Mendip Residents Association was formed in November 2003. Its aim is to make the estate a better place to live in. It does this by working closely with various agencies to voice concerns of residents.
Over the years some of its achievements have been: – a pedestrian crossing on a busy road, extra lighting across the estate, forming a neighbourhood watch, removing graffiti from the estate.
Our present project is to turn old allotment ground into a Wildlife Garden.
It meets every 8 weeks at the old west area housing office. Local councillors, community police and South Essex Homes representatives attend regularly to hear residents concerns.
The Mendip Community Group hosts a coffee morning every Thursday between 9.30am & 11.45am at St Cedds church hall where full breakfast can now be served.
On Thursday evenings the group support the Youth Group between 5pm & 7.30pm, refreshments are available and lots of entertaining things to enjoy at St Cedds church hall.
Anyone living on the Mendip & Treecot estate is welcome to pop along to either.
Riverstone has 48 flats and if appearances can deceive then most people passing by assume Riverstone is a privately owned property. It is the only property of Southend Council on the Chalkwell Hall Estate because a private developer had financial problems and the council picked up a bargain development.
The landings at Riverstone are the size of a squash court and lit by huge floor to ceiling windows making them bright and very attractive. The gardens are attractive and well maintained with both residents and South Essex Homes providing plants & landscaping, they are a match for any of our neighbours in Chalkwell..Recently five trees have been planted with help of the S.T.R.F..and four are still thriving.
It is not just in appearance Riverstone integrates into the area but by participating in flower shows,exhibitions,coffee mornings and Chalkwell Ward Residents Association and Neighbourhood Watch with NHW signs on the estate.
Riverstone was the first block of flats to set up and operate its own recycling rubbish scheme in association with Corys.
The Riverstone Residents Association is a constitutionally founded body and all residents have right of access to its open meetings, for anyone else it is by invitation. The meetings are semi-formal with an agenda and minutes are kept. An A.G..M. is held each year to elect officers and committee.
How do you keep the building and estate in such pristine condition? is a frequently asked question. With an active residents association with residents active in keeping the internal and external appearance of the building. A good working relationship with South Essex Homes and especially its caretaking staff. The key to Riverstones appearance is that we started as we meant to carry on and never let standards fall. New residents at Riverstone, usually, when they move in become protective and possessive of the lovely environment that is their home.
Victory Residents Association is made up of a very dedicated committee that has been in place and looking after the interests of its residents since the groups inception back in 2000.
In the 10years that the association has been set up we have tried and in most cases succeeded in our attempts to improve the quality of life for all residents who live on the estate.
The estate, which is situated on the corner of East Street and Sutton Road, comprises of 84 properties including flats, maisonettes and bungalows.
Over the years we as a group have tackled many issues that residents felt were important in improving the outlook of the area in general. These included cladding of the external walls, new front doors, extra security lighting and revamping of the many flowerbeds that adorn the estate.
One project that we are hoping to get off the ground is security doors for each block on the estate, but this will require a substantial amount of money to undertake.
Dates of 2012 meetings:
March 26th, May 21st, July 23rd, September 23rd.
All meetings start at 7pm and are held in the St. Mellitus Hall, Oakhurst Road.
West Road and Avon Way Sheltered Housing has had many problems with anti social behaviour over the years at one time it was a hard to let property.
In 2003 the residents had enough and through the monthly coffee mornings decided to form an association. Tenant Support helped us form a committee and did most of the administration work to get it up and going.
Our main aim was for security doors to stop youths congregating on the stairs and gang fights over whose staircase was whose.
A petition was handed to Cllr Jarvis who presented it to full council and our doors were approved. This was approved by full council. A survey was carried out on the state of the property and was found to be in a poor state.
Mean while we were still having problems so we put in for a Tenant Led Project in West Road to have the neglected and overgrown garden dug up and replaced with grass to stop the youths hiding in the bushes outside residents front doors. This project was approved and Essex Probation dug up the bushes which some were replanted in Avon Way communal garden and are still flowing today.
Our complete refurbishment started January 2004 and the doors were installed 2006.
We now have a community which are proud of where they live and a waiting list to move here.
We still meet once a month and still fight for issues that affect our quality of life.
We also have a monthly social evening which sometimes is a sing along and monthly roast dinner and dessert for £5.00 per person.
We have started to grow our own vegetables to help keep costs down.
In 2008 WASH started the call for a ban on alcohol on the streets which was granted by the Council in March 2010 after a two year battle which with the help of Shoebury Police and our ward Councillors and the Smarrt Team. the signs are due to go up by the end of July.
WASH also work closely with Connexions youth service and Shoebury police who attend our monthly meetings.
WASH is also represented on the local neighbourhood panel which meets monthly and has helped to set up a community circle which meet every six weeks in the local church.