The Golden Lane Estate Residents’ Association (GLERA) represents all residents on Golden Lane Estate; City of London tenants, leasehold tenants and sub-let tenants. Membership is automatic and free to all residents (you can of course opt out by contacting

The GLERA committee is made up of a small group of residents juggling work, family and other life demands, whilst doing what we can to improve life on the estate, working closely with our Councillors and using our recognised status as a resident association as best we can.

If you’d like to find out more about getting involved, particularly if there’s a key issue you are interested in or affected by, please get in touch!

GLERA’s aims

  • 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

GLERA has the power to affiliate to any body whose objectives are of benefit to the membership. 

GLERA committee 2023/24

Tim Godsmark | Chair |
Jacqueline Swanson | Secretary |
Gaby Robertshaw | Honorary Treasurer
Vernon Ashford
David Cox
Paul Lincoln | Imagine Golden Lane

Towards the end of 2023 and after 10 years in the role Vernon stepped down as Honorary Treasurer but continues on the committee. Gaby is acting as interim Treasurer until the next AGM, so if you are interested in the role and would like more information please get in touch.

If you wish to contact the committee please email or leave a message in the GLERA post box in the Estate Office.

AGM + resident meetings

The AGM is held in June. Other meetings are held periodically throughout the year – check the events calendar for the next meeting. We will try and give two weeks notice with posters, flyers and a notice in the email newsletter. All residents welcome!

recent meetings + updates

GLERA residents’ meeting

An update on latest GLERA activities, ongoing repairs consultation, Imagine Golden Lane projects, plus presentation from Destination...

cripplegate hustings

There are four candidates standing in the upcoming Cripplegate by-election on 2 November. Please come...

GLERA annual general meeting 2023

GLERA Annual General meeting - all redeints welcome! We'll be joined by our MP Nickie...

repairs meeting update

Follow up email to attendees of the meeting to discuss new repairs contract on 24...

we need to talk about repairs…

GLERA resident meeting to discuss the upcoming repairs contract renewal with CoL Officers, Mike Saunders...

duration of right to buy leases

Joint letter from the City's Recognised Tenant Associations with some concerns and comments on the...


GLERA is a ‘Recognised Tenants’ Association’ under relevant legislation (by virtue of the statutory rights granted to its predecessor for leaseholders (Golden Lane Owners Association)), 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 its 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.

Read history of the GLOA predecessor of GLERA.