There are big things coming our way -
First of all, this Saturday -
Councillor John Pierce is doing his regular surgery in The Hut – a chance for you to go and talk to him about local problems. He’ll be there from 11am till 1pm.
How to Master the Estate
On the same day – from 10am – you can get a look at the proposals from three organisations wanting the job of doing a Master Plan for our estate.
So what -and why – is a Master Plan?
It’s an in-depth, imaginative and practical plan of how the estate as a whole can function better – how it can look better, feel safer, work better. A good Master Plan is an inspiration and makes you see possibilities in a new way.
It sounds like fine words, but three of our committee had the chance of a guided tour last week around a number of Islington estates. We looked at pictures of what the places had looked like before – acres of concrete, scruffed-up muddy grass that dogs liked but nobody much else did, and blocks that could have featured in old-fashioned films of penal institutions. Then came Master Plans, and lo and behold… what do we have? Spaces with landscaped grass, busy playing areas, plants, a general of pleasantness and community use.
We have raised the money to commission our own Master Plan. Three firms have applied to do it, and we need to chose just one.
Look in The Hut on Saturday from 10am till lunchtime, and you can see their applications and leave your comments. We are interviewing people on Tuesday.
Thirteen kids have signed up for the Karate Taster Class almost as soon as the notice went up. It’s going to be run by Patrick Andrews, who takes classes at Hollybush and Teesdale Estate. This class is a free try-out class to see how you like it. If there’s a demand, we’ll see about a regular ongoing one, though there’ll have to be some charge for that.
The sign-up sheet is outside The Hut, and the class is on Saturday 25th May, at 6.30 – 7.30pm.
Drop-In on Thursday 23rd May, 2 – 3pm
All three social landlords have agreed to a trial drop-session once a month so that tenants and leaseholders can come and talk to them directly about their issues. For the first three months, they tried out a morning schedule. Now, for May, June and July, they will be there between 2 and 3pm so that people can go and talk to them before collecting from school. Is that a better time for you?
This is an opportunity to get in touch with our housing officers – Danielle, Angela and Rupert – on the ground, and we need to show that the service is needed. It could be a case of: Use It or Lose It….
Keep the date – our Summer Party…
Sunday June 30th 2 – 5pm
…..More nearer the date….
PS And lastly — it looks as if we have managed to locate another ping-pong table to replace the one that walked in the night.