SPRA Committee Minutes
St Peter's Residents Association
Minutes of the Committee Meeting
Tuesday 16th January 2018 @ 7.30pm, 47 Black Lion Lane
Present: Steve Askins (co-Chair), Elizabeth Ryland (Treasurer), Louise Devonshire (Secretary), Fazina Blanchard, Nichole Detering.
Before the regular Agenda items the Committee noted with great sadness the recent death of Pat Watts. Pat was a long-time resident of St Peter's Road and was well-known across the community, serving as a primary school governor, member of the church choir, and as a SPRA street rep for many years. ND said that she would be sorely missed on St Peter's Road itself; she was a friendly and sociable face, who supported neighbours in need. SA reported that the Cross Keys of St Peter flag in the Square flew at half-mast when news first broke of her death.
The committee also thanked Liz Ryland for kindly hosting the meeting.
1. Apologies - Jonathan Blackhurst, Oliver Leigh Wood, Sarah Macdonald
2. Minutes of the meeting 21/11/2017 signed off subject to the following.
LD undertook to amend a reference to Pat Watts in the draft Minutes relating to current street reps.
3. Matters Arising
Cycle Superhighway (CS9) - SA reported that the local council can stop the CS9 development but although LBHFC's Cycling/Walking Public Account Committee next sits on the 29th January, it is unlikely to discuss the final draft amendments to the Superhighway plan until the meeting in March. This means that the Council Cabinet may not be in a position to deliberate on plans until after the local council elections in May. It also seems that Hounslow has postponed decision-making.
SA noted that he had yet to contact the London Forum but would speak with JB and endeavor to do so before the next meeting if still appropriate.
More generally, SA said that there had been constructive feedback from members on the SPRA approach regarding Superhighway plans. Members had appreciated SPRA's strategy, clearly setting out the issues, a timescale, and the options available to those who'd like to engage more.
Street crime - In recent weeks, local incidents of drug dealing and moped related crime that punctuated early Autumn appear to have lessened. That said, the Committee shared fresh concerns this week of repeated parking meter break-ins and opportunist theft from cars. These are not restricted to, but are mostly clustered in, the eastern side of the conservation area (St Peter's Road/Standish Road/Theresa Road/Beavor Lane).
If residents observe an incident happening they are urged to call 999 – if there is a Police unit in the vicinity they can then respond, and the incident will be logged, which will help give a more full picture of crime in the area.
LD said she'd contact the SNT officers to register neighbourhood concern.
a) Winter Party, 25/1/18 - SA reported that the street reps had all now circulated invitations for the party. Tickets are now on sale at The Carpenters Arms/Street Reps.
Some 70+ attendees are expected with a total of 21 guests invited, including the street reps, our local Councilors, the school head and the vicar plus 50+ paying ticket holders. Unlike the Summer party which took place in the same venue, there is likely to be slightly less room within the venue as the food service will be indoors this time around. He reported a mouth-watering menu, the details of which would be confirmed later in the week.
The Committee also discussed the unfortunate clash of local events between SPRA's Winter Party and a talk at the Church with writer Phillip Collins. SA undertook to arrange to send out an email reminder to all members that since the talk ends at 745pm there would still be plenty of time to head to the Carpenter's Arms for food (still being served) and the remainder of the party.
More generally SA expressed hope for better co-ordination between the church and SPRA, as he is in touch with PCC member David Broad about the church's Quidam series of philosophical/ethical talks, which would complement the SPRA heritage/architecture talks. The Committee agreed that working with the church on this was in everyone's interests, and that it was good to see such a promising diary of events for 2018.
b) Talks - Jilly Paver has now booked the Scott Hall for the Emery Walker talk on the 25th March. SPRA will underwrite and support the event. LR volunteered to assist with catering and drinks, along with ND who offered her help.
c) Bridge to Bridge/ Spring Garden day - FB and LD had separately been unable to pin down a date for this school event (following the meeting, the PTA confirmed the event will take place on 28th April 2018). SA and OLW will liaise to consider if dates work for the Garden event in Spring and make contact with the PTA again.
LR reported she has received a flood of Standing Orders into the SPRA bank a/c post 1 January which she is working her way through. She added that the street reps should expect to receive a list from her of all members on their street, with a note of how they pay, and whether they have yet done so. This should make the street rep's job of collecting subs much easier.
On a wider note LR said that more money from filming in the Square has now been received, adding to a very healthy balance on account.
