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Christine Clifford commented on Sue Pearson's blog post Golden Lane Estate tenants due a water charge refund
"Thank you all for this. It beggars belief that the CoL still has not repaid the full amount with interest as some other councils have ."
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Tim Godsmark posted a discussion

Money for Repairs

On the 13th January there was a full City Council meeting where Sue Pearson, your local Common Councillor, proposed a motion that the repairs programme for all the City Estates be accelerated by using some of the City’s financial reserves. The repairs programme is moving incredibly slowly even by the City’s standards with the last 5 year plan being inadequately funded while the Estates decay and tenants live in unacceptable conditions. The City has a fund called City Cash which has reserves of £2.6 billion. They have dedicated £50 million of this money to support small business during the pandemic but nothing to support residents. £37 million of this money has not been spent and Sue suggested that, as a start, it might be a good idea to redirect this to Estate repairs.At the Council meeting discussion of the motion was cut short by a point of order and the the motion to speed up repair of your Estates was lost by 75 votes to 19. A supportive councillor, Graeme Harrower, has written a…See More
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Barbican Cluster Panel Meeting - City of London Police

Any one who lives or works in Barbican Cluster is invited to attend the Barbican Cluster Panel MeetingThursday 20 January 2022 from 1800 to 1900 hours @Golden Lane Estate Community Centre, Fann Street, London, EC1Y 0SAYou can meet the Dedicated Ward Officer Team and other members of the communityReceive an update on local policing mattersHave a say on the cluster priorities for policingThe room will be well ventilated so please wear warm clothing.Seating will be well placed and face masks are required unless exempt.Numbers will be restricted due to COVID recommendations so please confirmyour attendance with us in advance.To confirm attendance please contact PC Christine Phillips,, 07736 952395.See More
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Meet your neighbour

Liz Davis, Buffy to her friends and neighbours, lives in Bayer House with Fred. Back in her youth a teacher at a drawing class encouraged her to go to art college, pointing out to the uncertain Buffy that her grant would be equivalent to what she currently earned at the book shop (how times change...).

Good move - Buffy has been a professional artist since her early forties, our disappearing worlds being a strong theme running through her work (buildings, wildlife). Her latest exhibition, Wild City, a collaboration with the natural History Museum, is at the Town House Gallery. 

Hello Buffy...

What brought you to Golden Lane?

We moved here about 20 years ago. We came to Golden Lane because Fred teaches architecture and he’d used it as a project and knew it well.

Where were you before?

In Vauxhall in a ginormous Victorian council flat so a bit of a change. Our Bayer House maisonette is the same size as one of the corners in our old flat.

What can you see out of your window?

Just a forest of trees, birds, the clematis is just coming out, there’s a pear tree, honeysuckle. We have a lovely beech tree which is home to goldfinches, blue tits, sparrows, pigeons, a blackbird…

What do you like about living on the estate?

I like the fact it’s such a friendly community. The maisonette is so small we spend all summer with the door open - and so does everyone else. There’s an inside and outside world which means you get to know your neighbours. There’s such a generous landscape – we need it.

What changes have you seen or expect to see?

Much much greener – when I first came it was just concrete, very stylish and very smart and architectural and I can understand why purists would want it to stay that way. But that was when we were surrounded by a lot of bombsites and undeveloped land and there was lots of wild life. Now we are more hemmed in by buildings so it’s important now for our estate to be greener. There are so many more birds now and more nature.

What is your favourite building on the estate?

Goodness, that’s really hard to say. I think I’d have to say Great Arthur House just knocks me out every time I walk up to it because of the roof, that overhang. I like the views across it especially when you come on to the estate from Hatfield House and you see it in relation to the whole estate. The colours, the swimming pool, it’s so beautiful and fantastically composed.

Any other bits of the estate you like a lot?

I like the Rotunda, it looks like a little bastion, a piece of the old world. It’s just a luxury really – just there to be beautiful. 

How important is it to know your neighbours?

Very important. People are generally happy living here. You end up having lovely chats. When I lived in Lambeth it wasn’t always so and I worry with everything going on that our community might be affected too.

Who is your favourite artist? That’s too hard a question. Artist of this week is Peter Doig. His last show was fabulous. 

Tate: Modern or Britain?

Britain is solid and always have very carefully curated shows. Modern is great fun especially with children, they can just charge around. It’s also very exciting with its new addition. I find their blockbuster shows are too overwhelming so I prefer the size of Tate Britain. It’s solid, not shifting. The thing about London is it’s constantly changing, it’s not precious. It’s very much of the present, which is what I love about it, but sometimes we end up losing wonderful buildings and spaces and some of our history.

Art: Deco or Nouveau? I’m an artist, I like both! 

Who is the best actor ever?

I was always in love with Dirk Bogarde…

Best song ever?

Imagine, John Lennon. That’s my answer today, tomorrow it could be different

What is your favourite word? Hello

How many pairs of shoes do you have?

Many pairs but they’re nearly all worn out. I have them for years and wear them carefully, trying to make them last. I never want to let them go.

Handbags to match?

No - not a handbag person. I have one that I hardly ever use. I use an old camera bag.

What is your favourite species of pondlife? Frog

Have you got green fingers? For flowers but not for veg

Favourite smell?

Gosh, I think my favourite smell is L’Heure Bleue and the smell of damp woods in autumn. My friend makes perfumes and we’ve been trying to make that smell – we got very near it, but it’s impossible.

What is your signature dish? Pasta - I don’t really cook

Boiled or scrambled? Boiled

Roast or mash? Mash

Yoga or pilates? Yoga

Soccer or rugby? Hate sport

Cats or dogs? Cats

Finally, are you a vampire slayer or is it just a rumour?

I am a vampire slayer. Don’t forget it.

Hello Billy Mann...

Billy Mann, Golden Lane Estate resident, writer of regular column the 'Golden Lane Gazette' for City Matters, Secretary of the Golden Baggers allotment group, Community Builder and collector of tasty gossip has joined the GLE Comms Team to bring you a regular slot about the people who live and work on Golden Lane Estate, with his good self as first subject.

How long have you lived on the Golden Lane Estate?

22 years.

What brought you here?

The 55 bus.

Where were you before?


What is your favourite TV programme?

The Big Bang Theory.

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