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Vulnerability of Europrofile Locks

HIGHROYDS RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION -NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Home Security – Vulnerabilty of EuroProfile Locks.

  • What is a EuroProfile lock?
  • How is it vulnerable?
  • How do I know if I have such locking mechanisms?
  • Do I need the expense of a Lock Smith to replace the lock or can I do it myself?

What is a Euro Profile Lock?

It will be noted that in police reports there are repeated references to entry to houses being gained by breaking the Euro Cylinder barrel lock. This is an extremely common lock on most modern doors. These are fitted on patio and estandard-europrofile-lockntrance doors. Despite there being Building Regulations still permit developers to fit this locks to new build properties but as will be seen from the video below they are extremely easy to ‘snap’ and get entry into the property. It will be noted that the key goes in vertically.

 

How is it vulnerable?

It will be seen that with a pair of ‘Mole’ Grips, (Adjustable Plyers), the lock can be snapped in seconds and entry can be gained.

Press on the link to see how easily this is done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYh371UjbEM (It takes a few seconds to load)

(Note that whilst this is a branded video, there a number of manufacturers of Anti Snap locks on the market. HRRA NHW don’t promote any particular one.)

antisnap-locks

Anti Snap’ or Anti Bump locks, as they are some times called have the key going in horizontally as opposed to vertically. YOU and BURGLARS will recognise them.

You should replace these lock barrels and fit Anti Snap Locks. Note: MOST people change their locks to Anti Snap locks AFTER being burgled. You can change your locks, before and deter burglars from even trying it, as they will recognise that they will not get in on this door and have to go to another one.

Do I need to go the expense of using a Locksmith to change my Locks or Can I Replace them Myself?

 You can get a locksmith to change the my EuroProfile locks. However, it is not hard to Alternatively, you can replace them yourself. It is important that you know the size of your lock barrels. To do this you can take them out, measure them and put them back in again, with the use of a few tools such as a screwdriver and a pair of pliers.  This Link shows you how.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqdv1awLnLI (It takes a few seconds to load)

You can purchase AntiSnap locks on the internet for about £40 per lock. Make sure you order sufficient spare keys. You keys will come with a code that you must have so as to order further replacement keys.

Introducing Neighbourhood Watch – What’s it All About?

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HIGHROYDS RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

At our AGM recently we raised the proposal of establishing a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (NHW) on the estate with the aim of addressing any antisocial behaviour/criminal activities on the estate. There was a positive response both at the meeting and subsequently from feed back from residents who attended.

What does a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Involve?

For those who were unable to make the AGM, a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is essentially a communications network between the residents and the Police in which to pass on information that assists the police to keep us safe. It is NOT expected that residents confront such behaviour themselves. That is the job of the Police. A Neighbourhood Watch Member would pass on information on suspicious behaviour to the Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator who in turn would have a point of contact, the Police Liaison Officer. The Liaison Officer would feed in such information to the Neighbourhood Policing Teams responsible for the area. Essentially the NHW group would be the eyes and ears of the police, which give them more up to date information on suspicious activity on the estate.

What would I be asked to do as a member?

Be alert to suspicious activity or activity in your local area.

Report information to the NHW Co-Ordinator and in serious cases the Police immediately.
Look out for neighbours properties when they are away.

Adopt basic Crime Protection techniques.

What is the level of commitment being requested?

Limited – you will receive occasional emails from the NHW Co-Ordinator and do the above.

Meet, perhaps, once per month for a short meeting to share information with other members

What is the benefit to you?

A NHW scheme will make your estate safer and make the work of the Police more effective. This gives you and your family a greater sense of security and wellbeing. You will also get to know some of your neighbours, make friends and build up a sense of community within the estate which will have benefits well beyond the scheme.

What do HRRA want you do if you want to get involved?

Sign up below indicating which street, block you live on. Speak to your neighbours to see if they would be interested in joining in. We aim to get representatives on each part of the estate, so that there is reasonable coverage of it. We will contact the local Neighbourhood Police Liaison officer and arrange a meeting when he/she will attend.

Avant Consultation – Mon 18 July 2016 – copy papers

Those who managed to attend the Social Club to view the revised Avant proposals will likely have been disappointed and/or upset.

Chris Billington, Chair of HRRA wrote to wyg to make some preliminary objections to the manner and substance of the consultation.  A copy of Chris’s email is below.

As a result:

  • wyg have agreed to leave the display boards in the Social Club for another week to allow those who could not make the consultation a chance to view them.  Unfortunately representatives of Avant and wyg will not be available to avoid answering any questions.
  • HRRA have separately received a pdf copy of the display boards, which are posted below
  • wyg are making provision for on-line feedback, at www.wyg.com/chevin-park (which wasn’t live at the time of this post but do keep trying!)