6. Planning -
Applications previously discussed:
I. 4 St Peters Villas – rear extn @ B&G levels - decision overdue from the council.
II. 38 St Peters Square – 'non-material' amends to previous permission - decision overdue from the council. Note work continues on site.
III. 11 Theresa Road - new first floor extension on top of existing single-story rear extension. Approved in December by the Council following amendments to the application.
IV. 1 St Peters Villas – approval of details regarding previously granted permission. Decision overdue from the council. Work ongoing.
V. 3 St Peters Square – Latest application for two story extension at LGF and raised ground levels with balcony and external staircase, etc. Unanimously refused by the council planning committee in December.
VI. 69-77A Black Lion Lane. Replacement of timber framed windows to front façade with like for like double-glazed windows. Replacement of metal framed Crittal-style windows to rear façade with plastic framed windows. Decision by the council is now overdue but is expected to go before the planning committee if officers are minded to approve the plastic windows.
VII. North Eyot Gardens – application for a 15-meter-high telecoms pole and equipment cabinet has been taken to appeal. Decision awaited.
I. 11 Berestede Road – Rear roof extension, roof lights to front elevation, rear extension.
II. 38 St Peters Square – Application for further 'non-material' amends to previous permission. Note work continues on site.
III. 22-24 St Peters Grove – further application for variations to previously granted permission re chimneys, brickwork, parapets, roof lights, etc.
IV. 15 St Peters Grove – Certificate of Lawfulness proposed regarding the ridge height has been raised despite previously being refused permission for this.
a) Heathrow - This week households around the area have received a flyer from the Heathrow Consultation team, which is canvassing views from the public on i) physical infrastructure on the ground, and ii) principles to be applied when designing the new airspace (this is apparently distinct from a consultation on future path options, which the flyer states this is emphatically not). SA said that we should formulate a note to members along similar lines as the Superhighway Consultation, providing information and highlighting the options for those who want to engage more. (Action – SA/JB)
b) Cross Keys - SA reported that it is understood that the new manager is not resident in the house next door. The Committee agreed that there is general shock and surprise at the loss of Tim the outgoing landlord, who was so valued within the community. His departure has underlined how important the pub has become in the life of the community, not just as a place to drink, but also to eat, socialise, have meetings, and celebrate events. SA said that the Councilors would support any efforts by SPRA and the Hammersmith Society to establish the pub as an asset of community value.
c) Reclining Lady statue - SPRA offered cash to help refurbish this heritage statue on our patch, and awaits developments from Angela Dixon (in her HFHBG role). SA to check status with AD.
d) Smartwater - FB volunteered to get this Met crime protection scheme underway in the area, which is subject to getting a minimum number of participants. FB undertook to investigate what was involved.
e) Chelsea Fine Arts - The Committee happily noted the arrival of this new studio art business on the ground floor of the former London House. FB said she would investigate further on behalf of SPRA and report back.
8. Date/Venue of next meeting - Tuesday 20th March at Nichole Detering's house, 18 St Peter's Road.
Subsequent meetings in the diary:
Tuesday 22nd May - FB to host
Tuesday 10th July - LD to host
Tuesday 18th September - venue tbc
Annual General Meeting (AGM) Minutes
St Peter's Residents' Association
Minutes of the Fortieth Annual General Meeting of the Association
The Carpenter's Arms Pub, Saturday 1 July 2017
Minutes to be approved at the next AGM.
Those present: Steve Askins (Acting-chair), Jonathan Blackhurst (Vice-chair), Elizabeth Ryland (Treasurer), Sarah Macdonald (acting Secretary), Nichole Detering, Paulina Bukaty, Oliver Leigh Wood, Fazina Blanchard, Gill Nott, Sarah Burrrell, Angela Dixon, and some 50 other members of the association and local guests.
In attendance: Charles Clapham (Vicar of St Peter's Church), Cllr Harry Phibbs.
SA opened the meeting by welcoming members and guests to the 40th AGM. He thanked the management and staff at the Carpenter's Arms for hosting the AGM. SA told those gathered that they would find copies of the chair's report on various tables as had also been distributed via email to members in advance of the AGM. Treasury reports were also available.
SA went on to explain that this is the 40th anniversary of SPRA, which is also 40 years since the Queen's Silver Jubilee. The format of the evening is to hand over to Jonathan Blackhurst, his co-chair who would take members through the business part of the evening before drinks and a BBQ.
