TRA News March 2019


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Tenants’ and residents’ association News March 2019

Evidence needed by the Task & Finish Group


The Residents Task & Finish Group are currently asking for residents’ experience of communal repairs – both the reporting of and the service received. They have an online survey which takes less than 5 minutes to complete and it is important they get as much feedback as possible. If you have experience of reporting repairs to your block (eg door entry, lifts, communal lighting/windows etc) or estate (eg paving, drains, lamp columns etc)


Take the survey


The survey is open till 8 March so please complete today. Thanks!


Blooming Lambeth awards 2019

We have commissioned Incredible Edible Lambeth (IEL) to run the 2019 Blooming Lambeth Awards for the 3rd year in a row. Last year saw 97 nominations for the various categories and 130 people attended the Garden Museum for the awards ceremony in October. We are keen to encourage more nominations this year. The categories will be:

  1. Best Community Garden Anywhere
  2. The Ivor Picardo award for the most productive vegetable garden
  3. Best School Garden
  4. Against the Odds
  5. Best Community Gardener
  6. Innovation in Sustainable Food
  7. Garden in Bloom

A formal launch will take place later in March. Keep a check on the Incredible Edible Lambeth website for the latest news and nomination form.


TRAs of the month


Lilford Estate TRA recently started knitting classes in their community hub and it’s already producing high quality articles like the one shown on the side. They are now looking to hire some more sewing machines so if you know of anyone who has machines to use please let Lilford TRA know via

We highlighted Mursell Estate TRA’s new kitchen in last month’s TRA newsletter paid for courtesy of Leap (Lambeth Early Years Partnership). Leap formally launched its Mursell project on the estate on 21 February and well attended it was too as you can see from the picture below. Over 90 adults and children made for a very busy event with the usual face painting and zumba dancing but great sustainable food for the children courtesy of Incredible Edible Lambeth. It’s looking like a great partnership between Leap and Mursell Estate TRA.


Area Board Corner


Last month all three Area Boards met to discuss quarter 3’s key performance indicators (KPIs) as well as the improvement plan for the Call Centre. All performance information is regularly published on the Council’s website here housing-management-performance including cleaning and grounds maintenance satisfaction surveys by estate. The next round of Area Board meetings will be their AGMs, held in May. Watch this space for dates. All Board packs are available on the website.

An evaluation report on the Residents Assembly has now been completed and once signed off by the Co-ordinating Committee, it will be published on the Getting Involved site on the Council’s website. 

In the meantime the review of the resident engagement structures is being completed and a report is being drafted by the independent consultant, Just Housing Group. The recommendations from the review will be shared with TRAs once agreed by the Co-ordinating Committee for their views before going to Cabinet in early summer.

We are still recruiting residents to our latest Residents Panel, Anti Social Behaviour (ASB). These Panels are sounding boards for discussing service improvements directly with residents. They meet quarterly in the evening. If you are interested in joining the residents ASB Panel please email


com gym

There’s a variety of activities including fitness classes and women only gym sessions at Brixton Recreation Centre’s new Community Gym.

Activities include:

Women only sessions run:

Monday–Friday 6:30am–8am and 7pm–10pm.

Junior gym sessions run:

Monday–Friday 4pm–6pm and Saturday/Sunday 10am–1pm

Adults aged 55+ gym sessions run:

Wednesday 9am–1pm

For more information visit