Arden TMO, which manages over 700 units and was set up in 2005 has a new substantive manager. Mary Powell joined the TMO a few weeks ago and had this to say to her residents.
New Estate Manager – Mary Powell I am very happy to join you here at the North and South Arden TMO. I took up post on 11 June 2018 and have been finding my way around the estate. Thank you to the TMO staff, Board members and other residents who have already made me welcome and provided me with helpful information and advice. In particular thank you to Owen Ramsay who has been the acting TMO Manager since Paul Smith left last year. Previously I have worked as an Estate Services Manager for a TMO in Wandsworth before coming back to work in Hackney. I also have experience of working in leasehold management, street properties and supported housing going back about 20 years. I look forward to using this background knowledge to help develop the Arden Estate. This is a crucial time to defend the place of council housing here in London and elsewhere, as we see the growth of expensive private developments all around our neighbourhoods. It is London’s mixed communities which make it such a special place in which to live and work. We do not need to apologise for being here on the fringes of the City, London needs us all. I look forward to building on productive relations with Hackney Council, which remains the landlord for this estate, so as to improve the fabric of the buildings and access to council led services. Working together I hope that we can achieve even more for the Arden Estate. The safety of people living on and visiting the estate is of the greatest importance to me. Over the next few months I will be working with staff and residents to identify ways in which we can reduce safety risks around the estate. In particular I will be taking an active interest in the use and upkeep of communal areas. Please be aware that we will be seeking to keep communal areas clear of personal belongings, as these can present obstructions and fire hazards. I look forward to meeting more of you in the near future.