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Spring Clean 2013

POSTPONED UNTIL April 20th 2013

 

It’s that time of year again. Spring is upon us and the maintenance of the estate for another year has already begun with the grass cutting contractor commencing work in the last couple of weeks.

Our annual Spring Clean in association with An Taisce, has been organised for April 13th at 3pm and hopefully we will have a good turnout to help tidy up our streets and give the estate a freshen up. Waterford City Council kindly collect the refuse collected at this event, free of charge, so we should all make the effort to tidy up outside our own doors and give a good impression of the estate to all visitors.

Of course, with the start of grass cutting, the annual maintenance collection is also of urgent importance. The requested donation, as per every year so far, is €40 and the residents’ association can only maintain this if people continue to contribute. It’s less than 80c per week to keep the green areas of the estate maintained and prevent them turning into jungles. All money goes directly into the upkeep of the estate and all association members are volunteers who give their time for no reason other than to help the estate keep its good image. Over the years past, association members have given countless hours working with the City Council and Gardaí regarding estate issues, anti-social behaviour, estate maintenance and initial handover from the developer, going to personal expense to contact landlords to secure contribution to the maintenance fund and to fund the website and online payment facility – helping to make Grange Manor a good place to live.

We would ask people to try to pay online (http://www.grangemanor.org/store/) before the end of April or contact your local committee member (you’ll no doubt remember them from past years of knocking on your door, asking for your help) or e-mail info@grangemanor.org to find out who to contact. It’s not easy calling to every home in the estate. It’s even harder asking people to contribute to the maintenance collection. However, the only way we can ensure that the estate is maintained and doesn’t become unsightly, is if we are all in this together. Let’s keep it going!

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Maintenance Contribution for 2013

This year, as last year, the residents’ association has an online payments facility so that residents can pay their yearly contribution towards the estate maintenance online. This way it’s safer for everyone involved; volunteers won’t have to walk around the estate with large sums of money. Also it helps with not needing to have the exact amount at hand or for the volunteers, the exact change.

To pay your annual contribution towards the estate maintenance do the following:

1) Click on the store link on the right of this page
2) Click on your street name
3) Click add to cart opposite the your address
4) At the bottom of the page you will then see a shopping cart with a checkout option to pay with PayPal (PayPal is a trusted and secure service but ensure that you are on paypal.com before submitting any personal details)
5) Once payment has been completed you will receive an e-mail receipt confirming your donation

Without the continued support of all residents, we will not be able to maintain the shared green areas of the estate nor other maintenance that occurs from time to time, such as fences, etc. If you have any questions or would prefer to pay by cheque or cash, please e-mail residents@grangemanor.org and a volunteer from the association will be in touch with you a.s.a.p.

Thank you

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FixMyStreet.ie

Some people may have heard of the website FixMyStreet.ie and how it allows people to file reports online that relate to problems in their area, in need of council attention. Until recently it was only available in certain areas of Ireland but has recently been extended to include Waterford City. If there are any problems relating to roads, signs, or other typically council related items, you can fill out a description of the problem on www.fixmystreet.ie and have it sent to Waterford City Council for their attention.

It might be a useful mechanism for sending reports for council attention.

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WLR FM Street Sweep

The WLR FM crew turned up yesterday evening to kick off the Street Sweep and it was great to see so many people out to support the effort of keeping our estate clean. These events have a special focus on getting the younger members of communities out helping to do their bit and Grange Manor certainly put on a great show with so many younger members of the estate making a huge effort to clean the areas around their homes.

Anyone who was there towards the end of the evening will have seen the huge pile of yellow bags at the bottom of Rocwood Drive and no doubt everyone will agree that it has yet again lifted the look of the estate, despite the poor weather today! Well done to all involved.

On behalf of the residents, a thank you to WLR FM who organised the initiative and provided goody bags for the participants and also to Waterford City Council who organised collection and disposal of the waste collected during the Street Sweep.

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Water Service Alert, Temporary water Interruption

Via: Waterford City Council

Due to essential maintenance and upgrade/repair works to the drinking water supply network, there will be a planned temporary interruption on the evening of Wednesday 9th May 2012 from 7pm to 7am Thursday 10th May to the drinking water supply to the following general areas-

Williamstown Road from Williamstown Village/Bishop s Field to the Junction of Upper Grange Road/Inner Ring Road.

Farronshoneen Roundabout to the Roundabout at Waterford Regional Hospital, Dunmore Rd.

Water will return as soon as practicable after works are completed. Waterford City Council apologises to all customers for any inconvenience and disturbance that may be caused /incurred due to these works.

Water Services Dept.
Waterford City Council

http://www.mapalerter.com/mapalerter-ireland-alert-map/viewtrack/399–.html

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Newsletter May 2012

Grange Manor Residents’ Association (GMRA)

IMPORTANT NOTE TO RESIDENTS, HOMEOWNERS & LANDLORDS

2012 Spring Clean

The annual Spring Clean will take place on Saturday, 12th May at 2pm. Refuse sacks will be distributed at the green at the top of Rocwood Drive. Please support your community by playing a part in the clean up effort.

Grass Cutting Charge

  • Grass cutting has recommenced in recent weeks in Grange Manor
  • The Council has stated that the €100 Household Charge introduced this year does not cover the cost of grass cutting in private estates
  • In order for the existing contractual arrangement to be maintained in Grange Manor, the annual donation of €40 must remain
  • A widespread door-to-door collection as carried out by the GMRA in previous years is not planned for 2012

We would ask that householders act in good faith and contribute by either of the following payment options before 31st May 2012:

  1. PayPal: go to http://www.grangemanor.org/store/ select street name and house
  2. By cash or cheque (simply email info@grangemanor.org to arrange to have a
    volunteer call to you at a convenient time, or contact the GMRA representative
    closest to you to arrange payment)

If Grange Manor residents do not contribute at the same level as they have in the past the following may occur:

  • Suspension of grass cutting in 2012 until the fund is restored to the required level
  • Loss of the current grass cutting contractor, Evergreen Landscapes, who have offered a very keen price to the estate for the past two years
  • The GMRA may be dismantled

The main focus of the current GMRA has been to address common interests of residents, particularly grass cutting. Achievements to date include:

  • Grass maintenance, collection and management
  • Repair of the boundary fence in Asgard Grove/Drive
  • Annual spring cleans
  • Securing council grants to help the maintenance fund
  • Representing residents at council meetings (e.g. the Magenta Grove disruption in 2010)

Your suggestions and ideas on any of the above are always welcome. Please email info@grangemanor.org to share your thoughts.

GMRA Volunteers

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Online Payments for Maintenance Collection

This year the residents’ association has created an online payments facility so that residents can pay their yearly contribution towards the estate maintenance online. This way it’s safer for everyone involved; volunteers won’t have to walk around the estate with large sums of money. Also it helps with not needing to have the exact amount at hand or for the volunteers, the exact change.

To pay your annual contribution towards the estate maintenance do the following:

1) Click on the store link at the right of the page
2) Click on your street name
3) Click add to cart opposite the your address
4) At the bottom of the page you will then see a shopping cart with a checkout option to pay with PayPal (PayPal is a trusted and secure service but ensure that you are on paypal.com before submitting any personal details)
5) Once payment has been completed you will receive an e-mail receipt confirming your donation

Without the continued support of all residents, we will not be able to maintain the shared green areas of the estate nor other maintenance that occurs from time to time, such as fences, etc. If you have any questions or would prefer to pay by cheque or cash, please e-mail residents@grangemanor.org and a volunteer from the association will be in touch with you a.s.a.p.

Thank you

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Spring Clean Success!

The annual Grange Manor Spring Clean took place last Saturday, 14th April. Unlike previous years, we were fortunate to have fine weather, and a large number of residents came out to give their support and lend a hand. Gloves and sacks were distributed amongst residents, and more than 20 sacks of rubbish and gravel left over from the winter cold snap were collected. These were removed by Waterford City Council first thing on Monday morning.

Many thanks to Waterford City Council for their cooperation. Also, thanks to those who came out in their numbers to give a hand. It was great to see the event gathering momentum with many families turning up and getting kids involved too. If you didn’t have the opportunity to come along, April is Spring cleaning month, so you can further the good work by keeping your garden and the area around your house tidy and rubbish-free. Many hands indeed make light work.

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Annual Maintenance Collection 2011

It’s that time of year again and volunteers from the residents’ association will soon be knocking on your door to ask for a contribution to the maintenance fund for the estate. The estate is looking very good at the moment and is being very well cared for by the contractor hired to cut the grass. Your contribution to the maintenance fund is essential to help keep the estate looking this way. Without it, we would not be able to hire a contractor to cut the grass and we would be living in a jungle.

We are very lucky, living in Grange Manor, to have so many houses in the estate. This means that we can keep the annual contribution very low, less than a Euro a week per house to keep the estate looking pristine all year round. Our recommended contribution is much lower than that requested in many other estates throughout Waterford City. However, we can only do this if everyone contributes to the fund.

If you are renting your home then don’t forget to ask for a receipt from the person collecting the money so that you can give it to your landlord and get a refund. Alternatively, please have your landlord’s contact details to hand so that they can be contacted to arrange contribution to the fund.

Everyone on the residents’ committee is a volunteer, who gives their time for no reward, so please be aware that they have no personal gain from collecting money. It’s all in the interest of keeping our estate looking good. If you want to send a cheque or contact us about the contribution then please e-mail info@grangemanor.org to make arrangements.

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Spring Clean 2011

The Grange Manor Residents Association has organised a Spring Clean, to take place on Saturday April 9th 2011 at 1500h. Spring Clean is an iniative run by An Taisce in conjunction with local councils – it encourages communities to get together and keep their areas clean and litter free. A number of waste disposal sacks and protective gloves are given by An Taisce to the residents association and the City Council will also collect the waste collected, for free, after the event. This is a great opportunity to help tidy up the estate and remove annoyances such as litter that has been blowing around green areas for some time now or snagging the plants in your garden.

Help the volunteers by tidying up your front garden and immediate area outside your home so that rubbish can be easily packed into waste sacks. A little effort by everyone will make this event a huge success! Bags, gloves, etc will be handed out at 1500h sharp, on the green at Rocwood Walk.