FUND RAISING FOR THE GARDEN GATES
18th June 2019
STANLEY CRESCENT GARDEN COMMITTEE
Chairman Hon. Treasurer Hon. Secretary
Jacqui Jenkins Jonathan Searle Isabella Kullmann
12 Stanley Crescent. 15 Stanley Crescent 54 Ladbroke Grove
We hope this finds you well!
We are writing to give you an update regarding the proposed new gates and railings for the garden. As permission has now been granted by the Council, we have launched the fundraising campaign.
As some of you may be aware, the original gates and railings from many London squares and gardens were removed during the Second World War to help the war effort. The gates to our communal garden were replaced by the more utilitarian ones which we use to this day. In response to security concerns, an additional set of railings were installed above the existing gates at a later stage. Over the years the extra weight has caused the gates to buckle and has affected the locking mechanism. In addition, the gardeners have to add and remove plates to the locks as the weather changes. As a result, the gates can no longer be considered secure.
We anticipate that the project will cost in the region of £70,000 of which £30,000 will be funded from the garden reserves. Therefore, we need to raise £40,000. We have received some very generous pledges from residents, however, we have to raise an additional £14,000 in order to reach our target.
Over the past few weeks, residents have been enquiring about how they can make a contribution. We have estimated an amount per household of £250.00 as a guideline for those who would be willing to support this legacy project. This excludes the families who have already donated to the project.
The architects have put the work out to tender to a number of contractors for their proposals and as soon as we have the manufacturer confirmed and the funds raised, we will be able to commence construction. The installation work is expected to take six weeks and will be carried out at one end of the garden at a time ensuring that security measures are in place, such as solid protective boarding, once the gates have been removed.
If you would like to see the plan for the gates and railings, the information has been uploaded on the garden website (www.stanleycrescentgarden.wordpress.com).
If you are able to make a contribution to this important project for the garden, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your pledge. Please rest assured this information is kept strictly private and confidential.
Design for the gates can be seen further down this page.
Chairman, Stanley Crescent Garden Committee
On behalf of the Garden Committee, I would like to wish you and your family a happy New Year.
I am writing to you regarding the replacement of the gates and railings on the communal garden.
As some of you may be aware that the original gates and railings from many London squares and gardens were removed during the Second World War to help the war effort. The gates to our communal garden were replaced by the more utilitarian ones which we use to this day. In response to security concerns, an additional set of railings were installed above the existing gates at a later stage. Over the years the extra weight has caused the gates to buckle and has affected the locking mechanism. The gardeners have to add and remove plates to the locks as the weather changes. As a result, the gates can no longer be considered secure.
Last year following a couple of break-ins, the Commitee was asked to consider what could be done to improve security. Having discussed and studied the matter in great detail, the Commitee decided that it was time to replace the gates and adjoining railings to make the garden more secure. This was also an opportunity to install a set of gates which are more in keeping with the garden.
The Committee commissioned Susan Walker Architects to design and obtain planning permission from the Council for a new set of gates and adjoining railings. The design was presented to garden residents at the AGM in October and the plans were submitted to the Council before Christmas. The Council has now acknowledged receipt of the planning application which can be viewed on their website. The Council will publicise the application with a notice at the site and a public notice in The Gazette. A letter will also be circulated to residents which will explain how comments can be made should there be any objections or questions. It is most likely that a decision will be reached by 14th February.
The height of the new gates and railings is 350mm less than the existing ones. We have been advised that taller gates once again would be too heavy and could compromise the locking mechanism. The height of the new gates complies with the regulations as stipulated by the Council. We will be planting a hedgerow on the garden side which will be taller than the gates. This hedgerow interspersed with thorny rose bushes will be impenetrable.
With regards to funding the Committee (unlike some other communal gardens) will not be raising the garden levy to meet the costs of this legacy project. We prefer to raise the necessary funds through donations and fundraising projects which we will be launching once planning permission has been received.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
Stanley Crescent Garden Committee