Category Archives: Community

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.

IMG_1634

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

Litter Free High Royds – Saturday 17th October 2015

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.

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 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.

We will meet at the Social Club at 10am on Saturday 17th Oct, 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.

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.

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

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.

High Royds Litter Pick – Part 2

The first event was so successful, we left nearly 30 bags of waste for Leeds Council to take away. But we’re not finished. the important job of cataloging all of the waste on site isn’t done, so we’re meeting again this Saturday, 11th July at 10AM at the Social Club.

As important as it is to reinforce the message about picking litter up, its also important to be safe, so wear sturdy shoes. We will provide bags and pickers.

Once we’re complete, we will meet up at the Social Club again for Tea and Cake. So please help us to help the estate and protect all of the important Animal and Plant species that make it so beautiful.

LITTER FREE HIGH ROYDS

May Update on the New Sports/Social Club

We’ve got some new visuals to show you. They’re fresh from the architects, so take a look below and please please use the comments section below to tell us what you think. We’re relying on people to tell us what they think, what they want from the new club, so that everyone gets something from the new building.

Onto the visuals.

This one is the design description. It shows the building from both sides and also a floor plan.

BB.207712.009C – Plans & Elevations

Cross sections and a useful diagram showing how it’ll sit between the cricket pitch and the lower football pitch.

BB.207712.010B – Sections & Views

Some occupancy options, showing how the building will be laid out inside.

BB.207712.011B – Occupancy Options

A Top down look at where the building will sit on the estate.

BB.207712.001D – Indicative Masterplan

Finally some artistic impressions of the building and surrounds in use.
Look how happy the guy in the first picture looks.

BB.207712.000C – 003 to 008 Concept Impressions

So as mentioned above, we really do need to get some feedback, so please use the form below to tell us your thoughts, or even suggestions for the new place. It is going to take some input and some graft from all over the estate to get it running, please let us know if you want to help.