Islington Wharf Residents Association
Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 4 NovemberÂ 2019Â
Ian Forrester (IF)
Tim Gardner (TG)
Jonathan Isaacs (JI)
Claire Johnson (CJ)
Tracey Langford (TL)
James Needham (JN) Chair
Lee Pratt (LP) Revolution
Laura Walker (LW)Â Revolution
Tim Jacomb, Susan Swientozielskyj, Anand Patel, Katherine Harrison
3. Minutes of the last meeting: Accepted and agreed as a true record.
4. Actions from last meeting:
A1 – JN asked if any progress had been made on the Water Pumps which he had raised as a concern at the last meeting. JN raised that this is now peak period for the heating system to be used which will put additional strain on the system and could leave people without heating should something fail. No updates or progress at hand to provide updates at this point. Action – LW – Provide update
A2 – JN also informed Revolution of the noise coming from the car park, that he assumed was the emergency generator. Given this had been going all day why were they only now just aware? Investigation needs to be undertaken on costs of having it running, alerting, cause, future process etc. LP advised he would get Kingspan out to assess, who hold the maintenance contract for it. Action – LP
(i). Update from Waterside Places JN stated that he had seen the comms from WP explaining conversations are still happening but no update as yet. LW followed up with they were expecting another update on the 20th December, and they were hopeful to have completed the process before the end of the year.
(ii). Roof leak apartment 200: LP stated that Anand had been in contact with Wayne about replacement materials. TL challenged this and gave a brief update on the situation. JN re-read the actions from the previous meeting and asked if this had happened. TL stated no, Revolution stated it had but could not provide details to TL on what had happened, or what the proposed actions and details were. More transparency is needed here. Action – Revolution Provide list of actions (Project Plan) on this matter and work with those involved to tick them off. Blockers to be brought up to the committee weekly.
(iii). Roof block A – Full plan for the repair of this is with WP. LP stated that Schedule, Plan and costing is being discussed with Anand and WP this week and they will be communicating this out to those affected. JN asked to be copied in on this. Action – Revolution – Send out update
(iv). Cladding – JN stated update from last meeting was -â€final report should come in the next few days. The scaffolding is being paid for by WP and a decision for its removal will be made asap after the report has been reviewedâ€. JN asks why we STILL DO NOT HAVE THIS REPORT AFTER 5 MONTHS? LW advised she has not seen any report come in, but she will chase Tom. JN asked why do we again not know the status of this? 4 weeks wasted if the report has not been received or chased. This is affecting people’s ability to sell their apartments, and causing additional issues because of the crash decking. Action – Revolution LW to chase Tom.
IF pushes Revolution to commit to replying by the end of the week. JN agrees we need updates on all items by then. JN stated we shouldn’t have to Manage these actions as that is what we pay Revolution for, but nobody feels tangible steps are being made to move any of these things forward. TG states the committee have asked to be copied in multiple times to emails on a number of subjects to ensure actions are being taken. Nothing has materialised. Is this because of a blocker or because no action is being taken. LW says she will address this with Anand and Tom – Action – Revolution – LW
(v). Windows and solar heat gain – no movement on this. Decisions on what next will come in the report from WP after settlement with LOR.
(vi). Rockwool: TGr flagged up a surprising result in reference to the previous concerns about Rockwool [and its fire retardant properties if wet]. In short, the insulation material used in Islington Wharf is not Rockwool; it is called Kingspan. Committee members expressed disbelief on hearing this and questions were asked as to why so much time was previously spent on looking at this only to now hear the product is not Rockwool at all. No logical explanation could be given and TGr is now going to be looking at this within his project portfolio.
(v). Fire Safety: AP reiterated that the cladding at Islington Wharf poses no fire risk whatsoever and that Revolution are working with DFC, our fire safety experts, to ensure our continued compliance with all fire safety regulations.
JI asked about the charges for all of this additional work; AP stated that Revolution have not been charging for this.
On a separate note, the issue about people parking in spaces they donâ€™t own was raised as significant and that a solution is needed in terms of ticketing. After a lengthy discussion it was agreed that the best solution is to go back to owners having a parking permit which must be displayed on their car windscreen. Cars illegally parked will then be ticketed. LW will lead on this process and residents will collect their permit from the IW office. Action LW.
5. Click up actions from last meeting: JN has updated click up. Nothing Â further to add.
6. Latent defects: See item 4c.
7. Health and Safety:
8. Security: despite all security measures in place, thieves continue to get into the building and find ways to get past the maglock doors. After lengthy discussion on this topic, it was agreed that Revolution will revisit the cost of on-site patrols, potentially in partnership with other nearby developments. IF also asked again if remote monitoring of our CCTV could be considered as this might offer improved security and deterrent.
9. Questions from residents: none.
Date and time of next meeting:Â
Monday 2 December at 19.00hrs,