BROOMWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
OF MEETING HELD ON 27 JANUARY 2003
Paul Huxley opened the meeting at 6.30 p.m.
ITEM ONE – APOLOGIES
Apologies were made on behalf of Ruth Speight, Veta Gordon,
Graham Stringer and Dave Nunns.
ITEM TWO – MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Ray Bowker asked that the minutes be amended to show that
he was also involved in the presentation of the PCT Award
Certificates. He then agreed the minutes to be a correct
record, which was seconded by Kath Warrington.
ITEM THREE – MATTERS ARISING
Electricity Cards – Kath Yarwood has been in contact
with Spar, and TXU Energi in relation to this. Our nearest
outlets at present are Londis on Deansgate Lane and Shaftesbury
Fayre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Spar are dragging their heels
on whether to sell the cards. Tony Fishwick offered to chase
this up, as it is unsatisfactory for the estate not to have
easy access to electricity card outlets.
Road grass verge – this is an item on the agenda for
the next Area Board meeting.
ITEM FOUR – REPORT BY VINCENT WALSH
Vincent presented a copy of his report on the progress to
date of the groups which were allocated funding recently
ITEM FIVE – PROPOSED NEW PARK AND YOUTH CENTRE REFURBISHMENT
This is covered in the Broomwood Partnership minutes, which
are item 7 on the agenda.
ITEM SIX – NEW NEWSLETTER
The newsletter – Broomwood Voice – has been
delivered to households. It is hoped that this can be produced
on a monthly basis. If anyone has any suggestions as to
items that they would like to see in the newsletter please
speak to Paul, there are contact details on the 1st edition
of Broomwood Voice.
ITEM SEVEN – BROOMWOOD PARTNERSHIP MINUTES
The following items on these minutes were discussed:
2 – update on the play area – this is still
due to commence by the end of February 2003.
3 – combining the partnership and BCA newsletter –
it was felt that at this time we need our own voice and
so the BCA decided at the recent management meeting that
we would continue to produce a separate newsletter for the
5 – youth centre – the work is due to commence
by the end of February.
six – Millom Court – the window locks have been
installed, and fencing will be going up, this will be the
type of fencing used around the Dee Avenue flats.
seven – action plan for the woods – Paul has
a copy of this if anyone wants to see it. £5000 has
been allocated for work on the hedging on Brooks Drive.
We will discuss the other woodland areas at the next management
meeting, with a view to discussing looking for funding for
work on these woods.
ten – parking and grass verges. This will be discussed
at the Area Board meeting, which is on Feb 4th at Broomwood
School. It was mentioned that the gates onto the back field
at Redbrook Road are being left open again. There was a
discussion about the state of paths and kerbs, especially
with reference to accessibility for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
The question was raised as to whether there was European
funding available to enable the disabled to have equal access,
as at present there are areas which people in wheelchairs
cannot get to. Tony Fishwick and Ray Bowker suggested that
the way forward was to identify areas where there are people
requiring disabled access, as money is limited and jobs
get prioritised, so we need to be able to put a good case
forward. As this issue is being raised at the next Area
Board meeting, if anyone has any concerns they should try
to attend this meeting. It was agreed that we would discuss
this also at the next BCA management meeting.
warden – he is on the estate part time at present
(police check still not complete). If you know of any areas
that need cleaning up please phone Trafford. One area of
concern is the land on Redbrook Road where the portakabins
are located. Contractors are cutting up the verge and also
leaving a mess on the car park. Marie Toboni to bring this
to the attention of the contractors concerned.
and objectives of Broomwood Partnership – these will
ITEM EIGHT – BCA MANAGEMENT MEETING
We held a meeting recently, and discussed the following
- One has been put inside the Chemists. One will go inside
the school gate and one on Dee Avenue fencing.
with housing benefit and council tax forms. At tonight’s
meeting Marie Toboni said if anyone needs help filling these
in they can take them to the Housing Office. This information
will be included in the next newsletter.
a website – we discussed setting up a website, funding
for it, and what we thought should go on it. This will be
discussed further when it is developed.
