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Resident Consultation Committee (RCC)

Following a vote by residents and a decision by the Barbican Residential Committee (BRC) in 2003, the Resident Consultation Committee (RCC) was formed.

RCC normally meets four or five times a year, two weeks prior to the BRC. Reports are submitted to this Committee for their comments prior to decisions being made at the BRC.

Each House Group sends a member as a representative, and their contact details are available from your House Officer.

For more information about the list of minutes, meetings & agendas, visit the Residents Consultation Committee (RCC) meeting and minutes.

Barbican Association (BA)

The Barbican Association (BA) is an independent organisation founded and run by residents. It is a recognised Tenants' Association under Landlord and Tenant legislation. The Barbican Association sends one representative to meetings of the Residents Consultation Committee (RCC).

Any resident may join. To find out more, go to the Barbican Association website.

Difference between the Barbican Association (BA) and the Residents Consultation Committee (RCC)

They both represent residents and they both include representatives of house groups; so why are there two bodies?

Essentially the RRC represents residents in their relationship with the City as their landlord. The BA represents them in all other matters.

The RCC was set up a few years ago as a subcommittee of the Barbican Residential Committee, the City's committee responsible for running the Barbican Estate, to provide a voice for leaseholders in the way the estate was run, recognising the fact that long leaseholders pay for most of that management through their service charges.

Each house group has a seat on the RCC, and the BA also has a seat.

The BA was set up shortly after the estate was first occupied and represents residents on all other issues that affect them other than direct landlord issues (though it does have a voice in these through its seat on the RCC). Individuals join the BA, and pay a subscription, and they elect people to the BA General Council, which also has a representative from each house group. In practice the BA deals mainly with planning and licensing issues, but it also represents residents in discussions with our neighbours such as the Arts Centre and the Girls School and in discussions with bodies like Crossrail.

Many of the same people sit on both committees. That might sound incestuous – but such cross representation is useful – especially as residents don't necessarily know the difference between the two and the BA has funds and the RCC doesn't.

In addition some elected City common councilmen from the two Barbican wards happen to sit on both the RCC and the BA, as either house group representatives or elected members to the BAGC.

Contact your House Officer for details of how to contact your House Group Chair.

Recognised Tenants' Associations​

Most of the individual blocks on the Barbican Estate have a House Group to represent the views of their residents and each House Group may also send one representative to the meetings of the Residents' Consultation Committee (RCC). Some of the House Groups are also recognised by the City of London as Recognised Tenants' Associations.

The City of London is obliged to regularly monitor the membership levels and constitutions of House Groups to ensure that those who wish to be formally recognised as Tenants' Associations have met various criteria outlines in the guidance pursuant to Section 29 of the Landlord and Tenants Act 1985. The approach adopted by the Barbican Residential Committee is for this monitoring to be undertaken annually and so the City of London writes to each House Group to request various documents to assist in formally recognising the House Group as an RTA.

Major works programme

The City of London is obliged to consult with and inform residents of the costs and scheduling of capital and programmed works in accordance with Statute and the terms of the lease.

All major programmed works will be subject to an initial evaluation process, the commencement of which is reported to the Residents Consultation Committee (RCC) for recommendation and the Barbican Residential Committee (BRC) for approval. Following the initial evaluation, an Evaluation Report, including an estimate of costs and an outline brief, will be presented to the RCC for consultation prior to submission to the BRC and (if approved) the commencement of the Statutory consultation process with residents and leaseholders under Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended by Section 151 of the Commonhold & Leasehold Reform Act, 2002). Section 20 applies to all affected leaseholders where one leaseholder's charge exceeds £250 for works or £100 for a long-term service agreement. The programme of works is included in the 'out-turn report' which the RCC sees before it is approved by the BRC.

Working parties

​Working Parties are set up by the Residents' Consultation Committee (RCC) and the Barbican Residential Committee (BRC), to enable Members, City of London officers and resident representatives to work together to deal with various issues on the Barbican.

If you require further details on a working party or would like to receive copies of previous minutes please contact your House Officer. For the latest updates, please see the Committee papers.

Gardens Advisory Group

Chair: Helen Davinson

Attended by:

  • Barbican Estate Office (BEO) officers
  • Open Spaces officers
  • Resident representatives

Service Level Agreements Review

Chair: Michael Bennett

Attended by:

  • RCC representatives
  • BEO officers

Background Underfloor Heating

Chair: Mary Durcan

Attended by:

  • BEO officers
  • Property Services officers
  • City of London officers
  • Resident representatives

For the background to the project see item 5 of the BRC March 2014 committee papers.

Asset Maintenance

Chair: Mike Saunders

Attended by:

  • BEO officers
  • Property Services officers
  • Resident representatives

Electric Vehicle Charging

Chair: Barry Ashton

Attended by:

  • BEO officers
  • Property Services officers
  • City of London officers
  • Resident representatives

Leaseholder Service Charge

Chair: Anne Mason

Attended by:

  • BEO officers
  • Property Services officers
  • Resident representatives

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