The things you
need to know about
living Chiswick Village.
|Police: 020 8577 1212
||Electricity: 0345 708090
|Lift: 020 8305 0927
||Gas: 0800 111999
Local Authority Noise Department: 020 8583 5555
Hours Service (Thursday, Friday and Saturday night 10pm to 4am) Phone: 020 8583
Heathrow Airport - Noise Line Phone: BAA Ltd. 0800 344844
These items are taken from
some information provided by CVRL and a few bits that I've added. Please refer
to your individual Lease as there may be specific items that differ. There are,
apparently, a number of different Leases within the Village. Also, there are a
whole load of issues that have been written about by the Directors of CVRL. You
can read that document as a PDF file here. Its
style is more than a little short and it doesn't really reflect the tone of
life in the Village, rather it reads as if its been written by someone who
wants to have the sound of Authority.
If you'd like to add to the items
below do email me
are, as yet, no facilities for the secure storage of bicycles in Chiswick
Village except in your own home. Neither are there any places for family or
friends to secure bicycles to when visiting. Warning: bicycles have been stolen
from balconies - on the first floor! (that's the second floor if you are
This is Ray Turnbull
- he lives at #10. He is on duty between 9am and 5pm . If you're not sure about
something then Ray is likely to know.
This is the bane of living in Chiswick
Village. In 1935 when the Village was built there were few private cars. Now
almost every home has probably two. In short there is too little road space for
too many cars, but then what's new ? Well, for those drivers with little sight
there actually TWO yellow lines around the Central Green. This means NO PARKING
AT ANY TIME. Parking your car next to one which is on these yellow lines fools
no one and is dangerous.
I am holding my breath for the first death to
be caused by either a fire engine or ambulance being unable to get to those who
need it because of selfishly parked car. If you have a car park permit then
please use the space that you've paid £180 for or park outside the
Village until a space becomes available. Its a tough life if you have to walk 5
minutes to your car but that's life. Live with it.
If you see a car that
looks like its been abandoned by the side of another car then do call the
police. If enough cars get towed away then maybe our environment and safety
will improve a bit.
CVRL says that
- "Adult sports, games and ball games, in particular football, rugby and golf
are not permitted. Leisure activities by small children are acceptable. Cycling
is not permitted. Dogs are not permitted." - which seems fairly
Landings, hallways and exits MUST be kept clear
of obstructions such as bicycles, furniture, rubbish bags and any other items
or people that you've decided have become surplus to your requirements. The
access doors to the flat roofs are locked on a permanent basis. They are NOT a
fire escape. Fire extinguishers are located on the common landings. Fire /
smoke alarms in your own home would be a really good idea as well, both for you
and your friendly neighbours.
There is a long and rather tedious history
to the bizarre system that provides our heat. Suffice it to say that hot water
is available all year round. The hot water that is supplied to your radiators
is switched on October 1st and switched off April 1st. If the temperature of
your water drops at any time then immediately Ray Turnbull. He'll get on to it
right away. There is talk of servicing the boilers in the summer rather than
waiting until they are switched on in October and promptly shut down with the
strain - don't hold your breath. I think that the lifts and the hot water
system have genes in common.
These are a little elderly and need lots of
love and attention - and a good clean every now and again. Given the job of
moving heavy items such as building equipment and / or heavy supplies they will
probably go into a sulk and refuse to budge. Be gentle with them. This includes
CLOSING THE DOORS after you have used them as in some cases these are manual
and not looked after by the lift door fairy.
We do attract rather more
than our fair share of leaflet drops. These people want to rush through the
Village spreading their little packages of love and happiness as quickly as
they can. Closing the lift doors and gates is very low down on their list of
priorities. They can be repelled by keeping the front doors locked - see
There are 280 homes in Chiswick Village. If we
estimate an average of three people to a home then there are some 840 people
living in our small acre of Paradise. Some of these people are elderly and no
doubt some work shift patterns and although Chiswick Village was built before
the construction industry worked out how to use tissue paper as a building
material - sound will travel.
Musical instruments, singing (!),
televisions, radios, telephones or loud discussions should not be heard outside
your home. The hours between 10pm and 8am are especially sacred. Please do
remember that when you have phone conversations on your balcony the
architecture of Chiswick Village ensures that your conversation can be heard by
almost everyone in that block - either from their own balcony or through open
In the summer months leaving a phone by an open window means
that we all know exactly how many calls you get each day and just how long you
keep your callers waiting before you decide to answer it. Please keep phones
well inside your home fascinating though your personal life is.
DIY is a
a great way to increase the value and quality of your home. However, noises of
banging, sawing and drilling will travel right around your block and maybe the
whole of the Village as well. Please do not begin noisy work before 8am and
finish it at 6pm, Monday to Friday. Please, please no loud and heavy work after
lunchtime on Saturday, in fact noisy work between 9am and 1pm only, and not at
all on Sunday. If by any chance you find a way to drill anything in to the main
walls - do let the rest of us in on your secret........
Parties can be
exciting and fun and also one of the best ways to p*** off your neighbours.
Please let those around you know well in advance, this means 5 to 7 days, if
you intend to have a load of friends around. This will allow them to make other
arrangements - like going out.
If you have a problem with noisy parties
then call the
Local Authority Noise Department: 020 8583 5555
Hours Service (Thursday, Friday and Saturday night 10pm to 4am)
The freeholder and landlord of Chiswick Village is
Chiswick Village Residents Limited. The estate is managed by:
Richards & Co,
The Power House,
1 Linkfield Road,
Tel: (08444) 773223 -
eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Use
the Forum to let everyone know how you get on.
Our local postman used to
be Barry. Now it seems to change every few days or so.......
There are, apparently, recycling bins at
the "south entrance to Chiswick Village" - that's the end closest to the river
by the bridge over the railway. Last time I saw them they were tucked well away
at the back. Use the Forum to let others know if they are easy to use. Despite
being here since 1935, that's nearly 70 Christmases since, no one has got
around to having a central collecting point for re-cycling Christmas trees.
These are collected every day between
6.30am and 9.30am from outside your front door Monday to Frday only. We had a
small fire caused by a smoldering bag once so please don't leave them out
overnight. They can also smell badly as well so do tie them up tight and ensure
that there are no splits or tears in them.Index
We have both
locks on all the doors and entry phones for a good reason - safety. Do use
them. Sometimes people will leave doors "on the latch" while they do a job and
forget to replace the lock when they have finished. Please, always remember to
put the lock back on.