ASB Short report for August 2021

We now have the report from August to share with you, showing the information gathered from residents throughout the month.

Please be aware that the ID numbers (the numbers in the first column) are not apartment numbers.

A direct link to the ASB Reporter can be found towards the top right-hand corner of every page of the BA website.

ASB Reporter – August summary

There were 149 asb incidents reported for the month of August. This represents an increase of 8.8% as compared to the previous month’s total of 137. Totals by house and their % of the total were as follows:

HouseIncidents
Ben Jonson65 (43.6%)
Shakespeare Tower37 (24.8%)
Gilbert13 (8.7%)
Andrewes7 (4.7%)
Bryer Court6 (4.0%)
Breton4 (2.7%)
Cromwell Tower3 (2.1%)
Seddon3 (2.1%)
Defoe2 (1.3%)
Bunyan Court2 (1.3%
Thomas More2 (1.5%)
Frobisher Crescent2 (1.5%)
Wallside1 (0.7%)
Speed1 (0.7%)
John Trundle Court1 (0.7%)

In terms of the number of incidents and type of asb activity reported, the results were as follows:

Skateboarding35 (23.5%)
Parkour30 (20.1%)
Cycling25 (16.8%)
Rowdy behaviour24 (16.1%)
Loud music10 (6.7%)
Scooter riders5 (3.3%)
Motorbikes2 (1.3%)
Bicycle stolen/missing2 (1.3%)
Playing football late2 (1.3%)
Noisy drinkers2 (1.3%)
Police helicopter (assumed)2 (1.3%)
Public urination1 (0.7%)
Telephone scam1 (0.7%)
Banging infant play equipment & shouting1 (0.7%)
Trespassing (alleged)1 (0.7%)
Shouting1 (0.7%)
Noise/bangs in the service road1 (0.7%)
Young girls playing in the fountain1 (0.7%)
Loud deep throbbing noise1 (0.7%)
Intimidating behaviour1 (0.7%)
Unspecified1 (0.7%)

Full details of the incidents reported during August 2021 can be found on the BA website at barbicanassociation.co.uk under the News section for Security & Safety.

Deputy David Bradshaw C.C.

Chair, Barbican Estate Security Committee

ASB Short report for July 2021

We now have the report from July to share with you, showing the information gathered from residents throughout the month.

Please be aware that the ID numbers (the numbers in the first column) are not apartment numbers.

A direct link to the ASB Reporter can be found towards the top right-hand corner of every page of the BA website.

ASB Reporter – July summary

There were 137 asb incidents reported for the month of July. This represents an increase from the June total of 44, however, June was the month of launch and asb incidents were only recorded from the 19th to the 30th June. Totals by house and their % of the total were as follows:

HouseIncidents
Ben Jonson58 (42.4%)
Shakespeare Tower24 (17.5%)
Andrewes10 (7.3%)
Bryer Court9 (6.6%)
Gilbert8 (5.8%)
The Postern6 (4.4%)
Bunyan Court5 (3.6%)
Cronwell Tower4 (2.9%)
John Trundle Court4 (2.9%)
Breton3 (2.2%)
Lauderdale Tower2 (1.5%)
Frobisher Crescent2 (1.5%)
Thomas More1 (0.7%)
Defoe1 (0.7%)

In terms of the number of incidents and type of asb activity reported, the results were as follows:

Skateboarding33 (24.1%)
Rowdy behaviour23 (16.9%)
parkour22 (16.1%)
cycling16 (11.7%)
Loud music15 (10.9%)
e-scooter/moped/motorised bicycle7 (5.1%)
Men boxing/sparing loudly4 (2.9%)
Shouting/paddling in Dolphin Fountain4 (2.9%)
Damage/littering/broken beer bottle2 (1.5%)
Vandalism/moving a bench/graffiti2 (1.5%)
Loud drunks2 (1.5%)
Men drinking 7 shouting; dog off lead1 (0.7%)
Trespass/climbing1 (0.7%)
Intimidating behaviour1 (0.7%)
Flying drone1 (0.7%)
Unspecified alleged drug use1 (0.7%)
Young men “chopping up” what may have been
drugs
1 (0.7%)
Unspecified asb activity1 (0.7%)

Full details of the incidents reported during July 2021 can be found on the BA website at barbicanassociation.co.uk under the News section for Security & Safety.

Deputy David Bradshaw C.C.

Chair, Barbican Estate Security Committee

Moor Lane – why such a poor relation to London Wall?

The long awaited greening plan for Moor Lane is being put in jeopardy because the developer of 21 Moorfields wants to install bollards and a wider pavement, thus leaving a much restricted space for any greening.

Different parts of the City are dealing with the different projects and residents are trying to get the City to understand there is a problem and seek a resolution – such as the use of security planters – that would enable the greening project to go ahead while accommodating 21 Moorfield’s security needs.

