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News on the Mews 2010

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With a property of this age, problems do occur from time to time. Connaught Mews being a grade II listed building does sometimes require maintenance. We aim to ensure that problems are dealt with as quickly as possible before they get out of hand. Please let us know as soon as possible if you find a problem. Click here for contact details of Redwood Estates.

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January 2010 
Week ending
03/01/2010
  • The intercom at Lantern House has been fixed, as the speaker box was faulty.
  • A drain at the front of Lantern House was cleared today which was blocked with fat. The drains on the Mews are narrow and are easily blocked. Please do not put fat and other solids down the drains.
  • The door closer at the back of Artillery was not closing properly but has now been adjusted.
  • For security the telephone number for the mail electronic gate was changed 4th Jan. If you have any problems please contact Redwood Estates but you will need to demonstrate that you are a resident.
  • Week ending
    10/01/2010
  • We have ordered more salt, however there are shortages at the moment as Greenwich Council has bought up most of the available supplies in the area.
  • We hope to take delivery this week of a mini salt spreader which will speed up putting salt down on the paths.
  • The service charge letters will be sent out shortly. There has been a slight delay while we investigate the possibility of allowing the service charge to be paid in more than one instalment.
  • Please ensure that all doors are closed and locked when you leave a building.
  • Week ending
    17/01/2010
  • A repair has been made to resolve a leak from the roof at Nightingale House.
  • Supply & fit new waste pipe & fittings to the rear of Nightingale House to replace the old pipe which had cracked.
  • Supply & fit new carpet strips for Artillery and Lantern Houses.
  • The door closer to rear of Artillery House is not always closing the door. Please ensure you close the door behind you.
  • Week ending
    24/01/2010
  • A leaf guard has been made for a drain at the lower level of the front of Lantern House.
  • Failed lights in the hallways of Lantern and Nightingale house have been reported to Redwood Estates.
  • There have been reports that the pedestrian gates are not being kept locked at all times. For security all gates and doors must be closed behind you.
  • A folding chair has been left in the bin area at the back of Artillery House. Please put everything in the bins otherwise it will not be removed.
  • Week ending
    31/01/2010
  • The service charge letters are now being finalised.
  • Further work has been done to the rear door of Artillery House that was not closeing properly.
  • A car has been removed from the car park.
  • The light at the main pedestrian gate is fixed
  • Febuary 2010 
    Week ending
    07/02/2010
  • The service charge letters have now been sent.
  • A problem with the pedestrian gate light bulb is being investigated as a new bulb was put in only last week.
  • There have been changes to the bus routes through Woolwich with serveral bus routes now going down Grand Depot Road: Transport for London.
  • Please park motor bikes in the car parking bays and not near to the blocks, as this can obstruct the road and can be a nuisance to other residents.
  • Some wood chip has been put down in the flower beds to help suppress weeds.
  • Week ending
    14/02/2010
  • We have finally received a letter from the Police which the insurance company needs regarding the whole in the wall.
  • The two small planters have been moved from main electronic gate to Grand Depot Road pedestrian gate.
  • Various light bulbs have been replace and a new light sensor fitted in the hall of Nightingale House.
  • Various items have been removed from behind the Nightingale House bin area.
  • The rear door of Artillery House has been adjusted as it had become warped and was not closing properly.
  • Week ending
    21/02/2010
  • The pedestrian gate light has a new transformer fitted as bulbs kept failing.
  • We are waiting for further quotes before work can begin on the hole in the wall.
  • The entrance carpets are all shampooed as they had become stained by salt etc in the snowy weather.
  • Some electrical cable attached to the wall in Nightingale House hall has been recessed into the plaster and an access hole made in the wall repaired.
  • Week ending
    28/02/2010
  • The management team have had a walk round the Mews with Redwoods Estates to review progress and identify new works.
  • The salt bins have now been topped up.
  • Some of the hall carpets which were heavily soiled after the bad weather have been cleaned. Further cleaning is planned.
  • March 2010 
    Week ending
    07/03/2010
  • Two dead trees and some dead branches need removing from the garden. New trees will be planted to replace any removed.
  • Enquires are being made regarding the resurfacing of the tennis court.
