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 a tool in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour, provided no information on the financial implications of the proposals and did not give residents an opportunity to express our views on whether or not we wanted to continue to pay substantial service charges for not just the continuation of CCTV but for an inevitably expensive upgrade.

We have submitted formal complaints on behalf of residents and will report further on their outcomes.”

Community Centre news

Our Community Centre is getting busier! Our schedule of Autumn events and activities is filling up with both old and new users – check out the kpccoval website.


Along with Akosua of AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy (our regular Saturday users) and Shannon of Simply Smiley Productions (from nearby Oval House), we organised an opening day on Saturday 29 July when local artist, Boyd, provided an amazing splash of colour on the wall coming into the Centre –


His relaxed Turtle has now been joined by a family of elephants by international artist, Falko (you can see more here )






Everyone had a great time!








And here’s the video of the event –


Many many thanks to Shannon and Akosua for all their work and this amazing production!


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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Research – Housing for Disabled People

Tpas is currently undertaking some research into Housing for Disabled People on behalf of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and they are looking for tenants to participate in their Focus Groups. The tenants they need to get involved must Live in general needs social housing (please note this does NOT   include care or support housing) Have a disability, including mental health conditions, with or without physical impairment. Want to get their voice heard around key issues such as tenancy support, dealing with harassment or neighbourhood disputes and the process of applying for housing. Be able to attend a Focus Group on 18th July 2017 at a central venue (exact venue will be confirmed at a later date) All travel expenses will be paid and each session will last no more than two hours in total. As well as being part of this important research, they will also receive a £5 gift voucher for attending. …

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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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