There were approx. 20
residents in attendance plus Colin Barton and David Nunn
The meeting was opened
at 6.40 p.m.
Paul Huxley thanked everyone
for attending this meeting, the purpose of which was to
launch the 'Broomwood Community Association'.
Colin from VCAT then spoke
about forming an association. He explained that you form
an association to meet objectives that are set out in a
constitution. It is important that these objectives are
acceptable to the 'Charities Commission', as being a registered
charity shows that you are a 'properly constituted' Association
and can therefore attract funding. He went on to say that
we need to select committee members to be Chairman/Vice
Chairman/Secretary and Treasurer and that VCAT will support
the committee. He also stated that there is also ACLF money
available for training committee members in their roles.
In order to succeed, the association
will need to work in partnership with other agencies e.g.
Police, IVHA, TMBC, etc. The aims and objectives that form
the constitution must also meet the needs of the community.
Paul then read out the proposed aims of the Constitution
and asked if anyone had any concern/comments/suggested amendments.
Colin recommended that we
set up a steering group or embryonic management committee
consisting of 8 - 10 members. It was agreed as the best
way ahead and the following people expressed an interest
in joining this group:
Paul Huxley, Joan Lloyd, Donna
Lloyd, Tina Huxley, Sandra Wareing, Sharon Gleave, Joe Statham,
Joan (Lady from the Spar), Kath Warrington and Paul Atkinson.
No decision was taken at this
meeting as to who will fill which role in the group. It
was also pointed out to the other attendees that any member
of the community could ask for the removal of a committee
member, either at the Annual General Meeting, or by asking
for an Extraordinary AGM to be called.
Colin agreed to chair our
next meeting of the steering group.
THIS IS NOW ON 15TH
APRIL AT VCAT OFFICE IN SALE MOOR. PLEASE SPEAK TO PAUL
OR TINA ON 282 0757 TO ARRANGE TRANSPORT.
We then went through issues arising from the minutes of
the last residents meeting.
A meeting had been held with
representatives from TMBC, residents and a horticulturist.
It was decided that we should produce a 5-year plan for
the woods in order to continue to draw funding for this
project in the future. A number of the trees will be reduced
in size as they are stopping growth at ground level. The
front area of the woods will be improved and there will
also be a clear up of the woods, It is hoped that this will
make the woods appealing to residents to walk in. The question
was raised as to whether the woods would be locked at times
in order to prevent vandalism, but it was felt that this
was not possible, as it is a community facility.
Volunteers are needed to attend
the conference in May. Anyone interested should let Paul
know or contact Debbie Gorman. Also on Thursday 21st March
there is a minibus going around Trafford looking at minor
works proposals, some of which are on the Broomwood, The
work will be prioritized by the people on the bus. It is
important that representatives from the Broomwood are present
so that the needs of our area are not ignored. Anyone wanting
to attend should speak to Paul.
Concern had been raised about
whether local residents had seen the job advertisement.
After the last meeting we found out that it had been published
in Trafford Today and SAM, and that at least one local person
had applied for the position.
Paul thanked those who had
delivered the leaflets and put up posters. There was some
disappointment felt that there had been little response
as 2000 leaflets were delivered. It was commented that more
people might begin to attend when it gets lighter at night.
It has now been reported in
the Sale and Altrincham Messenger that signs are going to
be attached to CCTV poles giving the number of the camera
and a contact phone number which you can ring if you see
anything happening which the camera can instantly focus
on. The number will be given out at the next meeting. Paul
will contact Sonia Cubrillo to see if our sign can be done
as a priority. David from VCAT explained that these signs
had been delayed because so many cameras had been erected
that the numbering system had to be altered.
THE NUMBER TO RING IF
THERE IS ANY TROUBLE THAT COULD BE SEEM BY THE CAMERAS IS
912 1111. THEY COULD THEN BE TRAINED ON THE TROUBLE AND
POSSIBLY USED AS EVIDENCE BY THE POLICE IF NECESSARY.