  • We are still awaiting the final go ahead from our insurers to enable us to start repairs to the wall at the back of Artillery House.
  • Week ending
    14/03/2010
  • We finally have the go ahead from our insurers to commence repairs to the wall at the back of Artillery House. Work will be scheduled as soon as possible.
  • The old 2CV car has been removed from the car park. The red Toyota should be removed soon.
  • We now have a quote for tree work quote to reduce tree height of the conifers and to trim trees in the back of NH and by the main gate.
  • The work on the wall is to begin this week weather permitting.
  • Week ending
    21/03/2010
  • Wall started on the wall but had to be postponed as the bricks were very damp.
  • Some black bags with cloth in them were left by Artillery House bin area for Council collection. However these were not taken. Please ensure that the Council/Clean Sweep knows exactly were to find items for collection and chase them up if they fail to come.
  • Please crush all cardboard boxes and place in the recycling bins. Boxes left outside of the bins will not be collected.
  • Please put your cigarette ends in a bin and do not leave them but the entrance doors.
  • Week ending
    28/03/2010
  • Good news, our building insurance this year has gone down
  • All the ground level drains have been checked and cleared. All the bin store gutters have been cleared, as have the roofs gullies.
  • A new door closer has been fitted to the Nightingale House utility store room.
  • Work has started on the hole in the wall at the back of Artillery House.
  • We are investigating who and why trees were trimmed at the back of Artillery House.
  • Due to technical problems the News on the Mews web page has not been updated for several weeks. This problem has now been resolved.
  • April 2010 
    Week ending
    04/04/2010
  • All light bulbs on the estate have been checked and changed where necessary.
  • A new light sensor switch has been installed in the hallway of Nightingale House.
  • A repair has been made to faulty wiring in Nightingale House hall light.
  • Pest control checks have been made in the roof of Lantern House.
  • An adjustment has been made to the large inside bolt to back entrance door at Artillery House, as well as adjusting the door closer and gluing back the emergency exit signs.
  • Week ending
    11/04/2010
  • A complaint has been made to Hyde Housing Association regarding the trimming of the conifers at the side of Artillery House.
  • Repairs to the damaged wall at the back of Artillery House has been completed.
  • The old red Toyota has been removed.
  • The remaining conifers at the rear of the car at the back of Artillery House are to be trimmed to match the level of the other trees.
  • Tree work will commence nest week at the back and side of Nightingale House.
  • Week ending
    18/04/2010
  • The main drains at the back of all the buildings are being cleared as they have become blocked by residents putting food and fat waste down them.
  • The gutters & gullies have been checked.
  • The broken light shade at the top of Artillery House has been replaced.
  • The railings are being worked on at the back of Nightingale house. The plan is to cover the whole estate as well as the original black down waste pipes.
  • The barbed wire on the top of the Grand Depot Road is being re-secured.
  • The basement exterior gully walls outside Nightingale House basement are to be repaired and redecorated.
  • Week ending
    25/04/2010
  • Have you had any problems with lost post or no postal delivery? If so contact the royal mail.
  • We have now had several quotes for the resurfacing of the tennis court. This will be a significant cost and the management team will need to decide on the best approach.
  • Work has begun to scarifying all the lawns on the estate to encourage the lawns to grow thicker.
  • May 2010 
    Week ending
    02/05/2010
  • Work has started to repair the front door of Lantern. Unfortunately some of the wood is rotten and will have to be replaced but this should be done next week.
  • A bath has been left temporarily by the side of Artillery House bin area. We are aware of the problem and have contacted the resident, who has assured us it will be removed as soon as possible next week. Should you plan to do any work on your flat it is your responsibility to remove all building waste. Please note that the Council will only remove large household items and not building waste. If you are in any doubt contact Redwoods Estates who will be happy to give advice, and where possible help, but you should contact them before you begin any work to avoid any unnecessary complaints and costs.
  • We plan to clear the area behind the tennis court to make it easier to walk amongst the tress.
  • Week ending
    09/05/2010
  • For security the basement door locks in Lantern House have been changed so they can not be left on the latch.
  • There was a small flood in the basement of Nightingale House due to a small waste drain in the hall becoming blocked. This has been cleared and the carpet will be cleaned.
