SPRA

St Peter's Residents' Association, Hammersmith, W6

SPRA Committee Minutes

SPRA Committee meeting

7.30pm, 25th April 2022

47 Black Lion Lane



Present: Steve Askins (Chair), Lou Devonshire (Secretary), Phil Back (Treasurer), Oliver Leigh Wood, Charlotte Reed, Elizabeth Ryland.


SA welcomed Committee members to the first in-person meeting in months.  He noted that two valued members had left the area since the last meeting.  He thanked Nichole Detering for her energy and commitment to local issues over several years, as well as to Shakespeare in the Squares.  Having joined towards the end of 2020, long term resident Stephen Beharrell hosted the committee's first (and memorable) post lockdown in person meeting and SA noted that the Committee would miss his wise contributions and support for events, along with Mary's role in the community as 'dog poo bag monitor'.  


Their joint departure leaves the Committee with only six members; not ideal and without question a matter for the next AGM.


1. Apologies: None: all committee members present.


2. Minutes of last meeting, 10/02/2022

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3. Matters Arising

Reclining Lady – CR confirmed that Karen Frazer is very keen for the primary school to be involved in any local history projects that could be linked to the restoration project once it gets underway.  Since the project now lies in the Council's gift, SA undertook to chase up the heritage team for an update.


HFC Climate Carnival – SA said that he had chased payment of the money granted to SPRA for its Autumn planting days.


Superbloom – OLW reported that the wildflower areas he planted around the crab apple tree in the bottom half of the square, in anticipation of the Queen's Jubilee this summer, has now been lightly cordoned off to encourage growth.  At time of writing the area is looking distinctly non-floral, but the fencing has deterred general wear and tear.  Stefan Czeladzinski (Horticultural Officer at LBHFC) has undertaken to super-seed the area to kick-start growth in time for the Jubilee.  CR undertook to write to parents at the school, encouraging children to respect the cordon.  OLW/SA agreed to liaise on further planting, and on the creation of a notice.  


Newsletter – LD published a SPRA newsletter which was posted to all households in the area in March 2022.  


St Peter's School Fair – CR reported that the date has been set for 25th June 1-4pm.  She also flagged that the school's Bridge to Bridge event is set to run on the morning of Saturday 7th May, kicking off from the Square and ending at the Black Lion pub.


Webmaster - SA reported Mark Levesley very kindly continues to support SPRA from his new home in Spain and that a new webmaster should be a top priority of the AGM this summer.


4. Events

a) Jubilee – SA said that Square resident Phil Pritchard, who initiated the idea of hosting a Platinum Jubilee Street Party in the Square, has been busy leading on this. PP could not attend the meeting to update the Committee.

LD confirmed on PP's behalf that he had undertaken to deal with the Council, and to create the gate publicity/flyers/graphics for the event.  SA reported that the event will now run in partnership with SPRA, St Peter's School and St Peter's Church; OLW will deal with comms to the church, CR with the school.  

PP and CR are liaising on the borrowing of tables from the school, and their storage in the church.  OLW said that a chief concern was finding enough volunteers to carry chairs and tables to the Square, and he undertook to recruit help through Charles Clapham at the church.

SA said that he had set up a new email for residents to book a table at the party.  To encourage RSVPs, he suggested SPRA funds could be used to offer a bottle of Prosecco for the first pre-booked 48 tables of 4.  The Committee agreed this would be a great incentive to residents, and a good use of (some of the) filming funds received in the past 18 months.

LD agreed to summarise all points to all parties by email, and to publish another SPRA Newsletter by mid-May with the latest details for residents.


b) AGM – SA undertook to confirm a date with Mick at the Cross Keys in mid-June, preferably Thursday 16th June.  He and PB would liaise over the auditing of SPRA accounts, given that the 2020 AGM was late (October 2020) and the pandemic meant that there was nothing in 2021.  PB summarised that the SPRA accounts were looking very healthy given the recent filming fees, a low expenditure on SPRA events during the pandemic, and a surplus from the broadband scheme. It was agreed that the AGM should be a non-ticketed drinks party this year, rather than a full barbecue, with RSVPs receiving a free drink.


c) Shakespeare in the Square – LD confirmed that the location hire fee has now been agreed, at just under £150, a TEN issued, and the church as wet-weather venue confirmed.  Toilet hire costs should be less this year as we can have the able-bodied toilet in the park keepers hut (we need only book one disabled toilet).  

The producers have yet to get sponsors including the bar for this year's event. LD will chase this up and suggest the Cross Keys this year, if the Carpenter's Arms are not keen.


Planning

Applications previously discussed:

1. 9B SPS – front and rear steps, window & door replacement, solar panels. SPRA commented. Decision overdue since 12 June 2020.


