Stock Condition Survey

The title is a little misleading. This was not a stock condition survey, but rather an asset inventory report. We waited for years but finally Savills produced their lists with which the City will plan a series of upgrade projects over the next 30 years. A large amount of the cost for these projects will be for our service charge and so the RCC’s Asset Maintenance Working Party is keeping a close eye on things.

Roof Report 2017

This report was produced for Mr Paul Murtagh of the City of London Corporation for the express use in evaluating the condition of the current waterproofing of the Non-Langley roof areas.
The report is based upon the Langley site inspection survey undertaken in March 2017.

Buildings Insurance

We understand that the only redacted the elements relate to the City’s operational and commercial buildings that are not applicable to residential leaseholders.

Gouged Out Holes in Window Frames

For those of you with holes chopped out of your window frames (done during the surveys) (I believe just John Trundle and Bunyan Court), we are repeatedly trying to get something done about these before winter sets in and there is damage from the cold or water ingress.

We have been informed that before any long term repair can be carried out the Project Manager, Philippe, was looking into a treatment coat to be applied with K&M. The BEO has yet to receive the final outcome on this from Philippe but they have a meeting with him on Wednesday 13th December for an update. Jason Hayes

BEO management are aware of these holes and the ultimate person in charge, Jason Hayes, Head of Major Works is also on board with this.

Window Survey Reports

As you know, window replacements are a huge part of our service charges.

For two years now residents have been asking for a project to be organised which rolls out efficiently costed replacements and/or repairs.

Property Services have, to our understanding, commissioned 4 surveys which incorporate window frames. The RCC has managed to obtain the reports from the surveys but flat numbers have been redacted so not as useful as they could be. Please find the links to the reports as follows:

  • The Savills stock condition survey. The RCC has been given access to summary reports.
  • The K+M “survey while decorating the externals” survey. The RCC has asked for these reports.
  • Keldea terrace blocks top floor window frames survey. The RCC has been given access to the block by block reports
  • Abseiling survey (perhaps the contractor was Martech but nothing mentioned other than in the block reports) after the RCC pointed out that Keldea had failed to survey the frames not accessible via balconies. The windows like this are only on the blocks north of Beech Street.

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ASB reporter – November summary 2023

There were 18 reported asb incidents during November. This is 11 fewer incidents than reported last month, but 9 more than the same period this time last year i.e.double.

Totals by house and their percentage of the total were as follows:-

HouseIncidents
  SHAKESPEARE TOWER  6 (33.3%)
  FROBISHER CRESCENT  4 (22.2%) 
  BUNYAN COURT  2 (11.1%)
  GILBERT  1 (5.6%)
  WILLOUGHBY  1 (5.6%)
  THOMAS MORE  1 (5.6%)
  SPEED  1 (5.6%)
  SEDDON   1 (5.6%)
  BEN JONSON  1 (5.6%)

In terms of the type of asb, some respondents reported on more than one activity as follows:-

  Loud Music  8 (44.4%)
  Rowdy behaviour  4 (22.2%)
  Parkour  2 (11.1%)
  Cycling  1 (5.6%)
  LIME e bike abandoned  1 (5.6%)
  Fast noisy motorcycle  1 (5.6%)
  Teenagers smoking marijuana  1 (5.6%)

A report based on 12 months data June 2021 to June 2022 together with findings & recommendations of the Barbican Estate Security Committee has been provided to appropriate Corporation Members & Officers and discussions are ongoing – as an initial outcome a Task/Finish Joint Action Group was formed and met, just once, in December last year.

This group has since been replaced with a new “ASB Strategic Meeting”. Unlike the previous group, however, this is not an open meeting – Decision taken for BEO’s Residents Service Team to produce an information leaflet for residents, revisiting and advising them of who to contact, for which type of anti-social behaviour and a brief explanation of what they should expect from making such contact. AWAITED.

Meantime, please continue to report any anti-social behaviour you may witness occurring across the estate. Any crime, such as phone, bag or laptop snatching should be reported directly to the City of London Police and not included here.

Please remember that the intention of the ASB Reporter is purely to gather evidence of anti-social behaviour. Therefore, if you witness an asb incident please use the website to record the event but if immediate action is also required then you should follow normal procedure such as calling the Police on 101 (or 999 but only if URGENT); Barbican Estate Office; City Noise Team etc…

If it is the City of London Police that you call, it is essential that you are provided with a reference/case number – please include this case number in the “action taken” section of the ASB Reporter. IF YOU DO NOT this incident will not be “officially” counted and the police will assume that no additional measures or activity is required.

