Houses service road repairs
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the project to repair the concrete surface of the service road running behind odd numbers odd nos. 3-11 Vale Lane, 41-231 Princes Gardens and 49-83 Tudor Gardens inclusive.
The owners of houses on the Princes Gardens outer loop received formal notice in early 2021 of plans to repair the service road running behind their homes. This service road also serves some odd numbered houses on Vale Lane and Tudor Gardens.
The service road hasn’t been maintained for many years and the concrete surface is breaking up badly in some places. It needs to be fixed so rubbish and recycling trucks can get through and residents can access their garages safely.
This is a capital project, to be paid for by the properties concerned rather than from HHGERA reserves. The owners concerned were therefore put on notice to expect an invoice of up to £400 per house (on top of the normal annual service charge of £60) to pay for the work.
The 2021 Annual General Meeting approved the project in principle and agreed funding arrangements that avoid the risk of a long term strain on Residents Association reserves.
Meanwhile, the working group organising the project identified the areas most in need of repair (see map) and met six specialist contractors on site. (We can’t resurface the whole length because it would cost millions of pounds and there is no Council or government funding because it is owned indirectly by residents.) Three companies were invited to tender and one was chosen as the preferred bid.
Unfortunately, at that point it became clear that neither prices nor timing could be guaranteed because of raw material bottlenecks in the aftermath of Covid. We have therefore decided to delay the repairs for 1-2 years, until the construction market is more stable. The work already done won’t be wasted, though, as specification and contractor details will be kept on file. Contact the team via email@example.com if you have any questions
Click the links below to key documents:
Notice of intention to carry out works, delivered to all affected houses ahead of Houses Management Committee annual general meeting (AGM) alongside agenda and other papers
Paper on funding mechanism for the project, as approved by the AGM
Initial estimates by contractors (based on smaller areas than shown in the updated map above and different detailed specifications):
Contact us if you would like to be involved:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries or if you would like to join the working group when we restart the project. Your residents association is run by volunteers and relies on everyone to keep the Estate running smoothly.