2. 33SPS – demolition and replacement of rear extension, changes to rear addition rooves, changes to rear/ side windows, replace railings to rear balcony, new door to front of side addition. Decision due 16 April 2021 Approval granted based on revised drawings 12 April 2022(!)


3. 101 BLL – additional floor at roof level plus other changes in line with other houses in the terrace. Approved 10 March 2022 following submission of revised drawings.


4. Standish House – change of flammable UPVC framed windows to the central core to inflammable aluminium framed windows. Decision was due 21 March 2022.


New Applications

1. 67 Black Lion Lane. Erection of a rear extension at second floor level, on top of the existing back addition. SPRA commented. Refused 25 April 2022


2. 42 BLL Changes to rear fenestration; removal of water tank from roof of back addition; changes to single story back inc solar heat panels; new windows and French doors at GF; internal include loft conversion. Comments due 25 May 2022


3. 45 St Peters Square. Single story rear basement extension to side of existing ; excavation of part of the front garden to enlarge and provide steps down into the existing front lightwell; and associated external and internal alterations. Decision due 25 April 2022


4. 12 Standish Road – new door to replace window at rear GF. Comments due 5 May 2022


6. AOB

Pollarding trees – ER expressed concern about proposed tree surgery along Black Lion Lane. OLW said that it only applied to pollarding some lime trees.


Defibrillator – Mick at the Cross Keys has been fundraising for a defibrillator at the pub since the Verger at St Peter's Church sadly died of heart failure just outside the church earlier this year.  SA suggested that SPRA should contribute £700 to the fund.


Solar Panels – SA said that a number of residents had been in touch regarding positive quotations from a Mayor of London-backed solar panel scheme, Solar Together London.  The issue is whether such panels are permitted within our conservation area.  SA reported that he had been in touch with Adam O'Neill, LBHFC's Urban Design and Heritage officer, who advises that residents should seek pre-application advice from the Council regarding their particular property.  


7. Date and time of next meeting:

AGM – Thursday 16th June at 6.30pm for a 7pm start, in the Barn @ The Cross Keys pub.







SPRA Committee meeting

6pm, 10th February 2022

Over Zoom



Present: Steve Askins (Chair), Lou Devonshire (Secretary), Oliver Leigh Wood, Charlotte Reed, Nichole Detering, Elizabeth Ryland.


SA welcomed new committee member Charlotte Reed, as the new representative from St Peter's primary school PTA.  She replaces Louisa Byng, who in the year since she joined the committee has been a very constructive and enthusiastic supporter of SPRA.  SA and the committee agreed many thanks were in order to Louisa for all her work to support the community.


1. Apologies: Phillip Back (Treasurer), Stephen Beharrell.


2. Minutes of last meeting, 15/11/2021

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3. Matters Arising

Reclining Lady - SA reported that the Council team overseeing works have now pulled together a development plan.  The English Heritage grant expiry date has been extended, although it is for works and restoration, rather than for more investigations.  He added he as asked for an update but is confident the wheels are in motion.  He asked CR whether she would update Karen Frazer (St Peter's primary school head) as there is considerable potential, once the restoration and re-positioning works get underway, for children to learn much about their local history.


CS9 – At the time of meeting, a 2-way cycleway along King Street has been constructed, and most of it is open.  Despite repeated attempts by both residents and community groups to engage with the HFC on this, SA has concluded that the Council does not want to engage further on the subject.  Reluctantly, CS9 is now off the agenda as an active line of correspondence.


The Square - OLW reported that the Groundworks team have made an impressive start, by transforming the hut and storage area in the northern end of the square.  They have cleaned, mended and cleared the hut and surrounding area, and have stored lots of gardening kit.  They have also repaired the toilet, which now flushes and boasts a new seat!  He added that the community has already benefited (not least because the PTA was all set to fund the repairing of the toilet).  Groundworks is a charity that provides work experience and employment for young men, doing ground maintenance on council sites.  


HFC Climate Carnival – SA said that he needed to chase payment of the money granted to SPRA for its Autumn planting days.


Superbloom – SA reported that he was glad he and OLW had gone ahead and planted areas of wildflowers around the crab apple tree in the bottom half of the square, in anticipation of the Queen's jubilee this summer.  The long-awaited Historic Royal Palaces initiative, about which SA had taken a call last year, has yet to materialise.  CR asked whether she should contact them to chase, given that HRP had discussed linking up with the school as well.  She and SA agreed to follow up.  


Filming – SA reported that, following the last meeting, the committee had approved his proposed split of Pennyworth funds, to maximise the benefit to our community: £1k towards the continued regeneration of the Square gardens, £1k towards the Reclining Lady restoration project, and £1k towards general SPRA funds, with the view to more in-person community event once we emerge more from under Covid restrictions.


