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2/11/2021

Westbury Estate Newsletter February 2021

The Development Team have published the February 2021 Newsletter for Westbury Estate and it is available to read here.

HIGHLIGHTS IN THIS NEWSLETTER

  • Development Update
  • NEW: Monday Monthly Social Chats with your Resident Engagement Officers
  •  National Apprenticeship Week events

We are keen to include news and stories from residents. If you have an article or ideas for future newsletters, please get in touch with Peter Smith, your new Resident Engagement Officer from Homes for Lambeth. You can contact Peter on 07735 725798 or peters@homesforlambeth.co.uk

Development Update

This information has been provided by our contractors, St James. For more information, visit engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/westbury

Overview

The buildings on both sites have progressed well, with brickwork nearly complete and connection of utilities in preparation for commissioning.

Building C2 (corner of Wandsworth Road and St Rule Street)

The scaffolding is continuing to come down on building C2, you can now see the window and balcony finishes. The sprinkler installation has been completed to the new homes. The extensive works have now advanced, enabling the decoration of new homes to commence. The larger water tank has been installed along with the necessary connections.

Permanent power supply has also been achieved, with lights now on in the apartments. Gas is also now available following the installation of the meter. Scaffold remains up on the north and south elevations level 2 and 3 respectively, whilst the balconies are completed. The west elevation scaffold remains for access.

Building E (corner of Wandsworth Road and Portslade Road)

Brickwork has now reached the top of the building, achieving an important milestone. Waterproofing to the balconies has progressed, enabling works on the balconies to commence. Internally, the new homes are continuing with the installation of the bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, internal doors and tiling, following the delivery of the kitchens and doors to the lower floors. Windows are continuing to be installed, progressing the outer works of the building at the earliest opportunity. The roof waterproofing has also been completed.

INDEPENDENT ADVISOR UPDATE

We hope you and your families are keeping well during these difficult times. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have been unable to visit you in person but look forward to seeing you when we are able to do so. We are speaking to residents regularly via telephone.

We are working with Homes for Lambeth and the Council to make sure that residents’ questions are answered and to ensure that you have all the information you need before the upcoming move.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or need any advice, we would love to hear from you.

Best wishes,

Daisy Banfield, Howard Mendick, Carley Blow and Lindsey Stringer Newman Francis Independent Advice Service westbury@newmanfrancis.org 0800 644 6040 (Freephone

RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT

The REP meetings are still taking place to discuss key issues regarding the Phase 2 rebuilding of the wider Westbury estate, including the current construction of Phase 1 and the moving process for residents moving into Phase 1 in 2021.

The next REP meeting will be held at 6pm on:

  • Monday 8 March 2021

Meetings are now being held via Zoom, which we hope will enable a wider range of residents to engage in the meetings. If you would like to view the minutes of previous REP meetings, visit engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/westbury_rep

If you would like to receive an invitation to future REP meetings or would like to discuss minutes from previous REP meetings, please get in contact with Peter Smith, Resident Engagement Officer on 07735 725 798.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

We offer a range of activities for our residents, from yoga sessions to improving your digital skills. For more information, visit engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/activities

NEW PHONE DROP-INS

NEW! Phone-in surgeries for residents moving into new Phase 1 properties.

This is an opportunity for you to raise any queries you may have on the moving-in process, your new home allocation, home loss payments and any other concerns you may have. These will be held at 2 to 3pm on:

  • Wednesday 17 February
  • Wednesday 3 March
  • Wednesday 17 March
  • Wednesday 31 March
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Wednesday 28 April

To join, please use the following information: Join by phone on: 020 3855 6009 Conference ID: 657 613 989#

SOCIAL HOUSING POLICY DISCUSSION

Samantha Herelle, Director of Operations at Homes for Lambeth will lead the discussion on the recommendations from the government’s social housing white paper and how this will lead to thriving communities on HFL estates and sites.

This session is for those that have been allocated a new homes by Homes for Lambeth.

