Lack of cleaning before, during and after lockdown – communication with One Manchester

Cleaning on the estate has been a bone of contention for some time. The issue was raised in TARA and One Manchester’s quarterly meeting on 04/02/2020 (minutes can be accessed here) but it appears that no improvements have been made.

Redbricks residents have complained about the lack of cleaning that was done during the lockdown period. Many have shared photos of unclean surfaces, whilst some have also shared photos of clean hallways in other One Manchester-managed buildings such as Hulme Court on Linby Street – residents of this block report that cleaning was consistent throughout lockdown and is of a high standard. There was also a concern that One Manchester contractors were accessing blocks without PPE.

TARA contacted One Manchester to find out why cleaning wasn’t done during lockdown, when service would resume and whether residents would compensated. Despite the cleaning team supposedly being back on site as of June 2020, we have seen little evidence of proper cleaning and subsequently more complaints have been made to One Manchester by residents.

One Manchester have also advised that items left in communal areas (stairs and landings) have prevented the team from being able to clean properly, although a number of residents have complained that communal storage is being occupied by cleaning equipment so they have nowhere else to leave their buggies etc.

On 09/09/2020 Kirk Moore (Facilities Manager) advised that he and Paul Doherty (Place Delivery Manager) would be completing a site visit and inspection on 10/09 to assess what deep cleans would be required. At the time of writing (24/09) no deep cleaning appears to have been done.

Leaseholders have now received a letter advising that service accounts have been credited for two months’ worth of charges (presumably for the period from March to May when cleaning was not done). We await more information on what compensation will be offered to tenants.

TARA’s next meeting with One Manchester is on Tuesday 6th October when this issue will no doubt be raised again.

One Manchester has also arranged another recycling day at the request of TARA – this will be on Saturday 3rd October. If you have any unwanted items you can put them into their collection trucks to be recycled. You can also contact Jackie Hampson (Customer Liaison Officer) on 0330 355 1000 / info@onemanchester.co.uk to discuss.

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Bentley Exchange on hold

05/08/2020:

Unfortunately the Bentley Exchange is currently on hold due to COVID-19. However we are trying to think of alternative ways for people to recycle their unwanted items so watch this space!

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Winter Feastival!

The Redbricks’ annual festive get-together: Monday 16th December 2019, 5pm-9pm @ St Wilfred’s Enterprise Centre, Hulme. All details including how to book on the poster :)

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Save our green space!

What is happening?

The council is planning on changing the Princess Road and Medlock Street roundabout. The plan will see the subways removed and the roundabout reconfigured into branching roads. The plan also includes provisions to change cycling and walking routes. We have been told that clearing work will begin at the end of July with proper works starting in September. So far residents have not had any information or consultation about the plans.

You can see the maps of the plans here.

How will it impact the Redbricks?

Hugely. While we aren’t opposed to the idea of the roundabout changing, the current plans will have a hugely detrimental impact on the estate.

The main issues are:

Loss of the community garden at the back of the Rockdove flats. There is currently a green space at the back of the Rockdove flats which provides an important buffer between the block and the roundabout. In the plans this garden will be ripped out and paved over, with public paths running right by people’s houses. In addition to all the people currently going via the subways, this new public path will direct everyone who crosses under the Mancunian Way round past these flats. We are really concerned about the loss of this important buffer from the noise and pollution. Residents at the end of the block already have to put up with a lot of anti-social behaviour (such as students making noise late at night) and this will spread to all the residents in these blocks.

This space is co-managed by residents of the Redbricks who have spent countless hours and thousands of pounds turning it into a quiet oasis. The space has bats, birds and other amazing wildlife.

We want the council to redirect the path so it doesn’t run through this space.

Felling of trees. The current plans will see 24 trees cut down. We already have some of the worst air pollution in Manchester so it’s really important we keep these trees to help protect against this .

Site entrance on Clarendon St. The plan is for the site entrance to be in the same spot as when the Aaben was developed, but with more heavy machinery. This will mean an increase in cars and noise on the estate, causing extra disruption to those at the end of Rockdove who will also be losing their green space.

Increased noise and dust during the works. We’ve already suffered with huge amounts of dust from the building of the Aaben (and no window cleaning even though we were promised) and this building work will be the same if not more. On top of this will be increased noise pollution from the works such as drilling.

Increased pollution as there are no plans for green screening. We’ve been campaigning for green screening to help reduce pollution during the works (and in the long term) but we’ve still had no confirmation that this will happen, without this there will probably be an increase in pollution in an already highly polluted estate.

Why has no one told us about this?

We’re not really sure (but probably because we’d object)

Residents and councillors weren’t told anything about the plans, until we accidently came across them. We’ve been working alongside our councillors to try and find out more but we’ve been struggling.

At no stage have we been offered a chance to formally object to any of the plans. We weren’t consulted about the plans before they were decided. There will be 2 consultation events about the scheme but they will be just before work begins.

These events will be:

Thursday 11 July, 4.30– 7.30pm at Z-Arts (Brayshaw Room), 335 Stretford Rd, M15 5ZA

Tuesday 23 July, 4.30–7.30pm at Z-Arts (Rylands Room), 335 Stretford Rd, M15 5ZA

What can I do to help?

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Sew-in-a-circle session Sunday 7 July 11am-2pm.

sew in a circle poster

Bring your own project. You can use the sewing machines & other equipment and materials.

Come & meet in the Tenants Office, 26A Huberstone Avenue

(the Tenants Office has tea and coffee making facilities, and is wheelchair accessible with a disabled toilet)

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Save our green space!

What is happening?

The council is planning on changing the Princess Road and Medlock Street roundabout. The plan will see the subways removed and the roundabout reconfigured into branching roads. The plan also includes provisions to change cycling and walking routes. We have been told that clearing work will begin at the end of July with proper works starting in September. So far residents have not had any information or consultation about the plans.

