Covid 19 restrictions has compressed our working summer somewhat and pushed our routine projects forward. Various cleaning, painting and replacement works will be starting soon in our courtyards. Residents will see contractors at work in courtyards over the Summer months painting lamp posts and other metalwork. There will be particularly intensive activity in the MANCO 2 area south of Peverell Avenue during July to September. All of the lamps in this area will be painted and converted to LED bulbs. Residents are asked to move any vehicles if requested to allow access to the lamps. The disruption will only be temporary and we thank you for bearing with us to make these improvements for everyone’s benefit. MANCO3 planned maintenance will be starting shortly with metalwork painting and treating/staining wooden bollards and doors. Any queries regarding such work should be referred to Symonds & Sampson via this website or just phone 01305 756 968.
Sorry to be blunt, but yesterday I had to remove a bagged package from UNDER the noticeboard in Buttermarket. A empty, clean waste bin was 20 paces away. Unbelievable. Other residents have noticed an increase in dog faeces around Poundbury. The culprit will not be reading this, however this behaviour will not be tolerated and the dog-warden will be advised. Prevention will be by other residents providing place/time date and descriptions plus, even better a photo. All dog walkers I have seen are fastidious in cleaning up, and would be equally annoyed at this behavior by a small minority.
T2 Digital have advised they will need to replace some ageing cabinets and equipment and that will mean some signal interruptions. We are trying to get this essential maintenance done before the Poundbury building sites open up. Equipment is in Courtyards, so here is a list of courtyards affected : MANCO2 – 28th – Ladock, 29th Monnington Lane , Harewood Rd. MANCO3 – 30th Hermitage, 1st May – Inglescombe, Chetcombe Mews.
Our engineers do most of the works without disruption, and only make minimal signal interruptions. There is some dependency on no rain, and of course parking in front of control boxes. The good news is that the works (and signal interruption ) will only be carried out in daytime working hours.
CHRISTMAS BUTTER(MARKET) 2019!
*Dates for your diary**.
Buttermarket Christmas Market events this year will be on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th DECEMBER.
Buttermarket will be closed to traffic from Friday evening at 5 pm until Sunday 8th at 12 Noon.
Friday 6th Christmas Tree Lighting up.
We have teamed up with “Music in the Park” this year with live music from 6pm together with a barbeque from “Brace Of Butchers” all on Buttermarket.
At 6:30 pm children from the Prince of Wales school will sing to everyone before the count-down to turning on the lights at 7pm.
All sorts of hot refreshments will be served. Please come along and support this wonderful event, last year it was magical and we are aiming high again this year. Wrap up warm and join in the festive spirit.
Thank again to our wonderful supporters.
Morrish Builders will be supplying the Christmas Trees once again,
Brace of Butchers – Morrish Builders – Celebrating Poundbury – Bridal Reloved and MANCO3 all supporting this event.
Saturday 7th DECEMBER – Christmas Market
This year Buttermarket is full! A huge range range of different and interesting traders coming. There will be plenty to see, plenty to buy, plenty to do, and plenty to eat! Best to walk to it if possible, as it will be busy.
As residents we are bound by stipulations signed at purchase or rental. This is part of the contract of living in Poundbury. Courtyards are not backyards!
ALL rubbish bins are to be left within your property boundary out of sight during the week.
Poundbury is designed to enable residents vehicles to be parked off street, and courtyards are an integral part of that design. Some residents LIVE in courtyards, and many overlook them. In doing so they provide visual security where cars and garages may be left unattended. No one wants to look out on bins all week. Please respect these spaces. Stipulation No.16 requires ALL bins to be taken into the property (or appropriate binstore) apart from bin day. A little leeway is permissible for shift-workers etc in terms of retrieving bins back into the property. However residents who leave bins out all week are disrespectful to other residents. Bins must not live in the courtyard during the week.
Marked parking spaces are in all cases for approved vehicles only and are NOT for other items such as bins. Please make a space in your garage or garden or use a binstore. The courtyard owners reserve the right to take action against persistent offenders.
Leaving bins on footways during the week is a safety hazard, and you may be personally liable for damage to cars and people.
As you are aware the Duchy have oversight of all works to property on Poundbury which has the potential to change the external appearance of building and therefore the overall appearance of Poundbury as a whole. This is controlled through the stipulations, which are a legally binding requirement packaged up in conveyance documentation on individual properties. For some time now the Duchy have been aware of unauthorized works undertaken on Poundbury which other residents on Poundbury naturally assume, because of the stipulations, has received Duchy approval.
As the extent of this unauthorised work grow the Duchy find it harder to control those works that they are asked to approve as the people asking for the approval then make reference to unauthorised works of the same or similar to what they are proposing. In fairness to all and in order to take firm control of the situation the Duchy has decided to carry out a full audit of all works that have taken place on Poundbury buildings whether granted approval or not. The results of this audit will then inform future decisions made by the Duchy on alteration work.
As a result of the above exercise in the coming months Keith Sanders, our Commercial Building Surveyor will be out and about on Poundbury with clipboard and camera recording building alterations that in essence do not exhibit the aspirations of the old Poundbury design guide. At present there is no plan to differentiate regarding past approval requests or not, so the photographic record is purely to establish the extent of works undertaken that are not in harmony with the spirit of the original design guide which has prevailed on Poundbury since the beginning of the project. Please therefore do not be alarmed if you see him outside pointing a camera in the direction of your building.