  • The Council has granter permission for the reduction of the conifers tress. However work has been postponed due to birds nesting.
  • Spring has finally arrived in the Mews. If you have any nice photos please contact us and we will try to add these to website.
  • Week ending
    16/05/2010
  • Work continues on Lantern House front door.
  • The meter rooms in Nightingale and Lantern House are to be cleaned.
  • For Fire, Health and Safety reasons, please do not leave any items, including cycles in the communal corridors. There is a bicycle sort at the rear of Artillery House. Please contact Redwoods if you need access.
  • Some repairs have been made to the main electric car gate, the runners had to be adjusted and oiled.
  • Week ending
    23/05/2010
  • We are unable to clear the dead moss away from the tennis court as the surface is so thin even brushing it firmly lifts the tarmac. We are continuing to investigate a cost effective solution to replace the surface.
  • Work has started to repair the flaky paint work on the entrance to the rear of Artillery House.
  • Cardboard boxes have been left in the Artillery House bin area. Please note that these will not be taken away by the Council unless they are in the recycle bins. If you leave items outside of the bins we have to pay for them to be removed and this increases you service charge. If you see anything left by the bins please be neighbourly and put it in the bin.
  • Week ending
    30/05/2010
  • The repair the front door to Lantern House has been completed; removing all the rotten wood and painting it.
  • The front door to NH has also been repaired; filling and repaired the damaged areas, undercoated and glossed.
  • Repairs have been made to the tops of walls at the entrance of the rear Artillery House.
  • Could new and old residents please remember that washing can not be left outside of the flats. Click here for more information.
  • June 2010 
    Week ending
    06/06/2010
  • Repairs have been made to the walls at the entrance to Nightingale House, which have also been re-painted.
  • Some rubbish has been removed from both meter rooms. Please remember that nothing should be stored in these rooms.
  • A blocked drain at the basement of Nightingale House has been cleared and another at the front of Artillery House. All drains have been checked. Please contact Redwoods immediately if you see any blocked drains.
  • We are continuing to re-painting the railings to the whole estate. The pedestrian gate to grand Depot Road is to be made the next priority.
  • Week ending
    13/06/2010
  • The management team have had a walk round the Mews with Redwood Estates.
  • The intercom at Nightingale House has been fixed, as has the lighting problem in the hall.
  • Work has started on repainting the main pedestrian gate at Grand Depot Road. Please take care when using the gate as the paint may be wet.
  • More plants have been put in the boarders. Please keep to the paths and avoid stepping over the plants as this is damaging them.
  • Please respect your neighbours by not playing loud music now that the warmer weather is here and the windows are open.
  • The Mews is looking very lovely at the moment but you can do your bit by picking up any litter that may have been blown in off the street.
  • Week ending
    20/06/2010
  • Further sanding work will have to be done on main pedestrian gate at Grand Depot Road as the old paint is too flaky just to paint.
  • A small tree in front of Nightingale House has been removed as it was damaging the driveway and blocking light. A tree will be planted to replace it elsewhere on the Mews.
  • A step edge in Artillery House that had come away has been repaired.
  • Plants growing out of the brickwork in Nightingale House have been removed.
  • The two water butts at the back of Artillery House have been reconnected to the drainpipe.
  • Week ending
    27/06/2010
  • If you find a 'missed delivery' card in the mail box on the gate please do the neighbourly thing and deliver it to the correct flat. If you need a key for the mail box please contact Redwood Estates.
  • English Heritage will be visiting the Mews to take some photographs for a future publication on Woolwich.
  • We all like to do a bit of gardening in the courtyards but please remember anything left out in the courtyard is for communal use and what might be your taste, may not be to someone else's liking. Anything felt not to be in keeping with the grounds and building is liable to be removed and for Fire Health and Safety Reasons nothing can be stored outside of your flat. If you are in any doubt refer to your lease and the information pages on this website.
  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for flat owners and residents will be organised in the next few months.
  • The painting of the pedestrian gate at Grand Depot Road has been completed.
  • Please do not leave anything outside of the bins. We all like to do our bit to help others, for example recycling cloths, however the Council will not take anything left outside of the bins. There are recycle points around the borough please click here to access the recycle for London website.
