Would you like to work with your neighbours to make your area a great place to live where crime and antisocial behaviour are less likely to happen? Members look out for each other and work together alongside the police sharing concerns and observations, reducing crime and fear of crime.
Neighbourhood Watch can make a difference.
In response to residents flagging that we should have an estate-wide Neighbourhood Watch, the Bellway at Channels development is now recognised as a Neighbourhood Watch ‘District’ (which includes the existing area of Jigger Gardens in Aqua Verde). We now need engagement from residents across the entire development to get involved and make our Watch a success!
There is more information about Neighbourhood Watch here but most importantly we need residents to become members:
Our Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator is John Buckberry and if you have any questions, he can be contacted via e-mail as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org
Estate Management: Remedial Works
Members of the Community Group Committee met with Bellway, DJC and a Channels Estate representative on 22nd November to undertake an inspection of the on-going remedial works, specifically in relation to soft landscaping.
Due to over-running civil engineering works, we have missed a key window for undertaking some key landscaping work (e.g. grass re-seeding), and it became apparent that a number of areas will not be ready for sign off and handover until Spring 2019. There is also a great deal of work required in relation to weed treatment that needs to take place during the winter months and this also needs to be completed prior to sign off.
Committee Members are meeting with Bellway on Friday 30th November to specifically discuss the on-going management of the remedial works and to ensure that all necessary work continues to be carried out at no additional cost to residents.
Residents should have received notification from DJC (Housing Association tenants may receive notification directly from their Housing Association) of the Service Charge for the period 1st January 2019 to 30th June 2019. Please note that this is merely the second half of the annual charge notified in June this year and there have been no changes to the chargeable amount.
Committee Members will begin discussions with DJC early in the new year about how future service charges are calculated so that residents can be clear where the money is being targeted and to ensure there is transparency that we are paying a fair price for the services received.
Parish Counncil Boundaries
There have been 59 responses to the survey in relation to Parish Council boundaries. Whilst the vast majority (96%) feel that we should fall within the Little Waltham Parish, we will need 250 electors willing to sign a petition before the City Council (and indeed the Little Waltham Parish Council) will consider progressing a Community Governance Review.
Please complete the survey if you haven’t done so and encourage anyone else you know to do the same!
Exploratory work is on-going to determine whether we can expand Neighbourhood Watch across the development (there is currently a ‘watch’ set up for Jigger Gardens), what this might involve and whether there is the desire from residents to get involved.
There is some useful information on the Chelmsford Neighbourhood Watch website which is worth a read.