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21ST APRIL 2021

"Stephenson Walk: linking Camden and Primrose Hill" got it's first public airing courtesy of Primrose Hill Community Association by webinar on 21st April at 7.00pm.

THIS CONCEPT POSITIONS A NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION ON THE WEST SIDE OF GILBEYS YARD AND ADDS CANAL TOWPATH ACCESS TO OVAL ROAD BRIDGE THAT COULD SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE NUMBERS OF VISITORS COMING UP INTO GILBEYS YARD FROM CAMDEN LOCK AND THE HIGH STREET TO THIS RESIDENTIAL AREA. OUR ENVIRONMENT NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED. WE ARE LITERALLY BEING SURROUNDED BY DEVELOPMENT WITH LITTLE OR NO CONSIDERATION LET ALONE PROTECTION, OR REAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE SO SIGNIFICANTLY.

YOU CAN WATCH THE WHOLE PRESENTATION ON YOUTUBE HERE & EMBEDDED BELOW

26th MARCH 2021

HEALTH INFORMATION IN RELATION TO MORRISONS DEMOLITION STARTING IN APRIL FOR 15 WEEKS AND CONSTRUCTION FOR THE NEXT 6 YEARS UNTIL THE FIRST 3 MONTHS OF 2027

SUBJECT WAS RAISED YESTERDAY AT THE CAMDEN GOODS YARD CONSTRUCTION WORKING GROUP HELD BY NEW LANDOWNERS ST GEORGE VIA ZOOM

July 24th 2020

Morrisons - July 2020

NEW LANDOWNERS APPLY FOR CHANGE OF PLANNING THAT WAS APPROVED IN 2017 = MAJOR CHANGES, THAT INCREASE HEIGHTS OF MOST BUILDINGS

2020 July

Application Registered 23-07-2020

YOU HAVE UNTIL 14-08-2020 TO COMMENT ON THIS APPLICATION TO THE COUNCIL HERE

block F2 looming over the west side of Gilbeys Yard goes up by 2 storeys and the east tower of Block C looming over east side of Gilbeys Yard goes up by 2 storeys

Thats +4.895m west side of yard. +4.650m east side of yard - this is a lot more height and interrupts the sightline of the heritage Interchange Building

Details for Planning Application - 2020/3116/P

Site Address

Camden Goods Yard - Morrisons Superstore and Petrol Filling Station

Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH


Application Registered 23-07-2020

Comments Until 14-08-2020


Application Details

  • Application Number 2020/3116/P

  • Site Address Camden Goods Yard Morrisons Superstore and Petrol Filling Station Chalk Farm Road London NW1 8EH

  • Application Type Variation or Removal of Condition(s)

  • Development Type Approval or variation of Conditions

  • Proposal Variation of Conditions 3 (approved drawings) and 73 (number and mix of residential units) of planning permission 2017/3847/P dated 15/06/2018 (as amended by 2020/2786/P dated 09/07/2020, 2020/0034/P dated 05/05/20, 2019/6301/P dated 24/12/2019, 2019/0153/P dated 06/02/2019 and 2019/2962/P dated 04/07/2019) for redevelopment of the petrol filling station site and main supermarket site; namely for: additional storeys across buildings A, B, C and F creating 71 additional residential units (52 market, 19 affordable) (Class C3) and associated elevational changes; relocation of concierge to Block A; and alterations to basement and landscaping. This application is accompanied by an addendum to the original Environmental Statement.

  • Current Status REGISTERED

  • Applicant St George West London Limited .