  • Work will commence on lopping the conifers at the back of Artillery House on Wednesday the 30th June. Could all residents please avoid parking in this area on that day.
  • July 2010 
    Week ending
    04/07/2010
  • The badly cut conifers at the rear of Artillery House have now been cut properly.
  • The Nightingale House basement fire door has been repaired to remove the old broken glass and rotten wood.
  • Nightingale House upper landing shelf has been re-painted after pot plant leak stained the paintwork.
  • Some of the fire exit signs have been reattached.
  • The broken metal carpet strip in Nightingale House hall way entrance has been repaired.
  • The main lock to the front of Lantern House has been replaced.
  • Week ending
    11/07/2010
  • The water butts at the rear of Artillery House have been fixed as they were not filling up.
  • An additional exterior light has been attached to the side of Artillery House.
  • Please note that the Grand Depot gate is for pedestrian use only and should not be used for vehicles except in an emergency. If you are having problems with the main electronic gate contact Redwood Estates.
  • Week ending
    18/07/2010
  • New batteries have been installed in all five outside light sensors.
  • A pair of wooden chairs left by the bins have been removed.
  • A loose carpet in Nightingale House has been repaired.
  • Ceiling repairs have been started in Nightingale House top floor after some minor water damage.
  • Week ending
    25/07/2010
  • The ceiling repairs to Nightingale House top floor ceiling have been finished.
  • All lights inside and out have been checked and repaired or replace where needed.
  • Work has begun to repair the tarmac outside the front door of Nightingale House that was damaged by tree roots.
  • All the drains and dustbin store gutters have been cleared.
  • A mattress has been left by the Nightingale bins. Please note that for a small charge the Council will remove large household items. Please click here for more information. If you are in any doubt contact Redwoods Estates who will be happy to give advice, and where possible help.
  • August 2010 
    Week ending
    01/08/2010
  • Please remember that under the terms of your lease you can not put out any washing or allow washing to hang from the windows.
  • Work has started to repair the outside basement walls surrounding Nightingale House.
  • A blocked drain at the rear of Lantern House has been cleared.
  • Please note that the Mews is a Grade II listed building and residents can not attach satellite dishes. However communal satellite facilities are avaible. Please click here for more information. If you are in any doubt contact Redwoods Estates who will be happy to give advice.
  • Week ending
    08/08/2010
  • Please take care in the garden at the rear of Artillery House as several of the lights are not working.
  • The annual company's return has been filed with Companies House.
  • Further emergency tree work is being planned.
  • The Annual General Meeting will be called in September after the holiday period to allow more residents to attend.
  • Week ending
    15/08/2010
  • Some Tree trimming has been completed. The more difficult and major tree work will be completed on the 7th Sept. Sadly one tree has to be brought down.
  • Work continues of the Nightingale House outside walls. Old plaster is being taken away, holes filled with plaster in the small holes, cement in the larger areas and render applied. This is an ongoing project as there is quite a lot of wall to repair.
  • All the bowl lights have been washed out and all bulbs and fitments have been checked.
  • The ceiling repairs to Nightingale House top floor ceiling have been completed.
  • Week ending
    22/08/2010
  • The window at the top of the staircase that leads to Flats 10 & 11 in Artillery House has been reported as cracked and the window stuck.
  • A leaking water overflow pipe has been reported at the front of Nightingale House.
  • The drains and bin store gutters have been checked and cleaned.
  • Two lights at the top of the landing in Lantern House outside the office have been reported as not working.
  • Week ending
    29/08/2010
  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM) notification letter and a general update are being prepared and will be posted to all residents and landlords soon.
  • The major conifer tree works will be completed on the 14th Sept, some other works will be done on the 7th. Sadly another tree has died and will have to be replaced.
  • A couple of people have reported problems with the Grand Depot Road pedestrian gate lock. This has been oiled but if you have problems please contact Redwoods Estates as we may need to replace the lock.
  • The stuck windows at the rear top floor of Artillery House has been repaired and the cracked glass replaced.
  • September 2010 
    Week ending
    05/09/2010
  • The leaves are beginning to fall and at this time of year it is very easy for the drains to get blocked. We checked these regularly but if you see any that need clearing please contact Redwoods Estates.
