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St Peter's Residents' Association, Hammersmith, W6

SPRA Committee Minutes




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 spraweb.net 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 storey 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.







St Peter's Residents Association

Minutes of the Committee Meeting

Monday 20th September 2021 @ 6pm

44 St Peter's Square, Hammersmith



Present in person: Steve Askins (Chair), Louise Devonshire (Secretary), Steven Beharrell, Oliver Leigh Wood, Elizabeth Ryland.


Attending via Zoom: Louisa Byng, Nichole Detering


This is the first SPRA meeting to take place in person since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.


1. Apologies: Phillip Back.


2. Minutes of the last Committee meeting, 24th May 2021:  

Approved, and signed off for SPRAweb.net.


3. Matters Arising

Reclining Lady – SA reported that HFC workers recently cleared the area around the statue, possibly in anticipation of further works.  The new Parks Officer has proposed a meeting on 1st October between all the stakeholders (SPRA, Heritage London, Historic England and the architects involved up to this point) where a plan of further action can be drawn up.  The Heritage London Trust grant notionally expires at the end of October 2021.  SA expressed optimism that there will be progress to report at the next SPRA meeting.


CS9 – To the disappointment of many, HFC and TfL have announced their plans to consolidate what they call a “temporary” cycle way along King Street, apparently abandoning all intention to develop a route along the A4 in parallel.  There is a sizeable £1.5million set aside for the scheme.  SA reported that he, along with other local group reps co-opted into the Cycleway Commission, felt local views had been largely ignored.  The new design plans had never been shown to the Commission, so we still don't know what it will look like in any detail.  He wondered whether this had always been the original plan: TfL was conspicuously absent from the local consultation process.  The budget is huge, if indeed this is a “temporary” fix.  He added that there had also been early attempts to stifle public debate by asking consultation participants to sign an NDA (they refused).  


SA said that the whole experience has seriously risked corroding trust between local groups and the Council. OLW reminded the Committee that the Hammersmith Labour party had made a pre-election pledge to throw weight behind a dual King Street/A4 route, on which they appear to have backtracked.   ND made the point that the “temporary” scheme will be permanent unless more funding is ever secured.  SA agreed that SPRA should write to our local Councillors, as well as Council leaders, to register SPRA's keen sense of disappointment.


State of the Square – OLW reported that the re-seeded areas of grass in the southern end of the Square have taken well, and that he intends to target areas in the northern section this Autumn.  LB asked whether it was possible to run another bulb planting session in conjunction with the primary school?  Over 3,000 bulbs were planted by families at last year's two popular events.  The dates of 6th and 13th November were penciled, subject to confirmation from the headmistress.  LB will confirm asap.  LB added that the PTA would like to make a contribution this year to the cost of the bulbs planted.  OLW said he would start to order bulbs in volume.  


On another note OLW reported that Stefan Czeladzinski (Biodiversity and Horticultural Officer at HFC) has proposed to re-purpose the small building in the Square's northern end, in order to lease it to the environmental charity Ground Work.  It would mean that the toilet, wash area, and shed/storage space would be handed over, with no space for OLW to house the trolley and other garden tools that make Square maintenance possible.  The Committee agreed that the small space, even in re-purposed form, would not be suitable for the charity's purposes. OLW agreed to communicate this to Stefan C.


4. Events

a) AGM

In light of the gradual opening up of society, coupled with high vaccination rates, it was agreed that an in-person AGM might be possible this Autumn.  SA suggested that The Carpenter's Arms for this year's AGM / party. He will contact Simon Cherry regarding an evening (not weekend) in October.


b) HFC Climate Carnival

LD reported that a team from HFC had contacted her regarding their plans for environmentally-aware events in the borough to coincide with COP 26 in Scotland this November.  She said this may be a great way to boost community support and funding for our own planting initiatives, as well as possible St Peter's school events.  She will contact the HFC team to progress the conversation with LD, OLW, SA and LB.


c) Shakespeare

LD said that she had been discussing alternative ideas for bringing Shakespeare to St Peter's Square next Summer. She had recently attended a high quality hour-long production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in an Ealing park. The company performed 12 shows in 3 days in order to recoup their substantial hire costs; whereas any company hosted by SPRA in the Square benefits from low/no hire charges.  On this basis alone it is perhaps time to investigate alternatives to Shakespeare in the Square for 2022:  other companies may be able to offer matinees or longer runs for the same overall cost to SPRA.  SB said that he felt that there are many companies that offer exciting Shakespeare and that it was time for a refresh.  The Committee agreed LD should open discussions with other companies.  


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. Decision was due 2 March 2021

3. 8SPS – Erection of garden outbuilding. SPRA commented. Decision due 25 March 21 – overdue. Approved 28 June 2021.

