As the water level in the ‘fountain lake’ has fallen significantly, the fountain has been turned off temporarily. As the fountain is very powerful, it draws in silt from the bottom when the water level is low and there is a risk of damage to the motor.
Geese Droppings (Clean Up)
We have determined that the geese droppings do represent an environmental hazard and that simply jet-washing the pavements and paths is not an appropriate way to clean the droppings away.
Remus are currently obtaining quotes for a ‘clean up operation’ by specialist contractors however they need to visit the site to assess exactly what needs to be done and therefore the cost involved.
We will look to share the cost with Bellway on the basis that the roads and pavements are not our responsibility to manage however there will be a cost against the Service Charge Budget. Environmental Health could not assist on the basis the issue is on private land.
We believe the geese have been displaced from the larger lakes that have been partially drained due to building works however it does now look as if the geese have moved on (with the exception of one that has been left behind). If they do return, we have been advised that they should not continue to be fed by residents as this will perpetuate the problem and it is less likely they will move on to another location.
You will recall that directors have been investigating site-wide costs for the last 2 years and neither DJC nor POD acting as managing agents were able to provide sufficient assurance as to what we were actually paying for given that only circa 20% of site-wide land was available for use.
We have advised all parties involved on many occasions during the last 2 years that we would only pay for site-wide land we had access to and only where we were confident that expenditure was valid and appropriate. Without such information being made available, we took the decision to withhold monies and credit residents last autumn based on a proposal put forward to the site-wide management company via POD last year.
PG Property Management (who took over from POD Management and now support the site-wide management company) proposed a way forward in February 2021 which directors agreed to in principle on the understanding full sets of reinstated accounts for the last 4 years were made available for us to inspect. The site-wide contributions that form the 2021/22 Service Charge presented at the EGM in May support this proposal.
Unfortunately we have not been furnished with re-stated accounts and as we are obliged to look after the interests of CCMC members, we are standing firm in that we will not pay any further monies owing until the accounts (together with supporting information and invoices where appropriate) are received. PG Property Management have suggested that they will be writing to all residents imminently (as part of a wider update) flagging the CCMC arrears position.
CCMC directors (supported by Remus) are working with PG Property Management on this issue and indeed no direct legal relationship exists between the site-wide management company and individual residents.
As such individual residents do not have to take any action and there is no requirement or need to liaise directly with the site-wide management company on this issue.
Given the lack of assurance we received from both DJC and POD in relation to site-wide expenditure, we believe that members would rather us undertake sufficient and robust due diligence prior to paying any further monies to PG Property Management, especially as this accounts for 30% of the overall service charge.
For the avoidance of doubt, PG Property Management is a company created by directors of Ptarmigan Land to act as site-wide managing agent. Ptarmigan Land is the consultancy firm that acts for and represents the land owner in relation to the Channels development.
For freehold owners, don’t forget that the final date for payment of your half year Service Charge demand for the period 1st July 2021-31st December 2021 is Friday 16th July.
The easiest way to make payment is via the Remus Website at:
Just fill in the form with your account reference number and balance as found on the demand sent out in June and you will be presented with various payment options to facilitate the transaction.
Dear Eagle Rise & Aqua Verde Residents,
Directors of the Residents Management Company will be holding a virtual residents meeting via the Zoom video conferencing facility on Tuesday 13th July at 6.00pm.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 883 2118 8298
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 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 Monday 12th July.
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.
Please observe the rules that will be followed for conducting online meetings which can be found here. The meeting may be recorded, there is an expectation of good behaviour and directors reserve the right to exclude any person who acts in an abusive manner or disrupts the meeting.
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 on Tuesday 13th July.
CCMC Ltd Directors
As you are aware, directors had planned to hold the Residents Management Company Annual General Meeting towards the end of June or in early July. We very much wanted to ensure the AGM could be a physical ‘face to face’ meeting however with the delay to the easing of COVID restrictions, this will not be possible.
Following discussion with Remus, we have decided to postpone the AGM until September (provisional date Tuesday 14th September) to ensure that we can hold the promised physical meeting. This will avoid the holiday period and provide the best chance for as many members to attend as possible.
We will however hold an informal virtual meeting for all residents during July (proposed date Tuesday 13th at 6pm) so that directors can provide key updates and residents can raise any questions or concerns.
As we have noted previously, we do not have to wait until the AGM for members to join as directors and as such if you would like to get involved, do come forward and express your interest.
