St Peter's Residents' Association, Hammersmith, W6

SPRA Committee Minutes

St Peter's Residents Association

Minutes of the Committee Meeting

Monday 25th November 2019 @ 7.30pm in The Barn @ The Cross Keys

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

1. Apologies: Julia Everett.  LD reported that regretfully Julia has stood down from the Committee as she will be moving away from the area.  SA thanked Julia for all her hard work for SPRA as both a Committee member and street rep. He added that she and her partner John would be much missed when they leave.  

2. Minutes of the last Committee meeting, 16/09/2019:  

Approved and signed off for SPRAweb.net.

3. Matters Arising

GDPR –  Since the last meeting LD drafted a short description of the Association and what it currently does.  SA will now add this to the Association's GDPR statement and published on the website.

Reclining Lady – SA reported that there has been slow progress since the last meeting.  He is chasing the architect in charge of the project for an update and will continue to do so.  In the meantime, the statue is more visible since the Council cut back the foliage that was enveloping her.  

CS9 – SA reported fears that the Council's promised engagement with the local businesses as part of CS9's development has not happened, although the public meeting at which CS9 is widely expected to be approved is still going ahead on the 2nd December. The Committee agreed to monitor the situation closely, and to report back on the meeting.

Friends of St Peters – PB reported with some relief that a scrutiny of the super-sewer maps revealed its route, not flowing under St Peter's Square, but from Acton, down Netheravon Avenue, under the river to Barnes, across St Pauls' playing fields and onwards to Hammersmith Reach.  

OLW reiterated that the search continues to find a St Peter's Square champion, someone who could i) set up and run a Friends of St Peter's group, and ii) oversee the longer-term health of the Square and gardens.  The Committee discussed the reasonable perception that this might already be within SPRA's remit; OLW agreed there was an overlap, and that this person should sit on the Committee, but said that the role was specific and distinct.  SA and OLW agreed to approach some suitable candidates and report back at the next meeting.

Defibrillator outside The Carpenter's Arms – Following on from the last meeting SA wrote to Simon Cherry, landlord of The Carpenter's Arms, inviting him to make his proposal regarding a defibrillator to the next committee meeting and discuss it face-to-face.  To date there has been no reply.

Filming – SA reported no new instances of filming in the area since the last meeting.  However it was agreed that SPRA's policy regarding filming should be set out in the next Newsletter, to be published before Christmas; i.e. when we ask for a fee, why we do so, and where the money raised goes.  SA added that we should make an appeal to neighbours to be alert to any filming in the area and to report it to SPRA.  

Clockwork Building – Since the last meeting, St Peter's Road resident Beverly LeBlanc wrote to Kim Smith, the Chief Executive of the Council, to complain about the large groups of smokers collecting (and littering cigarette butts) at Hope House, on the corner of Beavor Lane/St Peter's Road.  This corner has become harder for pedestrians to navigate, and faces onto the school playground, which is not ideal.  Mr Peat responded swiftly and, a fortnight later, the problem appears to have improved.  He had also promised to write with apologies to Karen Frazer, Headmistress of St Peter's school.  

PB asked if SPRA might write a letter thanking Kim Smith for his support.  SA requested that Beverly LeBlanc draft the letter and forward it to him, for onward posting.

The Committee moved on to discuss the impact of the Council moving many of its offices to the Clockwork Building.  It was generally agreed that it has been a positive experience and where problems have been encountered they have been swiftly dealt with.  Local businesses do appear to be benefitting from the extra footfall – not least The Cross Keys which seems to be growing in popularity again.

4. Events

a) Winter Party – LD reported that she had agreed in principle two possible dates (23rd and 30th January 2020) with The Cross Keys.  Since JE has moved on, ER volunteered to take back the role of party planner.  She and LD agreed to meet up to do a handover, to include ticketing and Eventbrite sales.  

b) Shakespeare – LD reported that the producers have just announced plans for the 2020 season.  They would like to bring The Tempest to St Peter's Square on the evening of 4th July.  An alternative date, 2nd July, was offered but the Committee felt this was not as desirable.  She agreed to confirm that, subject to securing the usual wet-weather venue in the church, SPRA would proceed with the 4th July.  The Committee discussed expected costs, roughly £600, which are unlikely to change in 2020.  It was suggested that LD could explore whether SITS might subsidise the toilet hire, or to approach local businesses for sponsorship. However it was generally agreed that this event is precisely the kind of thing that SPRA is set up to sponsor, and is a good use of its funds especially when there are no other great financial demands on the current account.

5. Newsletter and Member Communications

SA reiterated the Committee's position that the Newsletter is a valuable part of the SPRA offer and that a re-think is long overdue.  With the advent of emailed communications (which hit most, but not all members, with time-specific reminders and updates), the nature of the newsletter has to shift to stay relevant.  However it remains SPRA's only regular opportunity to reach out to every address in the area. ND kindly volunteered to take on the job of editor/curator, and to work towards getting an edition out within a fortnight, before Christmas.  The Committee ran through a list of potential content, and agreed to contribute text, pictures and other content to the pool.

6. Refill London

LD and SA discussed an initiative that had been sent to SPRA for consideration, which links up and promotes drinking water refill stations in the area, be they in businesses, pubs or transport hubs.  It was agreed to write a piece for the next Newsletter (space allowing), and to appeal for a co-ordinator to kickstart the process within our community.

7. Planning

SA said that the pace of planning activity has definitely subdued in recent months.  

Applications previously discussed:

1. 4 St Peters Villas – amendments to garden room as previously approved, inc Crittal doors, sedum roof & other alterations. Council decision due 7 June 2019. Overdue.

2. 17 & 19 Theresa Road – rear GF and 1st floor extns following demolition of existing, spiral staircase at rear. Council decision due 10 June – refused 25 Nov 2019.

3. Cross Keys, 57 Black Lion Lane - Relocation of sign to free standing post with illuminated menu. Revised drawings, approved 4 Oct 19.

4. 38 St Peters Square – changes to previously approved replacement of stone paving to front portico due to practicality/ logistics of previously approved proposal. Approved 18 Oct 19.

5. 38 St Peters Square – partial demolition and rebuilding of garden wall between 38 and 39 SPS (dangerous structure) Approved 12 Nov 19.

6. 24 St Peters Square – amendment to previously granted permission re internal layout/ windows. Decision due 29 Oct 19 – overdue.

New applications

7. 3 Beavor Grove – new brick boundary wall with railings on top and pedestrian access gate at the front.

8. 62 BLL – Chimney stack removal and reinstatement/ internal alterations.

9. 24 SPS - Outbuilding roof materials/ spec.

8. AOB

Community Bee-Keeping – ND reported that she has been helping a Syrian refugee, now settled in this country, to set up a community bee-keeping project.   The idea is to set up a network of hives in the area, and to find willing hosts for them.  She agreed this would make a great story and appeal in the next (or successive) Newsletter.

United Warmer Together – LD reported an approach from a new local charitable organization that aims to encourage the re-distribution of Winter Fuel Allowance, which is not currently means tested.  It is asking the more comfortable pensioners in our community to donate some or all of their WFA to those in greater need. United Warmer Together funds local lunch groups, Xmas lunch and community events for those who struggle to keep warm in Winter.  It was agreed to publicise the initiative in the next Newsletter, space allowing.

Sagging tarmac – LD said that she had spotted a sag in the road, at the northern end of Black Lion Lane. SA said that this was probably not so much a Council issue as one for Thames Water.  LD undertook to report it.

9. Date of next meeting - TBC

LD undertook to circulate a new set of meeting dates for 2020, having reached the end of 2019.

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.