You can see the maps of the plans here.

How will it impact the Redbricks?

Hugely. While we aren’t opposed to the idea of the roundabout changing, the current plans will have a hugely detrimental impact on the estate.

The main issues are:

Loss of the community garden at the back of the Rockdove flats. There is currently a green space at the back of the Rockdove flats which provides an important buffer between the block and the roundabout. In the plans this garden will be ripped out and paved over, with public paths running right by people’s houses. In addition to all the people currently going via the subways, this new public path will direct everyone who crosses under the Mancunian Way round past these flats. We are really concerned about the loss of this important buffer from the noise and pollution. Residents at the end of the block already have to put up with a lot of anti-social behaviour (such as students making noise late at night) and this will spread to all the residents in these blocks.

This space is co-managed by residents of the Redbricks who have spent countless hours and thousands of pounds turning it into a quiet oasis. The space has bats, birds and other amazing wildlife.

We want the council to redirect the path so it doesn’t run through this space.

Felling of trees. The current plans will see 24 trees cut down. We already have some of the worst air pollution in Manchester so it’s really important we keep these trees to help protect against this .

Site entrance on Clarendon St. The plan is for the site entrance to be in the same spot as when the Aaben was developed, but with more heavy machinery. This will mean an increase in cars and noise on the estate, causing extra disruption to those at the end of Rockdove who will also be losing their green space.

Increased noise and dust during the works. We’ve already suffered with huge amounts of dust from the building of the Aaben (and no window cleaning even though we were promised) and this building work will be the same if not more. On top of this will be increased noise pollution from the works such as drilling.

Increased pollution as there are no plans for green screening. We’ve been campaigning for green screening to help reduce pollution during the works (and in the long term) but we’ve still had no confirmation that this will happen, without this there will probably be an increase in pollution in an already highly polluted estate.

Why has no one told us about this?

We’re not really sure (but probably because we’d object)

Residents and councillors weren’t told anything about the plans, until we accidently came across them. We’ve been working alongside our councillors to try and find out more but we’ve been struggling.

At no stage have we been offered a chance to formally object to any of the plans. We weren’t consulted about the plans before they were decided. There will be 2 consultation events about the scheme but they will be just before work begins.

These events will be:

Thursday 11 July, 4.30– 7.30pm at Z-Arts (Brayshaw Room), 335 Stretford Rd, M15 5ZA

Tuesday 23 July, 4.30–7.30pm at Z-Arts (Rylands Room), 335 Stretford Rd, M15 5ZA

What can I do to help?

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TARA AGM Meeting

More infomation coming soon

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Sew-in-a-circle: get to know our overlocker

Sewcialise to share our skills:
– to repair and recycle your own clothes & soft furnishings
– to make costumes and decorations
– to sew presents for your family & friends

You can use the sewing machines & other equipment and materials

Come & meeting in the Tenants Office, 26A Huberstone Avenue

(the tenants office has tea and coffee making facilities, and is wheelchair accessible with a disabled toilet)

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Carbon Coop

Here are the full reports for 2 Redbricks flats who received an energy assessment by Carbon Coop. The first section has a lot of introductory information. The second section goes into detail making recommendations for measures. The recommendations are split into three scenarios, from simpler first steps you could do yourself, through to large measures that would need the building management involved.


Important disclaimer: These reports were designed specifically for the two flats assessed. There will be some information in the documents that are relevant to all the flats, like much of the draught proofing and ventilation recommendations, and some of the ‘scenario 3’ large measures. There are also specific recommendations based on the particularities of the two flats assessed. Please only use these documents as guidance and not as if they are the exact right recommendations for you.

Useful Videos
Energy saving at home
Moisture guidance – very good, a must watch!

Useful factsheets
Centre for Sustainable Energy: https://www.cse.org.uk/resources/category:advice-leaflets

Recommended production and installation videos- check these are the correct products for you!

Airtightness tape:
https://www.ecomerchant.co.uk/interior/airtightness-products/airtightness-tapes/pro-clima-tescon-profil-roll.html

Door seal: come in different colours. Unfortunately cheapest I’ve found is on Amazon. Here is the link to it from B&Q
https://www.diy.com/departments/diall-aluminium-rubber-draught-excluder-l-1050mm/1802824_BQ.prd
See this video for installation

Keyhole cover
https://www.doorfurnituredirect.co.uk/keyhole-draught-excluder.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxvT75bvt4AIVYbXtCh2U8A4kEAQYAiABEgIgXvD_BwE

See this video for installation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o__TFXXxek
Letterbox cover
See this video for installation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiA8bKTKTes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiA8bKTKTes

Sealant
Recommend using exterior frame sealant (if you don’t need to paint over),
Use decorators chalk/polyfiller if you want to paint over (i.e. crack in a wall)

Chimney draught excluder
Chimney balloon: https://www.chimsoc.co.uk
Chimney Sheep: https://www.chimneysheep.co.uk/ (not vegan!)

Eco product suppliers
Ecomerchants
Ecological Building Systems
Green Building Store


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Monthly TARA Meeting

Bentley House estate Tenants And Residents Asssociation (TARA) monthly meeting from 18:30 for around two hours, first hour “strictly agenda”, afterwards “agenda and any issues” – every first Thursday of every month.

All residents welcome; non-residents by invite only. We have tea, feel free to bring biscuits :-)

For confidential issues, email us, post an envelope through the estate office door, or mail it through the postal service … unless you are comfortable to come to a meeting and speak to someone there (we can talk outside for privacy, for example, or arrange a meet).

email   tara@redbricks.org   – for comments, questions, suggestions.

Thanks,

your TARA

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