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Vice-Chair’s Report of the HRA Committee Meeting of Monday 9th October 2017

Vice-Chair’s Report of the HRA Committee Meeting of Monday 9th October 2017

  • The Chair welcomed members and Ward Cllr
  • There were no matters arising not otherwise on the agenda
  • University Liaison – Jon Walsh commented on the Steps Appeal decision and confirmed that as far as the University was concerned, there was no Right of Way over the Service Road. He accepted there was considerable disquiet on the current closure of the Service Rd between the hours of 6.00 AM and 6.00 PM but stated this was for reasons of Health and Safety and perfectly within their rights.  SCAPPS, for example, were one of a number of interests considering challenging this but the Chair asked if the Uni might be prepared to convene a meeting to consider a possible negotiated compromise.  Members felt that provision for Cyclists and Pedestrians, to the exclusion of motor vehicles, might be acceptable.  Jon reported that the main opponents of the current closure were parents with children at Highfield School.
  • Rat Man – Steve Johnson reported on the unfortunate outcome of his Court Case and that this person was continuing to contravene his CPN with abandon! The Chair said he would raise this at his meeting with the Leader of the Council on Thursday.
  • Finance – The Treasurer is in the process of trying to set up online banking. The Chair stated he felt there was no point launching our fund raising campaign until this was in place.  It would be important to liaise with both the Membership Sec and Website member as part of this process.
  • Membership – in the absence of the Memb Sec there was no report but membership remains in excess of 500 households.
  • Planning – there were no new applications of concern to report. The Chair expressed his despair at the current deteriorating relationship between HRA and the Planning Dept and gave examples of the many outstanding and unresolved issues.  However, the Leader of the Council has agreed to meet with the Chair and Simon Hill this coming Thursday to discuss our concerns.
  • Website – Nadine reported that we now had six advertisements on/for the website. However, a couple of them will expire shortly so it would be necessary to contact the owners to discuss extending the term.
  • AOB- there was no AOB and the meeting closed at 8.45 PM
  • Date of next meeting – Mon 13th November
    • 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.