St Peter's Residents' Association, Hammersmith, W6

SPRA Committee Minutes

St Peter's Residents Association

Draft Minutes of the Committee Meeting

Monday 1st April 2019 @ 7.30pm, The Barn at The Cross Keys

Present: Steve Askins (co-Chair), Louise Devonshire (Secretary), Oliver Leigh Wood, Julia Everett, Nichole Detering, Elizabeth Ryland.

The committee thanked the Cross Keys and Mick the landlord for his community spirit in allowing the meeting to take place in the Barn.

1.     Apologies: Jonathan Blackhurst, Phil Back

2.     Minutes of the last Committee meeting, 04/02/2019 - Approved and signed off for SPRAweb.net.

3.     Matters Arising, 04/02/2019 Minutes

GDPR – In JB's absence the committee carried this item forward until the next meeting.

Reclining Lady – SA reported that a £10k grant is now in hand from the Heritage of London Trust (HoLT) which will cover some, but not all, restoration works.  He said that he and Angela Dixon met with members of Historic England and a working group from LBHF to discuss options for the statue's future.  It has been discovered that the statue was not originally designed to greet cars coming into London along the A4, but rather as compensation for the community following Black Lion Lane's severance in two.  The group agreed that given her history, it was fitting to move and turn her around, as it restores her original purpose.  She would stay in roughly the same patch of land but on the other side of the yew hedge, turned around to face up Black Lion Lane towards King Street.  OLW said that there was also the position of a cherry tree and an ash to consider.  SA agreed that the statue might be best placed 20yds further towards the bend in the road, under the canopy of the existing tree.  He also said that some lighting could be appropriate.  

SA summarized the next steps as being to involve the local team of heritage architects based in British Grove who have undertaken similar projects.  He said a potential project manager has been identified.  More restoration funding might be sought through a combination of local donations and specialist charities.  Lifschutz Sandilands have also been supportive, as has Charles Clapham who says that the statue is already a point of interest for visitors to the church (who come in to the church asking where it is!).  

Shakespeare in the Square – LD said that the SITS team is gearing up for the summer season, with ticket sales launching at the end of April.  Flyers would be supplied by SITS to publicise the event.  

ND reported that the Square was now formally booked for the same price as last year, and that she was in the process of securing the Temporary Event Notice, subject to SITS supplying a risk assessment and insurance details.  ND confirmed that as co-sponsor SPRA had undertaken again this year to pay for the event toilets, and that she would organize these.  

LD said that no Green Room had been secured as yet, but that the next SPRA email or newsletter should put out a call for help, with the incentive of free tickets for the performance (or possibly for one of the other venues).  

She also said that once the booking and TEN were fully secured, she would liaise with the Parks Police to ensure SPRA had the park keys on the night.

Scott Hall – Following highly unsatisfactory exchanges between the school and community members at the end of last year, there have been no further developments.  LD reported that, thankfully, there has not been a marked increase in noisy activity or anti-social bookings since the school revised the Code of Conduct.  

Tesco Fence – LD said that she had talked to the Tesco manager at the branch, who said emphatically that responsibility for the fence was the Council's. He was already in conversation with a Council contact, who had undertaken to mend it, and said that he hoped the reconstruction was imminent.

CS9 – SA reported back on a Ward Action Group meeting he recently attended.  There is still not much clarity from TfL on their specific proposals for the two-track cycleway along the A4 and King Street, nor any specific dates or actions in motion.  

ND queried whether the evidence on worsening air quality wherever cycleways are introduced had been properly considered, not only by TFL but also by the groups lobbying against CS9? She said that she'd read a lot of data that suggests that air pollution actually increases because of car gridlock.  SA suggested that if this evidence could be collated and disseminated to the CS9 protest groups it might broaden the scope of their lobbying power.

Klaudine House – ND said that builders appear to be constructing another half-storey on top of the block – despite not having been occupied since 1997.  She said she was watching the owners' next move with interest, to see if they attempt to create an even larger illuminated sign within the structure.

4.     Cleaning up the Community

a)     St Peter's Square

Following the last committee meeting, SA and OLW talked to regular dog walkers in the Square, who generally agreed that the volume of walkers, and the problem of dog mess, was increasing.  Local dog walkers organized a group photo before Christmas and SA used this gathering to discuss interest in involving them more in the upkeep and maintenance of the square. Names and contact details, for those interested were collected and could form the basis of any future Friends of St Peter's Square (FOSPS) group of like-minded supporters.