From comments made at the consultation HRRA understand that Avant will be submitting their planning application in approximately three weeks time.  Some may suggest that is more than adequate time to allow feedback, consider and make changes to their proposals.  Most would likely disagree.

A copy of the pdf display boards is here (click to link).  [Edit – we’ve asked the consultant to let us have lower res copies to help with download. Copies will we added as soon as we can sort out the max size permissions!]

Chris’s email read as follows:

—–Original Message—–

From: On Behalf Of chairman@highroydsresidentsassociation.com

Sent: 12 July 2016 08:46

To: john.wyatt@wyg.com

Subject: High Royds Consultation – 18 July

 

Dear John,

Like may residents at High Royds (Chevin Park) I have received your notification of the public consultation to take place on 18 July, 2-6.30pm.

Like many residents I will be unable to attend due to the selected timing of the consultation event.

As I am not permitted to have any information on the current proposal I must limit my comments at this time to the following points.

In relation to the manner of consultation:

  • I wish to make clear to you my personal objection, and as Chair of the High Royds Residents’ Association (‘HRRA’) an objection on behalf of residents about the deliberate attempts to effect the outcome of the consultation through denying residents access to a meaningful consultation process.
  • You may be aware that Avant, HRRA and Leeds City Council planning officers meet regularly as a liaison committee, as provided under existing planning conditions relating to the development.
    • No notification has been made through the liaison committee of this intended consultation.
    • No separate notification has been made to HRRA, despite our repeated attempts to engage Avant in dialogue on estate matters.
  • Avant has been made aware that the condition of the local roads and paths, and in particular the access to the Social Club, prevents those with restricted mobility from gaining access such that the method of consultation further denies affected residents the opportunity to participate.
  • it would be an easy matter to extend the consultation day to 8pm, to allow those returning home from work to participate.
  •  information boards can be left in the Social Club for residents to access over a period of days.
  • email and on-line feedback can be sought.

In relation to the proposal:

  •  previous consultation have sought to make clear the wish of residents and others that the developer satisfy its existing obligations prior to any further development being permitted.
  • all areas of High Royds are considered to be green belt and no distinction should be made between the previous enabling area (South of the Glades) and the current proposed enabling area (North of Norwood Avenue).
  •  the historic boundaries between Menston and Guiseley and between Leeds and Bradford must be maintained.
  •  inadequate information on the need for an enabling area has been presented and the issue of ‘compensatory development’ continues to be used to mask the inefficient and ineffective business management of the developer group of companies (which includes previous levels of asset distribution) since Avant took ownership of this site.
  • No information is provided or referenced in relation to:
    • additional local infrastructure required to support the proposed development, including drainage where the fields down slope from the development have suffered severe flooding in recent months.
    • additional traffic pressure, with concerns repeatedly identified in relation to existing on-site parking and access restrictions.

By their nature the above are generic but none the less relevant concerns which Avant have failed to address to date. I trust by raising these points with you now, in advance of the day, immediate measures can be taken to address the participation concerns.

Kind regards

Chris Billington

Chair of High Royds Residents’ Association

 

Please find attached the minutes of the meetings with Trinity

Estate Meeting.7th Nov 17

Estate Committee Meeting sept 17

Estate Committee Meeting 23.Aug.17

** Leeds City Council Planning report – Further development of Site**

Attached is the report June 2017 for further development of the site.

Planning Report Report

Estates meeting.1st March 2017 final

At last, recognition miscalculation on insurance premiums, HRRA pressing for review on previous years, and more…

Estates Committee Meeting Nov 2016

Estates Committee meeting Aug 2016

Estates Committee – Trinity meeting – April 2016

Estates Committee – Trinity meeting – February 2016

 

 

 

HIGH ROYDS RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

UPDATE: THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH LIAISON OFFICER WILL BE COMING TO MEET US ON THURSDAY 7th APRIL AT 7:30PM AT THE SOCIAL CLUB. PLEASE COME ALONG IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SCHEME.

Neighbourhood Watch

What does a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Involve?

For those who were unable to make the AGM, a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is essentially a communications network between the residents and the Police in which to pass on information that assists the police to keep us safe. It is NOT expected that residents confront such behaviour themselves. That is the job of the Police. A Neighbourhood Watch Member would pass on information on suspicious behaviour to the Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator who in turn would have a point of contact, the Police Liaison Officer. The Liaison Officer would feed in such information to the Neighbourhood Policing Teams responsible for the area. Essentially the NHW group would be the eyes and ears of the police, which give them more up to date information on suspicious activity on the estate.

What would I be asked to do as a member?

