It is important that the black litter bins that are situated across the development are not used for normal household waste or recycling. Recently black bin bags, food waste bags and cardboard has been found in some bins.
The Residents Management Company has responsibility for maintaining and emptying the litter bins, the cost of which everyone pays for via the annual service charge.
If costs increase as a result of bins being damaged or because more collections are required to prevent the bins from over-flowing, everyone will ultimately bear that cost.
It is also important to note that any waste that is generated within the boundaries of a residential property whether it be food, general household waste, garden waste, dog poo etc. must be disposed of in the bins provided by the local authority to be taken away on bin day. If household waste is disposed of in any other way such as dumping it outside the property, putting it in a litter bin or dog poo bin it is classed as fly tipping which is a criminal offence and can be dealt with accordingly.
We have noted reports of an increased level of dog fouling across Eagle Rise & Aqua Verde. Dog owners have a legal duty to clean up every time their dog messes in a public place. The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse. There are plenty of dog-waste bins across the development so there is no excuse to leave it.
Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1,000.
Let’s work together as a community and if you witness dog fouling, please report it to Chelmsford City Council either by ringing 01245 606606 and asking for ‘Dog Wardens’ or by reporting it online.
The budget for 2022/23 has now been agreed and Remus will be sending out Service Charge demands on this basis imminently. In a climate of rapidly increasing prices, directors have endeavoured to minimise increases to the Service Charge. This has been achieved by minor amendments to the Grounds Maintenance specification, on the basis the landscape is now well established, and reducing the sums transferred into reserves.
The year on year overall budget increase is only 0.97% and this is mainly attributed to the CIC site-wide charge as our share was estimated last year prior to the contributions being finalised by the CIC.
The summary schedule of costs for the period 1st July 2022 to 30th June 2023 can be viewed and/or downloaded below:
We are aware that you have not yet been notified of the Service Charge for 2022/23 and yet the new year starts on 1st July. In a climate of rapidly increasing prices, directors have been working to minimise increases to the Service Charge and the biggest single cost is Grounds Maintenance for which discussions are ongoing with Remus and Olly (Channels Estates).
Our intention is to be in a position to communicate the 2022/23 charge to you week commencing 20th June and we are confident that there will not be any significant increase over the 2021/22 budgeted sum. We do however need to be mindful that if costs continue to rise at the current rate, the position at the end of the coming service charge year may not be so favourable and as such robust in year management will be required.
This will be a more informal ‘town hall’ style session and not a formal General Meeting of the management company and as such all Bellway residents are welcome to attend. It is a chance for a general chat, for directors to communicate any key updates and for residents to raise any questions. Remus will be hosting the meeting for us and will also be available to answer questions.
The directors look forward to catching up with as many residents as possible on Friday. 🙂
Just fill in the form with your account reference number and balance as found on the demand sent out in November and you will be presented with various payment options to facilitate the transaction.
Some residents may have small credits on their account as a result of an error from the days of POD Management so do check the amount you have to pay to clear your account as it could be less than the headline half year charge.
It is important that Service Charge demands are paid without undue delay as this income is used to pay contractors, which in turn ensures directors can deliver the legal obligations of the RMC. This was flagged as a key risk to effective cash management and the ability to comply with obligations as set out in the RMC Articles of Association at the AGM held on 6th September.
If you have any queries about your payment or account balance, you can use the form on the website to contact Remus.
Directors of the Residents Management Company will be holding a residents meeting on Friday 21st January at 7.00pm 2022 at the Beaulieu Community Centre, 17 Centenary Way, CM1 6AU.
Given the current COVID situation, it is very possible we will need to hold an online meeting instead and we will post details accordingly nearer the time if this is the case.
This will be a more informal ‘town hall’ style session and not a formal General Meeting of the management company and as such all Bellway residents are welcome to attend. It is a chance for a general chat, for directors to communicate any key updates and for residents to raise any questions.
To assist in efficient running of the meeting, you can submit a question in advance. Where possible, questions received will be addressed prior to the open forum and can be submitted via www.ccmc-ltd.uk/ask
Please ensure that all questions are posted via the link above no later than midday on Wednesday 19th January.
Directors gratefully request that if you wish to attend the residents meeting, and prior to submitting advance questions, you look at the key information made available on this website.
