- Notice of Annual General Meeting 28/08/2020
City Quay (2001) Management Company Limited (the Company)
Company number: 04243660
Registered Office: Guy Williams Layton, Pacific Chambers, 11-13 Victoria Street, Liverpool L2 5QQ
We are pleased to announce the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on;
Saturday 26th September 2020 at 11:00 am
and be held at
The Racquet Club Liverpool
The Hargreaves Building
5 Chapel Street
The meeting will be chaired by David Holdsworth.
AGM packs are being emailed out to those Members/Leaseholders we have valid email addresses for on 28 August and posted to those for whom we have no email address.
The AGM is for Members of the Company (leaseholders/apartment owners) and those exercising proxy votes ONLY. Due to Covid19 restrictions, we also this year require pre-notification of your attendance in order to ensure we can comply with social distancing regulations. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes but hope you understand given the current global pandemic. Please therefore email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance by no later than 19th September 2020 providing your apartment number, email address and contact telephone number. This will enable us to change venue should numbers exceed the social distanced capacity of the venue as well as ensure safe set up and safety measures are in place.
All members/proxy vote holders are welcome to attend the AGM and we look forward to seeing you there.
During the AGM, members entitled to vote will be asked to consider and vote on the resolutions set out below and as usual, we will hold the AGM, in compliance with the rules set out in our Articles of Association.
The following resolutions are set to be proposed at the AGM
- The following resolutions are set to be proposed at the AGMAppointment of new Directors
- To note the accounts, audit and annual report
- Provision of toilet and wash facilities on-site for site / team contractors.
By order of the City Quay (2001) Management Company Limited Board
Members of the Company who are entitled to attend and vote are entitled to appoint a proxy if they can’t attend the AGM. A proxy can exercise any of your rights to attend, speak and vote at the meeting.
Proxies do not need to be members of the Company, but they must be appointed by a current valid company Member using the form sent with the AGM pack with said form submitted in the prescribed manner and to be received by GWL no less than 48 hours before the meeting.
There is currently one vacancy on the Board. Nominations for appointment with details of the nominee (and such details as would be required to be included on the Register of Companies), proposer and seconder must be sent to email@example.com or posted to City Quay Company Secretary, C/O Guy Williams Layton, Pacific Chambers, 11-13 Victoria Street Liverpool, L2 5QQ to be received not less than 14 days before the date of the AGM.
- CQ Update – Aug 2020 20/08/2020
An update to you all regarding matters relevant to City Quay.
Sandstone Cliff and Casemate Update
We said we would keep you updated on progress with regards the assessment of the sandstone cliff and Casemates following the land slip on the Nuffield Site close to our gate and movement on City Quay side of cliff.
As you know following the slip we engaged with the city council, Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency. The HSE provided advice on safety measures, which as you know we put in place immediately to protect the safety of residents. However it quickly became clear that the council and environment agency did not want to take responsibility despite correspondence from the Board.
The Board have since escalated the issues to the Mayor of Liverpool, CEO of Liverpool City Council and our local MP. To date (after more than 4 weeks wait) we have only had a response from our MP.
Given the risks and issues, to protect the safety if residents and financial position of leaseholders we therefore instructed a surveyor to assess the cliff and Casemates. This was to determine stability, risks and to determine next steps as well as enable us to engage with the Council and Environment Agency using expertise and an expert report.
The surveyors have now completed their on-site assessment of the cliff and Casemate. They are now using that to produce a report for City Quay, including recommendations for action which we will use to engage with the Council and Environment Agency as well as determine recommendations on next steps which we will discuss with Leaseholders at the AGM. The surveyors are also completing final checks on the source of the water escape which flows down the cliff onto City Quay as well as ownership checks.
We will share the report and proposed actions with leaseholders once received.
Accounts / Audit 2020 and AGM
The accounts have now been finalised and as requested at the AGM in 2019, been independently audited.
The accounts and audit opinions will be circulated to residents shortly as part of the AGM pack.
We are looking to hold the AGM in September and will ensure the accounts, audit opinion and AGM pack are with residents within the deadlines set in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
We are currently sourcing venues and will communicate a confirmed date for the AGM next week.
Decoration / Re-Carpet
We are pleased to confirm that the schedule published earlier in the summer for redecoration of communal hallways is on track and being completed to schedule.
Flat Roofs Ellerman Road Blocks
The flat roofs on the blocks of apartments on Ellerman Road have exceeded their life span. The roofs had a span of between 10 and 15 years but have now been in place for between 17 and 19 years. This therefore means they are no longer covered for any damage or leaks by our insurance policies.
The Board had engaged with numerous suppliers over many months before lockdown to replace the roofs and ensure the buildings structural integrity was maintained. Unfortunately lockdown then delayed further engagement.
We are now pleased this work has been able to commence with all the flat roofs being replaced during August, September and early October.
This will require scaffolding to be in place on the car park side of buildings for a number of weeks. We have now written to all leaseholders/residents affected and set out the schedule of works including impacts and actions leaseholders and residents need to take.
