding free accountancy services.

‘Ideas For Year Ahead’
The practicalities of summer events to be discussed at the first TRA meeting.
Various funding sources available.
Storage space for the TRA is a matter of urgency, and the unused corner groundfloor room (30A) was discussed.

Next Meeting
July 9. 7.30. Brimtonroy TH.

Juniper House Tenants And Residents Association. June 25. 2015.

Juniper House TRA is now a reality and residents of Juniper once more have a representative body to act in their interest, which is recognised by the London Borough of Southwark.

The Inaugural Meeting was chaired by Brendan Gillen, Capacity and Partnerships Officer for LBS. Ten households were represented and all officers were elected as required (Chair, Vice-chair, Teasurer, Secretary.) Plus a number of committee members.

The first meeting of the TRA is scheduled for July 9th at Brimtonroy Tenants Hall.  7.30pm.

Juniper House. Meeting 28th May 2015

Juniper Action Group Meeting. Thursday 7.30pm. May 28. Brimtonroy Hall, Culmore Rd. SE15 2RQ all residents welcome.

Many residents were confused about the meeting unilaterally called by London Borough of Southwark for May 18th to decide the future of Juniper House. In the event, the meeting was inquorate, and members of LBS Community Engagement Division have agreed to attend our planned meeting on May 28th to answer questions related to Tenant and Resident Associations. (TRA’s). This meeting will be the one which decides whether there is a viable group of Juniper residents interested in forming a TRA, and also to measure possible interest in becoming officers (Chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer). This meeting will not make us a TRA, but without it, we cannot move to the next stage of becoming one. LBS officials will be present to clarify the duties of TRA officers. If the results are positive, an official LBS-overseen Inaugural Meeting could take place towards the end of June. If that meeting votes in favour, and officers are elected, Juniper would be a recognised TRA.

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The meeting on the 28th May (this Thursday) will also discuss outstanding repairs issues and other business (see proposed agenda below). LBS Repairs Coordinator Justin Hall has agreed to attend, along with local councillor Sandra Rhule. Meeting of the year so far, without doubt. Please come and have your say.

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Provisional Agenda
1. Apologies & Introductions
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Suggestions for amendments to agenda
4. Tenant and Residents Association proposal
5. Repairs Business
6. Update on storage space
7. Garden Issues
8. Other Business
9. Next Meeting