Dunstan Houses Consultation – Improve our Lives!!!

Dear Dunstan Houses shareholder,

(For residents who are not shareholders, please read on to the end)

I hope you are all well.

Following on from this year’s AGM, it was decided that we should launch a consultation on how we would like to improve Dunstan Houses. In the initial stages, it is a case of the more ideas the merrier! Perhaps you have an idea for this part of DH, or perhaps there is a service that you think we need. How can we, as shareholders and residents, make our lives better?

This letter will be posted on the Dunstan Dwellers FaceBook group, as well as going on the website blog, and it will be sent round to every shareholder. We, the Board, ask that you post your ideas in the Dunstan Dwellers FaceBook group so that others can see and comment. For those of you who are not members, then perhaps we could ask you to join the group, so as to participate.

If you don’t use the internet, or wish to use the internet, then please feel free to pop a note in your nearest board member’s door, or knock and have a chat. You can also of course email us on board@dunstanhouses.co.uk. Please also, engage people in the courtyard and talk to your neighbours about it!

We would like your thoughts and ideas on improvements of all sorts that could be made to the building and/or its external spaces. At this stage we do not have a budget. However, we did receive a clear steer from the shareholders at the AGM that this is something we should explore together. There were a number of funding options discussed at the meeting that we would need to explore and understand in much more detail.

So, what will this consultation look like?

– We all contribute to the Dunstan Dwellers FaceBook group and post our ideas, or comment on other people’s ideas.

– When we have a number of ideas, we will call a meeting in the courtyard, advertised well in advance, for all to discuss our ideas over a glass of wine or tea. This is likely to be in February 2016.

– At this point we will also solicit from you the way forward that you would like us, the Board, to take.

For residents of Dunstan Houses, we would encourage you to take part fully in the debate of ideas, however the final decision must legally rest with the shareholders. It is out intention that we are as inclusive as possible as we can be within the bounds of the legal requirements of Dunstan Houses Ltd.

Thanks very much. And we look forward to hearing all the great ideas!

With best wishes, and of the season,

The DH Board

 

Updated AGM time

Apologies – the Stafford Centre was not available when we thought it would be.

The new AGM is on 18th November at 1945.

Thanks and please pass the message!

 

Mike

AGM – 17th November 2015 – 1900

Dear Residents,

This year’s AGM will be held on the 17th November at 1900 at the Stifford Centre (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Stifford+Community+Centre/@51.5198246,-0.0496575,18z/data=!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x48761d29dc0347a1:0xb57ef829916c83e0!2sStepney+Green!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x49f1b2819c02cdba).

Please tell anyone that you see hanging around in case they don’t see this!

Thanks and see you there.

 

Mike

Board Meeting 6/7/15

Dear Residents, Owners and Renters of DH,

Last night the board had a catch up on some of the current issues. The two most pressing are the Roof and the Railings.

Roof: Within the next two weeks we should be getting a cherry picker in to investigate the roof tiles that slipped off over last winter. Once we have inspected the problem we will make a decision as to what needs to be done.

Railings: In compliance with the Lease Agreement we have asked for quotes from two firms. As this is an open forum we can’t give a huge amount of detail but suffice to say one is cheaper than the other! We have invited both firms to give us more information so as to help us in our decision making and hope to make the final decision by the end of August. Work would hopefully start over the Autumn.

If you would like more detail about this then please grab one of the board members in the courtyard, or drop us an email. Also, please feel free to get in touch with any issues you have.

The Board xxx

1Gb Fibre Broadband Connection from Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic A5 flyer

We are delighted to inform you that Dunstan Houses will soon be connected to Hyperoptic’s 1Gb full fibre broadband. DH suffers from below average broadband speeds, but this direct full fibre connection will significantly upgrade current speeds and connectivity.

Hyperoptic provide download speeds of 20Mb, 100Mb and an incredible 1Gb. Better still, these speeds are consistent which means no slow downs, restrictions or limits. Just reliably fast speeds to all residents at all times.

There is no obligation to take service, however you can register to secure exclusive price deals including free standard installation. This is ideal if you are currently in a broadband contract, or simply would like to keep your options open. Either way there is no commitment to take service.

To register your interest, simply go to hyperoptic.com and enter your postcode and a few details.

Once Hyperoptic’s services are available, all those who registered will be offered an exclusive “early bird” offer specific to Dunstan Houses.

Thanks,

The DH Board

Summer BBQ!!!!

It’s that time of year again – the Dunstan Houses Summer BBQ1

Sunday 28th June from 1400.

Dunstan Houses will provide the food, you provide the booze!

 

The Board x

June 2013 Newsletter

Cleaning windows

Hello! A few weeks ago we used a cleaning contractor for the 2nd time to clean the stairwells and your windows. Please let us know what you thought via email (board@dunstanhouses.co.uk). A related note: if you smoke, we’d ask you don’t deposit cigarette butts out of your window or leave them on the stairwells. 

Water Tanks

The ancient water tanks at the tops of the staircases have now been replaced. Everything should be back to normal for those flats affected. Thanks for your cooperation if you were affected by the works.

Companies House Accounts and Service Charge

The financial accounts for Dunstan Houses are now all submitted to Companies House. You may have already received a request from Crabtree for a small sum (in addition to the service charge). We voted to reduce the service charge for 2013 as the major programme of works that has included the roof, stairwells and water tanks is now complete.

Bike Racks

We added another ‘post’ to the bike racks. Please do not chain your bikes to the downpipes in the courtyard.

Unwanted Visitors

Thank you to residents that have used the ASBO number we provided last month. We have had reports that community support officers have removed youths from the staircases. It is important to ensure people know that they cannot come and drink and smoke in the stairwells so please ring the ASBO team (the non-emergency police 101 number) if you see or hear this happening.