Hide Tower Summer 2021 Newsletter


HIDE TOWER AGM - September 29th, 2021


Following "Freedom Day" and the lifting of social distancing rules we will be holding the AGM in the usual way in the ground floor room, which comfortably holds 40 people seated. We will put notices in the lift giving 21 days’ notice. At this business meeting, you will hear reports on the activities and finances for the last financial year.


We will also look to elect new members for the forthcoming year. As you are aware this is more important than ever as currently, we have 9 board members but 2 are leaving next year.

As expressed in a previous letter sent to all residents, for the RMB to continue we need to elect at least 3 new members. Currently residents from the BAME community are underrepresented, and we would therefore welcome anyone from this group.


If you are interested, we will arrange training for you.

You can apply to become a board member by asking for a nomination form from the Hide Tower office or express your interest through the website


MAJOR WORKS UPDATE


United living have completed the communal electrics upgrade.

The ventilation work has been put on hold until they do further investigation on the system.


The Board are in discussion with Westminster and United living for clarification on the cross corridor fire doors.

With regards to the flat doors, they have completed around 50%, and are currently waiting for more doors to be manufactured. The residents who are still waiting will be contacted as soon as the doors have been delivered to arrange appointments for the installations.


We would very strongly advise all residents to give a spare key to a trusted family member or friend, because if you lose your keys, Hide Tower or Westminster Council are not responsible for getting you back into your flat. This is not classed as an emergency repair and you would incur the cost of the call out and lock change. If the doors get damaged you will very likely be liable for the cost of repairing/ replacing the doors.


A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY FOR JACK FISHER


We would like to give a special mention to Jack Fisher who will be turning a 100 in August. Jack, along with his wife Rose, who also turned a 100 earlier this year. have lived in Hide Tower since 1964.

Jack dedicated many years to Hide Tower RMB, chairing many meetings and AGMs over the years.

We wish them all the very best for this special centurion year!



TRIP HAZARDS ON GARDEN WALKWAY


We are pleased to confirm that after around eighteen months of badgering Westminster Council for work to be done to remove the trip hazards caused by tree roots this work has

finally been completed, making it a much safer area to walk along.


REMINDERS FOR RESIDENTS


Garden Rules -


The garden is a green space for all residents to enjoy quiet time, and we would therefore like to remind you of some basic rules:


  • Children should be accompanied by an adult in the garden. They should be kept from playing ball games, particularly playing football with a heavy ball, as this causes damage to the plants.

  • Barbecues are not allowed because of health and safety rules.

  • Dogs are also not allowed in the garden.


REFUSE DISPOSAL AND RECYCLING


Please remember that it is your responsibility to deposit your rubbish into either the rubbish chutes or the bins at the front of the building.


You should not leave bags of rubbish on the landings, chute room floors, or at the front of the building. This is not only unsightly, it encourages vermin to get into the bags and spread out the contents on the floor.


Please could you take the time to appreciate that Carlos the cleaner has a big enough task with keeping Hide Tower in an extremely good, clean condition! You shouldn’t want to give him more work to do.

He has gone the extra mile throughout the lockdown, we would therefore ask that you be responsible for depositing your own rubbish.


Small bags of rubbish to go in the chute, and larger bags to the bins downstairs.


Also use the recycling bins in Hide Place to dispose of all your clean bottles, jars, tins, paper, plastic bottles and pots, and clothes.


REPAIR SURVEYS


When you report a repair, you will receive a satisfaction survey. We would be grateful if you would complete these surveys after a repair and return them to the ground floor office.

They are essential in helping us to monitor our contractors and to ensure that they are providing the best possible service and value for money.


DRAINAGE


Please be careful with what you are putting down your kitchen sink.

For example, you should not pour oil down the sinks, as this is a cause of build up in the pipes, which then restricts the flow of wastewater from the kitchen sinkS causing slow drainage or back-up into your sinks.


Another cause of build-up in the stacks is washing powder. It would be beneficial to the building if residents would stop using washing powder and replace it with washing liquid.


NOISE NUISANCE


The City Council’s 24-hour noise team can use its powers to help you if you are bothered by noise, such as loud music, parties, noisy neighbours or dogs, DIY works, or prolonged ringing of burglar or car alarms.


Two steps to tackling noise problems are:


1. If you feel that your own safety will not put you at risk, you should try to raise the problem with whoever is responsible for the noise and attempt to sort it out reasonably. Approach the person politely to try to resolve the problem.


2. If this approach fails, or you feel it is not wise or practical, call the 24-Hour Noise Team on 020 7641 2000

They will try to respond within 45 minutes.