4. Events

a) AGM – LD reported that, following the last meeting in November 2021, the rise of the Omicron variant made attempts to convene the 2021 AGM tricky.  She suggested that in light of the more positive picture emerging, with more in-person events being possible, SPRA should consolidate two years' worth of AGMs into one, this summer, rolled into a “welcome back” party.  The committee agreed that this was the best approach. Given the other events lining up this summer, it was agreed that the AGM/Summer Party should come first.  SA confirmed that he would write to Mick Pearson at the Cross Keys to sound out a good date in May


b) Queen's Jubilee street party in the Square – SA reported that Square residents Phil and Penny Pritchard have suggested throwing a community street party in honour of the Queen's jubilee this summer, on Saturday 5th June.  They will organise, whilst SPRA has agreed to facilitate and fund certain costs, budget depending (PP is drawing this up).  They propose setting up long tables and chairs for picnicking.  There will be no need for a screen.  The Pritchards have asked for SPRA's help navigating the licensing system and finding cheap toilet hire.  ND had already liaised, advising that the council may insist on a disabled facility (so reliance on our own toilet may not be enough).  CR said that Charles Clapham at the church, and the school, were both happy to loan chairs and trestle tables.  


c) Shakespeare in the Square – LD reported that the producers of Shakespeare in the Square had been back in touch to confirm that planning for their new summer season was underway, and that they would like to perform in the Square on the evening of Saturday 2nd July.   The committee agreed that as we emerge from the pandemic and lockdown, continuity would be preferable, and to stick with the same producers.  LD agreed to confirm the date with Martin Neild of SITS to confirm and to get the ball rolling.  ND volunteered once again to liaise with HFC to book the event, as well as toilet facilities.


5. Planning

Applications previously discussed:

1.     9B SPS – front and rear steps, window & door replacement, solar panels. SPRA commented. Decision overdue since 12 June 2020.

2.     33SPS – demolition and replacement of rear extension, changes to rear addition rooves, changes to rear/ side windows, replace railings to rear balcony, new door to front of side addition. Decision due 16 April 2021 - overdue. Works now appear to be complete.

3.     15 SPR - Replacement of single glazed timber windows with double glazed timber windows. Approved 14 Dec 2021

4.     42 BLL – New windows, french doors to rear. Internal alterations. Removal of external CW tank, installation of solar heat panels to rear addition. Approved 22 Dec 2021

New applications

1.     18&20 SPR – Roof extensions, rooflights and changes to windows. Refused 31 Jan 2022

2.     101 BLL – additional floor at roof level plus other changes in line with other houses in the terrace. Comments due 16 Feb 2022

3.     Standish House – change of flammable UPVC framed windows to the central core to .inflammable aluminium framed windows. Comments due 23 February 2022.

SPRA also commented on LBHF's draft supplement to the local plan regarding the use of railway arches, saying that preference should be given to facilitating development of the arches which support local businesses, particularly where these serve the local community and which promote employment especially where this is light manufacturing/ engineering and skills based.


6. AOB

Newsletter – LD undertook to draft a new SPRA newsletter asap to circulate to every household in the area, containing dates of events coming up as well as news updates.  (Action – LD)


St Peter's School Fair – CR said that the school has yet to confirm the date. She would talk to Miss Frazer and report back to OLW.


Webmaster - SA reported that the search for a new webmaster to step into Mark Levesley's shoes continues.


7. Time and date of next meeting/s

TBA.



SPRA Committee meeting

6pm, 15th November 2021

11 St Peter's Road



Present: Steve Askins (chair), Phillip Back (Treasurer), Lou Devonshire (Secretary), Oliver Leigh Wood


1. Apologies: Louisa Byng, Stephen Beharrell, Nichole Detering, Elizabeth Ryland


2. Minutes of last meeting, 20th September 2021

Signed off and ready for t "_blank" once some typos and minor clarifications noted.


3. Matters Arising

Reclining Lady - SA reported on the significant progress that has been made since the last meeting. The Council has assembled a team to oversee the restoration works, and the heritage grant has been extended beyond its expiry date. He warned however that this grant was allocated for restoration not investigations; there may well be a shortfall in funding. However he was satisfied that the project no longer needed SPRA to keep it alive.


CS9 - The Committee noted the generally confused appearance of King Street works. There is no way of telling what is temporary or more permanent cycleway provision. Immediately west of Hammersmith Broadway, the cycle lane has been ripped out with no sign of an alternative; nearer the Goldhawk Road junction, road and pavement markings have been apparently added by over-zealous Hounslow engineers overshooting their brief. SA said that as soon as a plan was communicated, SPRA would circulate.


The Square - OLW and SA met with the Groundworks team, who are planning to takeover the lease of the hut and storage area in the northern end of the square. They were greatly reassured by their plans for using (and sharing) the space; OLW said he will still be able to store and access all the gardening equipment, and that the team's presence would likely benefit the Square.  OLW added that the team plan to move in within the next couple of weeks.