Beech Street Zero Emission Zone

The Future

The Barbican Association (BA) is committed to improving air quality and reducing traffic in the area around the Barbican and Golden Lane estates. Our long term objective is to see the implementation of the larger Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) which is outlined in the City of London Transport Strategy of May 2019. This envisages a ZEZ extending from London Wall north to Old Street and from Aldersgate Street east to Moorgate. This is an ambitious project, and the BA is keen to work with the City and other stakeholders to achieve its successful implementation. The intermediate steps necessary to reach this ultimate goal will need to be carefully managed and the BA plans to ensure that these steps are implemented with the minimum disruption to the residents of the Barbican and Golden Lane.

The Past

Although the experimental ZEZ, which has operated for the last eighteen months has brought benefits to many residents, the project has been bedevilled by the City’s many failures of detail and leadership. This has caused hardship and inconvenience to many residents, and the people that provide services to them. The BA has been critical of these failures. We hope lessons have been learned, but it is important to record the failures of the experiment, which will conclude on 18 September, to ensure that these lessons are not forgotten.

To this end we have prepared a short history of the evolution of the ZEZ, which is presented below. (Beech Street ZEZ Saga). Because some of the content might be contentious, we have shared this with the City, and they have produced a response (City Response). Both documents follow in full below.

Beech Street ZEZ Saga
Beech Street ZEZ – City Response

Published
Categorized as Traffic

Final chance to vote on the future of Bastion House and the Museum of London site

Since the beginning of August the Barbican Association has been trying to find out whether residents would be in favour of a campaign to challenge the City of London’s plans to demolish Bastion House and the Museum of London.

We have a poll here on the website which closes on Monday 23rd August so you if you haven’t shared your opinion, please do so in the next few days.

Please note, we have had some reports of people being unable to vote in this poll and instead receiving an error message. Unfortunatley, this problem is unlikley to be solved before the 23rd. However, it appears to be an issue only in some browsers.

So if you haven’t voted yet and find that you receive an error message when you do, if possible please try a different browser. Both Chrome and Safari browsers seem to work with no problems.

Task and Finish Group on the future of the carparks and the concierge service

Terms of Reference for the Task and Finish Group have been agreed as follows:

Terms of Reference for a joint Residents/City Officers Task and Finish Group on the future of the carparks and the concierge service

Purpose

To seek ways of managing the Car Parks in a cost-effective manner whilst maintaining levels of service to residents

Scope

Review

  • Current departmental proposal for Barbican Car Parks
  • Car Park costs and revenues
  • Provision of services provided currently by CPAs
  • Related security

Explore opportunities for reducing costs through technology.

Membership

  • Not more than ten in total.
  • Operationally focused
  • Residents with experience in finance, customer service, HR and general management
  • Officers involved in the management of the estate

Chairmanship

  • Joint officer/resident

Reporting

  • To BA/RCC chairs and Chief Officer/Executive Director Community & Children’s Services

Time scale

  • To start before end of August complete by end of September

Mike Cribb Deputy Chair of RCC will lead the residents team of 4 on the group

Published
Categorized as Car parks

The City’s proposed reduction in car park staff/services: the BA’s response

Andrew Carter Chief Officer/Executive Director Community & Children’s Services has suggested opening parallel discussions with residents on the Corporation’s Plans to reduce the number of Car Park Attendants and close a car park.

The Barbican Association and the Residents Consultation Committee are working together on this and have responded as follows in the email below

Dear Andrew

Thank you for your request for potential suggestions for a parallel consultation with residents.

We are very keen to resolve what we see as two separate issues:

  • The failure of the consultation process
  • The Car Parks and the service provided by the CPAs

The Barbican Association and the Residents’ Consultation Committee are the two groups representing our residents and we are working together on this.

At first instance we, the respective chairs and our deputies, would like to meet with you, appropriate officers and the Chair of the BRC to discuss the first: what went wrong, how do we resolve it and what must we do to make sure this does not happen again?

With regard to the second we suggest that we set up a joint working party with no more than 10 members, to contribute rather than observe, to examine all the issues, from overcapacity, future use of the space, the role of CPA’s and their provision of services to residents. Its prime objective should be to save money whilst maintaining the amenity.

I know you are aware that a lot of heat has been generated over this. We need to reassure residents that we are seeking resolution to the problems by meeting with you as soon as is practicable. We hope, that in the interest of transparency, you would not object to us posting this letter on the Barbican Association Web site.

Adam Hogg Chair BA                     Christopher Makin Chair RCC

We will keep you informed on progress on this site.

Adam and Christopher

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Categorized as Campaigns

Reminder to vote!

You have until 23rd August to vote in the poll to let the Barbican Association know whether or not you are in favour of a campaign to challenge the City Corporation’s planned demolition of Bastion House and the Museum of London.

At the time of writing, 240 people have voted, with over 200 in favour of a campaign.