Festival of Discovery

Festival of discovery – online in 2020

Running online 20-21 November 2020, The Festival of Discovery aims to help people connect through lively discussions, entertainment, things to make and do and real-life stories from communities across the UK.

Join Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Mr Motivator and many more special celebrity guests and contributors as they set out on an exciting journey to explore what a better future might look like for us all.

Book your place now, it’s completely FREE and with new acts still being confirmed, there is something for everyone at www.thefestivalofdiscovery.com! #FestivalOfDiscovery

Community Safety Partnership Plan CSP

Each local Council has a statutory obligation to have a Community Safety Partnership (CSP) which must tackle crime and disorder, substance misuse and reoffending. As part of this, each CSP must develop a plan that addresses these issues in partnership with representatives from the Police, NHS Trusts, Probation and the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC).

The current CSP plan and priorities expires on March 31st 2021. We are consulting with both professionals and local residents to ensure we develop a new plan that takes into consideration the concerns of local people and changes they would like to see.  

Please let us know by sharing and completing our survey by Friday 27th November 2020.

Neighbourhood Watch meeting

Parkview Neighbourhood Watch has a scheduled meeting for

19. November 2020 at 14:00 – 16:00

Venue, virtual meeting on Microsoft Teams.

All known members and regular attendees have been invited.

All residents and users of the Parkview Estate, Gatehouse School, St. James the Less Church and local shops in St. James Avenue can apply for membership of the Parkview Neighbourhood Watch on this web page:

As we cannot ascertain proof of address from any other agencies, we need to ask residents who are not registered on the Ourwatch platform to email us proof of address (a recent letter, invoice) if you want to get an invite to the meeting. Invites to be sent to either registration email on Ourwatch or email where the proof of address originates from.

It’s just the easiest just to join on on the Ourwatch website as this will require you to enter your address. All meetings details and agenda get published on the Calendar page.

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Door replacement program

Yesterday, 2nd November 2020, I had a visit to the AD Construction Group site to inspect those new doors, THH tenants have to have and leaseholders have an option to also instal.

The doors comply with British Standard 476, which I understand to be compliant to a 30m fire resistance inside and out. Unfortunately our current Masterdors do not hold out longer than 15 mins.

The new regulations in force and in light of the Grenfell tragedy require all front doors to comply with fire safety standards. This includes that fire doors no longer are self-locking. This means in practise all residents who have these new doors can never forget to lock their doors manually when they leave their dwelling for any amount of time.

Leaving those doors unlocked will allow anybody to enter the dwelling by pressing down the door handle, unless it has been locken with a key.

I enquired about smart locking, e.g. like cars, with a smart key that can also be used for smart services like Alexa, which enables us to voice activate and program our applicances. Unfortunately this option is not available with those dooors. I would strongly support it.

Also it has to be noted that the letterbox flap on the inside of the doors does not open furhter than around 45 degrees, which doesn’t allow the pushing through of larger and thicker envelopes.

We will be notified when Parkview is due to have the doors renewed.