Our Community Centre

Activities in our Community Centre are now provided by a combination of regular groups who use the Centre for sports, health and dance activities, to provide children’s tuition and performing arts classes, and to share their faith. Community and political groups are increasingly holding their meetings here. Several local theatre companies regularly enjoy the space we can offer for their rehearsals, extending invitations to local school students to observe their preparations and performances. Our Christmas Pantomime was enthusiastically received by local kids and parents – as was Santa’s visit (many thanks to Akosua and Shannon and their teams for staging this for us).       Details of some of our Spring activities are below.   Enquires about bookings can be made by email to kpccoval@gmail.com or via the website kpccoval.org. Kennington Park Estate Tenants’ & Residents’ Association has a Licence to Occupy the Centre until July 2018, and manages the …

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Upgrading the CCTV monitoring system

In July we reported that the TRA had submitted formal complaints in respect of Hyde’s consultation on an upgraded CCTV monitoring system (see below). Hyde has now issued a statutory section 20 notice of intention. The TRA’s formal response to it can be found here.   Hyde has informed us that they are taking some time to consider our response. We very much welcome this constructive response and hope that this means that notice is being taken of our views and observations.   From July Newsletter: “Hyde wrote to residents in May asking for our views on whether an upgraded CCTV monitoring system should be provided in-house or outsourced. The TRA was most concerned about the content of this letter, which was based on inaccurate and misleading information about the history of the installation of CCTV locally, because it did not provide any data on the effectiveness of CCTV as …

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Tenants’ Association Annual General Meeting – 27 September 2017

The Kennington Park Estate Tenants’ & Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday 27 September 2017. All tenants and leaseholders resident on KPE are members of the TRA and all are welcome to attend.   The Agenda for the meeting can be found here The Annual Report for 2016 to 2017 can be found here The minutes of the last AGM held on 21 September 2016 can be found here The minutes of the TA meeting held on 12 July 2017 can be found here  

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Tenants’ Association News – July 2017

Come to our July meeting to discuss all these topics and more –   Fire Safety In the wake of the Grenfell disaster we will be discussing what this terrible tragedy means for us. We don’t live in tower blocks, so should we be concerned about fire safety? How good are Hyde’s Fire Risk Assessments?     Grenfell residents were ignored when they raised concerns. Isn’t it time social housing residents were listened to?     Kennington Park Community Centre – KPCC Oval  Our Community Centre is now OUR community centre. As a result of our campaign to stop it being closed and demolished, from this month the TRA is jointly managing it alongside Hyde. We are responsible for bookings and the day-to-day running of the Centre while Hyde will continue to maintain it and deal with financial matters.   Joan Twelves and Jahanara Rajkoomar We have signed a Licence which …

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Grenfell Tower Fire

The Grenfell Tower fire is a tragic disaster and our hearts go out to everyone involved – those who have lost their lives, those who have lost their family, friends and loved ones, those who have lost their homes, their possessions and their valued memories.   And our admiration and respect goes to all those who headed into the blazing inferno to save lives at such risk to their own.     As social housing residents we feel a strong sense of solidarity with the Grenfell Tower residents, and we share their grief and anger. We can breathe a sigh of relief that we have no tower blocks on Kennington Park Estate. But our fellow Hyde residents on the Grantham Road Estate in Stockwell and our close neighbours on the Ashmole Estate do, as do many other estates across Lambeth. The open design of our Estate means that the risks we …

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Service charges from 1 April 2017 – important update

As a direct result of the Tenants Association’s complaints, Hyde is sending out revised rent and service charge bills to residents of Kennington Park Estate.   Not only did Hyde include charges for a non-existent service (CCTV monitoring – see item below) but, for the second year running, they failed to include any charges for caretaking. We had to point this out to them. We don’t know what effect these two very large mistakes will have on our individual bills but we are sure we are not alone in wanting to have something approaching accuracy in what we have to pay for the coming year. We have pressed Hyde to ensure all consequential changes to Direct Debits and Housing Benefit are properly and quickly processed. We still have many questions about the actual and estimated service charges and Hyde acknowledges that there is much still to be resolved. Residents will …

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Rents and service charges from 1 April 2017

Hyde is currently sending out notifications of our rents and service charges for the coming financial year. The Government has instructed Housing Associations like Hyde to reduce rents by 1% (roughly £1 per week) but there is no such restriction on service charges. The charges we have to pay from 1 April are estimates and we advise everyone to look at the figures very closely. Check them against last year’s bill if you still have it. Hyde should have sent out statements of how much was actually spent on services during 2015-16 before Christmas; these figures are meant to form the basis of the estimates for the coming year. These statements are now several months overdue. The Tenants Association has made it clear that we find this unacceptable, particularly since we submitted comments on the invoices for the Estate at the beginning of November. The contract to monitor the CCTV …

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