Site Wide Updates

Please see correspondence from the Side Wide Management Company about the change to a Community Interest Company and the budget for 2021/22. Only those that attended the residents meeting back in January and who expressed an interest in being members will have been contacted so it is being posted here so that everyone, including those that have moved here recently, has a chance to become involved.

The correspondence consists of an e-mail (below) and a newsletter containing more information and details (in pdf format), which can be viewed and/or downloaded here.

Dear Channels Resident

Please find attached a newsletter containing details of the Site Wide Service Charge Accounts and the conversion of the company into a Community Interest Company. Some of you will have already had this by post and/or from your residents Management Company.

You are receiving this email because we have heard from you on a Channels matter, or you have specially asked to be included, but please do tell us immediately if you would prefer not to hear from us. Equally, please tell / share this with your fellow residents and encourage them to contact us if they would like to be added. See also our Email pledge below.

At the same time if I can answer a couple of questions I have already had from some residents:

Community Interest Company (“CIC”)

Please let us know if you would like to become a member of the CIC, by email is fine – please include your address ALSO let us know if you would like to be a representative director, or nominate someone else to be (It is intended to have one representative director for each developer parcel).

Site Wide Service Charge

As explained in the previous newsletters and in the attached document, there are TWO service charges:

1: Site Wide Open Space Service Charge

2: Local Open Space Service Charge

We are only responsible for the Site Wide aspects. Each Local Area is managed separately (see also below).

Please note that the fact that you have paid your Local Area service charge does not mean that you have paid your Site Wide service charge

Who Owes What?

This varies depending upon which area you are in, as follows:

Bellway Area
This is managed by your own residents management company = Channels Chelmsford Management Company Ltd. They are responsible for collecting the Site Wide charges from you and paying us. They are aware of the charges and will advise you of what is owed and when.

Croudace Area
This is managed by your own residents management company = The Lanes (Channels Chelmsford) Management Company Ltd. They are aware of the site wide service charges that are owing in respect of your properties BUT have not asked you to pay this, they have asked us to collect the Site Wide Charge from you directly. You will all have received a statement showing what is owed.

Home Group Area
This is managed by Home Group directly. They have asked us to charge the residents directly from the time that you have bought your property.
They have paid all the site wide service charge up until the date that you purchased your property. In some cases that leaves a small amount owing by you and we will send those of you where that applies a statement showing how much you owe.

Marden Areas
They are responsible for the Site Wide service charge for their areas

As stated above there are some Site Wide accounts unpaid. We are NOT asking anyone to make up for the unpaid amounts – that would be very unfair to those people who have paid. Please rest assured that everyone who owes their Site Wide charge will be required to pay it.

Please therefore pay the amount shown on your statement.

If you have any questions please do email residents@channelscic.co.uk with any queries. Given the number of residents and to try and keep costs down we prefer to deal with queries by email if possible but I will of course call you if that is required.

All the best and we hope you are enjoying Channels as the weather improves

Hugo

PG Property Management Ltd

For the Channels Management Company Ltd

Managing the Channels Estate

If you have any questions about the content, please direct them to Channels Management Company Ltd at: residents@channelscic.co.uk

Channels Management Company: Residents News April 2021

Community Wildlife Garden News

Our wildlife garden is open!

Please come and have a look at the spring flowers. There are daffodils, grape hyacinths, snake heads , wild primroses and hellebores.


Our log pile makes a good home for the creepy crawlies!


Thank you to the volunteers that have prepared the bed for the flower seed. With some of the grant money received we have bought “Wildlife seed mixture rainbow garden and summer sunshine”. These will be sown shortly and the pack says we will have flowers all summer long, so fingers crossed.

From April we will be sowing seeds in pots, and then once they have germinated, the pots can be taken from the garden and looked after. Once the roots are showing through the bottom, please bring back to the community garden and either plant in the bed, or leave them ready for volunteers to plant. So far we have the following seeds, ready to sow.

  1. Love in the mist
  2. Flanders Poppy
  3. Corn Marigold
  4. Borage
  5. Snap dragon
  6. Calendula
  7. Cosmos


What are your thoughts on the community garden and do you have any ideas for the next few months? Visit the Community Garden Page and fill in the feedback form!