4. 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.

5. 51aBRG – retention of uPVC window to south wall. SPRA commented. Decision due 30 April 21 – Approved 2 July 2021

6. 11STR – Rear roof extension with two roof lights to front roof slope. Refused 27 May 21

7. 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.

8. 15 SPR – Side dormer roof extension. Part one, part two-storey rear extension, new side extension. Comments due 23 June. Decision due 16 July 2021.

New Applications:

1. 11STR – single story rear extension. Approved 1 Sept 2021

2. 37SPS – internal alterations. Approved 29 July 2021

3. 66BLL – internal alternations, new boiler and flue, new roof light. Approved 7 Sept 2021

4. 66BLL – new French doors to rear façade, plus further internal alterations. Approved 7 Sept 2021

5. 99BLL – refurb and modernisation of house to match footprint of adjacent and roofline of houses to south in same terrace. Decision due 21 Sept 2021.


6. AOB

Superbloom – SA described this nationwide initiative, to have a wildflower 'superbloom' to help celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee in June 2022 in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces and various livery companies. The celebration will be centred on the Tower of London moat (in a similar way to the poppies for the end of WW1 but with real flowers).  Schools across the country will be involved, including St Peter's primary.   SA reported that he and OLW had already had provisional discussions with HFC Parks officers and the gardeners who are supportive. We also have a potential source of funds if there is a shortfall. The School is already on board.


OLW said that the plan for the Square is to plant an area of 70-100 m2 in a concentric, tear-dropped shape to the southern end of the square. The multiple seeds do best on 'fallow ground' once the turf is up and will be mown in when flowering is over, expected to re-flower the following years.  He added that the fine detail (e.g. how the school is involved) has yet to be worked out.  SA and OLW have a call booked with Historic Royal Palaces on 24th September.  SB noted that he knows the Chair of HRP very well, and urged SPRA to be ambitious and proactive in their planning.  


Klaudine House tree surgery – ND described how the large plane tree growing directly in front of the electronic billboard at KH was subject to an extreme haircut recently.  At the time she challenged the workers, who said they had permission from HFC.  The Council contends that the tree is on public land, and that therefore they have jurisdiction over it.  If it were on private land, the owners would have had to apply for planning permission for tree works. OLW said we need to establish ownership before a formal complaint can be made.  


Filming in the Square – SA has been talking to the producers of HBO Max series Pennyworth about 3-4 days' filming in the Square in October.  Another conversation is planned for 21st September to discuss a compensatory fee.  The Committee agreed that a large fee would be appropriate given the expected schedule and disruption.


Beavor Lane – The concierge business on Beavor Lane recently applied for a variation on their original planning agreement, which restricted usage out of respect for the residential nature of the area.  Since it has become clear that business is nonetheless being conducted at all hours of the day and night, residents have made multiple complaints.  This Summer the Council decided to refuse their new application for 24/7 business usage.


Tunnels of Hope – Posters have sprung up all over the area advertising an art exhibition and musical parade on 24th September in the Black Lion Lane subway.  Apparently St Peter's children have been involved.  LB said she would investigate the initiative and report back.


7. Time and Date of Next meeting – Monday 15th November @ 6pm, venue TBC



St Peter's Residents Association

Minutes of the Committee Meeting

Monday 24th May 2021 @ 6pm via Zoom


Present: Steve Askins (Chair), Louise Devonshire (Secretary), Phil Back (Treasurer), Oliver Leigh Wood, Nichole Detering, Elizabeth Ryland.


This is the eighth SPRA meeting to take place during the Covid-19 pandemic, conducted via Zoom.   Many of SPRA events and projects have been necessarily put on hold until safer times.  We are currently living through the third national lockdown.


1. Apologies: Louisa Byng, Stephen Beharrell.


2. Minutes of the last Committee meeting, 22 March 2021:  

Approved with the exception of typos, and signed off for SPRAweb.net.


3. Matters Arising

Reclining Lady – SA reported the Heritage London Trust have been following up on progress made on restoration works, as their grant expires in October 2021.  There has been no update from the Council, who have previously said that the matter was in hand.  SA has discussed the project with a resident who lives in the Square, who has expertise in the restoration and funding of public art, and said he would follow up this conversation.


CS9 – Following an update in the Easter SPRA newsletter, SA reported that a good number of residents were prompted to contact both the Council and our Ravenscourt Park Councillors to express their concerns.  Since the last SPRA meeting, the Council also held a meeting of the cycling Commission, made up of representatives from local residents groups including SPRA. SA said that the Council was keen at this meeting to reiterate that it is still the intention to create a split cycleway, with commuter traffic routed along the A4 and “visitor” cycling along King Street.  However no further plans or progress have been forthcoming.  


