Paul Huxley called the
meeting open at 6.40 p.m. There were approximately 25 people
in attendance. Paul apologised for the short notice in calling
this meeting, and also for not having had time to have a
committee meeting since the last community meeting.
Julie Warburton, seconded by Tina Huxley agreed the minutes
of the last meeting as correct.
HEALTH SURVEY REPORT
Sunny Hayes gave a presentation
on the Health Survey Report that was carried out on the
Broomwood Estate. She distributed copies of the Summary
of the Report to everyone at the meeting. (If anyone hasn't
got a copy that would like one please ask me and I will
photocopy mine for them.) Sunny also invited anyone who
is interested to attend the next Health Steering Group meeting
at the Youth Centre on Wednesday week (26/5) at 6.30 p.m.
The Health Project Group money
will be used to target areas which were highlighted in the
survey as affecting the well-being of people on the Broomwood,
eg. Mental health issues, healthy eating projects.
Ralph Rudden from the Community Association on the Sale
West Estate spoke about how their community had benefited
from the Health Survey carried out there. One group with
which he is involved is a dance group for children age 5
- 13. It meets twice weekly, and involves 22 children. Money
from the bid was used to set the group up and some has been
put aside to subsidise poor families whose children would
like to participate (there have been none to date). The
dance group will perform at community events, such as Christmas
concerts - in this way they will be putting something back
into the community. Twelve different groups were funded
altogether, with varying degrees of success. He warned that
you need to think before setting a group up. One group that
was set up was a Mother and Toddler Group, but has only
had 2 people there in the last 4 weeks - there is already
a group running at the local primary school. The most successful
project that has been set up is with children from the youth
group, who are producing a package on eating disorders.
This project has grown in size and other people are interested
The meetings on the Broomwood
Estate to make bids for funding will now take place in September,
not July as in the minutes of the last meeting. Some existing
groups could apply for funding as well, eg Over 50's club,
School Bingo. David Nunns advised people to turn up to these
meetings even if they did not have a specific idea which
needed funding, as they could always get involved in other
groups if they were interested.
The £10,000 to fund
these bids (up to £1000 per bid) is coming out of
an allocation of £58,000 for the Estate. I asked Sunny
Hayes if we could have a breakdown of where the rest of
the money was spent so we have a record of this. She said
this was being done at the Health Steering Group and would
be available to us then. She said that some of the money
had gone on the survey and payments for the interviewers.
Sonia Cubrillo - Sonia introduced
Jeanette Pilkington to us. She will be looking after the
Broomwood Estate and will be working on an Action Plan with
other agencies to improve the Broomwood Estate.
UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY
We have not had time to have
a steering group meeting since the last meeting, we will
have one before the next meeting.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE
Woods - the fence is
partially done and should be finished soon. The 5-year regeneration
plan is almost ready, and Paul is chasing other funding
for the future.
Bus Service - the new
bus timetable is in operation, with bigger buses and running
later into the evening. It was asked if the 298/299 could
come onto the estate at night, to enable people to travel
into Timperley. Sonia Cubrillo explained that the bus coming
into the lay-by as it does at present was a compromise,
as Arriva did not want their drivers coming onto the estate
at night for health and safety reasons. She suggested that
we wait until Autumn and we could then arrange another meeting
with GMPTE to see if they would now be willing to extend
the service further. It is a matter of building up confidence
so that the drivers feel it is safe to come onto the estate.
- He has now been appointed and is undergoing training.
He cannot commence work on the estate until he has been
cleared by a police check and there is a hold up in processing
these at present. His name is Graham Stringer. He will initially
be patrolling in the daytime, and could possibly be based
in the Redbrook Road Housing Office. Sonia said she hoped
he would be able to attend the next meeting.
Police - The police
were unable to attend this meeting, but hope to be at the
next one. There is an increased profile on the estate at
Summersplash - There
is £3000 funding for this scheme, which is described
as a "Youth Nuisance and Crime Prevention Initiative".