Apologies received include: Louise & Andy Devonshire, James and Jessie Fletcher, Julia Everett & John O'Sullivan, Grant and Shirley Ratcliffe, Andrew Winters, Richard Thom, Phil and Penny Pritchard, Michael Burrell, Barnaby and Louise Terry, Robin Nott, Mark Levesley, Jamie & Lucinda Bruce, Tim Marsh, David Pemberton, Andrea Tanner, Tanya & Andrew Quale, Lucy Ivimy, Charlie Dewhirst, Nick Hennigan, Raj and Asha Sethi, Carolyn Oldham.
2. Minutes of the 2016 AGM.
No amendments were noted. The Minutes were duly proposed, seconded and were formally approved.
3. Matters Arising from the Minutes of the 2016 AGM
Gift for Mr Patel (former Postmaster) Following the discussion at the 2016 AGM a number of residents contributed to a gift for Mr Patel to thank him for his 24 years as local postmaster in addition to a SPRA contribution, totalling £375.
Pedestrian Crossing at the end of Black Lion Lane (and at Young's Corner). There is widespread concern that the junctions are dangerous and the pedestrian crossing doesn't give people enough time to cross the road. Harry Phipps has raised this with the council with no response. He is happy to 'give it a nudge'.
Church Restoration Sarah Burrell updated the AGM on the completion of the church restoration and thanked everyone who contributed to the fund.
4. Chair's Report.
The Chairs report, which was circulated in advance and summarised at the meeting, is appended to these minutes. The following were further discussed:
a. 2017-18 Officers
SA has acted as Chair during the past year with JB as vice chair. JB proposed that for the coming year this arrangement be formalised and if acceptable to members they be Co-Chairs for the coming year. It is planned that Lou Devonshire will return in role of secretary later this year following her sabbatical and Liz Ryland has offered to continue as Treasurer.
b. 2017-18 Committee
Steve Askins, Jonathan Blackhurst, Liz Ryland, Sarah MacDonald, Nichole Detering, Fazina Blanchard, Oliver Leigh-Wood, Louise Devonshire.
c. Election of the 2017-18 officers and committee
Proposed by Stephen Beharrell, seconded by Avril Grundberg and was unanimously agreed by the meeting.
d. SPRA Heroes. This is an opportunity to thank members who gone over and above in helping members of their community. This year, being the 40th anniversary, it was felt that the SPRA heroes should be the founding and early members of SPRA. There were thoughts for those no longer with us. Particular mention was made of Joyce Edelman and Selma van de Pere who were at the meeting, for their roles in founding and establishing SPRA along with other early and founding members. There was applause for their contribution to SPRA across the 4 decades.
5. Treasurers Report. Financial records were made available for AGM attendees to view. The accounts were proposed by Stephen Beharrell and seconded by Brian Paver and unanimously agreed.
6. Any Other Business.
a. Pedestrian crossings at the top of Black Lion Lane and Youngs Corner. There was further discussion (to that in item 3 above) over the phasing of the lights and the time it takes for them to change/ time allowed for pedestrians to cross. Councillor Harry Phibbs commented that it may be more appropriate to have a 'puffin' crossing at the end of Black Lion Lane which does not turn green for cars until pedestrians have cleared the crossing. SA said SPRA will follow-up with Cllr Phibbs on this.
b. Shipping container in St Peter's Road. This matter has been discussed by the committee and Nichole Detering has taken it up with the council on the basis that it is not appropriate within a conservation area.
c. Entwistle Terrace vacant ground floor retail space. This has been vacant since the development was completed. The current hoardings are unsightly, a likely target for graffiti and a trap for litter. SA said it was not clear that the space was being actively marketed and SPRA will contact the council to points this out in case the developers may be aiming to turn the space into residential units.
d. Broadband speed. If anyone else is having difficulty accessing fibre broadband they should contact SPRA and we will connect them with others experiencing issues to start a campaign. Cllr Phibbs commented that if the issue is wide-spread he would be pleased to help.
e. Street cleaning. Street cleaning on rubbish collection days has been taking place pre-collection, leaving the streets needing post collection cleaning. Cllr Phibbs offered to take this up with the council.
f. Signage on the pavements. The increased use of 'A' board signs on the pavements by various local businesses was noted. It is not clear whether these have or require council permission. Situation to be monitored and followed up if necessary.
g. Weeds on the pavements. The Council have taken to spraying these with hot water which is seen as ineffectual and indiscriminate. (flowers planted in tree-pits have been sprayed) Councillor Phibbs undertook to raise the issue of pavement weeds with the relevant Council officers.