To get involved please email Carroll via info@channelsresidents.org.uk
🙂

Spring Photos

There are signs beginning to appear that show us that Spring is arriving and we thought it would be lovely for our community to share photos taken locally of the stunning nature that can be found all around us. By ‘nature’ we mean photos of local wildlife, plants, trees and flowers.

We are asking for any photographs to be added to the relevant Facebook post (in whichever group you see it), or if preferred, e-mailed to info@channelsresidents.org.uk by Sunday 11th April. A shortlist of photos will be created for residents to vote for their favourite.

  • Include first name & age range (under 12, 12-18, 18+) with your entry;
  • Maximum of 5 photos per person;
  • Entries to be in by 8pm Sunday 11th April 2021;
  • Any photos not fitting a nature theme as outlined won’t count;
  • It’s a bit of fun 🙂

We look forward to seeing what you’ve captured so get snapping!

Anti-Social Behaviour

If you witness anti-social behaviour, please report it to the police, the easiest way being online. It is important that all affected individuals register their views and do not assume that as long as someone has informed the Police, that is sufficient, as in most cases it will not be.

The police are more likely to be able to take action if information is received from multiple sources and can be corroborated. It can take time to build a picture regarding anti-social behaviour and sometimes other agencies may need to be involved.

Channels Residents Meeting (Update)

Please note this notice is on behalf of Channels Management Company Ltd, the organisation that looks after communal open spaces across the wider development and will therefore be of interest to all residents.

A Channels-wide residents meeting will take place on Thursday 28th January at 6.00pm and due to the current lockdown will be hosted online via Zoom. Residents are asked to submit questions in advance via e-mail no later than 10am on Monday 25th January 2021 to:

Residents@channelscic.co.uk

To join the meeting residents can click here or join on Zoom directly and input the meeting ID of 829 0881 8921 and passcode of 378799.

Full details of the agenda and further joining instructions can be found here.

Channels Residents Meeting

Please see correspondence from Channels Management Company CIC (the organisation that looks after all of the site-wide communal land) that is important for all Channels residents:

Dear Residents

As you will be aware from the residents letter circulated in November 2020, Ptarmigan Land has assumed responsibility for management of the site wide areas of the Channels Development on behalf of the landowners.

We understand that many residents need to understand more about the history and background of the Channels Development and how the Site Wide management is to be dealt with in the future both in terms of the day to day up keep as well as how it is paid for.

In order to explain all of this and invite feedback we are proposing to host a live Zoom Webinar on Thursday 28th January at 16:00pm. The webinar will be hosted by Ptarmigan Land who will set out a brief presentation before conducting a Questions and Answers session to respond to any queries residents have.

In the early days of next week we will be in contact again with more detail on the format and content of the event to help inform the questions that residents may wish to raise. If anyone would like to send any questions prior to issue of the more detailed agenda please do so at residents@channelscic.co.uk before 10am on Monday 25th January 2021.

We look forward to meeting you all soon.

Best regards
_______________________________________
Olly Buck Dip.TP MRTPI
Director

Closure of Skate Park

The City Council have reluctantly decided to shut their own skate parks and given the number of users at the Channels Skate Park which has led to a lack of COVID safe behaviour, the site-wide management company feel that they have no option but to do the same.

The Skate Park will therefore be fenced off imminently with signs erected explaining the situation. For the moment the play area will remain open and the site-wide management company will review the position regularly depending on how it is being used.

Community Gardens Update

The Community Group has completed the initial stages of setting up a Community Garden. Carroll Crumpen (who lives on the Bellway part of the development) is leading the project and a location was identified in the summer of 2020 which has become home to the project.

This Community Garden is for the use of the whole Channels community and we have been awarded £400 from the Community Initiative Fund which can be used to purchase plants, wild flower seeds and tools. It is a community garden, so it should be for the community to decide how it is developed.

Take a look at the full update and please do get involved by submitting your ideas or by volunteering to assist taking the project forward.

Happy New Year! 🙂

Christmas Raffle Results

The Channels Christmas Raffle draw has taken place and the photo below shows the winning tickets for the 27 prizes we had donated! We have everyone’s details and will aim to deliver the prizes by the end of the day tomorrow (23rd December).

Thank you to you all for your support, over £200 was raised that will be used to help fund future community events 👍🏻

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch either message us or email Laura.lane@channelsresidents.org.uk.