LD said she would provide an update for the next SPRA newsletter and invite residents to contact the Council, together with our local Councillors, if they had any concerns.


Street Lamps in south SPS – SA said that the Council has now fixed the broken street lamp and restored the Heritage-style lamp.  OLW also said that the branches growing too closely to it would be removed this week.  SPRA has written to HFC thanking them for their efforts.


Rubbish Storage and Collection – LD said that following a piece in the Easter newsletter, certain residents along Standish Road did appear to think twice about storing rubbish bags all week in clear view of the street.  However in recent weeks, the same issues seem to have re-emerged.


State of the Square – The Committee discussed how recent rainy days have helped to restore some of the green growth to the Square.  However there are still too many areas where grass re-seeding is the only hope of restoring the lawn.  OLW said that the Council has supplied him with sacks of grass seed and that he intends from w/c 31st May to clear space in the southern end of the Square, cordon it off, and re-seed the area.  He added that whilst HFC's NoMowMay is a positive environmental initiative, it would have little or no impact on the Square since there are no areas of weeds or wildflowers.


Shakespeare in the Square – LD confirmed that the producers have had to cancel this year's tour, due to rehearsal and performance safety issues under Covid restrictions.  They intend to re-stage As you Like It next year, so the Committee will remain in contact.  SA undertook to confirm the cancellation in his next email update to members.


4. AGM / Summer Event

Following a much-delayed AGM in 2020 (finally held via Zoom), the Committee agreed that subject to Covid restrictions we should aim to hold an outdoor AGM/Summer party in the Square this Summer.  ND said many local streets managed to come together to celebrate the VE Day anniversary last year, and we could safely do so again as a community picnic-style event.  It was agreed to plan for a short AGM followed by a self-catered picnic, open to all, not just SPRA members.  PB undertook to ready the SPRA account for presentation at the AGM. LD said she would draw up a party-planning list, and the duties should be split across the Committee. ER volunteered to source a microphone and PA system.


5. St Peter's School Fair Saturday 26th June

In her capacity as PTA Chair, LB has sent a Fair update to OLW, SA and LD.  


6. Friends of St Peter's

OLW reported that HFC are now actively encouraging the creation of a Friends of St Peter's group.  There are many such groups across the borough.   They differ from Residents' Associations as it's not only directly local residents who use green spaces.  The Square attracts dog walkers from Chiswick and Acton; the school community, which is a heavy Square user, has a similarly wide catchment area.  ND asked why the Council is so keen.  OLW replied that they want to be able to connect with an organization rather than one or two individuals (in the Square's case, OLW) for gardening, fund-raising, or other concerns.  


The Committee agreed that SPRA could help kick-start this group with, at first, a personalized, explanatory email to its own members, encouraging them to sign up to this new group.  


7. Committee Recruitment

SA said that under the SPRA Constitution Rules, the Committee should ideally be no less than 10 and no more than 15-strong.  It also suggests that individual officers should remain in place for no longer than three years.  He noted that whilst no-one has challenged them on this point, both he and LD have been serving for way longer than this (SA for around 4 years as Chair, LD for 9 as Secretary).  This will also be PB's third year as Treasurer.  It was decided that all 3 officers should make their intention to step aside within the next year known at the AGM (although not necessarily to leave the Committee).  


8. 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. 46BLL – Details of windows, roof coverings to meet conditions of previously approved application. SPRA commented re window glazing bars, frames etc. matching Georgian style originals. Approved with revisions 6 April 2021.

3. 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. Decision was due 2 March

4. 8SPS – Erection of garden outbuilding. SPRA commented. Decision due 25 March 21 – overdue.

5. 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.

6. 51aBRG – retention of uPVC window to south wall. SPRA commented. Decision due 30 April 21 - overdue

7. GF 65BLL - reinstatement of front railings and gate. SPRA commented. Approved 4 May 2021.


New applications

1. 11STR – Rear roof extension with two roof lights to front roof slope. Decision due 27 May 21

2. 17THR – Demolition of existing house, retention of front façade. Rebuild of new house. Comments due 9 June. Decision due 25 June 2021.

3. 15 SPR – Side dormer roof extension. Part one, part two storey rear extension, new side extension. Comments due 23 June. Decision due 16 July 2021.


9. AOB

Broadband Upgrade, western side of the Square – OLW reported that this is now very successfully completed, and that his Broadband connection is vastly improved.  SA said that it is technically possible for certain residents who didn't join the original backers to pay to join the scheme late. He added that the RA in Westcroft Square is keen to replicate the same model for upgrading Broadband there.  


10. Time and Date of Next meeting – mid-June Zoom TBA for a party-planning meeting; otherwise Monday 13th September 2021 tbc.