The Organisation

Since signing the Management Agreement with the London Borough of Southwark in 1995, the structure of Juniper House has radically changed. Specifically, Southwark blocked the use of the previous group structure, which did so much to distribute the workload and do the detailed investigation into possible spending options.

All decisions are now taken by management at monthly management meetings, if there is the time. This results in rushed, rash, ill-informed decisions such as the costly gates and the scandalously destructive, anti-social, costly and wasteful garden regeneration.

In minutes published in 2007 (one of few editions to leave the office) management complained of not having enough time to consider issues in depth....

This was why they were repeatedly urged to properly constitute a group system. All members who took part in the old group system, or who had a part in the 9 month process of determining the job description, contract and conditions of work of the office worker, will know that complex issues, such as the regeneration of the garage areas, could never be properly decided by a monthly management meeting on a tight agenda.

A return to a delegated group structure, in which people can use their specialities and interests, is therefore essential. It not only provides a meaningful, informed level of scrutiny for ideas, but also provides a whole other layer of opportunity for residents to get involved in the co-op, and meet, and work together.

These groups would then report to management for funding, and finally to the general meeting for approval, in the event of the budget breaching the stated limit.

Groups would have to have a written remit or brief  approved by the general meeting.

A natural list of groups would include

1. Building and maintenance.

2. Lettings.

3. Finance.

4. Social.

5. Garden.

6. Fundraising.

though there might be more.