We have worked with suppliers to try and minimise disruption whilst these essential works are carried out. Should you have any issues with the works or suppliers during this time please do email the board at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Current and Future Works 07/08/2020
We’ve had a number of people ask what’s happening in Casemate One?
As per the Boards previous communication we are taking action to ensure the casemates and cliff are stable and safe following recent land slip and tree collapse.
As part of this the casemates and cliff are being surveyed, the casemates are in different states of repair and are of different types. Some are simply cut into the sandstone others have brick or concrete arches and walls.
In order for the surveyor to be able to undertake the relevant testing, we needed one of the brick casemates to be sandblasted of any loose material and to clean away the material off the brick arches. This sandblasting work will be completed this week so the noise will cease then.
Once we have the report and understand the stability of the casemates / cliff we will put the report and options to leaseholders at the AGM.
We apologise for short term noise but hope you understand this work is being done for the benefit of city quay leaseholders and to ensure we comply with our duties under the Health and Safety Act.
Work will shortly commence to install upgraded CCTV. We are starting with ensuring all the main entry and exit points are covered with high resolution CCTV. We are also ensuring the bike storage casemates are covered.
To do this we need to have an electricity supply so work will commence in the coming weeks to ensure in those areas there is sufficient electricity supply to support the CCTV installation.
We will notify you before the work commences. We do not anticipate the works being long and only a number of days.
- Update on Sandstone Cliff and Health and Safety Issues 07/07/2020
Dear Leaseholders / Residents ,
As you are aware the Board have been working with Nuffield our neighbours following the recent cliff slippage.
The Board have been engaged with the Council and Environment Agency.
We secured an immediate inspection by the council on Thursday 2nd July.
This inspection however was only to confirm the immediate risk to residents and the public had been addressed. The council confirmed the closure of the gate to Nuffield site and in front of casemates was the appropriate action to secure residents and public protection.
The issues of wider cliff stability however is still being addressed The council and environment agency have however each stated it is the other organisations responsibility.
The council have also stated they believe it is either the Environment Agency or the leaseholders of City Quay.
The Board are clear and have maintained the position that whilst the 999 year lease for City Quay is clear that we are responsible for the Casemates and their maintenance we are not responsible for the cliff face.
We are therefore now exploring our legal options and have gone out for quotes for a survey report of the cliff stability to inform next steps.
We are clear we should not as leaseholders be expected to pay for and have responsibility for maintaining a cliff that is holding up a public highway above as well as housing.
This is likely to be a complex process as we fight to get the local authority or environment agency to meet their obligations. We will keep you posted.
We are also looking to address the fly tipping issues onto the cliff from the public highway above. We have been clear of the health and safety risk this poses to residents and the public alike. We had planning consent for increasing the railing height refused . We have therefore sought a meeting with the Mayor of Liverpool after a poor response over many months from council officials. We will again keep you posted on this.
We this afternoon had a perfect example of the effect of fly tipping when the weight of rubbish forced a tree on the cliff to collapse. This 3 ton tree was left hanging perilously. The board engaged with the council and health and safety executive for 2 hours before finally securing emergency removal of the tree for the safety of residents. This has saved leaseholders a significant amount of money but was not easy.
In the meantime please observe the signage and other safety netting in place and stay clear of the casemates.
- City Quay Re-Carpeting and Re-Decorating Schedule 05/07/2020
The Board of Directors is pleased to be able to provide an update on the continuing schedule of re-decoration and re-carpeting of all communal areas within blocks. The new colour scheme and carpeting modernises the look and feel of the blocks and is a significant improvement which will add to both the value and attractiveness of City Quay apartments.
The schedule was drawn up with the following criteria;
- Immediate Health and Safety Issues
- Significant visual damage caused by external seal failure
- 5 years since last painted (the order being those painted longest time ago first)
All external communal window seals with issues have now been replaced. A monitoring regime is now in place for other communal window seals.
The following Blocks have already been re-painted and re-carpeted prior to lockdown.
- CQ6 – The block facing the lake at top end with white centre. All floors, wings have been re-painted and re-carpeted.
- 1 – 8, 42 – 49, 82 – 89, 104 -115, 348 – 355, 134 – 139.
In planning the future schedule, we have continued to apply the criteria set out above. We have had to plan the schedule considering funds available, other priorities for funds and the time for re-painting as set out in the leases being every 5 years. We appreciate leaseholders may want their blocks prioritised but by following the above criteria and the time set out in the lease we are ensuring a fair process. Where funds allow, we will pull forward dates where possible but, in the order, set out below.
For those future dates set out below with just months not specific dates we will be confirming 4 weeks in advance to leaseholders/residents the specific dates that month that the work will be undertaken. Re-carpeting of all blocks will take place 48 hours after painting completes.
