Representatives of the Association met recently with our local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to share concerns about security at Hebble Wharf.
We have made Police aware of recent incidents of intruders in the refuse store and the electrical room, and unauthorised access to the car park. Wakefield Police have asked that anyone noticing anything suspicious in or around Hebble Wharf should report it to the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team without delay.
The email address for the local neighbourhood policing team is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Any photographs you may have to support your report should be sent as attachments. It would be helpful if you could also copy your report to the Association at email@example.com
Meanwhile, the Association is continuing to press for installation of a CCTV security system in the basement of the building. Following discussions with our Managing Agents, quotations have been invited for a suitable system for installation in appropriate locations.
Following the transfer of the Long Leasehold of Hebble Wharf from Waterfront Wakefield to Surrey-based G&O Investments, a new Managing Agent has been appointed to carry out the functions formerly undertaken by LIV Group.Plymouth Block Management, who also manage other properties in Yorkshire, will be working closely with Hebble Wharf Residents and Owners Association to ensure a smooth transition to the new working arrangements. More information will be available soon.
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On 7 December 2017 our Landlord, Waterfront Wakefield (Hebble Wharf) Ltd., lodged an Notice under Section 20A of the Landlord and Tenant Act for dispensation to proceed with emergency repair works to address water ingress through the southern elevation of Hebble Wharf without the requirement to first consult with leaseholders, on whom the cost will ultimately fall. The requirement to consult normally applies to any works that cost more than £250 per apartment and in order to proceed without consultation, the landlord must seek approval from the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber. Copies of the Notice were sent to all leaseholders on 11 December.
The committee of Hebble Wharf Residents and Owners Association met on 20 December to consider the implications of the Notice and to draft a response to the Tribunal. Representations received from individual leaseholders were considered and the committee agreed to submit a formal response, outlining the Association’s concerns, supported by at least 22 leaseholders. The Association’s response does not preclude individual leaseholders from also responding, but has the endorsement of a majority of the voting members of the Association.
On 20 December, the Tribunal directed the Landlord to provide further information to each leaseholder before the application could be considered. That information was due to be provided within 21 days (by 10 January) but on 8 January, the Landlord asked for a one-week extension of this deadline as there had been delays on obtaining some of the information over the Christmas/New Year period. We expect the information to be supplied in the coming week, after which leaseholders will have 7 days to respond with any concerns to the Tribunal.
The Association’s submission has been made ahead of the further information being supplied and may be modified should new information come to light. Copies of each of the relevant documents can be downloaded using the following links: