A message from SGTO

If you are in crisis, we [Southwark Group of Tenants Organisation] are here to support you.

Here are a few numbers that might prove useful during this period.
If you do not have internet access and need any numbers or information please contact SGTO on 0207 639 6718.

If you are experiencing problems paying for emergency items, such as fuel, you can call Southwark Emergency Support Scheme on 0207 525 2434

If you are experiencing difficulty applying for benefits you can refer yourself to Southwark Local Support team 0207 525 2434

If you are struggling with your mental health during this period you can call Southwark Wellbeing Hub for confidential support on 0203 751 9684 9am-5pm. You can also contact 07849 084368.


  • Remember to stay safe in your home.
  • Do not answer the door to any strangers.
  • No one from the police or health services should come to your home to do tests.

  • If you are concerned about your health call 111
  • if you are concerned about crime call 101
  • if you are experiencing any emergency call 999


Coronavirus / COVID-19 update

Dear residents,

due to circumstances that need no further introduction, all public meetings in the residents hall have been temporarily canceled. This includes:

  • Coffee mornings
  • Councillors' Surgeries
  • Standage meetings about the major works in RHH
  • Aphasia Reconnet
  • Community Hygiene Concern
  • HGH meetings
  • Blackfriars Settlement is closed, too

We will make a decision with regards to our next general meeting in due course.

Meanwhile, Southwark is looking for volunteers to help those who cannot leave their home. Details here: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/engagement-and-consultations/covid-support/covid-19-what-can-you-do-to-help

For general advice from Southwark, see https://www.southwark.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/for-the-public/coronavirus

Quality Homes Investment Programme (Major Works)

Please see below the transcript of the letter we have received with regards to QHIP.
Key information:

Sofique Miah
Customer Relationship Officer
Asset Management - Investment Delivery Housing & Modernisation
Sofique. miah@southwark.gov. uk
020 7525 0915


Dear Resident,

Nelson Square Gardens Estate QHIP 20/21: Applegarth / Helen Gladstone / Vaughan House

We are pleased to invite you to the 1 st Resident Drop-in meeting for Nelson Square Gardens Estate which includes 157-209 Applegarth, 222-269 Helen Gladstone & 1-51 Vaughan House. Your home will be part of the proposed Quality Homes Investment Programme (QHIP) 20/21 which we expect to be delivered from autumn 2020. The works will include external redecorations, window & general repairs to the fabric of the building where necessary and internal kitchen and bathroom renewals to tenanted properties which meet the QHIP criteria.

The drop-in has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 18 December 2019, 4:30pm-6:30pm at Rowland Hill House TRA hall, 60a Rowland Hill House, Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 0LT

The Contract Manager (CM) will be Brian Checkley (Brian.Checkley@southwark.gov.uk /
07956 200 666
) who will be responsible for monitoring and managing the works. Sofique Miah will be the Customer Relationship Officer (CRO) who is responsible for dealing with any issues that you might have in relation to how the works are delivered, quality of workmanship and
level of customer service provided and can be contacted using details above.

This is a drop-in session, so you are free to attend anytime between 4:30pm-6:30pm and don't have to stay for the whole duration.
If you have any queries or require assistance regarding these specific works then please contact me.
Yours sincerely
Sofique Miah

Summer Party 2019

Come join us at our
summer party

Saturday, 17th August 2019, 1300 - 1600
Community Hall (and Garden), 60a Rowland Hill House

Meetings 2019/20

Day Date Event / Guest speaker
Wednesday 17 July 2019 tbc
Saturday 17 August 2019 Summer Party
Wednesday 16 October 2019 tbc
Wednesday 11 December 2019 Christmas Party
Wednesday 12 February 2020 tbc
Wednesday 08 April 2020 tbc
Wednesday 13 May 2020 Annual General Meeting & Elections

Always at 7pm in the Community Hall, 60a Rowland Hill House, London SE1 0LT.
Contact us if you want to see your concern on the agenda.

Cycle Sheds

We are delighted that two bicycle sheds have been installed on our estate.

Rowland Hill House: Space for six bicycles next to the residents' hall.
Contact BikeAway (01752202116) to rent a space.

Vaughan House: Space for six bicycles at the North-Western end.
Contact Cyclehoop (02086991338) to rent a space.

Helen Gladstone House: Sorry, we have not been able to agree a location to date due to concerns of infringing the grounds of the (privately owned) adjecent freehold (maisonnettes).
If you would like to support getting a cycle shed for HGH, please come to our Annual General Meeting on
Wednesday, 15th of May at 7pm at the community hall.

Gates for Nelson Square!

Many thanks for everybody who attend our summer party.
Despite the miserable weather, we counted nearly 40 guests, and received much positive feedback on both the catering and the band.

After petitioning for a long time, Southwark Parks and Leisure have finally agreed to install gates one Nelson Square, in a bid to reduce both the noise- and crime problems we have been experiencing.
Thank you all for bearing with us for such a long time, and also for giving us your signatures for the petition.
The installation date is yet to be confirmed, but hopefully, it won't be long now.

The work will be carried out by RH Wrought Iron, 42a Banyard Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 2YA

General meeting 12 September 2018

All welcome to our general meeting on the 12th of September, 7pm, in the residents' hall.

  • Welcome & Apologies
  • Estate Matters
  • Minutes of general meeting of the 18th July 2018
  • Matters Arising
  • Cycle Sheds
  • Noise in Square
  • Summer Party
  • RHH Key Fob Reprogramming
  • Any other business

Noise on Nelson Square

Many residents have reported annoyance at the noise levels on Nelson Square, particularly during the night.
We have brought this issue to the attention of the council via our housing officer Debbie Ming, and our councilors.

The initial response is that Nelson Square does not fall under the remit of housing, as it is a public park, which also means the noise team is unable to deal with it.
The recommendation currently is:

  • Call 101 (police non-emergency number) and report noise when it happens
  • Keep a diary of disturbances
  • Contact Southwark Parks

Also refer to http://www.southwark.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/parks/opening-times and http://www.2.southwark.gov.uk/downloads/download/2858/byelaws_for_parks_and_open_spaces

Robbery on Nelson Square

Dear Resident, following the stabbing last autumn, a mobile phone robbery took place recently on Nelson Square.
Our councilors have this message for you:


Dear Resident, Robbery Warning-Nelson Square
On Monday 5th March a young male resident was threatened and robbed of his mobile phone and money by two young men, one of whom was masked, just after 7pm while he was walking through Nelson Square. Although he was not physically hurt he was understandably shaken up by the incident.
Can we please ask residents to be very careful in light of this incident and to report any suspicious activity in or around Nelson Square to the police dialling 999 if you think a crime is likely to be committed and 101 if you have any intelligence about the incident on Monday or if you see any further suspicious activity.
We would like to reassure you that robbery is very unusual in our ward but we want to have zero tolerance for this type of behaviour, and would ask that residents look after each other to make it clear that this is not a place where we will tolerate crime.
Since the re-design of Nelson Square last year there has been an increase in levels of anti-social behaviour in the summer months, which has led to requests from some residents for the square to be locked at night. The alternative is to consider the option of putting lighting in the square. If you have a view about your preferred option please email us at david.noakes@southwark.ov.uk and adele.morris@southwark.ov.uk

If you have any information about the robbery on Monday please contact the police on 101 quoting the following reference CRlS 3006453/18 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report information anonymously.

With best wishes

Cllr David Noakes, Cllr Adele Morris and Victor Chamberlain Cathedrals Ward
Liberal Democrat Councillors & candidates for Borough & Bankside Ward

Fire Risk Assessment

Fire risk assessments are periodically carried out to ensure that residents are safe in their dwellings. Their purpose is to identify any hazards, and recommend ways of mitigating the identified hazards.
This could include obstacles to escape routes, poor construction, aged cabling, or faulty standing pipes.

The latest Fire risk assessment reports can be found below:

Vaughan House

Rowland Hill House

Helen Gladstone House

Safety information packs for high rises

For all buildings in Southwark higher than 10 storeys, specific fire safety information packs are available at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/housing/safety-in-the-home/fire-safety-information-packs/borough-and-bankside

New Housing Officer

We would like to welcome Debbie Ming (debbie.ming@southwark.gov.uk) as our new housing officer for Nelson Square Gardens.
She is replacing Mojisola Moses and Adama Mansaray in this role.


Following this link to our constitution.