Be alert to suspicious activity or activity in your local area.
Report information to the NHW Co-Ordinator and in serious cases the Police immediately.
Look out for neighbours properties when they are away.
Adopt basic Crime Protection techniques.
What is the level of commitment being requested?
Limited – you will receive occasional emails from the NHW Co-Ordinator and do the above. Meet, perhaps, once per month for a short meeting to share information with other members

What is the benefit to you?

A NHW scheme will make your estate safer and make the work of the Police more effective. This gives you and your family a greater sense of security and wellbeing. You will also get to know some of your neighbours, make friends and build up a sense of community within the estate which will have benefits well beyond the scheme.

What do HRRA want you do if you want to get involved?

Email committee@highroydsresidentsassociation.com expressing your interest and indicating which street, block you live on. Speak to your neighbours to see if they would be interested in joining in. We aim to get representatives on each part of the estate, so that there is reasonable coverage of it. We will contact the local Neighbourhood Police Liaison officer and arrange a meeting when he/she will attend in the next week or two.

Litter Free High Royds – Saturday 19th June

LITTER FREE HIGH ROYDS

Introduction

High Royds Litter Heroes is a new resident driven project to set up a volunteer litter picking scheme covering the whole of the High Estate over an annual cycle. Come and join the High Royds Residents litter pick and take part in improving our environment for our own enjoyment and for the benefit of the wildlife.  Everyone is welcome.

Objectives

The objectives of the project are to:

  • make the High Royds Estate litter free

  • recruit resident and non-resident volunteers to participate in monthly litter picking targeting an organised area of the estate

  • promote a culture where picking up litter is seen as normal behaviour

  • reduce littering by keeping areas clean through regular picking

  • document to Ben Bailey & Trinity Estates that residents & non-residents are proactive in keeping our estate litter free

The Concept

The idea of High Royds Litter Heroes is to promote litter picking as a safe, enjoyable activity and make it really easy for people to go out and do some litter picking. This project will aim increase social capital on the estate and with positive action driven by resident & non-residents it will help keep our estate beautiful and we can socialise after with a natter and refreshments after.

When

We will meet at the Social Club at 10am on Saturday 19th March, where we will agree routes and areas for picking, identify tasks and organize equipment.  20 Litter pickers have been bought for the project.  Leeds Council has provided us with collection bags and will remove our full bags. 

Target Areas & Litter for Ben Bailey to Remove

In addition to collecting the readily manageable litter we will locate and list large items for removal by Ben Bailey or Leeds Council, and most importantly we will take some before and after photographs to share on the Facebook page to celebrate success and encourage our community development.

Refreshments After

At 12pm we will come back together at the Social Club to share our information and for some well-earned tea, biscuits and cake! 

Taking care of ourselves as well as the environment 

Please ensure that you have sturdy footwear and protective clothing, especially thick gloves, use mechanical pickers for broken glass and as an experienced litter picker said, ‘don’t be tempted to stick your hand in where you can’t see’.   Please note we are volunteers picking litter at our own risk.  Let’s keep this an accident free activity.

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High Royds Neighbourhood Watch

NBW

How to set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

  • Contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (westyorkshire.police.uk/npt) to find out who your local Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer is, who can provide advice and assistance on setting up a scheme.
  • Speak to your neighbours and find out whether other neighbours are interested in forming a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme.  Whilst there is no official restriction on the number of households in a scheme, a successful scheme will operate with between 5 and 10 households.
  • Arrange a meeting, inviting all those who want to be involved in Neighbourhood Watch.  This could be at a designated home, community centre or even the pub.  The NHW Liaison Officer or Police representative will be present at this initial meeting in order to explain how Neighbourhood Watch operates.
  • Select a Co-ordinator for the NHW scheme, who will act as a point of contact with the Police.

The Role of a Co-ordinator

In order for the scheme to be successful, it is important that the Co-ordinator is a motivated and enthusiastic individual, who will be willing to act as the main point of contact with the Police and other NHW members.  Whilst this need not be an onerous or time-consuming role, the individual must be prepared to volunteer enough of his/her time to ensure the scheme is properly organised and relevant information is shared amongst scheme members.  This may appear to be a lot of work, but sharing information could be done by something as simple as email.  Obviously, it depends on the individual, but the role of the Co-ordinator can usually be completed in as little as half an hour per week.

