On this page you can find the latest information on the rebuild of Pike Close estate in the London Borough of Bromley.
Property guardians move into empty homes on the estate
14 August 2020
Riverside is in the process of bringing empty properties on the estate back into use by moving in property guardians. The guardians will occupy the homes on a temporary basis until redevelopment work starts. The plan has been put in place to safeguard the properties and give tenants living on the estate a greater sense of security.
Riverside has appointed property guardian company, Lowe, to recruit and manage the guardians. Lowe has already carried out some remedial work to many of the vacant homes to make them ready for occupation, and a number of guardians are scheduled to move in over the coming weeks.
Guardians are working people (often key workers) priced out of the rental market and looking for affordable housing. To live in a Riverside property, a guardian pays a monthly licence fee which is lower than the average market rent for properties in the area.
Instead of having a tenancy agreement, guardians sign a licence agreement which sets out the rules and regulations they have to follow. The licence is a temporary arrangement, with each party having the right to cancel the agreement by giving four weeks’ notice.
Riverside has also promoted the guardian scheme to adult children of tenants on the estate, with Lowe receiving a number of applications.
Residents’ Steering Group look forward to next stage
24 April 2019
The Pike Close Residents’ Steering Group met on 23 April 2019.
The meeting discussed the majority vote for the redevelopment of Pike Close.
Residents were keen to see progress on a detailed design. Source Partnership and the Steering Group will work with residents so that everyone can have a full say during the next stages.
The other main issues discussed were:
- Residents want to discuss how the allocations process will work for new homes.
- The need for Riverside to continue dealing with anti-social behaviour on the estate and commit to improving and maintaining services and repairs.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 25 June 2019.
Results of the residents ballot
18 April 2019
In the recent ballot on proposals to build a new Pike Close, a majority of residents said yes. 82% voted for the proposals and 18% against. Turnout was high, with a total of 77 votes cast out of a possible 86.
The ballot was run independently by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) and closed on Monday 15 April at 5pm. All residents have received notification of this result in writing from Riverside and will receive detailed results directly from ERS.
If you have any questions about the ballot result and what it will mean for you, please call 0345 111 0000 or email [email protected]
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