Join via Zoom on the link below:

  • Tuesday 16 February, 6:30pm or go to engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/social_housing_discussion

Meeting ID: 996 5864 1214

NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK

Homes for Lambeth’s employability team are hosting two online events to promote National Apprentice Week, 8 to 12 February 2021. This will give you an opportunity to find out about current apprenticeship, job and training opportunities with the Berkeley Group, Homes for Lambeth, Lambeth Council and the Metropolitan Police. These events are taking place on:

  • Tuesday 09 February
  • Thursday 11 February.

We are expecting a high demand for these sessions, therefore to register your interest please contact Filipa Baptista on filipa@homesforlambeth.co.uk

YOGA SESSIONS

Our yoga sessions are continuing every week. We are running sessions that you can listen to and join in with your phone and others which are on Youtube for you to participate in.

  • Wednesdays at 2 to 3pm (phone / Skype)
  • Saturdays at 12.30pm (live on YouTube)

 

JOIN IN

WHATWHENTIMEOnline seated yogaWednesdays (weekly)2 to 3pmResident drop insWednesdays (weekly)12 to 1pmResident phone in surgeriesWednesdays (fortnightly)2 to 3pmYoga at homeSaturdays (weekly)12:30 to 1:30pmVirual CollegeOngoingOnline at your own pace

 

WESTBURY PHASE 1 SITE VISIT

On 10 December 2020, Westbury residents, Homes for Lambeth staff and Lambeth Councillors had their first opportunity to step inside the construction site of Westbury Phase1 to view the emerging new homes at site C2. Guided social distanced tours were given by St. James Site Manager, Simon Williams.

Further visits will be arranged to site Block E in March; this is permitting that current lockdown restrictions have eased. All decant residents will have an opportunity to visit their new homes.

MONDAY MONTHLY SOCIAL CHAT

After the successful Brew Monday event on 18 January, your Resident Engagement Officers wish to continue this initiative by having regular monthly events. Residents will have the opportunity to have a chat with us and other residents from all estates.

Our previous event saw residents joining with Homes for Lambeth’s engagement team to chat, share their favourite film suggestions and connect with other Lambeth residents.

We would love for you to join our next monthly Monday social chat! These will be held at 2 to 3pm on: • Monday, 22 February • Monday, 22 March • Monday, 19 April

Join Zoom Meeting : engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/monthly_social Meeting ID: 979 9712 4521 Passcode: 341924

 

YOUR HOMES FOR LAMBETH

Hello, I’m Meena Ikomi, the new Communications Apprentice at Homes for Lambeth. I focuson supporting my team in providing efficient communications for HFL. This includes drafting news stories, working on the websites and much more. I also have a fascination for films and music in languages. Having grown up in a very diverse and cultural area, I am always looking for something new and intriguing.

Although I cannot do this right now due to COVID-19, I also love to travel and meet people. As a Lambeth resident, I am very proud to have gotten this role. I attended HFL’s CV and interview workshops, which helped with my confidence and understanding of how I could prepare. Once the apprenticeship is complete, I expect to have a further understanding of communications and digital marketing in a company.

Meena Ikomi Communications Apprentice

Key Contacts

If you have any questions about the upcoming changes and development on the estate, please contact: Peter Smith - Resident Engagement officer Phone: 07735 725798  Email: peters@homesforlambeth.co.uk

For current housing-related issues, please contact: Frances Hinderks – Neighbourhood Housing officer Tel: 020 7926 1590 Email: fhinderks@lambeth.gov.uk

For any estate moving questions please contact: Dionne Breedy-Andreson – Resident Decant officer Phone: 07720 042 072 Email: DBreedy-Anderson2@lambeth.gov.uk

To discuss any issues relating to your residency and the processes of tenancy change, please contact: Howard MendickIndependent Advisor Phone: 077803 09046 Email: howard@newmanfrancis.org

Buybacks buybacks@lambeth.gov.uk 

Lambeth housing repairs Phone: 020 7926 6000 Visit: www.lambeth.gov.uk/council-tenants-and-homeowners/repairs-and-health-and-safety/request-a-housing-repair