OF THE 17th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE EMMER GREEN RESIDENTS'
ASSOCIATION, HELD AT ST BARNABAS CHURCH HALL, EMMER GREEN ON 26th
meeting was chaired by Mr Paul Gallagher, and 50 others were present,
including Councillors Ian Fenwick and Annette Hendry.
Bob Simpson, Joy Lowther, Bill Harper, Dorothy and Derek Colverson, Dr Owen
Jewiss, Rev Derek Chandler, John Ballard, Eileen Aldred, Cllr Bob Green, Susie
Downer, Ruth Witcher
The minutes of the 16th AGM held on the 13th April 2000 had
been circulated and it was agreed they were an accurate record of
the proceedings. They were signed by the Chairman.
The only observation was that the proposal to relocate the telephone
box to a more open site was abandoned because residents would be expected
to contribute towards the cost.
EGRA Millennium Projects - Emmer Green Past and Present
The exhibition had been a success, and thanks were given to Margaret Ormonde
and those who had helped organise it. Special mention was made of nonagenarian
John Dean who made a valiant journey from Dorset to view the display. Unfortunately
he had recently died.
book, which was being produced following suggestions by visitors to
the exhibition, was nearing first draft stage. It was hoped to shortly
work out a pricing structure to enable members to get a discount.
It was disappointing that after so much effort, particularly by Jill Verran,
and support by residents, that the case had been lost and there was to be no
Barnabas Road & Grove Road
St Barnabas Road re-surfacing was completed last year and the same team of
workers were employed on the 'safer schools initiative'. They were not the
most tidy of workers and it was hoped they would clear away some of the debris
from the resurfacing of St Barnabas Road last year and reinstate the grass
The purpose-built residential care home had been in Emmer Green for 25 years,
and was due to close. Social Services had been re-assuring in stating that
adequate provision had been secured elsewhere in Reading. It was hoped that
the residents' association would be consulted over future development of the
The difficulties with the current service had continued, and a proposal had
been put forward by Reading buses to discontinue the 24 altogether, and divert
the 44 and 45 to cover Courtenay Drive area. This would mean buses in both
directions along Kidmore End Road, and the feasibility of this would need investigating.
Work on new lighting in dark areas was due to start soon.
Area Consultative Committee
It had been stated that there was not really any funding for bus shelters,
but Caversham had been successful in bidding for funding for a village sign.
It was hoped there would be money for us next year.
There were concerns over the enforcement of planning regulations with builders
regularly flouting the rules. Rachel Walmsley was our contact at the council
over this matter.
The appellants have returned with yet another proposal to build houses in the
gardens between Grove Road and Knights Way. It is expected that the residents'
association would be objecting again.
adjacent to Lyefield Court
There had been damage to the hedge facing on to Kidmore End Road. Rachel Walmsley
confirmed that hedges are to be retained. Any die back was to be replaced with
The company building the above site had also applied to build behind properties
on the other side of Kidmore End Road. Objections had been raised on the
grounds of overcrowding and safety.
chairman then thanked committee members for their work throughout the
year. Bill Goodworth had decided to stand down after sixteen years
of dedicated service, including rôles as Vice-Chairman and Secretary.
Paul Gallagher presented him with an inscribed pewter tankard in recognition
of his service. Bill responded saying how he had enjoyed participating
and how lucky the residents were to have such a group.
A copy of the treasurer's report has been circulated showing that
a balance of nearly £2300 is held in the Portman Building Society.
A separate account had been done and audited for the exhibition (for
which we received a grant
was received), but although these were not brought along to the meeting Jill
Verran said anyone who was interested was welcome to contact her to inspect
them. Things were very healthy, but some money had been earmarked to help with
the book until we recouped it from the sales. Thanks were given to auditor
Julian Pearce for his continued work. The adoption of the accounts was proposed
by Bill Goodworth, and seconded by Brian Warren. There had been 43 new members
throughout the year bringing the total to a record 313 households.
OF OFFICERS, COMMITTEE AND AUDITOR
Julian Pearce had agreed to continue auditing the accounts for another year.
The vacancy on the committee was to be filled by Bob Cruickshank. Other officers
were all remaining in their current posts. This was proposed by Hilary Gallagher
and seconded by Geoff Goldsmith.
Concerns were expressed about the proposed building of 41 new houses at the
southern end of Bugs Bottom. It was on the land originally earmarked for a
school. Assurances were given that the access would be from Kidmore Road, and
that there would be a barrier to prevent vehicles from crossing the valley.
Barklay mentioned the recent newspaper report on the proposed siting
of mobile phone masts in the middle of Emmer Green. Both the EGRA committee
and the Councillors had been consulted and objections sent to the Council.
As there were already masts at Highdown School and the water tower
it was hoped that these could be used rather than inflicting more upon
resident had been receiving mail, which had been slit open, and wondered
if anyone else in the area had suffered. It had occurred before, but
not in recent years.
Parking in the centre of Emmer Green, particularly around the Kidmore
End Road/Grove Road junction was reaching crisis levels, with a number
of cars regularly blocking the pavement. Although it was hoped traffic
wardens might have some effect, it was felt the problem required much
deeper consideration. Whilst there was little sympathy for car owners
visiting the pub, who were too lazy to park elsewhere, there were genuine
difficulties for residents of nearby houses. The problem was compounded
by the fact that Fisher's Cottages had no parking facilities outside
their homes. Another problem raised was the fact that cars were apt
to park all day in the bay outside Balfour's newsagents, when its purpose
was short term parking. The problems were to be discussed at the next
committee meeting and raised with Sgt Matt Gray at the Safer Caversham
Bet Tickner from the BBC Monitoring Station gave an illustrated talk on the
life and workings of the set up, from its beginnings here in 1943 through to
the present day. It was hoped a visit might be arranged during the summer,
so that the residents could have a chance to see, at least the grounds, which
do not have public access.