OLW talked to the Parks Police, who visited the Square to talk to dog walkers and to try to identify persistent offenders.  SA confirmed that some walkers took offence at the accusation that they were implicated, but felt that on balance there was support from within the dog-owning community for enforcement of the bye-laws, and that most importantly the message was sent out.  

OLW said that a FOSPS group has not yet been created, but that he felt it could reap enormous benefits for the Square and its users.  Currently, he organizes fund-raising for the Square's (- this includes planting and everything else not covered by the Council's basic maintenance efforts), and currently about 1/3 of Square residents contribute a total of £2-3k per year.  How much more might be raised if all users and supporters could be engaged in supporting the Square?  He cited reports that Wendell Park recently raised £15k through crowd-funding.  This would pay for a huge amount of, for instance, dog poo bags, which are currently funded out of SPRA funds.  

b)     Cross Keys Litter Pick-Up

LD said that she had talked to Mick Pearson, the Cross Keys Landlord, about his first litter-pick on Saturday 13th April, giving him SPRA's full support.  Agreed that SPRA would publicise this initiative further.

5.     Events

a)     AGM/ Summer party planning

Following a discussion about possible venues and dates, it was agreed that Thursday 20th June was preferable (if not then the 27th or 13th of the same month).  The Committee agreed to follow the AGM/BBQ format of recent years.  LD and JE volunteered to progress the booking with The Cross Keys.  JE volunteered to take on planning for the party.

6.     Financial / membership

In PB's absence, a financial snapshot of SPRA accounts was handed around.  It was noticed that subs collection is roughly 20-25 down this year.  This was attributed to the difficulty in knowing which members have an SO and which neighbours the street reps need to chase for cash payments.  It was agreed that reps would benefit from a snapshot of members on their street and their current payment status.

7.     Planning

SA reported that there are not many updates since the last meeting, as there have been few new applications and the planning process appears to have slowed down at the Council.  There had been no significant new applications since our last meeting in February.

Applications previously discussed:

I.     15 St Peters Grove – Enforcement case re. the raising of the ridge height without permission, which has also been refused at appeal and in an application for a certificate of lawfulness. A second appeal was dismissed in January and there is now a nine-month compliance period before the council can take action. Agreed SPRA will continue to monitor with the planning enforcement officer.

II.     3 St Peters Square – Appeal launched in Mar 18 on the fifth application for a two-story rear extension as refused at the Dec 17 planning committee. Appeal hearing scheduled for 10am 16 April 2019 at Hammersmith Town Hall. Residents can attend.

III.     Carpenters Arms – application to convert part of the staff accommodation at first floor level to a customer dining room, ante room and kitchen which will form part of the licensed premises. SPRA commented. Decision overdue.

IV.     43 Beavor Lane – Change of use from office to flexible office/ health/ medical/ vet/ nursery/ training/ education/ gym or sports hall. SPRA wrote to suggest a specific use should be applied for. Council decision due 6 Nov 18, remains overdue.

V.     68 Black Lion Lane – application to replace existing lead weight balanced sash windows with 'Everest' spiral spring windows, changes to glazing (number of panes per sash). SPRA has written to comment and object. Council decision due 21 Jan – now overdue.

VI.     22-24 St Peters Grove – application to vary previous permission granted re rainwater pipes, external paving and windows. Council decision due 21 Jan – now overdue.

VII.     20 St Peters Grove – application re external paving (relates to application re 22-24 SPG). Council decision due 21 Jan – now overdue.

VIII.     24 St Peters Square - Application for changes in connection with refurb of house. No change to footprint but changes to doors/ windows and floor levels. SPRA commented. Approved by the Council 20 Feb 19.

IX.     405-407 King Street (boarded up ground floor of Entwistle Terrace) – application to alter the approved doors and windows in connection with the use of the retail space as a bespoke fitted furniture showroom. Council decision due 15 Feb 19.

X.     38 St Peters Square – replacement of damaged stone paving to front portico with new Portland stone. Council decision overdue.

New applications

I.     22-24 St Peters Grove – variation of previously approved details re fenestration and opening style of windows. Council decision due 3 Apr 19.

II.     1 St Peters Square – removal of non-original cornice as part of previously approved internal alterations at LGF level. Due for determination 23 Apr 2019.

