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What's a Residents' Association?
The Barry Waterfront Community Residents Association (BWCRA) is a voluntary organisation made up of residents, whether freeholders, leaseholders, or tenants, from Phases 1, 2 and 3 on the Waterfront development in Barry. We choose to live here and we want to make this a great place to live and to work for everyone.
Who does the Residents Association represent?
We represent all the paid-up members of the Association. However, our events and most meetings are open to all residents on the Waterfront and our successes in negotiating with / bringing influence to bear upon the developers, the management company and elected representatives at all levels benefit everyone in the area.
What are our goals?
This is the formal bit. BWCRA exists to:
protect and advance the interests of all owners covered by the Association on matters concerning housing, the safety, environment, social, and the community life of the area
encourage community spirit and to work towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination
promote the interests and rights of home owners and tenants
ensure that all members are consulted regularly and that all residents eligible for membership are encouraged to join
preserve and support the facilities and amenities of the area
help build a good relationship between residents and the duly appointed Management Company
represent the views of members, when appropriate, with elected representatives, developers, statutory services, utilities and other organisations
organise meetings, social events, and other community-based activities
Who funds BWCRA?
BWCRA is funded by the members who each pay £12 a year to support our work to improve life for everyone on the Waterfront. Additional funds are raised through community events, and where available, from grant awarding bodies.
To join us click here.
What does BWCRA spend the money on?
Our funds are determined by the number of paid-up members and grants we are able to apply for. So far, we have spent most of the funds on organising a Summer fete for the community, on the open meetings at which members and non-members alike can find out about the issues which affect the development and the preparation for the future when the residents will take control of the Management Company. At these meetings residents have also been able to raise their own queries about their concerns.
Supporting the Covid 19 Support Group in its work with vulnerable residents on the Development has been a focus for BWCRA in 2020.
Who are the stakeholders apart from the residents?
The Developers or 'the Consortium'
'The Consortium' is the consortium of 3 house builders, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes and Barratts who originally acquired the land and obtained planning permission for the development of approximately 1600 housing units on what is now known as 'The Waterfront'.
The playgrounds, open spaces, parks, unadopted roads and many of the apartment blocks on the Waterfront are managed by a 'Management Company’ which appoints a 'Managing Agent'. At present this agent is 'Remus'. They have been appointed by the Management Company to manage these areas until the development is completed at which stage the residents will have the right to take over the management company and take a decision as to whether Remus carries on as the Managing Agent.
As residents, we are liable to pay Remus an 'Annual Maintenance Charge' as well as individual charges per household as set out in our TP1 forms. This is one of the 'big issues'.
When the developers leave, the maintenance of these areas & the collection of any maintenance charge will become the responsibility of the home owners on the Waterfront through the 'Barry Waterfront Residents Management Company Ltd'. Future membership of this company is also one of the 'big issues'.
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Eventually, the Vale of Glamorgan Council will look to adopt responsibility for the maintenance of most of our streets (including street lights) - starting with Ffordd y Mileniwm and the estate roads to Phases 1 & 2 in late 2021 (hopefully). They also provide refuse collection services and will be responsible for traffic management (a key concern for residents). Click here to find out more about the big issues in the area including planning, highways and the adoption of open spaces & public play areas. Our local councillors (both Vale of Glamorgan Council and Barry Town Council) are supportive of the work that BWCRA does and have attended our open meetings and events along with the local MS and MP.