Welcome to the Kings Crescent Community!
There is an active Residents Group on Kings Crescent led by a committee of 13 residents from across both the old and new flats. The Residents Group became a formally recognised Tenants & residents Association (TRA) in September 2019. Anyone living on Kings Crescent is automatically a member of the TRA and a committee of residents is elected every year to run things.
Emley is the current chair of the committee and is gratefully supported by Alice, Sarah H, Emilie, Jill, Patricia, Emma, Thomas, Andrew, Maire, Jenn, Phil & Tom.
We are trying to organise more social events to bring the community together – see the Events page for details
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect a new committee will take place in 2021 (date will be confirmed once it is safe to meet post-covid), do get in touch if you would like to join the committee or want more information.
You can contact the TRA committee by email if you would like to get involved or have any ideas:
KingsCrescentN4@gmail.com or call 07926 568 497
Hackney Showroom is an arts organisation who have won Hackney’s tender to run their charity in ‘Unit C’ (4 Murrain Road). This space is going to be redesigned and refurbished to allow their charity to run alongside a new programme of activities and events for local residents. Sam and Nina have been incredibly supportive to the TRA committee, helping us to raise money for events and activities and allowing us to use the space for community events. https://www.hackneyshowroom.com/
There are lots of meetings that happen on Kings Crescent!
- The KC Residents Group (TRA) meets every 3 months (September, December, March & June) and is open to everyone. These meetings are intended to build community and are a chance to discuss ideas for social events and activities, and get updates about what is happening on Kings Crescent.
- ETRA meetings or ‘Enhanced Tenants & Resident Association’ meetings also happen every 3 months (October, January, April & July) to discuss estate issues and concerns. Hackney staff are invited to these meetings to answer questions or resolve concerns. Common topics include cleaning, repairs and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
- There is also a Resident’s Steering Group which meets about once a month to discuss upcoming plans for the regeneration of the estate including new buildings and refurbishment of existing blocks. This is attended by group of residents who have applied to join and have received training to be involved. All blocks should ideally be represented by at least one resident. For further info contact Source Partnership.
- There are other occasional meetings to do with specific issues that arise
Here is some information to let you know a bit more about who you might see at meetings….
Who’s who at the meetings…
The Ward Councillors
Kings Crescent is in the Brownswood Ward of Hackney and comprises almost 10,000 people, therefore Kings Crescent is a substantial part of the ward (around 24%) and certainly the most high density estate. More details about the ward can be found here: https://hackney.gov.uk/hackney-ward-profiles The ward is represent by two elected councillors who were re-elected in 2018:
Councillor Brian Bell who also Chairs the Regeneration Steering Group
Councillor Clare Potter who has been very supportive in our efforts to become an official TRA
Both Councillors are very active in the area and always happy to stop for a chat. A more formal way of seeking advice or support from them is via their surgeries held on a rota basis:
Date: 1st Friday each month Start: 6.30pm End: 7.30pm
Venue: Kings Crescent Estate Community Centre
Address: Queens Drive, N4 2XD
Date: 3rd Friday each month Start: 6.30pm End: 7.30pm
Venue: Azalea Court Community Hall
Address: Queens Drive, N4 2XD
Contact your Councillors at: Brian.firstname.lastname@example.org and Clare.email@example.com
or call member services on 0208 356 3373. For further information see: https://www.hackney-labour.org.uk/brownswood/
Please note – Surgeries are not held in August or December
The Council’s Regeneration Team
Ron Greenwood (Project Manager Hackney Council) has overall responsibility for delivering the final stage of the Master Plan ensuring that the number of homes promised are delivered and that the quality is high. firstname.lastname@example.org 02083567042
Bronwen Thomas (Project Manager Hackney Council) supports Ron is the delivery of the Project and oversees resident consultation (phases 1 & 2). email@example.com 02083566131
Project Officer Regeneration – post currently vacant – to support Ron in the delivery of the Project and oversee resident consultation (phase 3 & 4)
For further information and updates on the regeneration see: https://hackney.gov.uk/kings-crescent-estate
The Council’s New Homes Team
This team is currently in charge of all of the new buildings. The general email to contact them if you live in the newer blocks and have any issues is: NewBuild@hackney.gov.uk
Otherwise you can contact the team individually on:
Ewelina Sorbajan firstname.lastname@example.org
Charmaine Dennis Charmaine.Dennis@hackney.gov.uk
John Lonergan email@example.com
The Council’s Housing Team
Annette Reid is the Estate Manager and is responsible for tenancy management, estate walkabouts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sivohan Crombie is the Resident Participation Support Officer who is responsible for supporting resident led activities and initiatives. Contact: Sivohan.Crombie@hackney.gov.uk
The Community Halls team are responsible for the Vince Murrain Community Hall. To hire the hall for events contact: email@example.com
The Design Team
The Design Team is a consortium of leading architects who designed the overall Master Plan which was approved in 2013 and the detailed design of the Northside refurbishment and new blocks. In 2017 the same team was appointed to review the Master Plan and carry out detailed design of Southside refurbishment and new blocks. This work will culminate in a Planning Application at the end of 2018 to set out the design for finishing
Ed Blackett (Karakusevic Carson Architects) Design Lead
Rachael Barker (Karakusevic Carson Architects) Project Architect
Dan Marmot (HHB Architects) Project Architect
Caitlin Elster (MuF Architecture) Landscape Architect
Mark Lemanski (MuF Architecture) Landscape Architect
Independent Tenants and Leaseholder Advisor (ITLA)
Source Partnership was appointed by the Steering Group in January 2016 to provide independent and impartial advice and support to tenants and leaseholders affected by the regeneration on the Kings Crescent Estate. They have an even longer relationship with residents having worked on tenant management options and with the previous ITLA dating back to 1998. The team are available on site in the Community Centre currently on the last Thursday of the month but this will increase as we get more into phase 3&4 of the estate regeneration.
Carol Squires is the lead advisor and has worked at Kings Crescent estate since the days of the tenant management organisation. She is responsible for ensuring residents undertstand proposals. firstname.lastname@example.org
John Morris is the associate advisor and leads on community facilties and the supported residents group. email@example.com
Menekse Saitoglu is a local resident employed by Source Partnership to ensure that members of Turkish and Kurdish community understand proposals and have the chance to ask questions in their own language
Other members of Source Partnership’s team are drafted in for larger consultation events to ensure every resident gets the chance to understand and comment upon proposals. Where necessary we use professional interpreters to explain issues.
Kings Crescent Website
David Stark (resident) built and hosts this website
Emley Pine (resident) manages the content but relies on David for tech support! Also chair of the TRA
Any help welcome, please get in touch KingsCrescentN4@gmail.com