St Peter's Residents' Association, Hammersmith, W6

SPRA Committee Minutes

St Peter's Residents Association

Minutes of the Committee Meeting

Monday 16th September 2019 @ 7.30pm in The Barn @ The Cross Keys

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

1. Apologies: Elizabeth Ryland

2. Minutes of the last Committee meeting, 13/05/2019:  

Approved and signed off for SPRAweb.net.

3. Matters Arising

GDPR –  JB and SA have drafted SPRA's policy.  It is missing a short description of the Association and what it currently does.  LD undertook to draft and forward a suitable paragraph.

Reclining Lady – SA reported that H&F Council's Parks Department has cut back the yew hedge backing the statue, so it is now easier to walk all around her.  The plan is still to assess, restore, move the statue 20 yards to the north, flip her 180 degrees, and remount her on a new plinth.  This should ensure she will last another 50 years or more, and be enjoyed by the community for whom she was originally dedicated.  He said that a local architect is leading the project. There is an ambition to x-ray the statue as its unclear how it connects into the plinth. All this has cost implications.  It is hoped that Heritage London will help fund the costs, with the sculptor's family and local business sponsors likely to donate.  OLW warned that in moving the statue, care must be taken to avoid damage to the neighbouring cherry tree, which was originally planted in memoriam.

CS9 – SA said that he'd recently attended a meeting at the council at which CS9 was discussed. The message was that the Council would “engage.. (but)… not consult” with the community.  Their declared policy remains to develop a fast cycle route along the A4, with a local traffic cycleway consolidated on King Street, with no loss of pavement. SA reported that he'd asked what the design speed would be for the cycle route along King Street, but a clear reply was not forthcoming.  He said that he hoped that the engagement process of which HFC speaks will reach out to specific businesses who might be directly affected by cycleway development.  The committee agreed to continue to monitor the situation.

AGM – The Committee agreed that the AGM and Summer party had been well attended, with great feedback on the BBQ and atmosphere.  LD said that the draft Minutes would soon appear on SPRAweb.net, to be formally approved at the AGM in 2020.

Shakespeare in the Square – LD said that the event had been a huge success and a sell-out, with 250 tickets sold and perhaps another 50 turned away on the night.  Feedback had been very positive, from both attendees and sponsors.  The committee heard that the overall cost to SPRA (including Square hire, events license, and portaloos) was roughly £600.  This, it was agreed, was a good use of SPRA funds, given the community benefit.  LD said that next year, assuming the Committee commits to another play, we should tell our members to book early to avoid disappointment.

Friends of St Peters – OLW reported that this initiative has stalled as no-one has yet taken up the challenge of creating a network of friends, notwithstanding much goodwill from those who come from surrounding areas to use the Square.  PB wondered if the close proximity of the Square to the so-called London Super-sewer might galavanise locals to action.  He undertook to research and share maps

LD presented two signs she had designed for attaching to the Square gates, as discussed at the last meeting.  One says “Please respect these gardens so everyone can enjoy them” set against a Green Flag logo; the second repeats the same message, with accompanying signs for Green Flag, Keep Britain Tidy, Recycle, and Dog Litter Bin. The Committee agreed these should be laminated and go on all four entrance/exit gates.  

Great West Hedge – Abundance London's idea to create a pollution-trapping hedge running parallel to the A4 through Chiswick and Hammersmith has gone quiet over the summer, following concerns expressed by a number of parties.

4. Events

a)     Autumn Gardening Event – OLW agreed to run another, and order bulbs in readiness.  The date of Saturday 19th October (first Saturday of half term) was set.  SA agreed to work on promoting the event.

b)     Winter Party – The preferred dates of either the 23rd or 30th January 2020 were pencilled. LD undertook to talk to potential venues and feedback.

5. Defibrillator outside The Carpenter's Arms

Simon Cherry, landlord of The Carpenter's Arms, has talked in recent years of his ambition to install a public access defibrillator outside his pub.  Following some filming by ITV on his premises this summer (for which SPRA belatedly received a filming fee from the producers in respect of the noise and disruption to the community) he contacted SA again, asking whether SPRA would like to donate to the defibrillator fund.  The committee agreed that Simon Cherry should make a proposal to the next committee meeting and discuss it face-to-face.  SA undertook to write to him.

6. Filming

SA reported that there have been two recent instances of filming in the SPRA patch that were not reported to the HFC Filming Unit or SPRA before the event. The first, at Anarkhali restaurant, blocked parking spaces along Beavor Lane and was eventually deemed by the Council to be “too late to chase.”  The producers in the second incident, at The Carpenter's Arms, belatedly paid HFC for a filming license, as well as SPRA, having initially gone to the Council parking unit to get special permits for the day.

SA said that whilst licensing is HFC's business, SPRA requests (in agreement with HFC) filming donations from any producer filming within the SPRA area, be it on private, commercial or public property, for the benefit of the community, to compensate for noise, parking and other disruption caused by filming units.  He felt that this was perhaps not clearly communicated to our members, whether they were hosting filming privately, or negatively impacted by filming themselves.  In recent years this cash enabled SPRA to support the church clock restoration fund, the “gentrification” of the lampposts, Shakespeare in the Square, and a wide range of SPRA events.  Aside from member subs, it is SPRA's chief source of income. He undertook to write on the subject to members in the next SPRA communication.

7. Committee Forward Planning

Following Jonathan Blackhurst's departure from the Committee after many years supporting SPRA, and JE's likely departure in the new year, the Committee agreed that new talents were urgently required.  Everyone undertook to approach likely candidates who might be persuaded to join the table at the next meeting.

8 .Planning

Applications previously discussed:

15 St Peters Grove – Enforcement case re. the raising of the ridge height without permission. Remedial works have been undertaken.

3 St Peters Square – Listed building and planning appeals on the application for a two-story rear extension refused at the Dec 17 planning committee dismissed on 16 May 2019. Costs appeal refused.

3. 22-24 St Peters Grove – application to vary previous permission granted re rainwater pipes, external paving and windows. Approved 20 June 2019 following revisions.

20 St Peters Grove – application re external paving (relates to application re 22-24 SPG). Approved 20 June 2019.

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 Approved on 23 July 2019.

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 – Approved 15 May 2019.

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.

17 & 19 Theresa Road – rear GF and 1st floor extns following demolition of existing, spiral staircase at rear. Council decision due 10 June. Now overdue.

New Applications

4 St Peters Villas –application to roof over existing garden pergola. Withdrawn prior to determination 16 Sept 2019.

Cross Keys, 57 Black Lion Lane - Relocation of sign to free standing post with illuminated menu. Revised drawings, decision overdue.

24 St Peters Square – changes to garage doors, floor levels and interior doors. Approved 19 July 2019.

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

38 St Peters Square – partial demolition and rebuilding of garden wall between 38 and 39 SPS (dangerous structure)

24 St Peters Square – amendment to previously granted permission re internal layout/ windows.

9. AOB

Fitness Training in the Square

SA reported that he'd been in contact with a team hoping to offer free fitness training in the Square.  They are part of HFC's “Our Parks” initiative, focused on getting the community active.  He said that the team intended to solicit £5pp to go to SPRA funds.

Clockwork Building – The Committee noted that many “backroom” operations of HFC have now moved to this office block on the south-east corner of the SPRA patch.  It appears to have increased footfall along Beavor Lane, but not noticeably more traffic or parking.

10. Time and place of next meeting

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

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.