  • Agent Turley

  • Wards Camden Town with Primrose Hill

  • Location Co ordinates Easting 528412 Northing 184106

  • OS Mapsheet

  • Appeal Submitted? No

  • Appeal Decision

  • Case Officer / Tel Kristina Smith 4986

  • Division Planning Solutions Team

  • Planning Officer Kristina Smith

  • Determination Level

  • Existing Land Use A1 Shop

  • Proposed Land Use A1 Shop, B1 Business, C3 Dwelling House


THE PHOTOS & VIDEO BELOW WERE TAKEN ON 25 FEBRUARY WHEN ST GEORGE WERE CLEARLY ALREADY DOING MAJOR DEMOLITION WORK ON THE MORRISONS PETROL STATION, CONTRARY TO THE SCHEDULE GIVEN BELOW DATED 12TH FEBRUARY 2020

25 February 2020

This was a very disappointing way start to a 7 year construction relationship with the neighbourhood.

We expect to be given accurate schedules that we can depend on, to be able to live and work around construction.

25 February 2020 17:11:43

25 February 2020 17:11:28


CAMDEN GOODS YARD: Demolition Work to Commence at Petrol Station

2020 February

13 February 2020

Today's message from St George, the developer:


Dear Neighbour,

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that demolition of the Morrisons Petrol Filling Station will start on Monday 2nd March 2020.

To enable this work to commence, highway works will take place between 24th and 28th February. These works will include:

  • Closing the existing Chalk Farm Road exit from Morrisons for public use, and temporary reconfiguration of the existing Juniper Crescent junction with Chalk Farm Road to allow two-way traffic to and from the Morrisons store.

  • Access connecting Chalk Farm Road, Juniper Crescent and the Morrisons store will always remain open.

I have attached a letter with this email, which was distributed to surrounding properties this week.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

The Camden Goods Yard Team


CGY Demolition Work to Commence.pdf

HOUSING SERVICE - One Housing are persistently breaching their own tenancies and policies

2020 February

The behaviour of the organisation over the past year has been shocking with major changes to management and maintenance imposed without any consultation with the affected tenants


The tenancy agreement with One Housing (redacted pdf version attached) states twice that affected tenants should be consulted, quote:

A. GENERAL TERMS

2.

b. The Association may, after consulting the Tenants affected, increase, add to, remove, reduce or vary the services provided.


D. THE TENANT'S RIGHTS

12. Right to Consultation:

The Association will consult the Tenant before making changes in matters of housing management or maintenance which are a likely to have a substantial effect on the Tenant.

One Housing Group Tenancy Agreement 2013-01_Redacted.pdf

No consultation provided by One Housing for major changes to our frontline management and maintenance

ENVIRONMENT & REDEVELOPMENT - One Housing continues their disrespect for their tenants with zero communication or consultation, on more major changes...


2020 February
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This is a large proposed portacabin structure to be positioned in the middle the of 15 Gilbeys Yard Estate resident parking spaces for 2 years

In the middle of the 15 Gilbeys Yard Estate resident parking spaces, on a surface of historic cobble stones with rail tracks, and vaults and tunnels underneath that are part of the heritage protection area of the listed Interchange Building.

This proposal has been submitted to Camden Council, as a planning application. Meaning that One Housing have made their plans and decisions and gone ahead to apply for planning permission as if there's no one on Gilbeys Yard that would be affected.

The Council have done the usual democratic thing and published details on their website, announcing it to the members of the public that are subscribed to their Planning alerts mailing list on 12th February. You have until the comments deadline of midnight 03-03-2020, to file your support or opposition here.

This is not a respectful way for One Housing's affected tenants to find out what their own landlord is doing on their doorstep. Not a word of consultation with any of the One Housing tenants on this yard. Such is the low that One Housing has sunk, in its care and respect for its own customers. Now routinely operating as a totalitarian regime without regard for their legal duty to consult with those affected tenants before changes are made.

This significant change to this private yard environment has not been mentioned, let alone any notice or consultation provided the tenants affected, as is their habit to neglect this estate, they treat Oval Road Estate as if it does exist in Gilbeys Yard

Planning Application - 2020/0473/P

Site Address Car parking area 80 Gilbeys Yard London NW1 8HB

Application Details

  • Application Number 2020/0473/P

  • Site Address Car parking area 80 Gilbeys Yard London NW1 8HB

  • Application Type Full Planning Permission

  • Development Type Commercial Extension

  • Proposal Installation of a temporary portacabin for use as a regeneration office/meeting room for a period of 2 years

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They still don't seem to understand the boundary of the land they own on Gilbeys Yard, as was presented to them in 2017.