CCMC Ltd Directors
Directors/Remus have received a number of queries in relation to the poor state of roads due to excessive weed growth, both in blocked paved areas and at kerb edges. Whilst we could have paid Olly to undertake work to remove all of the weeds, it is a Bellway responsibility and there is a risk that we would not have been able to recover the costs incurred.
The good news is that work on removing all of the weeds has now started and will continue for the next week across the entire Bellway development. You may well see two men scraping weeds from the kerbside edges today around Aqua Verde and they will begin on Eagle Rise next week.
It would be appreciated if you could utilise your driveway space as much as possible whilst the work is ongoing to ensure there is clear access to all areas.
Following approval of the Parking Management resolution at the EGM on 25th May, there are a number of actions that need to be progressed to ensure the regulations are adhered to.
The first will be to mark the five visitor bays (CCMC owned land) in the image below and we will confirm the date in due course:
By way of a reminder, resident visitor parking is allowed for 4 hours with no return for 12 hours in these bays.
There have been a number of resident owned vehicles (including commercial vehicles) left for long periods in the visitor bays and this is no longer permitted in line with the approved regulations.
We will additionally arrange for signage to be installed which makes clear the rules for parking in the visitor bays and we will not initially use a third party enforcement agency as we hope that residents will respect the agreed way forward.
If it becomes clear that vehicles, resident or otherwise, are being left in the visitor bays for extended periods (including commercial vehicles), we will progress with formalised parking enforcement.
CCMC Ltd Directors
Following the EGM held on Tuesday 25th May, the results of the voting on the four resolutions presented are as follows:
Ordinary Resolution Proposal (Parking Management)
Approval of the proposed parking regulations as outlined in the resolution briefing statement:
Votes For: 26
Votes Against: 21
Ordinary Resolution Proposal (Service Charge Budget)
Approval of the proposed CCMC Ltd 2021/22 Service Charge Budget as outlined in the resolution briefing statement:
Votes For: 35
Votes Against: 7
Ordinary Resolution Proposal (Managing Agent)
Approval to continue working with Remus, acting as Managing Agent, as outlined in the resolution briefing statement:
Votes For: 33
Votes Against: 9
Ordinary Resolution Proposal (Grounds Maintenance Contractor)
Approval to award a new one-year grounds maintenance contract to Clifford’s Group as outlined in the resolution briefing statement:
Votes For: 40
Votes Against: 4
For the avoidance of doubt, all four resolutions have duly been approved by members and Remus will work with directors to progress any actions required as a result.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and for those that attended the EGM thank you for contributing to the decisions that needed to be made. The minutes of the meeting can be found HERE and all members will receive confirmation of the above together with the minutes by post in due course.
CCMC Ltd Directors
The deadline for submitting questions has now passed and the website has been updated with answers to all those received. No further answers will be posted. Please use the links below to review the answers to questions submitted in relation to EGM agenda items 3-6:
Service Charge Budget
We look forward to seeing you at the EGM on Tuesday so please register here if you are planning to attend and don’t forget to submit your voting form in time!
To All Residents/Neighbours,
Further to recent posts on social media, we feel it is necessary to clarify again the proposed regulation in regard to Parking and some historical information.
Parking and the introduction of Permits was mentioned at the Residents Meeting on the 2nd December 2020 following representation from residents about poor parking in areas of the development. We have also been asked to ensure covenants are enforced, specifically in relation to parking and commercial vehicles.
Feedback received from residents following notification of the Parking Permit implementation in February was taken on board, a decision not to proceed was taken and the regulation was subsequently revised. In an ideal world we should have engaged more prior to the original proposal but being limited in number (and the role of a CCMC Director being a voluntary and unpaid one), we do not have the capacity to devote more time outside of our normal working commitments.
The recommended regulation should have zero impact to residents unless you choose to park inconsiderately or against the Highway Code.
There is no restriction on parking resident owned private vehicles at any time, nor for their visitors, other than as detailed in Paragraph 5 of the recommendation.
Please note that in line with earlier correspondence, the deadline for advance questions was midday today (20th May) and as such any submissions received after this time may not be answered. All questions received prior to the deadline will be responded to and posted on the website as described in our update of 7th May.
Please also ensure your vote reaches Remus before the 48hour cut off. Any votes received by Remus after the specified cut off will not be counted and members will not be able to vote for the first time at the meeting. Members will however be entitled to change a vote already submitted whilst at the meeting following presentation of the resolution papers.
Lastly if you are a member please do register to join the EGM and also consider becoming a CCMC Director as we would welcome the additional help.
CCMC Ltd Directors