  • The bin areas have been cleared of cobwebs and the floors cleaned.
  • There have been problems with the electronic gate but it has now been reset. If you have problems with the gate contact Redwoods Estates.
  • The work on the wall at the front of Nightingale House is nearly complete with just a top coat of exterior paint to go on. We are now working on all the basement walls of Nightingale House where there is some damage after new drainage caused the walls to dry out and the plaster to crumble.
  • Week ending
    12/09/2010
  • Due to the bad weather and the need to clear all cars from the immediate area, the tree work has been postponed until Oct. Parking areas affected will be screened off by cones and tape and further notices will be posted.
  • The printing of the AGM notification letters has been delayed. The AGM will now be on Tues 19th October.
  • Please remember that nothing should be stored outside or your flat. For fire, health and safety reasons any items found are liable to be removed.
  • A number of light failures in Lantern House have been reported, along with a broken light shade.
  • Week ending
    19/09/2010
  • The next lot of tree work will take place on Friday 1st October. This is directly in fornt of Artillery House and the parking bays near to the Grand Depot Road gate will need to be kept clear to avoid possible damage to cars.
  • Further tree work is scheduled for 7th/8th October near the bin area of Nightingale House.
  • Redwood Estates have completed an inspection of the Mews.
  • The AGM notification letters have been posted.
  • Week ending
    26/09/2010
  • Please be aware that if you are letting or selling your property, it is your responsibility to ensure that estate agents do not attach signs to the walls or railings. Please click here for more information and instruct your agents to contact Redwood Estates.
  • Parts of the car park will be 'coned off' in readiness for the next round of tree work. Please do not park in these areas until the traffic cones are removed.
  • The repairs to the exterior plaster of Nightingale House will be completed in the next two weeks. Work will then begin on the rear walls of Artillery House.
  • Some repair work is to be scheduled to the black garden gates.
  • October 2010 
    Week ending
    03/10/2010
  • The steps at side entrance to Nightingale House and under the arch at the centre court yard need small repairs.
  • Work is scheduled to jet wash the slabs at the rear of Lantern House.
  • The tree stump by the tennis court will be ground out as part of the on-going tree works.
  • The small damp patch by the garden door at the rear of Artillery House will be investigated.
  • Week ending
    10/10/2010
  • The tree works by the car park have been complete.
  • A small pile of laminate flooring has been left by the Artillery House bin area. Please ensure all waste goes in the bins otherwise it will not be collected.
  • The wooden post on the corner of the lawn outside of Artillery has been hit by a vehicle cutting the corner. Please take care when using the car park.
  • Do not forget that the AGM in Tuesday 19th at 7:00pm and will be held in the company office 20 Lantern House. The meeting is open to all residents but only freehold residents will be eligible to vote on company matters.
  • Week ending
    17/10/2010
  • The boards left by Artillery House bin area have been removed.
  • The tree stump by the tennis court will be cut into a seat.
  • The AGM was held at the company office 19th October The main areas of future work are:
  • Resolving the damp issue in the rear courtyard of Artillery House
  • Further path work from the tennis court to the Grand Depot Road pedestrian gate
  • Cleaning and repairing guttering
  • Week ending
    24/10/2010
  • The paving stones at the rear of Lantern House have been jet washed.
  • Under the terms of your lease pets are not allowed. However provided that there are no complaints a small pet can be kept, however you must keep the pet supervised at all times and it must not interfere with the enjoyment of Mews by other residents.
  • Contractors will be on site this week to give quotes for the work on the guttering.
  • One of the globe light shades in Lantern House has been broken. These shades are difficult to get hold of but we have now found a supplier.
  • Week ending
    31/10/2010
  • In 1801 John Rolo MD was the Surgeon General at Royal Artillery in Woolwich. Read his Short Account of the Royal Artillery Hospital at Woolwich on Google Books. This gives a fascinating insight and early history of the Mews.
  • The locks to all the pedestrian gates will be changed on Monday 1st as the locks have become worn and damaged. Each flat will be issued two new keys. Please contact Redwood Estates for extra keys and in the event of any difficulties.
