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Residents Meetings

All Residents’ Meeting on Wednesday

You are invited to an All Residents’ Meeting, on Zoom, on Wednesday evening (at 7:30pm, 31 March 2021). You should have had a flyer through your door, a couple of weeks ago: so this is a reminder.

You can find the meeting agenda, and draft minutes of the last meeting, at https://derwenthorpe.co.uk/arms/ (follow the “next meeting” link).

Among other things, we’ll be looking at up coming changes to your Heating charges, and the Estate Management Fee.

We’ll also have an update on the Phase 5 development, and the central square area.

We’ll likely adjust the order of the agenda to suit invited guests, so please be on time to avoid missing things.

There will be a lot to get through!

Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 31, 2021 19:30 London

Click the link to Join the Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/95054389633?pwd=YjUxbHhyRFpnSjAzdWJrUnJpUnMxUT09

Meeting ID: 950 5438 9633
Passcode: 947371

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DPAC

What’s the plan, Stan?*

We’ve put up a new page linking to planning consents at derwenthorpe.co.uk/planning. You can also find it under the “about” menu. You can find plans for Phase 5 there, and all parts of Derwenthorpe. And the new Burnholme plans, too: they’re not part of Derwenthorpe, but there on our doorstep.

You can see how the plans have changed over time, too. For example Lotherington Lake has changed shape. And Holly Close moved.

Find your house plans.

You can see the plans for your house, too. Find the right quarter, and find the right site plan. It will label your house with something like B1 or D2. Then you can find the plans and elevations for your house. Some two bedroom houses include plans for an extra room in the loft: which might save architects fees, if that’s something you’re considering. Do check with the council: but you might not need planning permission to use those plans.

Phase 5 plans.

JRHT are finalising contract details with a builder for phase 5, and residents’ representatives are working with JRHT to ensure that residents have a way to deal with any issues that might arise. Of course, there will be additional traffic, and other disruption, but we want to keep that to a minimum.

Contrary to recent rumours, JRHT aren’t considering any other plans.

Residents’ representatives, through DPAC, DRA, and DGG are working with JRHT to ensure that we quickly keep on top of any problems that might occur.

* Not a Paul Simon lyric, apparently!

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Uncategorized

Swan rescue update

The RSPCA were called out today. Our family of swans seem to be lightly coated with oil. Seems to be from the Osbaldwick Beck.

They managed to get one on the cygnets out, and have taken it away for cleaning. They’re coming back tomorrow to try again for the others.

Yorkshire Water have been and inspected the Beck, and taken a sample; and called out a clean up team.

We don’t think the amount of oil is likely to be very harmful, but want to get the swans cleaned up as a precaution.

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Join ‘Our Big Conversation’ about the future of the city – City of York Council

City of York Council has started a ‘Big Conversation’ with all York’s residents to shape the city’s recovery.
— Read on www.york.gov.uk/news/article/251/join-our-big-conversation-about-the-future-of-the-city

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covid

Coronavirus York: How to help | YorkMix

Coronavirus York: How to help in York| YorkMix
— Read on www.yorkmix.com/coronavirus-york-how-to-help/

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Houses

How to use your house

Most of us didn’t get a user guide to the home, so some residents have written one. It’s a living document. Please let us know how we can improve it, in the comments below.

For example, did you know your windows have a built in wedge, that you can use to prop them open. Useful, if you need fresh more air while self isolating!

We think we are all really lucky to live in such beautifully designed homes that have many ‘green’ features. Some of those features were new to many of us, so we have put together these simple and non-technical user guides to our homes. 

We have based this very general guidance on our experiences and research. While many features of our homes are the same, there are also quite a lot of variations, so you may find differences in your place. However, we hope this guide gives you a good starting point. It is offered to you in the spirit of neighbourliness and community — we obviously can’t accept any liability for actions you take based on these guides! 

We welcome further questions and your feedback. Please email amandampotts58@gmail.com.

Welcome to Derwenthorpe

Doors and Windows

Insulation and Heating

Putting up pictures and shelves

Thermostat panel instructions

Toilets

Useful contact details

Water meters

BTW, please get in touch if you live in one of the flats. We’d love to be able to add some more useful information for residents of the flats.

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Support for self-isolation

We’re looking at ways to support each other through the covid-19 (coronavirus) crisis. In particular, how can we help people who are self-isolating, or practicing social distancing.

If you’ve got any ideas, please add them in the comments below.

In addition there’s this list of list of boredom busting resources

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Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association

Welcome to our new web site. We’ve put this up to allow us to be more responsive to events, and let more people participate. Please let us know if you’d like to be able to post messages here on behalf of the Residents Association, or a community group.

Covid-19: We’ve set up the “Derwenthorpe Neighbour Support Network” to safely help residents who may be isolated or worried.

All the old web site content is at https://dra.btck.co.uk and we’ll be reviewing and migrating that as time permits.

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Mapping the estate

We’ve published a Derwenthorpe Map, to get your bearings.

For more detailed mapping, search for “Derwenthorpe” at OpenStreetMap.org – the most up to date mapping system – you can edit it like wikipedia. Edits here sometimes get picked up by Google Maps, so if you make changes then please report them to Google, Apple, and other map systems.

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LotsOn

Developing the Derwenthorpe Community

Three Wednesday evenings in October 2017 saw a series of talks and discussions organised by residents. These were supported by a small grant from the DRA community pot. The aims of these were to inform all residents of the vision and planning for Derwenthorpe, and then to discuss how we would like to shape how our community develops.  All were very well attended with between 50 and 60 people at each session.

Steven Burkeman, a trustee of JRHT and Derwenthorpe resident, gave the first talk, giving a detailed and interesting account of JRHT’s vision for the estate and some of the obstacles and difficulties which affected the outcome.  He described how the vision, which began life in 1991, had three priorities – to build a strong mixed community; to build one which was environmentally sustainable; and a model that others would find useful.  He pointed out that much has been achieved such as a lovely space, good quality housing, and a high level of community activity. The text of Steven’s talk can be found here:

The second talk was given by Richard Partington, the architect for Derwenthorpe.  He said how pleased he was to have been involved in the project as few clients are interested in building sustainable, well designed houses.  He spoke about how important design of houses and spaces are in helping build communities, and how JRHT trustees defended the original vision. The general style was European, with taller houses creating more inside space.  He admitted that as the development grew, there were some compromises made because of the overall costs.

The third session was an interactive discussion designed to give residents an opportunity to contribute to how the community might develop.  The 60 people present were divided into small groups to discuss their ideas which were then captured on large sheets of paper.  The evening was very successful with many ideas including activities for children, ways of improving the environment, and fun evenings. Photographs of the posters produced at the meeting can be found in this Dropbox folder, and a report on the meeting can be found here.