Channels Drive Roundabout


Residents will be aware that there have been discussions over the last couple of years about improving the look of the Channels Drive Roundabout, which is the main entrance point to the various localities that form the wider Channels development.

Historically the roundabout has been left unattended and has looked untidy and for the last year Channels Estates have been keeping the grass cut at their cost. There were initial discussions with the City Council, Marden Homes & Channels Estates almost two years ago about the possibility of the roundabout being planted (via sponsorship) to be in keeping with some of the other roundabouts in the surrounding area.

The good news is that after continued pestering and chasing, the City Council (in conjunction with Highways) have now given agreement in principle for the roundabout to be sponsored. This is conditional on the planting largely replicating that of the next roundabout along the RDR, some key paperwork being submitted and confirmation that the sponsors will continue to fund the ongoing maintenance.

The next step is for Channels Estates to arrange a Road Safety Audit with the Essex Highways Road safety Team and this is already underway. Once the Road Safety Audit is agreed, Channels Estates will formally apply to Chelmsford City Council to sponsor the roundabout and if successful with their application, the planting can take place.

At present Marden Homes are likely to fund the cost of the initial planting (which is hoped to take place in the Autumn) with Channels Estates taking over the ongoing maintenance costs. There will be no impact on residents, other than a much smarter roundabout to be proud of on the approach to Channels! It has taken some time however it was worth pursuing 🙂

Community Debribrillator

The issue of having a defibrillator on the development has been raised a number of times and due to strong support from the wider community, the project is now being taken forward.

The project is being led by Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson (two of the original Channels Community Group founders) which includes scoping, fund-raising and implementation.

We are going to need at least £500 of local fund-raising to complete the project and it’s easy for anyone to contribute to the Defibrillator Fund via the large Donate with Paypal logo below!:

For more information and updates about the project, take a look at the Community Defibrillator Page and thank you in advance for any contribution that you can make to such a good community cause.


Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson

Channels Art Project

Chelmsford City Council have secured funding to enable the design and integration of public art into the Channels Development, with the aim of enhancing the character and identity of the development – making this a unique and inspiring place of which the local community can be proud.

The project kicked off in March 2020 but due to COVID issues, it has been on hold for the last year. The project has now re-started and proposals will be developed over the coming months based on comprehensive public and stakeholder consultation.

The CRCG is part of the Public Art Steering Group and key information will be passed onto residents accordingly to ensure everyone is kept up to date. The Project Brief can be viewed or downloaded for information and all residents are encouraged to get involved as part of the consultation later in the year.

It is important that as many residents as possible get involved during the consultation period to ensure that the art proposals truly reflect the identity of the area and so that we can all take ownership, pride and care in the artwork and associated public open spaces.

Beaulieu Development Update

An update from Countryside covering the Beaulieu Development can be viewed/downloaded here.

Given that Beaulieu borders Channels, it’s useful to keep up to date with what’s going on and the update also contains some information about the Boreham Interchange works which are part of the wider plan leading to the RDR being opened in 2022.

Channels Driveway Sale

Fingers crossed but the weather is looking good on Sunday 11th July for the re-scheduled Driveway Sale. The event will now start earlier, from 12pm, so people have more time before the various sporting events on that day.

If you were previously on the participant map, you’ll stay on it unless you flag otherwise and you can email laura.lane@channelsresidents.org.uk to be taken off of the map or added to it!

It is the Final of the Euros (and the Wimbledon Men’s Final) but should we be in the final the suggestion is to make it a more fun, community event! Get your flags outs, play some music, sit out on your drive with a drink and chat with neighbours, maybe you have some garden games people could play (with sanitised hands), bake some cakes, remembering to take a walk around too!

Raffle prizes are still being accepted so if you have anything suitable, please do drop it off before Friday 9th July to 85 Fairway Drive. The raffle is still running and you can use our new PayPal link. Please make sure to include your name and address with any payments.

www.paypal.me/ChannelsRCG

Join us if you can for some fun on Sunday!

Original map below so ignore the time and date…

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.