aims of BCA – we decided that the main aims at present
Developing the youth centre as a community centre
2) Development of the park so that we do not lose this facility
3) Supporting the G-Force application for the Scout Hut
ITEM NINE – DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE SHOPS
Plans have been redrawn and are being shown to the doctor’s
surgery. Dave Cooper is to be invited to present them to
us at the next management and BCA meetings. The plans have
changed due to the storm drain. It is proposed that the
Health Centre will be closer to the pub, and that there
will be more parking on Mainwood Road. They are also considering
demolishing the flats above the old post office/hairdressers,
and the archway.
ITEM TEN – AREA HOUSING PANEL REPORT
Phil Wetherby reported back on the last meeting. Discussions
were held on:
of Gas Contracts
Tenant Repair Group
Graffiti and fly tipping to be removed ASAP (please report
any areas of concern)
Stock Transfer – consultation to be held within 18
Flats on Redbrook Road to be given higher financial priority.
were then raised by residents:
transfer – is it true that the right to buy is to
be stopped or that the amount of discount available will
be reduced? Paul to look into this for the next management
Toboni then spoke about the Minor Works bus, which will
be looking around areas for improvement. It is vital that
we have representatives on the bus this time, as the tenants
on the bus prioritise the jobs that need doing. This is
happening on Wednesday 13/3/03 from 10.00 – 3.00.
Let Marie know if you are interested in attending this.
Huxley mentioned the need for more representation at the
Area Housing Panel meetings. The next one is on 19th March
at 6.30 at Altrincham Town Hall. Let him know if you wish
leaflet was then distributed about the Tenants Repair Group.
ITEM ELEVEN – TRAFFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD PARTNERSHIP REPORT
There was no report as no meeting has been held since our
last BCA meeting.
ITEM TWELVE – ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Area Board Meeting – 4/2/03 at Broomwood School –
please try to attend.
Conference organised by Trafford Partnership to be held
at Lancashire Cricket Club on 4/3/03
Yarwood then raised a number of concerns that she has about
her property, which was refurbished by IVHA. She passed
some photographs around. She has had problems with her front
garden, front door, back garden, back door, shed, fencing,
decoration, kitchen and toilet. She has sent numerous letters
of complaint. Bernice Garlick, Graham Brady and Ann Bowker
all replied to her letters. Ed Barber, the Head of Housing
at Trafford MBC, Joyce Acton, the Spokesperson for Housing
in Trafford and Irwell Valley Housing Association have not
replied. She sent the letters to them in October 2002.
was promised an inspection of her property 12 months after
the refurbishment had taken place, yet she has been back
in her house for 2 ½ years and has not yet had this
Bailey from IVHA stated that these complaints were being
looked into at present and that Kath should receive a response
within seven days of today’s meeting. Marie Toboni
from Trafford MBC was unaware of the details of this case
but assured Kath that she would chase this up for her. She
requested that Kath let her have a copy of the letter that
she sent to Ed Barber and Joyce Acton.
was voiced as to how complaints about IVHA are dealt with
at BCA meetings. Assurance was given that any complaints
would be raised at the open meeting, and that there would
only be a one-to-one discussion held separate if both the
complainant and IVHA representative agreed this was the
way to deal with it. However, we do not appear to be getting
many IVHA residents making complaints at the meetings. It
was agreed that we should put a note in the next newsletter
stating that IVHA representatives are at these meetings
if you have any issues to raise. IVHA are also going to
be sharing the housing office on Redbrook Road, opening
hours for this will also be in the newsletter.
re dog fouling – these have appeared recently on lampposts,
but who will be around to enforce this? Tenants can report
irresponsible dog owners, and photographic evidence is sufficient.
If you confront someone who lets their dog foul and they
are abusive you can report them to the police. Report stray
dogs to Trafford 2000.
on Redbrook Road – Neil Hammond is the man to contact
at Trafford, but these are due to be started any time now.
closed at 8.05 p.m., date of next meeting is 24 Feb at 6.30.p.m.