So here it is again, just CLICK HERE


COMMUNITY SAFETY - Our thanks go out to our Neighbourhood Police Team for all the help with crime and anti social behaviour around the yard and Camden Town these past few months...

2019 May - August

HOUSING SERVICE - One Housing make major changes to frontline services without consultation with affected tenants

2019 June / July

Just wish we could tell you exactly whats going on and what services we can now expect on our estates.

We have been trying to get written information from One Housing on all these changes since they implemented them in June 2019

One Housing have not provided monthly estate inspections for 7 months since the new "Property Management" department took over from the Housing Officers of the Housing department in providing and conducting estate inspections. Property Management have also taken down the 2019 estate inspections schedules that were on our notice boards.

Monthly Estate Inspections, with an advance yearly schedule put on estate notice boards, to enable tenants to attend, are a legal right and a One Housing policy

I quote the new department manager, who has since left One Housing:

5th July 2019

"I just want to take this time to formally outline the responsibilities of the new Property Manager role and how this service will look going forward and what you can expect from our team.

I would like to begin by ensuring that your June inspection was carried out by the Property Manager for the estate and we will continue to inspect the estate on a monthly basis. This inspection was carried out on the 17th June. Hannah will also be attending the walkabout on the 18th July and this will form part of her inspection for July. She does not have the capacity to visit the site routinely multiple times a month to conduct full estate inspections as she manages a number of properties in the area and must visit each of these on a monthly basis. On the 18th, she will be happy to discuss an estate inspection schedule that works for both of you and is sustainable.

As I mentioned when we met last month, the Property Managers will not be office based and will spend the majority of their time on site. As such you need to report any repairs that you notice through ask@onehousing.co.uk or via our 0300 123 9966 number. This means that the repair gets raised through the correct channels and does not rely on particular individuals being available in the office. Property Managers are not the first point of contact for residents in relation to repairs, ASB or tenancy issues. Having an office bases Customer Service Centre and Resident Management team means that residents can be confident that they will be able to reach someone who can help them when they contact us using these above details.

In response to the number of outstanding repairs you have outlined, I am sure you can appreciate that the Property Managers have only been in post for 4 weeks. During this time they have been picking up on both new and outstanding issues across their patches.

As it stands, Hannah can review the outstanding issues that you have noted and can discuss these further with you on the 18th. You will also be able to physically point out the issues that you have raised in relation to the strength of the doors at the lobby and the bin store. Hannah can also ensure that the noticeboards across Oval Road/Gilbeys Yard are updated with the new contact information. This role has been created to ensure that we are looking at our buildings and estates in a holistic way and so that we can ensure that issues on site are followed up with our specialist teams to ensure these are resolved.

I appreciate your frustrations however the changes I have outlined above are to ensure that we are able to offer the best possible service to our residents, with the safety and security of our residents being the primary focus of the Property Management team. As a valued customer of One Housing I do hope you will see an improvement as the new structure is implemented and we look forward to working with you as these changes take place.

I hope this gives you some clarity and some assurance that your concerns have been raised with the appropriate teams.

Kind Regards,

Holly O’Callaghan

Senior Property Manager"


Here is what the Property Management Officer allocated to our estates has to say:

"With regards to the One Housing’s Internal changes One Housing Group is committed to making continued improvements to the services which we provide to our residents. Following on from residents feedback and following approval from the boards (of which OHG residents sit on) we are pleased to implementing change with the sole focus on improving the customer services for our residents.

We appreciate that in the past queries got lost and there were some communications issues. To resolve this we have done a number of things.