8.     AOB

Filming in Anarkhali  - Several traffic-blocking lorries with a generator linked to film production were parked all day along Beavor Lane on the day of the meeting.  SA said he had called the LBHF Filming Officer, who (whilst just back from holiday) said she had no record of any filming permissions having been granted.  LD said that the filming was in Anarkhali restaurant, not strictly speaking within the SPRA patch (not triggering an automatic fee), although the disruption was definitely within our boundaries (so might a disruption fee be applicable after all?).  SA said he would talk again to the officer with this new information and report back.  

William Morris Society – SA received an invitation to a private view of Kelmscott House, which he will circulate more widely to interested members.

Broadband speed – SA reported that the community is working together to address the continued and persistent Broadband speed issues on the west side of SPS.  Depending on interest this could give rise to a 'community fibre' initiative which will bypass the existing BT street cabinets. If successful this approach could be taken up elsewhere in the SPRA patch.

Local crime reporting – ND noted that the social media app Next Door carries lots of up-to-date reporting of local muggings, assaults and public meetings with the police. LD agreed that, as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator, she has noticed a fall in direct emails from the local police to NHW groups; the police seem to prefer to post more immediate reports of crime and their response to it on Next Door.  SA cautioned that Next Door seems to be using member data without their explicit consent, for instance adding a neighbour's name to promotional material so it looks like a personal invitation to join the network.  

Tree pit planting – SA reported that proposals for tree-pit planting were supported at the ward action group he attended. There is some great 'guerilla' tree pit planting going on in the SPRA area but it seems that the council could be minded to support this. Many tree pits are covered with tarmac/ etc. and this had been raised with LBHF and a response is awaited as to their position on removal.

9.     Time and date of next meeting

Monday 13th May – 7.30pm @ The Barn, The Cross Keys

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Minutes (provisional)

St Peter's Residents' Association

Minutes of the Forty First Annual General Meeting of the Association

Linden House, 60 Upper Mall, Monday 2 July 2018, 7pm

Minutes to be approved at the next AGM.

Those present: Steve Askins (Acting-chair), Jonathan Blackhurst (Vice-chair), Elizabeth Ryland (Treasurer), Louise Devonshire (Secretary), Oliver Leigh Wood, Fazina Blanchard, Julia Everett, and some 40 other members of the association and local guests.

In attendance:  Charles Clapham (Vicar of St Peter's Church), Cllr Siddique, Cllr Bora Kwon.

JB opened the meeting by welcoming members and guests to the 41st AGM 41st AGM. He indicated that copies of the Chair's annual report, together with a financial statement, were to be found on each chair, and further copies were available on request.  SA thanked the management and staff at Linden House for hosting, and quickly ran through the ticketing system for the party, which was to directly follow the AGM.

1.     Apologies for absence

Apologies received from: Nichole Detering, Mark Levesley, Karen Frazer, Cllr Caleb-Landy, Kate Goodhart and Michael Field of the WSRA, Raj and Asha Sethi.

2.     Minutes of the 2017 AGM

No amendments were noted.  The Minutes were duly proposed (by Jilly Paver), seconded (by Oliver Leigh-Wood) and were formally approved.  LD to post on the SPRA website having obtained a provisional sign-off by the committee at the next meeting.

3.     Matters Arising from the Minutes of the 2017 AGM

Pedestrian Crossing at the end of Black Lion Lane (and at Young's Corner) Following widespread concern expressed at the 2017 AGM that the junctions are dangerous and the pedestrian crossing doesn't give people enough time to cross the road, Harry Phibbs looked into the issue once again.  He discovered that a chain of crossings from King Street and along the Chiswick High Road are linked, so cannot be altered without due consideration of the whole picture.  

However, Margaret Lind-Smith reported that in her opinion the crossing at BLL Is much quicker to respond to requests, so something might have been changed.  Another member suggested that a puffin crossing might be more effective (this is a type of traffic-light request crossing with sensors that ensure that the lights stay red when pedestrians are on the road).  

Shop unit @ Entwistle Terrace – SA reported that this remains vacant, with no trace of any active marketing on the landlord's part.  There is general consensus that it would be better to have a business up and running, and dismay at its rundown appearance.  At the last AGM fears were expressed that developers might turn the space into more flats.  SA reported that had approached the Council Planning department who could make no comment unless an application for change of use was received.  

Richard Farthing said that the restrictions on delivery and loading to the property must limit the appeal for potential businesses.  

