The City Quay Annual Report is now on it’s way via email and snail mail, along with voting and nomination forms.
If you can’t make the AGM on the 10th September, then please use this opportunity to vote beforehand or appoint a proxy.
The report is available to download here.
You can also go to our dedicated AGM page for updates.Comments
Just a quick update this month.
Main gates — These will start being repaired and upgraded on 21/22 August.
Communal emergency lights — Work has started on replacing all the indoor communal lighting. They will all be replaced with energy efficient LED lamps and contain movement sensors so they only come on when needed.
Merry Fishmas — We continue to receive generous donations of fish from people throughout the North West. Check our Facebook page for more info.
City Quay Illuminations — The main CQ sign at the top end of the lake will be re-lit in the next few days. We also now have the cabling necessary to light up the remaining three fountains.
Not another newsletter? I’m afraid so – there is much to tell you. First, just a reminder that the AGM will be on September 10th. Full details will be in the Annual Report, which will be ‘dropping’ in early August.
Ruddy Hell, Not More Fish?
Yesterday (Friday 19th), our Herculaneum Fish Sanctuary had a good day, performing two rescues. The first was about 60 Rudd from Stockport with three large lilies and a few smaller aquatic plants.
The second, from Wrexham, were two large Koi and about fifty other species: about 30 large goldfish, some larger Shubunkins and a couple of common Carp (which could grow enormously). We also got four very large lilies and some various marginal aquatics which were in great condition. And some frogs.
James is working in the lake next week to move the plants that we placed in the lake yesterday and over the last few weeks into better positions. So you will have the opportunity to see him in his wet suit on again.
For those who wonder about the quality of the lake water, rest assured that it is tested every few days for PH, Blue Green algae and electrical conductivity.
Life’s a Bench
You may have seen the new bench’s on the website or hanging around the casemates. They need a few coats of wood treatment first but we hope to have them out by the lake sometime next week. We are sensitive to some residents concerns over additional noise and will be consulting with those directly effected about their precise placement.
City Quay Illuminations
Now that the seven fountains have been up and running, we have shifted our focus on getting them lit up with energy saving LEDs. You may have caught a glimpse of them already. Work is still ongoing but they should be finished with the next week or two. Thank you to James and Brian Riley for all their hard work on this.
We have agreed a new contract with a local cleaning company to clean the communal windows, bin sheds and blue/red bins. Windows will be cleaned every four weeks with the bins/sheds done every two weeks. They will also be power washing the pathways around the estate from time to time. The process of seeking a cleaning service has been going on for the last few months. Most tenders were deemed excessive and definitely not value for money. We now have someone that will do the windows/bins/sheds/paths for significantly less than we have paid in the past.
If you have any feedback for us, then you can let us know what you think in the forum, or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. Until the next newsletter in August, that’s all folks!
We did an initial test fire-up of the fountain lights last night and we took this picture. Do you like them? The colours can change too, so what would be your favourite?
This is what our maintenance team had to clean and is becoming a sight that is being seen way too many times in City Quay. This is totally unacceptable and we are asking residents to please be more diligent in disposing of garbage to try to eliminate bacteria, insects and vermin.
Fly-tipping on private land is the responsibility of the owner/occupier and must be removed by them. City Quay are not responsible for moving your furniture from bin sheds and anyone caught doing so will be automatically issued a £250 fine. One of our Casemates is full of rubbish that will have to be removed at a cost to City Quay of approx. £3000.
This is another extra cost that is totally unnecessary, so we are asking that you please dispose of your unwanted items at Otterspool Household Waste Recycling Centre which is less than a 5 minute drive from City Quay. You can also ask Bulky Bob’s to collect unwanted waste from your home, so there is *no excuse* for people abusing our bin sheds.
Our blue bins are being refused to be collected way too often as people are putting plastic bags of rubbish in the bins. You can recycle the following items in your blue bin. Please place all items loose in the bin – do not put them inside plastic bags:
- Glass (leave lids on glass jars and bottles)
- Cans (do not crush)
- Paper, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, catalogues, and wrapping paper (non-plastic/metallic)
- Envelopes (including plastic windows)
- Cardboard food boxes and egg cartons (flattened)
- Cereal, cardboard packages (remove plastic padding) and food boxes
- Toilet or kitchen roll inner cardboard
- Plastic drinks bottles (keep lids on, do not flatten)
- Plastic shampoo and cleaning bottles.
The council can refuse to empty blue bins which contain the following:
- Black bag waste
- Plastic bags, cling film or plastic padding
- Metal objects, shredded paper or polystyrene
- Juice cartons (Tetrapak)
- Food or liquids
- Yoghurt pots, plastic tubs, food trays or foil containers
- Textiles, clothes and shoes
- Paint tins
- Electrical items (take these to your nearest recycling centre or arrange a Bulky Bob collection)
Thank you for reading and your co-operation. We hope to see an incredible improvement in the future.