More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Friday, 28 September 2007

Results of the first Enhanced TRA meeting

Well, we've had our first new style TRA meeting and it went very well.

The difference is simply that our estate manager has to attend 4 times a year and those meetings are the enhanced ones. It means we have access to staff without the need for separate (duplicate) estate committee meetings.
We can invite staff to any of our meetings, but any more than 4 a year is at their own discretion.

As secretary I've been asked to follow up on the work I've done selecting and pricing a bike shed as well as floor coverings for al the concrete entrance halls and stairwells throughout the estate.
Initially we were looking for projects that the EIB (Environmental Improvement Budget) could cover, but as TFL are giving grants for bike related stuff and the floor coverings come to much more than several years worth of EIB, we are still in search of projects!

I'm currently applying for grants to the tune of £40,000 for the floor coverings and between £8,000 and £12,000 for the bike shed - depending on whether we need a 10 or 20 bike shed.

I will be leafleting everyone again during the next week or so to find out how many bike places might be needed. If you get one and want a bike space, or might want one, be sure to let me know.

We also need you opinion as to where it might be placed.
The two options so far are outside the hall and on the paved area next to the park.
This is my preferred spot as it's directly under the CCTV, there's plenty of room and unlike the hall, is not likely to be re-developed anytime soon.

More to come a little later.. including photos of the bike shed and flooring samples

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