Welcome to the Honeybun Tenants' & Residents' Association Website; it's quite small and we're sometimes a bit slow at updating it, but we hope you find it useful and it gives you a flavour of what we're about & what we do.
If you live in any of the following -
Lascelles Avenue, Charles Crescent, Hawkins Close, Ford Close, Wood, Close, Marshall Close, Pool Road, Farmborough Close, Andrews Close or on Bessborough Road (even numbers 62-100 & odd 101-107), or Bowen Road (odd numbers 63-105), then you live in the area covered by the Honeybun TRA. You'll find more information on who we are, what we're for and what we do, on our 'Commitee' page and what we've got coming up on 'What's Happening'.
On the 'Our Estate, there's a bit of the history of the estate and some terrifc old photos and sketches.
If you'd like to get involved or just have something to say you can get hold of us by email at email@example.com or by 'phone on 07594 490976 and we'll try to get back to you as soon as possible.
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The annual general meeting took place on 17th July and after the Chairman's report of what the TRA have been up to over the past year, and the election of the committee, the meeting discussed what we'd try to do in the coming year. The Chairman's report was as follows ~
Chairman’s report for 2017-18 –
Reading back through the reports from the past few years, I can see that we appear to be confronted we exactly the same difficulties and problems every year.
Fly-tipping is proving to be a continual problem and the council’s Clean Team seems to go from speedy clearances to not so speedy clearances. One wonders whether this is now the default way in which many residents get rid of unwanted junk or rubbish.
The increase in the dumping of garden rubbish is evident since the introduction of the brown bin charge. As all Harrow residents are now charged extra for taking care of their gardens, I feel sure that one unwelcome side affect of this may well be that some won’t bother and others will pave them over for patios & driveways and replace hedges with fences and walls. Terrible for wildlife, loss of ground water, flash flooding, and increased urban temperatures.
We’ve tried to get the council to do a ‘skip day’, or a particular day once every couple of months, when people can put stuff our for collection but sadly no-one there appears to be interested. Perhaps we’ll revisit the ‘Skip Club’ idea again.
Drug dealing is probably still going on at various points across the estate by I for one haven’t heard of as many incidents as there were last year; and in fact the blatant taking of drugs in Marshall Close has stopped. However, just because it hasn’t been mentioned to me directly, does not mean it isn’t happening and as with all anti-social behaviour me all need to be on the look out and when necessary, report to the Police via 101 so that the incidences are logged.
Having mentioned Marshall Close, the continuing saga of Atkins House came to a head when residents, having been continually ignored by the council, finally discovered that the house was to be turned into some kind of centre homeless people. What this would entail was unclear and the residents, working together demonstrated that they were not happy at all with the proposals and insisted that the council rethink their plans. At last the council listened and at a recent drop-in, they put forward proposals for the block to be turned into one & two bedroomed flats for sale & rent. Unfortunately as the block is not owned by Housing they can’t be council flats but it does mean that more permanent occupiers might be likely. As to what will be the final outcome, we wait to hear.
We’ve finally managed to get some of the outstanding roads repairs done around the estate; principally Hawkins Close and one of the car parks off of it. Though as far as roadways are concerned there is much still to be done. Sterling work has been done on this front, particularly by Mark Barton & Brian Parker regarding Lascelles Avenue – though a recent patching job, is not what we expected when told resurfacing is soon to commence!
Verges and green areas continue to be abused by parking, though one good thing about it being so dry is that the damaged is limited.
Thanks to our tree petition at last year’s fete, we were lucky enough to get a response for the department regarding trees, and several new trees were planted around the estate – mostly in Charles Crescent but a couple also in Lascelles. They even came with tree guards after one was vandalised. However, lack of water has meant that many of them now look like they might have died. Not only sad, but a waste.
Talking of green areas, one of the biggest causes of complaint this year has been the grass cutting – which believe it or not is supposed to occur 12 times in a year! The early wet and sunny weather caused record growth and the understaffed grounds maintenance departments are seemingly unable to cope. When it was finally cut it looked dreadful, with much of the grass being dead underneath. The dry period has exacerbated this problem. We really need to keep on the ball about the number of cuts and how often they are done and when it’s appropriate. The same has been true of the alleyways bordering the estate from Whitmore Road down to Bowen. These have become very overgrown in recent weeks and the council really does seem to ignore them and our complaints as well.
The efforts of our Gardening Teams have been rather patchy this year, but yet again they have given pleasure to locals and passers-by. Bowen Road is very colourful at the moment and Marshall Close as ever looks a picture. As ever it’s always a challenge, particularly in this hot weather to get them all watered and if anyone lives near one please, please, please give them a drink. As the principal gardener, I’m afraid my efforts in this area have been below par this year and we really do need to look at more drought resistant and lower maintenance plants.
Last year we planned to try to sort out some lighting for the dark areas of the estate. The council were not willing to provide it as mains were not close enough and were also unwilling to look at solar options. Thanks to the generosity of Vice Chairman Sue LeMay and resident Leah Sweeney, we’ve now got the money to put up two lights between Hawkins Close & Marshall Close, and between Springway & Hawkins Close. Final clarification over what lighting levels are required are being carried out with the assistance of Wates and they should be up by September.
Again we helped to subsidise a coach trip to the Watford Palace Panto – which appeared to be a success. The Palace very kindly discounted the tickets and we were able to get a reasonable rate on a coach. Providing the enthusiasm is there again this year, we’ll probably do it again.
Most recently we held our 3rd annual Fete, which all seemed to go according to plan and was, as far as I could tell, enjoyed by all. Attendance seemed to be a little down on last year. We weren’t able to get as many helpers in advance this year to manage the stalls although we did have plenty on the day. New stalls such as the Harrow Conservation Forum & the smoothie making bicycle, were enjoyed and Harrow Radio & The Harrow Youth Brass Band (all of whom said they’d come again) were a great addition; however, we probably need to look at getting more entertainments for next year. Or perhaps it should be something different?
Our Website, after being neglected for a while has had a bit of a revamp and we’re trying to keep it up to date. And we’ve also managed to get out a couple of ‘Newsletters’ another of which should be out in the autumn.
Finally, I’d like to thank all of those who have helped try to make the Honeybun a better area to live. Those on the committee, those who do stuff but aren’t on the committee and those who just come along now and again or every time they are needed. We’re not getting everything right, and we can’t help with everything, but we are trying to do what we can. Well done to all.
THE HONEYBUN FETE & FAMILY FUN DAY
On 9th June, Springway was the venue for our annual fete. Lots of stalls, tons of books, piles of cakes, St Peter's Bouncy Castle, face painting, the Harrow Youth Brass band, Radio Harrow We hope you had time to try your hand at 'Make-your-own-Smoothie', or enjoy the band, perhaps you had you bicycle serviced by Dr Bike or won on the Tombola - they sold out!! Whatever you did we hope you enjoyed it and that it gave you a chance to me your neighbours, new & old.
If you'd like to add any comments or feedback about the fete or send us any photos you took on the day, please drop us a line via email at firstname.lastname@example.org - or give us a call on 07594 490976. If you'd like to help or run a stall, or have an ideas please do get in touch.