Paul Huxley called the
meeting open at 6.40 p.m. There were approximately 40 people
in attendance. Paul thanked everyone for attending. Sharon
Gleave, seconded by Kath Warrington agreed the minutes of
the last meeting as correct.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE
Woods - the archway
has gone away for alteration. There have been 3 fires in
the woods in the last 3 weeks. The question was raised as
to why the woods cannot be locked up at night to stop this
vandalism. The response was that the woods cannot be locked
up as they are open public land.
Bus service - there
is no bus stop sign in the lay-by on Aimson Road yet, we
need to contact Arriva to request one so that people know
that this service is available.
Fairywell Bridge -
Jeanette Pilkington is going to chase this up to see what
progress has been made.
Bungalows - Alan Bailey
from Irwell Valley Housing Association said the planning
permission had been approved. This will be discussed later.
Wheely Bins - there
was a discussion about the Health and Safety issues concerning
the old metal bins. The point was raised that this had not
been an issue in the previous 30 years when the old bins
were in use. Jeanette said it is Trafford Policy, she will
contact them again but it is extremely unlikely that the
situation will change. Trafford have been to look at the
bin areas for the flats and did not see any problems with
overflowing bins etc when they inspected them.
Notice Board - an application
by B.C.A has gone into the Area Board for funding for a
Community notice board, the next meeting is in September.
Cathy Grimsley and Graham
Stringer spoke about the role of the environmental warden.
They deal with environmental issues, such as graffiti and
fly-tipping. The estate will be patrolled from 8.30 to 4.30.
They will pick up small items which have been dumped and
will contact the council to collect larger items which they
find. They will have a base somewhere on the estate where
residents will be able to contact them. Questions were asked
about why the estate is not being patrolled at night which
is when vandalism and other problems occur. It was explained
that the warden is here to deal with environmental issues,
and not anti-social behaviour. The question was also raised
as to whether we are actually gaining anything as the services
that the warden will be providing are ones that the council
should be providing anyway.
Paul Huxley welcomed Graham, wished him well in his new
role and pledged our support.
Mandy Hughes spoke about the
Children's Fund, which is a Government initiative funding
activities for children age 5 - 13.
Extra activities are being provided in the summer holidays.
Those children at risk of being drawn into youth nuisance
are being targeted as the fund was specifically to reduce
this problem during the summer holidays but the events themselves
will also be open to all other children on the Estate.
Under 5's are not catered for by the Children's Fund, and
those over 13 are catered for by Connexions.
The scheme will be monitored and evaluated by the Government.
It was felt by some residents
that if the badly behaved children were getting activities
then would the good children misbehave so that they could
go on trips too. The view was expressed that the parents
of the children who misbehave should be approached and made
to take responsibility for the behaviour of their children,
rather than rewarding them with trips. The question was
also asked about why the activities were being held in the
daytime - how would this stop the anti-social behaviour
Dave Nunns spoke about a similar
scheme which had been held in Sefton last year, and it had
had positive results in the community. Children who were
on the edge of turning to crime had been turned around.
He suggested that we should wait until after the scheme
has finished and we could then assess how successful it
Mark Burrows from the Youth
Centre spoke about his plans for the centre. He has been
based in Wythenshawe for 6 years. He wants to create learning
opportunities for young people, with arts based projects,
music, photography, trips and residentials. The centre caters
for young people age 13 - 19, and will complement Connexions
Judy Noah gave a presentation
about the project, based on notes which were distributed.
Paul Conway then spoke about the plans for the area behind
the shops, and distributed a copy of the proposals for this
area. There are proposals for a health surgery, housing
and a road by the side of the pub. The proposed surgery
will be a two-storey building with parking. This parking
will be for the surgery, one space per resident for the
housing, and 8 spaces for other parking. There will also
be parking spaces on Briarfield Rd and Merefield Rd. Paul
was asked if there would be a CCTV camera, he replied that
the NHS had been given extra security funding, no meeting
had been held yet to discuss this but CCTV would be considered.
SCOUT HUT AND PARK
Paul Huxley passed around
a 'G-Force' proposal for the Scout Hut to be used for the
Community, and asked for local support and help with petitions
in support. Residents said they wanted the area open to
the community and not built on. The general opinion was
that the community should be involved in proper consultation
reference this area from the beginning, not just given a
list of options at the end. Grant McKenzie asked if the
Association could be sent a map of the areas of land on
the estate that the council are looking at using, so that
we could discuss the issues ourselves. Janette - please
could you advise.
AREA HOUSING PANEL MEETING
Debbie Gorman spoke about
the Area Board meetings, and what had happened at the last
meeting. They want to set up a Gas User Group for TMBC residents.
They also want to set up a dedicated 'Repairs Group'. This
will be a group of tenants who will be able to advise other
residents how to carry out minor repairs themselves without
needing to ask the council to carry out the work. The concept
being, that of saving the money spent on very minor low
skill jobs, and then being able to use those resources in
a more efficient manner.
Dave Nunns spoke about this
partnership, and also distributed notes about it. The Broomwood
Estate has problems obtaining funding and services as we
do not show up in statistics as an area of deprivation as
we are enclosed in an affluent area. The Neighbourhood Partnership
involves us working in partnership with other similar areas,
communities to swap ideas, share good practises and work
together in making our 'similar cases' heard at Council
level. Other local groups could also be involved in this,
e.g. Over 50's club. We agreed with the concept and voted
to join the Neighbourhood Partnership.
There is £17000 allocated
for the woods. It was put to the meeting if we as an Association
wanted to know some of this could be allocated towards the
Community minibus. It was generally accepted by the residents
that this would be a good idea, but at this stage nobody
was interested in forming a sub-committee to pursue this
further. The matter would be looked into further at the
next Partnership meeting.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The question was raised as
to what is being done for the elderly on the estate. Funding
seems to be focused on activities and facilities for young
people. There is an over 50's club, but if you do not want
to participate in this then there is nothing else available.
Local residents raised an
issue about a nuisance neighbour on Redbrook Road. Sgt Ahmed
asked those residents who were affected by this to talk
to him at the end of the meeting. Debbie Gorman stated that
TMBC are now taking more action against nuisance neighbours.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The date of the next meeting
was set for Monday 9th September, and the Mgnt committee
meeting will be held before that date on 2nd Sept at 5.30
at Paul & Tinas.