May 8th marks 75 years since the Nazi surrender and Victory In Europe was declared. The bank holiday was moved this year to the 8th of May to allow us as a nation to celebrate and say thank you to all those who served and all those who lost their lives to make that victory possible.
Sadly due to Covid19 all the previous plans of national celebration of our veterans and remembrance of those who never came home have had to be cancelled. The Government however have encouraged households across the UK to put out flags, bunting and to celebrate safely at home to mark this important day.
As City Quay has shown on the Thursday clap for Carers and NHS workers we are a community. The Board therefore feel we should answer the Governments call and once again as a community show our support, gratitude and thanks to all those who served and all those who endured. So we will be decorating parts of the site this coming week and encourage all residents to show the red white and blue on their balconies and windows.
Or if you have a different national flag please do display with pride. Of course the UK had many allies and we will be trying to recognise all those ally nations and their forces as well in our decorations. It’s an opportunity for us as a community to celebrate safely on our balconies and from our windows.
We will be looking at putting together plans for safe celebrations in the next 48 hours and will communicate them once we have finalised. It’s a great opportunity for us as a community to recognise the sacrifices of that war generation, have a good old “knees up“ together but safely in our homes.
City Quays marking the occasion is also poignant given it’s (Herculaneum Dock) historic link with the war effort. Many of you will see the casemates (big black iron doors at entrance of them) as you walk around the site. The reason these are Grade II listed is because they stored the oil and armaments sent to the UK by the USA during WWII prior to them being transported to the front lines.
In the meantime in preparation do look on-line at the governments celebration pack and pop a bit of decoration for your apartment in your basket at your next shop. https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved/
This is a tough time for everyone, being away from family and friends, our normal routines disrupted and being stuck indoors for long periods is not easy. However it is necessary to protect the NHS and save lives.
We’re lucky at City Quay to have the land, lake and wonderful grounds to make the required self isolation easier for us all. As private lands and ground and as leaseholders/tenants the land is the equivalent of our “garden” in terms of government advice. It’s been great to see residents making use of the space as part of their daily exercise.
However despite being private land we are still subject to the same restrictions put in place by the Government in response to Covid-19 and it’s been great to see the majority of residents adhering to the restrictions and also being considerate of neighbours.
We have however now received complaints about a number of instances of the current law being flouted. We therefore need to remind residents that;
the law in place requiring social distancing and essential travel only DOES apply to City Quay.
leaseholders/residents may not during this time have guests or visitors to their homes or the CQ complex under any circumstances other than as registered carers or to deliver items in a socially distanced safe manner.
2M social distance must be maintained at all times – gardens and grass / land can be used but social distancing must take place at 2M at all times
only those registered as being in the same household on City Quay may walk together / exercise / relax together on CQ grounds including grassed areas.
when using grassed areas 2M social distancing from others must be observed at all times.
We know it is only a minority so far who have failed to adhere to these legal requirements and its disappointing we have to issue this reminder. However as a Board we have legal duties and we all have a duty to comply with the current law, which after all is in place to protect us all.
Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in the police being notified and also is a breach of the terms of your lease and the Board won’t hesitate to take action against those who disregard the health and well being of us all.
Please do keep enjoying your grounds and the site safely and in line with the law.
After the unprecedented moment of national unity last week when we all showed our appreciation for our amazing NHS staff who continue to fight this virus on the front line, we can all come together tonight and do it all over again …. but this time even louder!!!
They are standing by us and tonight as a small gesture we are being asked to show our appreciation with “the big clap” at 8 pm.
We hope people will take part from their balconies. If you do come outside to clap please remember to stay 2m apart from other residents not in your household.
We know people will be concerned by the current situation with Covid19.
The Board are currently expediting options to increase the cleaning regimes and include more regular disinfectant cleaning of key contact points in communal areas, such as door handles, stair rails etc. Or the addition of hand sanitizer within communal areas.
However we advise all residents to ensure they wash or sanitise their hands following contact with communal features in line with advice from HMG.
Residents who may be in the vulnerable categories that HMG have outlined, are advised to consider self isolation in the coming weeks – clearly having taken further and appropriate medical advice.
If you would like to email firstname.lastname@example.org we can look at how we can support you during any such period.
We love City Quay as much as you do and we will do all we can to make City Quay a safe, healthy and vibrant community to live in.
All AGM communications have now been sent by email or post.
If Berkeley Shaw had an email address on file then it would have been sent to you there. For those without email and living at City Quay, the letter put through letterbox. The rest were sent using regular post.
If you have not yet received it then please download the documents listed below or contact Berkeley Shaw on 0151 924 6000
Two board members who have served City Quay for over 18 months have recently resigned, Audrey McCurley and Gianfranco Bucuzzi. It is very sad to see them go but as always in life, things change.
A board works best where there is a diverse range of ideas and opinions. The door has always been open to new members but we are now appealing for some fresh faces to bring along their own ideas and expertise to improve life for everyone at City Quay.
If you are interested, please drop a mail to email@example.com
About her departure, Mrs McCurley said “It has been a pleasure being a part of the City Quay Board and I am proud of all we have accomplished in the past couple of years.”
Mr Bucuzzi added “The useful experiences and great challenges I have gained during my tenure has been beneficial to me, and I am fully grateful for the opportunity to serve the company and the residents of City Quay.”
Please be advised that arrangements have been made for the cleaning of all of the gutters along side the Casemates, starting 17th July 2019.
We would like to advise residents and their visitors who are parking their vehicles outside the Casemates, in this NON PARKING, area to please park in your allocated or visitors parking bays.
Please be aware that their will be falling debris from the gutters while this work is undertaken. City Quay will not be responsible for any vehicles damaged due to falling debris. Failure to adhere to our notice will hold up all our work and intentions and if necessary we can and will enforce a parking fine.
We will have cones and tape outside the Casemates to block off access.
Thank you for your cooperation and attention to this. If you have any questions regarding this project please consult with our site manager. James Roche.