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BROOMWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES AND AGENDAS ARCHIVE: -
18th March 2002 - Public Meeting Minutes

There were approx. 20 residents in attendance plus Colin Barton and David Nunn from VCAT

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.


WOODS

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.

TENANTS CONFERENCE

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL WARDENS

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.

LEAFLET DISTRIBUTION

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.

CAMERA

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 attending.

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 issue.

Both these issue would be drawn to the attention of Sonia Cubrillo for comment

SHOPS

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.

HEALTH PROJECT

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.

HEALTH CENTRE

This was not discussed, as there were no IVHA representatives present at the meeting.

WHEELY BINS

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.

OTHER ISSUES

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 13+.

DATE OF NEXT STEERING GROUP MEETING

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 p.m.