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Vice-Chair’s Report of the HRA Committee Meeting of Monday 11th September 2017

Vice-Chair’s Report of the HRA Committee Meeting of Monday 11th September 2017

  • The Chair welcomed members and two of our Ward Cllrs, including new member Alison Titheredge the new GM of Mayflower Court. He noted the continuing absence of Cllr Savage and the Secretary was asked to write enquiring if he might be able to attend our meetings from time to time.
  • The Chair welcomed members and two of our Ward Cllrs, including new member Alison Titheredge the new GM of Mayflower Court. He noted the continuing absence of Cllr Savage and the Secretary was asked to write enquiring if he might be able to attend our meetings from time to time.
  • University Liaison – Jon Walsh gave an account of current activities and the success of the recent Open Day. There was some discussion on current Planning applications and in particular the closure of the University Service road at the end of Salisbury Road.  However he did say this was only intended to be between the hours of 6.00 AM and 6.00 PM for reasons of safety whilst works  were being carried out.  He further confirmed that it was unlikely the University would continue with seeking to extinguish the ROW over Salisbury Rd in the near future, which was widely welcomed.
  • Lovers Walk – Sue Ingham was invited to express the concerns of the residents of Furzedown Rd in relation to the Council’s Planning application for the widening of LW, creating the possibility of an alternative Cycle route via Furzedown. She gave photographic evidence of vehicular and parking congestion which she felt would be dangerous for cyclists.  The Chair pointed out that the matter was now before the Council for determination and all sides had now submitted their responses, but nevertheless wished to avoid potential dissention within HRA as we wished to be representative of the views of all of our members.   Cllr O’Neil confirmed he had asked for the application to be brought before the Planning Panel.
  • Finance – the Chair pointed out we were still seeking a new Treasurer who would be more able to participate in the Association’s affairs. The matter of the Contingency Fund was deferred for Reserved business at the end of the meeting.
  • Membership – the Membership Sec was away but this still stood at a total of 508 member households.
  • Planning – Hilldown Rd; Adrian Pickering was unavailable to give an update but there was an email the Chair would circulate giving the latest position if anyone wished.  Apparently ‘they’ are working in accordance with the original grant but Conditions need to be closely monitored.  PeggyAugier gave a report on 36 Roseland Gdns which was now operating as an unauthorised HMO.  This had been reported to Enforcement who said they would look at it “when they were able”?!  The Chair reported on what appeared to be the emerging of a new business model for some HMO Landlords who were now handing their properties over to a third party to in effect, operate them as “Airb&b”s.
  • Website – Nadine was unable to attend to give an update.
  • AOB – Sainsburys – it was reported that Sainsburys had made a Licensing application to be able to serve Alcohol between the hours of 6.00 AM and midnight. It was intended  to oppose the application.  Mayflower Court – Alison Titheredge offered members a site visit and the possible use of a meeting room and was looking into taking an ad on the website. Contingency Fund –  it was resolved the existing Contingency Fund for Professional Fees should be increased forthwith to £15,000 with proportional increases on an annual basis. It was proposed that for another major battle, such as a JR, there should perhaps be a separate individual fund raiser.Discussion took place as how best to launch this Fund Raiser and Tom O’Connor had already drafted an excellent letter that could be sent to all members.  This would now await his return for a final review.  (Jacky Barnes is about to go away for several weeks)It was suggested that if we were to ask every member for a contribution of £10/£15 say, this in itself should raise a good sum, if they were all to contribute of course.  PRG members who had yet to contribute to the recent JR might be asked separately in advance of a general HRA letter.Finally, it was agreed there was an urgent need to introduce on-line banking to enable DDs for Membership subs, as well as for these contributions.
  • Date of next meeting – Monday 9 October 2017.

Jerry Gillen, Vice Chair