PLEASE MAKE THIS NUMBER
AS WIDELY KNOWN AS POSSIBLE
NEW PLAY AREA
Paul has spoken to Ray Bowker,
who had been unaware of the problems raised at the last
meeting concerning the proposed new park. Ray had called
a meeting with the agencies concerned, which was happening
Thursday 21st March, to discuss this issue.
Kath Warrington stated that
she had also spoken to Ray. She told the meeting that he
had been around the Estate looking at the condition of the
roads and footpaths, was disgusted by what he found, and
he will be raising this issue at the meeting as well.
It was pointed out that no
Residents had been invited to the meeting and several residents
expressed an interest in attending, as it was felt important
that we should know what it being decided about our area.
Tina agreed to inquire about the possibility of residents
LACK OF CONSULTATION
There was also concern expressed
about the fact that residents have not been invited to represent
the Estate at Agency Meetings for this area. It was felt
that there was a need to make sure that our views are taken
into account in this forum.
An ATC leader had told Paul
that the lease on the ATC building was not being renewed
by TMBC when it came to the end of its 25-year lease later
this year. If the rumors about the old play area are correct,
and the area is being considered as an area suitable for
housing, then the required road access could be gained by
removing the ATC building. There was a general feeling that
we were, as residents being kept in the dark over this whole
Both these issue would be
drawn to the attention of Sonia Cubrillo for comment
Kath Warrington spoke about
the plans for the shop area. The paths are going to be resurfaced,
and railings put up. There will be a handrail along the
slope and also at the side of the steps. Where the pavement
is at present will be made into parking areas for the shopkeepers.
There will be a ramp to the hairdressers.
Tina had spoken to Sunny Haynes,
who is Rep. for the Health Project. The Broomwood Estate
have not been notified yet of the results of the survey,
whilst Sale West had put on a presentation day and been
awarded £10,000 which had been used to fund 15 local
projects. Sunny explained that there were still 400 surveys
from the Broomwood, which had not been input yet and that
more people are required to form a steering group to arrange
a presentation day. £10,000 is to be allocated to
the Broomwood, and local groups will be invited to apply
for funding. Leaflets will be issued, one showing the results
in the near future.
This was not discussed, as
there were no IVHA representatives present at the meeting.
Paul Atkinson had spoken to
Sonia after the last meeting, and she had spoken to him
again this evening. This issue is still ongoing.
Paul Atkinson then spoke about the problems in the flats
on Dee Ave/Hartford Gdns/Redbrook Rd/Bamford Gdns. He said
that when these flats became vacant they are not boarded
up immediately, and there have been problems with vandalism
and fires in these properties. This is a danger to the other
residents in these blocks of flats. He said that he felt
that these flats need to be boarded up as soon as they become
empty. Concern was also raised about youths coming onto
the Estate from Wythenshawe and Sale and wrecking the areas,
which we are trying to improve, as well as causing a nuisance
to local residents. It was decided that we should distribute
copies of the minutes to local Councilors so that they are
made aware of the concerns we are raising at these meetings.
QUEENS JUBILEE PARTY
This will be held on July
21st. Trafford will help with funding of approx. £1000
of resources. Details are still to be finalised.
A resident raised concern
about the state of the path near to the bridge at Fairywell
Brook, this needs looking at as a safety issue. This will
be brought to the attention of Sonia Cubrillo who had a
budget for minor safety improvements on the Estate.
David Nunn distributed copies
of the Broomwood Partnership newsletter (Draft photocopies).
He asked whether we wanted the date of the next residents
meeting to be included in the final copy. These will be
delivered to residents soon.
David then went on to speak
about the Children's Fund. Over the next 2 years £1.2
million will be available for local groups, who are involved
with children in the age range of 4-13 years. Trafford have
decided that Old Trafford, Partington, Broomwood, Sale Moor,
Sale West, Lostock and Broadheath/Oldfield Brow are areas
which would benefit from this scheme. This is open to age
5-13, as 'Sure Start' covers age 0-5 and 'Connexions' covers
DATE OF NEXT STEERING GROUP
Monday 15th April at VCAT
in Sale Moor.
Please ring Paul or Tina on 282 0757 if you require transport.
Meeting closed at 7.50