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14th October 2002 - Public Meeting Minutes
BROOMWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 14 OCTOBER 2002.

In attendance:

Paul Huxley – Tina Huxley – Joe Statham – Kath Warrington – Joan Lloyd – Sharon Gleave – Sandra Wareing – Steering Group
Dave Cooper – IVHA
Dave Nunns – VCAT
Peta Stephens – Maritime H.A.
Janette Pilkington – Marie Toboni – Debbie Gorman – TMBC
Ray Bowker – Tony Fishwick – Councillors
Mary Eastwood – Friends of Brooks Drive
Approx. 15 residents

The meeting was opened at 6.30 p.m.

ITEM ONE – APOLOGIES

No apologies were noted.

There then followed a presentation by Dave Cooper from IVHA regarding the land at the rear of the shops. Plans were presented which showed the position of the proposed health centre, flats and parking areas. The proposed new road is now not going ahead due to the expense involved. There are proposals for flats that will have front garden area maintained by IVHA and will have individual parking at the rear, accessible by the existing road. Concern was raised about this being locked as delivery vans use this area – this will be more important when there is lack of parking at the front of the shops area. Also, will delivery vans be able to turn around in this space? The question was raised as to whether the hairdressers could be relocated into Boozebusters when it closed down, so that the two empty shops could be demolished and the Health Centre located there, thus giving more space for parking by the shops. There was also a discussion about the land at the rear of the pub. Dave stated that these plans were only proposals, they needed modifying because a storm drain had been found in a different place than it was shown on the plans, and that he would take away the comments from the meeting as well.

ITEM TWO – MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

The minutes were accepted as a true record of the last meeting by Kath Warrington and seconded by Joe Statham.

ITEM THREE – MATTERS ARISING

· Annette thanked the Council for her new windows.

· The path by the side of the pub still has not been cleaned, this will be done. Phone numbers for Trafford Direct were distributed for residents to report areas of concern.
· The Environmental Warden is scheduled to be on the estate at least once a week until he has been police checked and can work unsupervised.

· Youth Centre – we have heard that there are plans to build an extension on the side of the centre where the wall painting took place, possibly for a Community Centre? Janette confirmed that this is one option that is being considered as a use for regeneration funding.

ITEM FOUR – BROOKS DRIVE

There was a discussion about Brooks Drive, with an introduction from Mary Eastwood. She approached the Area Board meeting last November to ask if the edges could be cut back – this has still not been done. The council should be cutting back and trimming Brooks Drive twice yearly A working party is being set up for Saturday morning and residents are invited to come along and help. It was especially hoped that young people would volunteer their services. The hedgerow has been cut back as it was overgrown; this has cost £900 for the small bit that has been done, and the rest needs doing. There followed a discussion about the funding for the woods, and whether the surplus could be used for Brooks Drive hedgerows, as this would benefit the residents. Some of the woodland that it is proposed to spend the surplus on is not accessible, and some is not in Trafford. There was then a discussion about who owned various parts of the drive, as to where funding could be obtained from, e.g. housing fund, environmental fund. The money raised for the woods regeneration is subject to legal agreement so you cannot just change what you do with it, you have to apply to Beverley Dunn (Chief Legal Officer) to see if any amendment can be made to the agreement. Paul will progress this issue.

Grant McKenzie distributed before and after photographs of Fairywell Bridge, where work was carried out on the pathway.

ITEM FIVE – PARTNERSHIP MINUTES

The Community Development Worker post has been readvertised, and a short list will be drawn up.

The play area is still scheduled to begin in Mid October.

Scout Hut and old play area – options are still being considered, there is nothing to report to us at present. G-Force have made an application for the scout hut for the Dreamscheme, they have not heard anything to date.

Our new police officer is Ray Gerrard; he will be on the estate from November 4th.

ITEM SIX – BLOCKED RIGHT OF WAY

This applies to the land that Stockport County FC are using. Reg Temple was fighting to get access to this land as a public right of way. No proof has been found that paths ever went across the field. the legal department say there are no public rights of way on this land in the records. Stockport’s lease says they have to protect the fields and hedges. They put the gate for this reason, to stop joyriders dumping and burning cars. Mary Eastwood says that Stockport County need to do some work on the upkeep of the ponds on this land.

ITEM SEVEN – AREA BOARD MEETING

There will be a newsletter published, we need to submit an article for this within 2 weeks.

There is going to be a letting office in the Altrincham office, officers will accompany people when they view properties, this should make lettings quicker.

Best value review of repairs – this looked at what type of repairs tenants could be asked to do themselves, e.g. fit plugs in sinks. A panel has been set up who will report back on how quick repairs are carried out from being reported.

Stock transfer – TMBC preferred option is to transfer to housing association. The transfer team will attend one of our meetings to talk over the options so we can make our own decisions; the final decision is down to the tenants and not the council.

ITEM EIGHT – GRASS VERGE ON REDBROOK ROAD

The officer dealing with this is very busy, he will try to look at the area before Christmas, and will feed back to Janette

ITEM NINE – ROOM RENTAL

TMBC will not be funding the use of the school hall for our meetings from January. Paul was unaware that they were as he has been receiving bills for this, he will pass them to Sonia Cubrillo to sort out.

ITEM TEN – ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Does anyone know if the fish and vegetable man still comes onto the estate, and if so when? This information could be useful to elderly or disabled residents who find it difficult to get to the shops.

The meeting was closed at 8.00

Date of next meeting is November 25th.


 

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