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 Β£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! πŸ™‚

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 Β£200 was raised that will be used to help fund future community events πŸ‘πŸ»

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

Christmas Light Trail

It is so lovely to see the estate lit up when its dark! If you’d like to see all of the beautifully decorated houses then why not have a go at the Light Trail. The trail can be followed any time from today until 23rd December. The light bulbs on the map below πŸ’‘ show some of the decorated houses and the stars ⭐️ show where you will find a letter. Put all the letters together to create a festive word then enter the competition – more details on the map!

You can print the map yourself, screen shot the photo or save it to your phone or other device to follow as you walk. We are unable to provide printed maps this year. 😏

We will be having a community ‘Walkabout’ from 4.30pm on 20th December with ‘socially distanced’ carols round the Christmas tree from 5pm (please keep groups to 6 or less). Feel free to bring a hot drink along with you too as unfortunately we wont be able to serve any drinks or food this year as we have done in previous years.

The raffle will be drawn on 20th too and prizes distributed as soon after as possible so make sure to purchase any tickets by 8pm on 19th Dec to be included in this years draw.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
Merry Christmas to you all from the CRCG 😊

Christmas Raffle!

We are holding our annual Christmas raffle but due to the current situation, we cannot sell tickets in person. Instead, tickets can be purchased via the Donate with Paypal button below:

Just make sure to add your initial and address as a note when paying so we can pop tickets through your door. If PayPal isn’t your thing you can put cash in an envelope with your name & address on the front, deliver to 85 or 89 Fairway Drive and we will pop tickets back through your door.

Tickets are only Β£1 per strip and can be purchased up until 19th December, the day before our Light Trail Walkabout on December 20th. Prizes will be drawn on that day and delivered soon after πŸ‘πŸ»

Profits from the raffle will go towards funding future events or buying items to enhance our estate such as lights for our lovely Christmas tree.

So far we have some lovely prizes with the top prize being a 2nd Generation Google Nest mini in Sky Blue. We also have a toy bundle, star necklace from Sophinity, wine and more… See the photos below πŸ™‚

We are still accepting donations for the raffle if anyone else would like to contribute, just let us know!

Community Group Update

Your community group is growing and we need more committee members to achieve the plans we have in mind. If you have extra time on your hands at the moment, why not use some of it by being part of our committee.

We have a number of community activities and events that we are trying to organise including the community garden, bird feeders and lots of other ideas we would like to share.

We have the roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer open at the moment so please come forward if you would like to volunteer for those roles, or if you have less time and would just like to help out. Any time you can offer would be appreciated.


Please contact Carroll via carroll.crumpen@channelsresidents.org.uk or post a comment on the Channels Community Facebook Group.
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Lottery Competition!

Just to show that it’s worth being a part of, there were 96 winners in the last draw, one of which was a supporter of the Channels Community Group! You can find the full results here.

Competition! If you enter before 19th December, you have the chance to win 1 of 5 entertainment bundles in the national draw!

So don’t forget that you can play from just Β£1 per week and 50% of proceeds for all tickets sold from the CRCG Essex Lottery Page comes to us plus 10% goes to other good causes in Essex!

The CRCG appreciates your support and good luck! πŸ™‚

‘On Demand’ Bus Service

Essex County Council is proposing to introduce a new Digital Demand Responsive Transport Service (D-DRT). Whilst details in relation to the proposed locations are unknown, it could see the introduction of an ‘Uber’ type bus service in our locality which you can book using an app.

Essex County Council is seeking the views of residents to this proposal and it is therefore well worth checking out the link below and completing a short survey to make your views known.

Complete the Residents Survey

Please note that this is not a full formal consultation, it is a research survey to obtain residents’ views on Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT). The survey closes on Sunday 1st November at midnight.