The funds will provide the following:
· Sporting Activities
in the afternoon each weekday in the summer holidays on
the Youth Centre field
· It will also fund
2 outward-bound trips for approximately 35/40 young people.
This provoked quite strong
reactions from some residents who felt that it was as if
the badly behaved young people were going to be 'rewarded'
for bad behaviour whilst the 'good children' would be getting
nothing. Sonia did agree that there should be some sort
of balance when choosing who should go but how this was
to be done was left unaddressed.
The Youth Centre will be providing
some activities for the 13+ age group.
Sonia reported that a newsletter
would be going out with information on what is available
on the estate over the summer period. Tina requested that
it be sent out Mid July, just before the children break
up for the summer.
Tina asked when work would
commence on the youth club roof. Sonia said it has had to
go back to tender as the tenders were too high, and it probably
would not start until September.
SCOUT HUT - Sonia said
that a regeneration options are being put together at present
as to what to do with the scout hut and old parkland. The
community will be involved in this consultation, nothing
has been decided as yet.
BUNGALOWS - Nick Mardon
said that consent had been given for the bungalows with
individual parking, and that no extra parking was in the
plans. It will cost a lot to take away the pavement and
IVHA have not got the money. They are only bound to provide
parking for new properties, not existing ones, so do not
have to make provision for the shopkeepers or flat residents.
Paul Huxley raised the point
that the planning notice only went up on 24/5 for the bungalows,
giving 3 weeks to raise objections, yet we have been told
on previous occasions that permission had already been granted.
We have raised verbal objections at previous meetings that
could have been taken further if we knew that planning consent
had not been granted yet. We are looking for consultation
to sort this out as we feel we have been misled on this
issue. We were told that we would probably be unable to
object now as the 3-week period has passed. A petition has
been raised and sent to the planning department, Sonia will
check on this and report back. She also said that at the
next planning meeting proposals for the land at the back
of the shops would be put forward, and that this could include
some parking facility. She said IVHA could discuss these
proposals at our next meeting.
Fairywell Bridge -
Trafford have agreed that this bridge is their responsibility
and are going to send someone to inspect it.
Wheelie Bins - These
will not be being replaced with the old metal industrial
bins. Jeanette said that it was for health and safety reasons
as the pavements from the chute to the road were uneven,
and that the chutes were some distance from the road. The
old bins were also very heavy. The point was raised that
the bins were pushed this distance and emptied before the
wheelie bin system was introduced.
Community Notice Board
- Paul Huxley will apply to the Area Board for funding.
Sonia Cubrillo said that we would be required to maintain
the board ourselves. Nick has agreed that we could situate
it at the shops. We need to decide what kind of board we
need, and where it is best situated.
New play area - there
has been a legal hold-up which has hopefully been resolved
and the work should be able to commence shortly, once tenders
have been sent for and received back.
Dreamscheme - £7000
funding has been obtained for this scheme. Ralph from Sale
West talked about the scheme that runs on Sale West, he
said you need to get the next generation involved in the
community, and to reward them for the effort they put into
Paul said that in the Broomwood
Scheme they hope to achieve 2000 voluntary hours in the
first year. These hours would build up points for each child,
with one hour equating to about £1. It would cost
£20 (or 20 hours work) for canoeing/rock climbing/abseiling
Initially volunteers would
run the scheme, but in the 5-year plan they are looking
for funding to employ daytime and evening workers. We need
to get a base on the estate and establish ourselves. Paul
asked residents who had an idea of projects the young people
could get involved in to speak to him.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Paul gave thanks to Nick,
Sunny, Jeanette, Sonia, Ralph and David for attending the
The date of the next meeting
was set for Monday July15th. There will be a steering group
meeting on Monday 1st July at 7.30 at Paul and Tina's house.
The meeting was closed
at 8.00 p.m.