HFC Climate Carnival - SA reported that, following a Committee pitch to this COP26-related Council scheme, £250 had been granted to SPRA to subsidise our two bulb-planting community gardening events, run on 5th and 12th November.


Superbloom - OLW reported that planting of four areas has already taken place.


Filming - The producers of Warner Brothers' TV show Pennyworth come to film as planned in the Square for several days this month.  The gardens were temporarily transformed into a playground in 1960s Chelsea. The amount of crew and attention to detail was impressive, and SPRA received positive feedback from residents.  A Thankyou note from the location manager was circulated to members following the shoot, and SPRA received a discretionary £3,000 as payment for the inconvenience (- this is separate from the location fees that LBHFC would have received for the licence to film).  It was agreed this is a handsome sum for a relatively easy shoot; however this is not always a foregone conclusion.  With productions of both Pennyworth and the Sex Pistols in the patch this year alone, SPRA has been lucky to receive generous lump sums in compensation, but the question remains how many shoots per year are desirable/acceptable? SA suggested one per year might be reasonable, but that every proposal will be weighed up on its own merits.


SA suggested a rough proposal for allocating the Pennyworth funds, to maximise the benefit to our community: £1k towards the continued regeneration of the Square gardens, £1k towards the Reclining Lady restoration project, and £1k towards general SPRA funds, with the view to more in-person community event once we emerge more from under Covid restrictions. The assembled committee agreed to this but a simple majority is required. Since half the committee was absent LD agreed to email the whole team to confirm the vote.


4. Events

a) AGM - Sadly SA's overtures to hold the AGM in person at The Carpenter's Arms were not successful (and at time of the meeting, The Carpenter's doors are closed indefinitely).  At The Cross Keys, Mick could accommodate but cautioned against packing too many residents into the back room space given current levels of Covid within the community.  LD advised that the SPRA Constitution stipulates the need for an AGM within 13 months of the previous meeting (the last one was held over Zoom on 19 October 2020), so there is an urgent need to get one in the diary. The Committee agreed that the easiest way would be to conduct another Zoom meeting ASAP. SA and PB said they would prepare the accounts for audits by Richard Thom then schedule a date.


b) Garden planting events - OLW confirmed that over 1,000 bulbs were successfully planted across the two community planting days earlier in the month. The first was attended by around 40 school families; the second was less well-attended, but with more adults in attendance more physical labouring could be done. SA gave thanks in her absence to Louisa Byng whose championing of the events at the primary school ensured good attendance. OLW asked LD whether she could formalise an arrangement with Latimer's volunteering or Duke of Edinburgh schemes (following her recent communications with the school regarding anti-social behaviour by some pupils in the Square).


5. Planning

Applications previously discussed:

1.     9B SPS – front and rear steps, window & door replacement, solar panels. SPRA commented. Decision overdue since 12 June 2020.

2.     85BLL - Replace roof extn to match profile of adjacent houses, GF extn to side of existing, new double glazed sash windows and french doors to match existing, extensive internal alterations. SPRA commented. Approved 20 Oct 21 following submission of revised drawings.


3.     33SPS – demolition and replacement of rear extension, changes to rear addition rooves, changes to rear/ side windows, replace railings to rear balcony, new door to front of side addition. Decision due 16 April 2021 - overdue. Works now appear to be complete.


4.     17THR – Demolition of existing house, retention of front façade. Rebuild of new house. Comments due 9 June. Decision due 25 June 2021. Revised drawings submitted. Approved 7 Oct 2021.


5.     15 SPR – Side dormer roof extension. Part one, part two st

orey rear extension, new side extension. Decision due 16 July 2021. Approved 30 Sept 21 following submission of revised drawings.

6.     99BLL – refurb and modernisation of house to match footprint of adjacent and roofline of houses to south in same terrace. Approved 18 October 2021 following submission of revised drawings.


New Applications

1.     15 SPR - Replacement of single glazed timber windows with double glazed timber windows. Comments due 8 Dec 21


2.     42 BLL – New windows, french doors to rear. Internal alterations. Removal of external CW tank, installation of solar heat panels to rear addition. Comments were due 3 Nov 21.


6. AOB

Mugging in vicinity of North Verbena Gardens - There have been confirmed reports of a mugging in our area, near the underpass. The police were swiftly called and two suspects were arrested near the scene. SA said that our local Safer Neighbourhood police officer Theresa Keeley wished to reiterate to residents that they should as a rule be aware of their surroundings, keep valuables and mobile phones out of sight and to report any suspicious behaviour at the time of seeing it.


Webmaster - SA reported that Mark Levesley has now completed his move to Spain, so there is real urgency for a new person to support SPRA's digital presence.


7. Time and date of next meeting/s

TBA Subject to the imminent scheduling of the AGM.