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Money for Repairs

On the 13th January there was a full City Council meeting where Sue Pearson, your local Common Councillor, proposed a motion that the repairs programme for all the City Estates be accelerated by using some of the City’s financial reserves. The repairs programme is moving incredibly slowly even by the City’s standards with the last 5 year plan being inadequately funded while the Estates decay and tenants live in unacceptable conditions. The City has a fund called City Cash which has reserves of £2.6 billion. They have dedicated £50 million of this money to support small business during the pandemic but nothing to support residents. £37 million of this money has not been spent and Sue suggested that, as a start, it might be a good idea to redirect this to Estate repairs.At the Council meeting discussion of the motion was cut short by a point of order and the the motion to speed up repair of your Estates was lost by 75 votes to 19. A supportive councillor, Graeme Harrower, has written a…See More



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The Golden Lane Estate Residents’ Association (GLERA) represents all residents on Golden Lane Estate. That includes City tenants, leaseholder tenants and sub-let tenants. GLERA aims to:

  • Further the common community interests of all Residents of Golden Lane Estate and represent members in dealings with the City of London Corporation, and any other bodies pursuant to those community interests
  • Promote the maintenance and improvement of amenities affecting those members together with the monitoring of all charges
  • Maintain the private status of the Estate

The GLERA committee is made up of tenants and leaseholders with a target of 50/50 representation across leaseholders and tenants. The committee meets at least four times a year.  If you're interested in being on the committee, contact the Chair at to find out more. 

GLERA has the power to affiliate to any body whose objectives are of benefit to the membership. The GLERA constitution can be found here and the roles and responsibilities of the committee members are summarised here.

Useful documents and resident information can be found here.

GLERA committee members 2019/2020

Tom Godsmark - Chair  

Vernon Ashford - Treasurer

Anne Corbett; David Cox; Aziz Henache; Charles Humphries; Sue Lyon; Maria Prior

If you wish to contact the committee please email, or leave a message in the GLERA box in the Estate Office and we will ensure that you receive a response. 

GLERA Meetings 2020

Committee Meeting 23 January 
Committee Meeting 23 April
AGM 25 June
Committee Meeting 16 July 
General Meeting 22 October 

All residents are welcome to join and observe committee meetings.

The meetings all follow the same outline agenda, as set out below:

1. Apologies
2. Agreement of minutes
3. Matters arising
4. Major projects
5. Maintenance and repairs
6. GLERA/CoL governance and communication
7. 'Quality of life'/community projects
8. Any other business
9. Dates for future meetings

Minutes from all meetings can be found here.

GLERA Sub-committees, supported groups and campaigns

RCS/CoLPAI Sub-committee - contact

Barbican and Golden Lane Conservation Area

Community Centre Steering Group - contact

Golden Baggers - contact

Bernard Morgan House Group

GLERA Surveys

GLERA Survey 2017

GLERA Commissioned Reports

February 2018: Proposed Conservation Area Barbican / Golden Lane - Historical Context by Alec Forshaw, town planner, urban designer and conservation officer with the London Borough of Islington from 1975 to 2007.

January 2018: City of London Conservation Area Consultation report by Robinson Wild Consulting commissioned by GLERA and the Barbican Association.

2017: An Appraisal of COLPAI by Alec Forshaw, town planner, urban designer and conservation officer with the London Borough of Islington from 1975 to 2007.

November 2014: A Collated Response by Golden Lane Residents to the City of London’s Draft Housing Strategy for 2014 – 2019, sent to the Community and Children's Services Committee.

October 2014: A report prepared by Peter Luckham on behalf of GLERA on the status of High Speed Broadband on Golden Lane Estate.


GLERA is a "Recognised Tenants' Association" under relevant legislation (by virtue of the statutory rights granted to its predecessor for leaseholders (GLOA)), including:
  • The Housing Act 1980
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (Section 29)
  • Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993
  • Common & Leasehold Reform Act 2002
This status was granted by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal as a result of legal action by residents - the functions of the LVT were transferred to the First-Tier Tribunal of the Property Chamber under an Order of Parliament in 2013 but it's decisions remain in force.
Formal recognition with specific regard to the City’s weekly tenants (as opposed to leasehold tenants) was secured when GLERA demonstrated that it met the published requirements of the City for this purpose and was acknowledged as having done so by City Officers.

Download the history of the Golden Lane Owner's Association (GLOA), predecessor to GLERA. 

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