The suppliers will be following guidance issued by Her Majesty’s Government during Coronavirus. For those residents with health issues or worries please do contact the Board and we will happily discuss any concerns via email@example.com
The below is the schedule for all other blocks;
BLOCK DATE START DATE FINISH
- URGENT SAFETY NOTICE 29/06/2020
IMMEDIATE REGULATIONS (ISSUED Under Section 8.4 of Lease Covenenants )
Dear Leaseholders/ Residents ,
With IMMEDIATE effect the Board have no choice but to remove access to site via the gate by Nuffield gym due to a small section of the sandstone cliff collapsing onto the area directly below.
Leaseholders/Residents MUST NOT use this gate for their own safety until the Board have been able to securely block access, which we hope to do tomorrow.
The gate will remain out of use until further notice.
Residents MUST also stay away from the areas directly in front of the case mates. No person or vehicle may enter the red bricked area in front of the casemates.
We will be having a geological safety survey undertaken as soon as possible and will be pursuing all avenues tomorrow.
We hope you understand we have issues these site regulations for your safety and protection and will update you as soon as we can.
City Quay will not be liable or responsible for any damage caused to persons or property for failing to adhere to these immediate regulations.
- New Directors 12/06/2020
The current City Quay Directors would like to welcome some new and familiar additions to the Board. Let’s hear from them in their own words:
“I have owned and lived on-site with my husband Kevin for 14 years. I am a senior project, procurement and health and safety consultant and have worked on major private sector and government projects across the UK over the last 20 years. I am looking forward to using my skills and expertise on-site to support the continued improvement of the site for residents.” – Linda Burke
“I’ve been in Liverpool and been an owner at CQ since 2010. I love this place and I understand how lucky we all are to live in a very special and unique location. I’m an hotel operator (General Manager) and I have worked for Intercontinental Hotels and for the last 10 years for Hilton. Prior to Liverpool, I was in Manchester and London.” – Gianfranco Boccuzzi
“I have Lived in City Quay for over 4 years now. I am formerly a fashion retailer owner and have had shops throughout the UK (formally retired). I look forward to bringing my skills and passion of City Quay for all residents to make our little oasis a beautiful environment for residents to enjoy and to address all remedial works to as required.” – Audrey McCurley
The new directors have been appointed by the current Board until their position can be ratified at the next AGM.
- City Quay 2020 AGM 26/05/2020
At the last AGM we tentatively set the date of the next one for Saturday 11 July. With the current COVID pandemic and HMG restrictions in place the Board have been considering the best approach to take to make sure the AGM proceeds.
We therefore want to seek your views.
Please note that regardless of approach to the AGM we will still send out / communicate accounts to you and budget / plan for year ahead.
The options for the AGM are therefore:
1) To continue with July, as originally proposed. However this would have to be held online via zoom due to current restrictions.
Attendees would need to register their interest prior to the event. The Zoom link would then be sent out a few days before.
This is allowed under the current HMG guidance provided by companies house.
2) Postpone the AGM to October when it may be possible to hold with social distancing at a venue in the city. We recognise that an online remote AGM for many is not ideal and people may prefer attendance in person.
Please note October would be conditional on HMG guidance at the time and subject to being able to implement suitable safe distancing etc.
So we would like the views of owners and Members of the Company to both options before we proceed with arrangements.
As mentioned at the beginning, this the start of a dialogue with you all. Comments and suggestions are welcome. You can comment in public via Facebook or the forum, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org in confidence.
We look forward to hearing from you and in the meantime please stay safe.
- Windy Weather 22/05/2020
Due to the high winds today and forecast for rest of the weekend we ask you to please:
- NOT open communal windows. As you can see from photo below the wind has already blown one window out.
- If you walk past a communal window that’s open, please close it.
- Ensure balcony furniture is secured.
Please stay away from casemates and DO NOT walk on red bricked area or park there for any reason as risk of trees falling / branches debris falling is high.
- CQ VE Day Schedule 07/05/2020
Join your neighbours for nationwide stay at home party.
11 AM – UK Wide 2 Minute Silence – Air raid warning will sound for 75 seconds before 11 am so residents who wish to can come out on to balconies / to windows to observe the 2 minutes silence together.
3 PM – The Party Starts – an air raid siren will sound – Winston Churchill’s speech will be played on BBC. Then grab your picnic/drinks and go to balcony. A UK Wide Toast to Veterans directly after speech. We will join in to “Bless em All” by Dame Vera Lynn. (“Bless em all” is available on Amazon Music/iTunes – for residents who wish to please play the song)
This will be followed by a Simon playing “In the Mood” – please feel free to join in. Simon and Ed will then play a further song.
Residents are then encouraged to play their own music and enjoy a party. We ask residents who can, join in by playing the following songs from the war era at the following times:
4:15 PM – Land of Hope and Glory – Dame Vera Lynn
4:45 PM – White Cliffs of Dover – Dame Vera Lynn
5:30 PM – There’ll Always be an England – Dame Vera Lynn
6:15 PM – Flower of Scotland – Red Hot Chilli Pipers
6:45 PM – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Bette Midler
9 PM – HM The Queens Speech – Followed by UK Wide Sing along of “ We’ll Meet Again” .
9:30 PM – End of Programme