Chester Terrace Ballustrade

Further to our previous correspondence regarding works to the balustrade and wall/foundations at Chester Terrace we have received two reviews by third-party structural engineers (Alan Baxter Associates and Ramboll) which the Working Group have met to consider. Each of their reports and the instructions given are available on the CEPC’s website at https://www.cepc.org.uk/residents/chester-terrace-resident-ratepayers-meeting/ Following consideration by the Working Group of the Ramboll review we have asked the CEPC’s structural engineers Hurst Pierce + Malcolm to draft up a potential further option which involves:

  • For the southern section adopting an Option 4 approach (= major works to the wall/foundations and new balustrade)
  • For the other sections minor safety repairs (or continuing barriers) for the balustrade plus ongoing monitoring of wall/foundation/balustrade movement for at least 1 year to assess how those structures are moving and what further works are required in those locations.

This flows from the Ramboll review (and further discussion by the Working Group) which roughly divides the foundations in to three sections. This option would then be costed by a relevant professional on the same basis as the other options previously explored.

Further to a request received by some members of the CTRA, I attach a breakdown of the percentages of the garden rates in Chester Terrace based on the rateable values used in 2021-22. It is important to note that rateable values can change, not necessarily uniformly across a terrace and not necessarily uniformly in the same direction. There was a suggestion by some members of the CTRA that a further request for views of ratepayers be undertaken by the CEPC. Subject to the views of the Commissioners, who have yet to consider the matter, it is suggested that this may be done after the information on the new option mentioned above including its potential estimated cost are available.

I trust this brings you up to date with relevant developments on the matter but please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.

Railing Repair – St Katharine’s Precinct

As I am sure you are all aware, on Monday 19 July a scaffolding truck hit the lamp column on the exit to St Katherine’s Precinct. We have been liaising with the contractors’ insurers to get this repaired as soon as possible. After gathering multiple quotes and recommending the most appropriate contractor, this work is expected to be carried out from mid of October.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and if you would like to discuss in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact the CEPC Surveyor on 07940 470998.

Railing Refurbishment

Following on from a site meeting on Monday 15 June 2021, we write to advise that refurbishment works to the railings at York Terrace West will likely commence mid August 2021. The scope of works is to remove 15m of railing for full refurbishment, to continue with the York stone retaining wall and reinstall the railings on a stone plinth as per previously completed sections.

We estimate works will run for between 8-10 weeks, however, the duration will depend on the condition of the railings and the work required. Some existing vegetation including the hedge will be removed as part of these works.

Screening will be erected to maintain privacy during the works and until new planting is established.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding these works.

Dog Fouling

We have noticed that dog fouling is occurring in your terrace garden. This has not been a problem that we have experienced in the garden before. If you are a dog owner, please note that the CEPC’s Garden Regulations state that dogs are not allowed to foul in beds, lawns or permitted access to terrace gardens, regardless of any intention to clear up afterwards. Dog fouling makes maintaining your garden areas a very unpleasant task for the gardeners and constitutes a health hazard. It is dangerous as contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis, an infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures. We do not expect CEPC Gardeners to work in such conditions. Please can you ensure that all family members, household staff, contractors and visitors are aware of the relevant Garden Regulations. A copy of which can be found at
https://www.cepc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Regents-Park-Terrace-Garden-Regulations.pdf.

Thank you for your cooperation.