Everyone should have received a letter from Ron Dixon, Head of Mechanical & Electrical at Lewisham Homes, inviting us to a meeting tomorrow.
Tuesday 6 March, 7pm-8pm at Deptford Lounge
The meeting is to "talk through what our fire policy is and what it means for residents", with an opportunity to answer any questions people may have.
In the past, we have been requested to keep communal areas clear to minimise fire risk, and asked to "Never leave refuse sacks, bicycles, children's buggies, plant pots, washing or other obstructions in communal corridors or walkways."
One question might be: if Lewisham Homes want us to clear our balconies of obstructions to comply with fire regulations, what opportunities for outside storage can they provide?
We have recently been informed they have no plans to properly administer the existing storage areas (bike/pram sheds and "drying rooms"), so that everyone might have an opportunity to rent a space. Presently, it is a free-for-all whereby some people are paying rent on a shed whilst others are not, some have more than one shed whilst others have none, and a shed might only be acquired by breaking into one that appears not to be in use.
What are the safe and secure options for storing bikes (and indeed, pushchairs and prams) for those who have to store them outside their homes because their flats are too small, as well as, in some cases, having to carry them up five flights of stairs?
Meanwhile, many people will be strongly opposed to removing their balcony pot plants – will we be hearing alternative plans for the balcony gardens that presently, and in most cases, contribute considerably to the health and wellbeing of residents?
Another question might be: why is this meeting being held at the Lounge when we have a space of our own for such meetings?