Broadband Speed – SA said that there are isolated pockets within the SPRA area where BT Infinity does not work.  Elsewhere, certain streets have only patchy Wi-Fi.  BT has looked into the issue and reports no error, despite local investigations to the contrary.  The relevant street rep will continue to keep an eye on this issue.

Street Cleaning – Last year the Council was sending out street cleaners just before the rubbish collection.  Following various complaints, the situation appears to have been rectified.

Signage – Several members objected to the haphazard arrows and labels on local lampposts, advertising The Carpenters Arms.  SA said that if they wished, SPRA could make a formal representation to the landlord. He asked for any relevant photographs to be forwarded to him.  

Weeds growing on the pavements – SA reported that the Council has started to use a lot of hot water spray to get rid of the weeds that grow along the sides of residential roads and pathways.  This is both more environmentally friendly, and cheaper, than using weedkiller.  It is also, apparently, as effective.

4.     Chair's Report

JB presented the Chairs report, which was circulated in advance and summarised at the meeting, is appended to these minutes. In summary the main points were:

a.     Thanks for their time and efforts

SA and JB have shared Chairing duties this year. LD returned to role of secretary.  ER has continued as Treasurer. Sarah Macdonald stepped down from the Committee, and Julia Everett joined the Committee.  Mark Levesley has continued in his enormously supportive role as Webmaster, for which SPRA gives huge thanks especially in this year of GDPR vigilance! The street reps have been extraordinarily helpful as ever, not least because of the last-minute requests they have received this year.

b.     Events

SPRA threw two parties; SPRA Talks returned (thanks to Jilly Paver); and Shakespeare is set to return to the Square this summer with SPRA hosting a performance of As You Like It.  LD urged members to buy their tickets via the Eventbrite link advertised on fliers attached to the AGM bundle, or otherwise take their chances with the few tickets reserved for sale on the night.

c.     CS9

JB explained how the proposals for TfL's Cycle Superhighway consumed much of SPRA's time and energies this year.  SPRA disseminated information, coordinated feedback, and made its own representation to the consultation.

d.     Invitation to help

JB appealed to any members with talents and a few hours a month to join the Committee, and help roll out more events for members.

5.     Presentation and Adoption of Accounts

ER walked the room through a financial summary of SPRA's audited records, copies of which were available for attendees to view.  

She said that SPRA's accounts were especially healthy this year, with £10,984.09 in the current account.  Some 114 members/households paid subs for the year 2017/18.  Some £4,250 of that income came from filming dues this year.  

ER noted that SPRA's outgoings this year were primarily event-focused (two parties, the AGM, and Shakespeare in the Square).  She thanked Richard Thom for once again auditing the accounts.

The accounts were proposed (by Brian Paver) and seconded (by Maggie Dobson) and unanimously agreed.

6.     Election of Officers and Committee Members

Nominations for the renewed election of existing Officers and Committee members 2018-19:  Steve Askins, Jonathan Blackhurst, Louise Devonshire, Oliver Leigh Wood, Elizabeth Ryland, Fazina Blanchard, Julia Everett, Nichole Detering.  Proposed (by Margaret Lind-Smith), seconded (by Angela Than) and approved.

Elizabeth Ryland is stepping aside as Treasurer, but not from Committee membership. Nomination for Treasurer 2018-19: Phillip Back.  Proposed (by Jilly Paver), seconded (by Sarah Burrell), and approved.

7.     SPRA Heroes

Bottles of local produce (Sipsmith's gin) are annually awarded to residents to thank those who have contributed above and beyond the call of duty to life in the community.  This year suggestions are invited from members (submissions to SA/JB please) and the awards will be announced in due course by Christmas.

8.     AOB

Quidam - SA gave thanks to Revd. Dr Charles Clapham for his support, not just of SPRA, but also of the life of this community. The new arts programme Quidam is full of creative new events and ideas for residents.  SA said he was hopeful that SPRA would continue to forge links between the church, SPRA, and St Peter's School led by Karen Frazer.

Tom Ryland – Many of the assembled members wished to place on record their recognition of and thanks to Tom Ryland for his extraordinary contribution to community life across many years. Tom was a former SPRA Chair but the reach of his social, professional and creative life was enormous.

The Cross Keys – Richard Farthing asked whether it might be useful for SPRA to lobby for the pub to be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).  It was noted however that this does not guarantee the pub's future – merely ensures the landlords must inform us if it intends to sell up.  SA said that SPRA would remain vigilant, and keep up communications with Fuller's Brewery.

There being no further business, the 41st AGM was called to a close and the party commenced.