Alternatively, the scheme may decide to appoint a Deputy Co-ordinator who shares the workload.  The Co-ordinator / Deputy will need to:

  • Act as main point of contact with the Police and the rest of the scheme
  • Hold or host meetings
  • Encourage other members to be vigilant and contact the Police to report any suspicious behaviour
  • Pass information from the Police to other watch members
  • Keep a check on vulnerable residents and those that are away from home
  • Encourage Watch members to implement crime prevention methods around the home

The Role of a Neighbourhood Watch Member

  • Be alert to any suspicious behaviour or activity in your local area
  • Report information to the scheme Co-ordinator, and in serious cases to the Police
  • Monitor peoples homes whilst they are away
  • Implement basic crime prevention techniques

Support the scheme Co-ordinator in distributing information to the rest of the group

Update on estate matters

Dear Resident,

The HRRA Committee are aware that many residents have recently received payment requests from Avant, many for the first time.

First, an Estate Charge Payment Request seeks to make a retrospective charge, for landscaping work undertaken on the Estate between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015. The sum requested is for £22.21 which is represented as a proportionate allocation to residents, of the total sum charge of £13,729.20.

The Estate Charge Payment Request appears to have been made to most residents, regardless whether they are David Wilson or Ben Bailey, new build, conversions, leasehold or freehold, flats or houses.

However, not all properties will have received the Estate Charge Payment Request.  Missing are those properties under management of Trinity.  Some properties may have been missed in error.

Secondly, a number of properties have also received a separate Service Charge Payment Request from Avant again seeking to make a retrospective charge for the period 1 August 2014 – 31 July 2015.  This charge covers:

  • an external block charge, covering external common parts (walls, roof, gutters, drives and pathways) of individual blocks
  • an internal block charge, covering internal common parts (including cleaning, lighting and heat)
  • insurance cost, not including contents
  • contributions to internal and external block ‘sinking funds’ on account of future obligations

It would seem the Service Charge Payment Request has been issued to leasehold properties who are not yet in management with Trinity, in effect as confirmation that Avant has responsibility for the management of those properties.

Those properties in management with Trinity will be all too familiar with service charge demands.  Trinity recently released the Estate Budget for Nov 2015 – Oct 2016 indicating another increase in service charge payments due.  However, it seems that those properties in management with Trinity have not received the latest estate charge demand.

Where do things go from here?

HRRA, working through its Estates Committee has made clear to Avant, and to Trinity, the need to properly evidence payment requests and has challenged the requests made.  A copy of the letter dated 28 January 2016 from HRRA’s Estates Committee to Avant has already been posted to the website (see http://www.highroydsresidentsassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Estate-Committee-to-Avant-Eml-28.01.16.pdf).

A meeting with Trinity to discuss charges for properties in management recently took place and will be followed up.  It is hoped that a revised budget, and reduced charges, will be forthcoming.

HRRA are continuing with efforts to discuss charges with Avant and ensure transparency and consistency.

There are a number of ongoing issues, including:

  • the effect of estate and service charges differ across the Estate, there are different forms of contract used and some residents have previously reached agreement with Avant or Trinity on past charges.  For example:
    • some freehold contracts don’t include obligations to pay towards communal charges, and
    • some of the early properties which went into management with Trinity had incorrectly levied estate charge demands repaid;
  • properties continue to suffer from defects which they are struggling to have remedied, with Avant seeking to push works into future maintenance obligations;
  • properties in management face demands for significant additional funding to cover cyclical redecoration work. The works have had to be abandoned due to bad weather, but full payments were still taken by direct debit.

One of the issues raised with us, is the perception that the estate charge is not due until the Estate is complete.  You will need to check your property documents, or seek legal advice.  This may apply for you, but for most the estate charge became due when you bought your property and is payable each year.  That it hasn’t been collected doesn’t necessarily mean that it wont be collected in the future (hence the retrospective charges now being made).

In terms of the current payment requests, in all likelihood something is due.  How much and whether payment should be to David Wilson, Avant or Trinity is part of HRRA’s ongoing discussions.

We encourage all residents to raise concerns direct with Avant.  You can write to Avant Homes Legal Department, at the address given in the Payment Request.  However, you may have noticed that the Payment Request is not specifically addressed and in addition to making the payment you are asked to confirm your name, address and other matters.  Please take a view whether you are willing to provide this information.

However, let the Estates Committee know how your property is affected.  Please get involved and support the work of the Estates Committee.

Please join us at the AGM, Thursday 25 Feb starting at 8.15pm at the Social Club

HRRA

Please Read – Avant Homes recent invoice for Estates Fees

There are various ongoing issues being taken up by residents. Recently the Estate Committee have challenged service charge and other payment demands from Trinity, for those properties in management, and now from Avant (formerly Ben Bailey Homes, the site developer) who have made a retrospective demand dating back to Aug 2014. See the letter from the Estate Committee. If these affect you, then let the Estate Committee know and get involved – estates@highroydsresidentsassociation.com

Estate Committee to Avant 28.01.16

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