  • November 2010 
    Week ending
    07/11/2010
  • Please note that the pedestrian gate locks were changed on Monday 1st November. Please contact details Redwood Estates for extra keys and in the event of any difficulties.
  • Work has started to extend the small drain in the front corner of Nightingale House.
  • Leaves and dirt have been cleared from the roofs of Lantern and Nightingale Houses. A lot of leaves are now coming down so if you see a blocked drain please clear it, or contact Redwood Estates.
  • The lock at the rear entrance door of Artillery House has been repaired.
  • The sticking garden doors have been inspected and repaired.
  • The next round of tree works on the conifers near Nightingale House is now scheduled for the 13th December.
  • Week ending
    14/11/2010
  • The work to add additional drainage at the front of Nightingale House has been completed.
  • New lighting has been added to illuminate the bin area lights and bike store. These lights are on movement detectors and will remain on for several minutes after they have been activated to allow time to access these areas in the dark.
  • Some electrical work has been completed in the attic of Nightingale House to prevent power failure of the satellite system.
  • Some more railings have been painted at Nightingale House.
  • New signs have been added to the notice boards and main entrances.
  • Week ending
    21/11/2010
  • A crack in glass at the front door of Lantern House has been reported.
  • A problem was reported with the Grand Depot Road pedestrian gate lock. This has been oiled, but if you have any problems please contact Redwood Estates.
  • The lock on the side door to the central court yard area into Nightingale House is sticking. A new lock will be ordered but until it is fitted please use the main entrance.
  • Some items have been left in the basement area at the front of Nightingale House. Please ensure that all communal areas are kept clear at all times.
  • Week ending
    28/11/2010
  • Some child's toys have been left by the side of the bins next to Artillery House. Please put all items in the bins otherwise they will not be taken away.
  • A new cleaner has been appointed.
  • Work has begun at the back of Artillery House to address problems where water has been pool and causing damp. Quite a lot of rubble will need to be removed and a skip has been placed next to the Artillery House bins. Please take care in this area.
  • Please take care in the icy weather. The salt bins have been filled and include a spade to help you spread salt.
  • December 2010 
    Week ending
    05/12/2010
  • Please take care on the Mews during the snowy and icy conditions. Salt is available for your use in the salt boxes by the gates and the centre of the car park.
  • The paths have been cleared of snow and salted.
  • There was a problem with the main gate due to snow building up on the sensors. Please note that the Grand Depot Road gate is for pedestrian use only and should not be used for vehicles except in an emergency. If you are having problems with the main electronic gate contact Redwood Estates.
  • Some residents are having difficulties with the new lock fitted to the main pedestrian gate. Another lock matching the current keys will be fitted.
  • Week ending
    12/12/2010
  • Snow has affected the main gate again.
  • We have had problems with electronic after the control unit was damaged by a resident attempting to force the gate. If you have problems with the gate please contact Redwood Estates.
  • The paths have been cleared of snow again and salt put down but please take care in the continued bad weather.
  • The gutters of both bin stores have been cleared.
  • Week ending
    19/12/2010
  • The wooden post on the corner of the lawn in front of Artillery House has been re-cemented.
  • Work at the rear of Artillery House has continues but has been affected by the bad weather.
  • When the weather improves we plan to jet wash the decking area at the side of Lantern House to remove the moss which is making it very slippery. We will also spray the steps at the rear garden of Artillery House and by left-hand side of Lantern House.
  • A very merry Christmas to one and all.
  • Week ending
    26/12/2010
  • Items that have been left in the archway leading to the rear of Lantern House will be removed.
  • We hate having to moan, especially at this time of year, but please do not put Christmas trees in the bins. Contact the Council if you need help disposing of your tree, please click here for more information.
  • Please note that nothing should be stored in the gas/electric meter rooms. Any items found will be removed for Fire Health and Safety reasons and the person responsible is liable to be charged for the cost of disposal.
  • We wish you all a very happy New Year.
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    Current Task List Summary 
  • Further tree works
  • Complete the painting of railings
  • Resurface the tennis court
  • Path to the tennis court
  • Repairs to the guttering
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    If there is anything that you have noticed that you would like us to look into that is not on the list, please do get in contact with us and let us know.




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