Hi folks; apologies for the delay, but the meeting minutes for the November 10th committee meeting are now available here. We focused largely on the continuing discussion with the factor on the quarterly billing, but also covered the parking issue (resulting in the yellow line painting work mentioned before), and discussed the long standing mono-block issue and gardening contract reassessment.
If you live nearby, you’ll probably have noticed two bits of yellow line painting done over the last week. The first was to refresh the hatched box at the bottom of Sinclair Close which had become somewhat faded. The second was to paint an entirely new box in front of the sub-station next to 7 Sinclair Place. The cost for this should be around £400, split amongst the Sinclair development (306 ways).
The reason for this was fairly straightforward: the council refuse lorries have to come into that area of the development to reach two sets of bin stores (one between 1 and 6 Sinclair Place, the other next to 19 Sinclair Place). When cars are parked in the area by the sub-station, it means that the refuse lorry cannot get out of the area without a difficult reversing manoeuvre, or by doing a U-turn near to 18 Sinclair Place (which is what they have been doing). In the process, the heavy refuse lorry goes over (or in a case from early November: straight through) the parking poles, damaging them. It was agreed with the council that we would paint lines to prevent parking in that area, allowing the refuse lorry to perform a three-point turn by reversing into that area.
What happens when a 10 tonne refuse lorry decides to go over your parking space
This is particularly relevant because by getting the refuse lorry to reverse into that area means that when it travels over the area of damaged mono-block, it is doing so more slowly, and also not cornering at the same time. This should hopefully minimise additional damage there, and mean that we have longer before an expensive repair is required.
Just to make everyone aware, Nancy has informed me that the gutter cleaning has been arranged for the week beginning the 28th of November. This is for all stairwells (both in the Gorgie and Sinclair developments) but not the town-houses; the cost per property will be around £34, which includes both gutter cleaning as well as some limited tile repairs and checking of drainage.