There being no further business, the AGM was called to a close and the 40th celebrations commenced.
ST PETER'S RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION
40th Annual General Meeting, 1 July 2017 – Chair's Report
SPRA's first AGM was in 1977, the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee so this our 40th! It is an opportunity for us to celebrate and we are joined by a number of founder and early members, current and former committee and other members of the community who have worked to help preserve, protect and enhance this special area over the years.
Some of those joining us were instrumental in the setting up of SPRA and we also remember others who, sadly, are no longer with us.
SPRA began, as Residents' Associations commonly do, when people came together to deal with specific issues and threats to the area that they live in. Having got together, they then move forward and focus on the positive – in our case helping to preserve, enhance and protect the area and to develop the community. This is what SPRA has been doing for the past 40 years, and, we hope, will continue to do in the future.
Today also marks some significant changes for SPRA. Some of your wisest, most value-adding and longest serving committee members are standing aside to make way for a fresh generation of new and dynamic committee members from across the SPRA area – could you be one of them?
In review, the past year has been a relatively quiet one for SPRA.
We have retained our essential focus on preserving, enhancing and protecting the local area and have continued to emphasise the Association part of SPRA by facilitating events which enable the community to get together to build that essential spirit and to achieve things that we could not each do alone. We have also been supporting local businesses.
We are progressing with the administration of membership by standing order, and membership numbers are up so far in 2017 when compared to last year.
At the 2015 AGM we were asked “…. What were the plans for the SPRA's healthy financial reserves?” – again we took note and non-garden fund expenditure exceeded income, this year by £852!
Our SPRA heroes this year are our founder and early members.
PLEA FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED: As you read this report, please do not think that SPRA is doing so well that no-one else is needed to help. SPRA can and should do more but we need new committee members and volunteers who actually do stuff! Let us know and you can be co-opted on to the team…
EVENTS: SPRA facilitated and organised events over the past year include:
· The October garden day: the community spent a Saturday morning planting, weeding, digging, sweeping and pruning in the Square. With multiple families participating over 800 bulbs were planted. Pictures of the flowers were on the website in the Spring.
· The Winter Party – held in January at the Cross Keys with some 70 members and guests.
COMMUNITY: We helped to promote the St Peter's School fair held in the square, the school's Bridge2Bridge fund raiser, local open gardens, HF Arts Fest and other local events. We have also kept up regular community-wide communications and special thanks to: Jonathan Blackhurst for the regular newsletters and to the street rep team who have arranged distribution and Mark Levesley who manages membership emails, twitter and www.spraweb.net.
SPRA is also supporting the restoration of the Karel Vogel 'draped lady' statue by the A4 – this is now listed but is on the Heritage England 'at risk' register.
ST PETERS SQUARE GARDENS: in addition to the garden day, SPRA continues to host donations to the garden fund led tirelessly by Oliver Leigh Wood (the “Designated Funds” in the accounts) We also keep the dog poo bag dispensers stocked with bags paid for by SPRA. With usage running at about 49/day (up from 41/day last year!) we have purchased some 18,000 bags over the past year at a cost of almost £700.
PLANNING: We continue to monitor and comment on the planning applications which will impact the style, character and neighbourliness of the SPRA area. We have also liaised with neighbouring residents' associations where applications have wider impact.
MEMBERSHIP: An increasing proportion of members are paying by standing order and membership numbers as at end June 2017 are up vs. end June 2016
FINANCES: The accounts were reviewed by the committee on 19 April 2017 and have been audited. Net expenditure of SPRA funds was £852 with reserves of £6,435 at year end. Income was down due to lower event and filming income in the year offset by an increase in membership subscriptions. Expenditure was £98 lower due to events offset by a donation to Mr Patel, the former postmaster. Since year-end £3,000 of film income has been secured.
COMMITTEE: We met on four occasions in the past year. The chairing of the committee has continued to be in concept “rotational” in the expectation of a permanent chair when the composition of the committee allows.
We thank the following committee members who are standing down at this AGM and will further recognise their contributions at another time: Paulina Bukaty; Sarah Burrell; Angela Dixon; Gillian Nott; Andrew Winters.
Steve Askins 2016-17 Acting Chair & Jonathan Blackhurst 2016-17 Acting and Vice Chair