Welcome to the October AQ NewsletterAdmiralty Quarter Portsmouth - The Tower

What’s been happening at Admiralty Quarter, Portsmouth….

We welcome all new residents and hope you have enjoyed your first few weeks at AQ.  For those unfamiliar with this newsletter, the Managing Agents and the Board send these out on a regular basis to keep you, the residents and Leaseholders, up to speed with all the latest news at AQ. As ever, if you have any questions or want to get in touch, you can use all the contact details shown on this newsletter or visit our website www.aqportmouth.co.uk

Top priority for this newsletter is to formally offer a huge thank you from the Board and Managing Agents to the former Chair of AQPML, Lisa Anderson. Unfortunately, Lisa has resigned as both Chair and Director of AQPML due to ill health- under her guidance, AQ has progressed significantly and we all wish her the very best in her recovery.

Regards

The AQ Board and Managing Agents

General News

Great South Run 2016- Parking Restrictions and Road Closures

Please be aware the Great South Run 2016 is taking place over the weekend of 22nd/23rd October and with over 25,000 people taking part in 4 events over the 2 days, it will undoubtedly have an impact on local residents with road closures and parking restrictions.

Sunday 23rd will be the most pertinent for residents of Admiralty Quarter because Bonfire Corner, Cross Street and Queen Street form part of the route of the 10 mile road race course, with the competitors anticipated to pass through between 10.20am- 12.30pm. As such, parking restrictions will be enforced on Sunday 23 October from 6.00am in Bonfire Corner, Cross Street and Queen Street, and any vehicles left in an area that has been suspended (or are obstructing the highway on any part of the course) will be removed to Victoria Avenue/Victoria Avenue Spur- Notices will be displayed the week prior to the event. Once the race has passed by, these restrictions will be removed. Please be advised that any vehicle parked in a suspended area, or obstructing the highway, may receive a Penalty Charge Notice in addition to being removed.

You can read the full notice of the race here

Bin Stores

Despite constantly publicising that the bin stores are only for the disposal of domestic household rubbish and recycling with the relevant wheelie bins, residents disposing of unwanted furniture and other various items are continuing to pose a pressing and costly H&S management issue.

UNWANTED FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, TOYS, LARGE ELECTRICAL GOODS AND PET CAGES ETC ARE NOT TO BE DISPOSED OF IN THE BIN STORES, so please contact the Concierge office for advice and help in disposing of these sorts of items in the correct way. We need to clamp down on those who abuse the bin stores and ask residents to report any instances to the Concierge or Managing Agent (manager@aqportsmouth.co.uk), ideally with an idea of who is responsible- all personal details will be kept totally confidential.

Facebook

The AQ Facebook is proving a great success for residents seeking to contact others.  For those unfamiliar with it, we set it up as a private group for Admiralty Quarter Leaseholders and residents only, to post notices to each other, to, for example, rent or enquire about a spare car park bay or bike store cage, or sell furniture.  You can join it here https://www.facebook.com/groups/aqportsmouth/

Maintenance

Centurion House

The new carpets are currently being fitted throughout the communal areas of Centurion House and are scheduled to be finished in the second week of October.

Hamburg House Lift

New LED lights and fittings have been fitted in the Hamburg House lift, so trust the lighting issues are resolved once and for all- replacing these lights with vandal proof LEDs is expensive, so we have explored many options to try and find the most cost-effective solution and if successful, intend installing the same in the other lifts as and when necessary.

Social Responsibility

Tenants

A lot of new tenants have moved in recently and although we have requested the letting agents to provide them with a list of the “rules” (lease covenants) both as part of their AST agreement and by separate hard copy, some seem not to have understood their neighbourly responsibilities judging by the recent complaints of anti-social behaviour. All complaints will continue to be passed onto the individual Leaseholders and their letting agents to be acted on but please also refer to the Anti-Social Behaviour tab to take action directly yourself.

You can view the lease covenant on the website here.

Animals/Pets

More animals are appearing around AQ including hutches being kept on balconies and terraces. Please note this is not allowed under the terms of the leases and animals are not allowed on site.

Drugs

We have received numerous reports of strange smells emanating from various apartments, assumed to be cannabis- this in contravention of the leases and rental agreements, and as a criminal matter, have been advised to report any complaints directly to the Police by ringing 101.