  1. Consolidated 46 customer facing inboxes to the 1 customer facing inbox ASK so that queries are not lost and there is a clear tracking of the query. This also means that there is clear accountability as the query goes directly to the team who is responsible, as opposed to the previous method of residents being passed from pillar to post. This will also ensure repairs are picked up quicker as these queries often got lost or delayed when incorrectly addressed to the HOs or HOAs

  2. Split the HO and HOA functions and responsibilities in half creating 2 new departments. Resident Management and Property Management.

  3. The Resident Management team will be mostly office based and responsible for any tenancy and home ownership related procedures. There are several tears and within resident management who will handle different queries depending on the complexity of the case.

  4. Property Management will focus on building compliancy and the welfare of the building. Property managers will mostly be site based providing a proactive approach as they will be continually inspecting the block. Their assistants will be office based to action the PMs inspections and to answer any queries which come from ASK.

As you will appreciate the above is quite a lot of change in a small space of time. This means that it will take time to settle whilst outstanding queries are being addressed. However, we envision that once things have settled and remits have fully been established that residents should see queries been resolved at a quicker pace.

I hope this helps to clarify your query

Kind regards

Hannah Simpson

Property Manager

T: 0300 123 9966

E: Ask@onehousinggroup.co.uk

Suttons Wharf South, 44 Palmers Road, London, E2 0TA

onehousing.co.uk"

The service has effectively ground to a halt since all of this was implemented so clumsily.

REDEVELOPMENT - Gilbeys Yard redevelopment finds a development partner

2019 July
6088 - CGY newsletter - fifth edition v4 (002).pdf

ENVIRONMENT - Gilbeys Yard Estate Signage

2019 May
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COMMUNITY SAFETY - SUCCESFUL CBO APPLICATION


2019 April / May

CBO = Criminal Behaviour Order


One Housing Community Safety‏ @OneHousingASB

May 3

"A big thank you to @MPSCamandPrim in particular PC Ryland, for her help with an ongoing injunction we had obtained which kept being breached. Thanks to further intelligence from residents they have been able to secure a 5 year CBO against the perpetrator! Great result for all! "


Camden Town Police‏ @MPSCamandPrim

May 3

"For years, Peter Goldsmith has been a one-man crime wave and caused endless distress and havoc to residents of #CamdenTown. Thanks to some excellent work by PC Ryland, he is now BANNED from the borough of Camden for 5 years! He can be arrested on sight. Great work!"


Sergeant Dave Hodges

Camden Police

"Camden Town and Primrose Hill safer Neighbourhood team have successfully applied for a Criminal behaviour order for Peter Goldsmith, who has subsequently been banned from Camden borough for five years as well as being prohibited from being in possession of any drugs paraphernalia for five years. This CBO is a result of a great deal of work from not only the police, but also local residents who had to put up with years of antisocial and criminal behavior from Mr Goldsmith. Hopefully this CBO will improve the quality of local resident’s lives and act as a deterrent to other prolific trouble makers."


One Housing Community Safety‏ @OneHousingASB

Apr 24

One Housing Community Safety Retweeted Camden Town Police

"We have been working closely with @MPSCamandPrim in this case following obtaining an injunction that this male continued to breach. Amazing work by PC Ryland! Thank you from the team and our residents! "

2019 April

It's not all good news unfortunately,

You will see that the bulk waste collection service has been awful so far this year, after quite a long period of good service from them, no idea why

The signage and yard security lighting have been resolved from April inspection reports, which is very good.

Will detail the pro-active lighting repair that we were impressed by, begun on 25th March and resolved well on the 10th April without any need for intervention by us, credit due to One Direct electricians on this, watch this space...

The May inspection page will be available soon...

ENVIRONMENT - Playground Graffiti Removed

2019 March
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'No one calls the housing association repairs line. There's no point'


Tue 11 Apr 2017 11.01 BSTLast modified on Tue 28 Nov 2017 02.13 GMT