Directors would appreciate all residents signing up to follow CCMC-Ltd so that whenever an update is added, you can be notified immediately by e-mail: www.ccmc-ltd.uk/follow/
The directors look forward to catching up with as many residents as possible (either face to face or online) on Friday 21st January.
Over the last few months, and at both our EGM & AGM, the question of installing communal electric car charging points has been raised.
Initial scoping indicates that it would cost circa £6k for the installation of two charging points at the visitor bay location. Ongoing charges would comprise a monthly standing amount (£5 per registered user) plus actual electricity usage (billable to registered users based on their individual usage). There would also be an annual charge of £450 for the scheme to cover ongoing testing, certification, system updates and breakdowns.
Unfortunately this would be classed as a commercial project and as such it would not attract any government grant to reduce the cost and the capital sum would potentially represent a charge to the entire community initially of circa £20 per property. There could be a number of different models scoped to share the ongoing fixed costs of the scheme however this will be explored further dependent on the level of overall interest.
It should be noted that having only two charging points would not necessarily deliver sufficient capacity and would not potentially give equitable access to all residents (and visitors) that wanted to use them.
Another possible option is to explore discounted bulk buying of private residential charging points for installation on owners properties (payable by owners directly) if there is sufficient interest. We are lucky in that the vast majority of residents have driveway space so that cars can safely be charged off of the roadway.
We would therefore be interested to know the views of the wider community and would be grateful if you could complete the simple survey (5 questions) via the link below:
We were advised by Bellway in the summer that all highways related remedial works were to be finished by the end of September. It would seem that there is still much work to do. There are two safety bollards on pedestrian access ways that have been missing for many months, weeds are growing everywhere again and there are still sunken manhole covers and other issues that have not yet been addressed.
We chased Bellway who have advised that the contractor has unfortunately been pulled onto another project. As such works are planned to commence again from Monday 18th October for circa 2 weeks after which Bellway will arrange for a further Highways inspection to get the roads on the mandatory 12 month maintenance period.
As reported a couple of weeks back, there were 7 lamp columns across both phases which required remedial work due to being damaged, an incorrect column or where the mounting height was incorrect. Bellway have advised that the lighting work has been completed and all lights should now be working. If you believe that any lamps are not working, please report HERE.
Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)
Earlier in the year there was a public consultation which included proposals for a 20mph speed limit across all of Channels, traffic calming measures and extension of double yellow lines around the bus route.
There were a small number of objections to the extended double yellow lines (mainly from residents on Albatross Way which runs between Croudace & Pompadour) however the need for extended double yellow lines is clear as the roads are often blocked around the bus route, an example of which is shown in the picture below along Brassie Wood:
County Councillor Mike Steel provided an update at the Little Waltham Parish Council meeting held on 5th October. Due to the negative feedback received via the public consultation, a compromise approach was discussed with Highways with the aim of keeping traffic flowing, even with buses stopping, whilst still allowing residents to park outside their houses. Our understanding is that the compromise solution tends to have restrictions just on one side of the road and at junctions.
If there are no further queries following the new proposal going to Cabinet (elected members), it is this version that will be taken forward in the form of a new TRO. We have not seen the revised proposal.
We are also aware that Bellway are continuing to discuss revised traffic calming and safety measures with Highways and as these formed part of the original TRO, it is not clear whether this will lead to a further delay. It is therefore unlikely that changes will be introduced any earlier than the end of this calendar year.
Unfortunately there were no suitable venues available on or around the originally intended date however as a face to face meeting had been promised, a new date of 6th September has been set to facilitate this.
Please ensure that returns for the meeting (specifically if you wish to stand as a director or appoint a proxy) are delivered to Remus no later than Tuesday 31st August 2021.
If you wish to stand as a director it is important to understand that as an officer of a limited company, you must:
Tell other shareholders if you might personally benefit from a transaction the company makes;
Directors are able to hire other people to manage some of these things day-to-day (for example, Remus or an accountant) however it is the directors that remain legally responsible for the company’s records, accounts and performance.
To ensure there is sensible and practical governance in relation to the running of the RMC, the following will be proposed at the AGM:
To limit the number of directors to 7;
To use dedicated sub committees where necessary;
To assign each director specific roles;
A member must be up to date with their service charge payments to stand as director and regular attendance at board meetings is mandatory.
Directors look forward to seeing members on Monday 6th September at the Annual General Meeting.