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.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Bike shelter re-visited for '08 EIB & LIFT LOBBY UPDATES & NEWS + UPDATE APRIL 2009

Do you remember this leaflet?

It went through every residents door several months ago and , as reported some way below, got only 2 replies.

I'm hoping this time it will do a lot better.

Look out for the new leaflet coming through your door soon.

The secure shelter will probably go outside the hall, under CCTV cameras
and be FREE (apart from a one off cost of a key)

Would you take a space in a secure bike shelter
if it was FREE?

Since the poor response to the idea of a secure bike shed last year
(see Thur Oct 16th 2007 blog: "Do you need a secure bike space?")
I have had more residents ask me about pram sheds to store their bikes.

I gather the impression most residents got (or assumed) was that the bike space would cost too much to rent/week - in most cases any charge would be too much.

As it would be purchased using the EIB (Environmental Improvement Budget) I believe it will be up to the TRA to decide whether or not there should be a charge - a good reason to attend TRA meetings - you could vote to dismiss any charge!

I imagine the only cost might be for a copy of the main compound key.

NEWS - Lift Lobby

This time news about the redecoration of the ground floor lift lobby - in the only building on the estate with a lift - the 5 storey block.

As members of the Clapton Panel, your TRA chair & myself grabbed some of last financial year's left over repair budget and spent it on the lift lobby which had become a bit of an eyesore.

Although the decorators still have their notice on the door, it looks like they have finished - in fact I'm told the contractors are coming back after the Easter break, which I assume to mean very shortly, to cover the remaining wires and conduits.

Thanks to Gary Lane who got the ball rolling in very short order once the budgetary decision to proceed had been made.

I will keep you informed, but have your say at the next TRA meeting or in COMMENTS below or by email to

Over the last few months both Tom Hunt and Mike Emmett along with Gary Putwain have told me that the bit of piping left not boxed in would be. It was put off until
the planned painting program started.

Well, the painting program has now finished and all they've done is paint over
the galvanized pipes. I suppose even that is a minor victory because I had
been told initially that galvanizing is a "finish in itself".

However, I believe officers should keep their word and execute work
orders promised. It's not as if the job is going to cost very much.

I will keep at it and get back to you.
Keep a look out here.
Your TRA secretary, David White.

The work on the lift lobby, boxing in the wiring, has been signed off as "finished" even though the section above the door has exposed conduit as
quote: "conduit is a finish itself".

I know it's hard to believe when the purpose of the exercise was to cover all the ugliness of wires and conduits in the main and only
lift lobby for the whole 5 storey block.

However, upon advise from Gary I have asked our estate manager (Ester Ogimba) if she can find a suitable budget to add the little bit of carpentry needed to finish the job. Gary has already offered to supply the same paint to ensure a match.

As soon as I get a reply I'll post it here.

Through conversation at the Clapton Panel (a residents form 1 tier up from TRA's),
the remaining section of galvanized piping visible above the door will now be boxed in - along with a 3ft pipe left unboxed next to the resident's door.

At the Clapton Panel meeting this evening Mike Emmett was surprised to hear the last bit of boxing in needed in the lift lobby had not been done yet.
He had asked for it to be completed some time ago (as indicated in previous updates above). He has assured me he will chase the matter up - again.
Hopefully this will mean I'll be able to report the job finished within a week or two.

Keep a look out for it here.

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