This week, Managing Agents LIV Group provided updates on the issues that residents reported were their greatest concerns – parking and security.
There remains a long-term plan to create car parking for commercial tenants on the waste ground on the opposite side of the canal basin. LIV Group have no indication yet when this is likely to be constructed, or whether spaces will be made available for residents of Hebble Wharf
The Association has asked LIV Group to clarify the status of the area outside the front door of Hebble Wharf, which is not allocated to any of the commercial users. This area is not designated as a car parking area, but as an area for emergency vehicle access and for deliveries. The area has not been constructed to the same standard as the remaining car park spaces and there has been damage to the block paving suggesting it is unsuited to continual use by vehicles. LIV have cautioned that any request for designation of parking spaces there could result in the existing “unofficial” spaces being lost and “No Parking” signs being erected.
Once the Residents & Owners Association is formally recognised, we will work with LIV Group to develop a proposal to the commercial landlords in adjacent buildings to seek designation of certain bays for residents use out of office hours (ie 6pm to 8am). The Association’s primary focus is to provide for visitor parking, especially overnight and at weekends.
Building Security and CCTV
Existing CCTV coverage of the Waterfront development is now operational and cameras pan across all parts of the estate, including external areas around Hebble Wharf. Data is recorded and held for 28 days. The Association has asked that CCTV coverage be extended to include, as a minimum, the vehicle entrance, fire door and the main entrance lobby on the ground floor.
Leaseholders at Hebble Wharf have withdrawn their acceptance of the offer to purchase the headlease on Hebble Wharf, following news that the income from ground rents would be substantially less than anticipated.
According to information supplied by the vendor’s solicitors, it transpired that there would be no ground rent income from about 25% of apartments which were sold last year ‘en bloc’ with 998 year leases (instead of the usual 250 year lease) but with only a peppercorn ground rent payable.
A majority of the leaseholders decided that the investment required was no longer viable.
There are currently 15 residents registered in this email group.
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On February 20, 2017 a notice of acceptance was issued to Waterfront Wakefield (Hebble Wharf) Ltd and their agents in response to the Section 5 Offer to purchase the long leasehold on the building. This acceptance was made possible with the support of a majority (29 out of a possible 44) of qualifying leaseholders.
At the same time, we once again questioned the validity of the Section 5 Notice (which contained contradictory statements regarding the offer) but we understand that the Notice has been deemed to be valid and we are now working on the assumption that each stage of the process must be completed in timescales determined from February 21.
We now need to ensure we have a robust offer that we can circulate to leaseholders who are considering an investment in the planned purchase. Ideally, the decision whether or not to proceed needs to be made by March 21, to avoid any unneccessary legal costs being incurred if we cannot proceed.
Late December saw a new, revised Section 5 notice issued to leaseholders, replacing the original notice issued in September, which contained some inaccuracies and was challenged.
We have now received clarification of one important anomoly in the latest notice – which contained references to both the freehold and leasehold interest in the details of sale.
Property owners U and I plc have confirmed that the current Section 5 Offer relates to sale of the long leasehold on the building – and not, as previously indicated, the freehold.
We are presently seeking clarification on a number of questions which will assist leaseholders in deciding whether they wish to support acceptance of the offer to purchase the long leasehold. If we are to pursue the option to purchase, we need to have the signed support of a majority of qualifying leaseholders before the deadline of February 21.