Gas disconnection consultation reminder & New Fire Door fittings to all Houses

GAS DISCONNECTION CONSULTATION - To residents in the affected Houses, if you have not already done so please ensure you send back your comments to Cadent on the proposal to disconnect the gas supply as soon as possible. Letters went out to Houses in question back in October and it is important that this consultation is closed so that the necessary steps can be taken to secure residents homes.

FIRE DOORS - The fitting of new fire doors to each individual flat shall re-commence again from Monday 8th January 2018, please ensure you have contacted the company and provided a suitable date for your new door to be fitted. Due to data protection provisions, any questions or queries about your door fitting should be via the Company and you and not to the BTRA.

Brentford Towers Residents Meeting - update

The Residents Meeting held on Thursday 26th October 2017 at Mission Hall, Mission Hall Square was well attended by residents and Hounslow Housing who provided updates on the following;

 Pest control update / progress for Fraser House Tony Bull

  • The pest control programme has now entered into stage three which has seen a marked difference in the amount of cockroaches being seen in apartments. As of Thursday 26th October reports of activity or no evidence of any cockroaches had significantly declined with minimal activity being reported. Where no access has been provided to pest control there is no report on those apartments to assess any level of activity.   

  • Cameras and Lighting   Martin Greenway, Head of Repairs & Estate Management  

The issue of cameras and lighting to car parks and areas around the estate were voiced by residents with concerns over break-ins to vehicles and anti-social behaviour. New cameras are due to be installed as a part of the Council's major programme of improvements. Details on when this will be rolled will be added here when we know more from the council on time frames for this to take place across the borough. NEWS - There will be an improved concierge service with the introduction of 2 more concierges based at Wicksteed and Boutlon Houses at no extra cost. It is expected that the same hours of cove will be provided as is current, more details to follow when we have it.

Fire Safety Works to the Block and Doors Rob Potter, Investment Planning Manager 

  • New fire doors will be rolled out in the first of a pilot of new fire door fittings starting in November. the new doors meet current fire safety standards and have additional security fittings to them. The door will be fitted as a pack, this means, the door is fitted with an architrave. Residents will be informed of those apartments that have new doors fitted so they can go and see one. Any questions or queries about the doors can be sent to the BTRA or the council direct. All new fire doors are expected to be fitted between November and January 2018. More information will be added here when we have it. NEWS - the concierge service is to be amended with additional support of concierge service based at Wicksteed and Boulton house. This will mean there will be 3 concierge offices 

 Improvement works including windows Chris Mukasa, Housing Development & Supply Manager  

The programme for new windows and new balcony doors for those who are in the 1 bedroom apartments as well as the concrete repair works were given which included;

  • A Sikka corrosion external testing has already taken place in August. Internal ferro scans surveys to understand the make-up of construction components. Letters were sent to residents requesting that access be given so this could take place. Surveys would have commenced from 23rd October and conclude on 3rd November. The Tender for windows, balcony doors and concrete repair is expected to commence, following successful contract award, for 29th January 2018.

Gas supply to Houses -Paul Perkins, Electrical and Mechanical Manager

  • At the meeting the time frames for the removal of gas supply to Maudsley and Fraser was provided and this was staged to happen between January and February 2018. Due to the gas leak at Maudsley House on Sunday 29th October, the timetable has been drastically reduced. Please follow the instructions displayed on the new Noticeboard to find out what you need to do if you used gas for cooking.

Enquiries relating to day-to-day Management Stavroulla Kokkinou, Area Housing Manager  and Vicky Howes, Housing Manager

  • The reports of a car club on the estate are unfounded. Any such programme would need approval from the council as the land owners and we have been assured there is no planning to have a car club with free parking on the estate.

Issues of anti-social behaviour should be reported to the Housing manager so that the perpetrators can be targeted and removed from the building. Regular updates on activity will lead to this being removed completely.

New fobs for Cornish is due to be made, once you receive your new fob the new fob key pad will take place approximately 2 weeks later - watch out for your fob and when it arrives carry it with you!

Lighting along the back of Maudsley, Harvey and Cornish along the footpath from Green Dragon Lane School has been reported. it is understood that the electricity cable for the lights is broken and requires fixing, The BTRA as well as residents have expressed their concerns on the safety around this area. An assessment of the area was performed following the meeting, more updates on the progress of this as we have it.