David Bradshaw – Chair, Barbican Estate Security Committee

1st December 2023

Update on the City’s S20 Dispensation

Please find below an update on progress on the City’s Application to the First Tier Tribunal for a Section 20 Dispensation, from the Sub-Committee co-ordinating the BA response. 

Update on the City’s S20 Dispensation

The BA response is being co-ordinated by a sub-group comprising: 

  • Adam Hogg, Chair BA; 
  • Sandra Jenner, Chair RCC; 
  • Brendan Barnes, BAGC member; 
  • David Graves, Lessee who is also a Solicitor 
  • Richard Tomkins, Lessee who originally identified the City’s unlawfulness. 

Background:

  • No City S20 consultation in 2017 for an important contract for Agency Workers which contributed significantly to our service charges to the tune of £2+mn – unlawful
  • City Solicitors did not answer for six months after a resident queried a charge for agency workers and asked if a contract had been entered into without consultation. 
  • City took a further year to apply for a dispensation after conceding that S20 consultation should have been undertaken – unreasonable and compounding of unlawfulness
  • City applied for a S20 dispensation with an ill-considered and perfunctory Application seemingly without considering whether any other residents/estates may be affected – unreasonable and unlawful
  • City Solicitors sought agreement from respondents to the original dispensation application to a withdrawal stating the reason is to pursue settlement. The prime reason is actually because other HRA residents need to be included if the case goes ahead.

Current position:

  • The City has been told by the FT Tribunal that it must notify all residents of its Withdrawal Application, not just those who have objected to the original Dispensation Application.
  • We shall be applying for our costs associated with the Withdrawal Application to be reimbursed by the City and also for the City’s costs not to be charged to our Service Charges 
  • The City will need to make another S20 Dispensation Application in due course. The ball is in their court. 

Invitation to the Great Disputation

Dear All,

As some of you know as you were actively involved in helping, I have been attempting to get the medieval Bartholomew Fair up and running again and it is to happen in a few weeks just in time for the 900th anniversary of Bart’s.

To celebrate as you will see below, we are resurrecting the Disputation that took place at the start of the Fair. 

The vicar who is very much to the Political Right has got his side and I (with the help of a couple of you!) have been getting the Left sorted.  The disputation will be ‘The love of money is the root of the nation’s evil’.  Those taking part will be Aaron Bastani (Novara Media), Eddie Dempsey (RMT), Michael Gove (!) and Alan Smith (the First Church Estates Commissioner) and promises to be an interesting evening.

If you wish to come along, get your free tickets as per the link below as they will go fast – there are only 280 seats – though it will hopefully be filmed and streamed.  please pass on to anyone you think would be interested.

Hope to see you there,

Matthew

Tickets here:

Recent Letters from City of London to Lessees

Dear Barbican Lease Holders

All lessees will have received two letters from the Corporation on or around the 16th of August:

  1. An application to the First Tier Tribunal seeking dispensation from consultation from the City Solicitor.
  2. A Section 20 Notice of intention to enter into a qualifying long term agreement.

The two are related and refer to the City’s failure to consult in 2017 when setting up a contract to provide temporary labour.

As significant sums of money are involved the RCC and the BA are seeking legal advice on your behalf.

We will report back to you with more detail and advice on how we should respond to these letters as soon as possible.

Adam Hogg & Sandra Jenner

Cripplegate Ward Deputy Mark Bostock

It is with great regret that I write to let you know that Deputy Mark Bostock has just resigned from the Court of Common Council due to ill health. I’m sure we will all wish him well.

First elected in 2017 Mark became a Deputy at the last election in 2022. He has worked tirelessly for both the Barbican and Golden Lane residents to improve our services.  

He was one of the co-sponsors of the Planning petition which gained over 1000 signatures and aimed at making the City’s planning process more transparent.

A keen supporter of the Barbican Quarter team, pushing for a rethink of the London Wall West site, he has throughout his time strived to get the City of London Corporation to understand the value of an overall masterplan and not ad-hoc plans for small areas, in particular the importance of an overarching plan Smithfield, the Barbican and St Pauls.

The remaining members will continue his fight for a Cultural Strategy for the City and ensure that the Ward meeting he was organising for 18th October will be an opportunity for us all to hear more about ‘Destination City’ and its cultural aims.

Finally, and most importantly for all elected resident councillors he has pushed with me for the repeal of Section 618, a clause which meant that alone in the country City of London councillors cannot vote on housing matters where they have an interest. We have been informed by the Remembrancer that the clause to repeal it has now been accepted into the ‘Levelling Up’ Bill and trust that this will soon be passed into law.

We are currently shuffling some committee memberships to cover for Mark’s absence and make sure we carry on his good work. Expect a by-election in early November with hustings in October.

Alderwoman Sue Pearson

Cripplegate Ward