Thursday 15th February 2001
Paul Gallagher, Mrs Jill Verran, Mrs Margaret Ormonde, Mr B Warren
, Mr W Goodworth, Mr D Miles, Mr W Harper, Mrs A Ayres, Mr R Cruickshank
Mrs S Ballard, Mrs V Bodman, Mr G Goldsmith.
Cruickshank was welcomed to the meeting as an observer who will formally
join the committee when Bill Goodworth steps down at the neat AGM.
Minutes of the last meeting (23 November 2000) were approved.
3 Matters arising
Bill Goodworth had given evidence at the appeal hearing on 12 December 2000
and informed the meeting of the salient points. Notification of the appeal's
dismissal had been published on 31 January 2001 in which the inspector gave
the reasons for the dismissal. The only remaining course open to the appellants
was to take the matter to the High Court and it was doubted that they would
take such action.
of Bugs Bottom footpath
Paul Gallagher had given evidence at the Planning Applications Committee on
10 January 200. However, the application had been approved subject to a Legal
Agreement. The Open Spaces Society had contacted EGRA to enquire whether there
was sufficient support if the OSS took the matter to appeal but it was thought
that the chance of over turning the decision was remote.
It was reported that 67 responses from 301 issued had been returned. There
were 55 for and 12 against. Five responses expressed concern about vandalism.
Only two responses were against because of cost. It was felt that this was
an insufficient mandate to proceed. 1-lowever, it was noted that KBC monies
through the North Area Consultative Committee may be available in the next
financial year to support this project. The unsightly skip and an overflow
of refuse bags near the seat at the pond was discussed.. It was agreed that
a letter, together with a photograph, from EGRA to Balfours' head office be
sent asking for the skip to be placed elsewhere.
Project - Emmer Green book
The status was reviewed:
Warren had been unable to find anyone with a photograph of the Emmer
Green football team. The chairman agreed to write to long-standing
resident Ted Smith to see if he could help.
Miles would be visiting the Records Office in Castle Hill to research
the church hall.
Gallagher said he would chase Sgt Matt Gray re: the law & order
section plus Bill Mander for any information on St Agnes on Grove Hill.
Harper said that he knew some of the previous organisers of the Guides
and would talk to them. Jill Verran agreed to research early material
( 1930s onward) on the Gardeners Arms and the Black Horse pubs.
was suggested that there should be a three tier sale price for the
book. A pre-sale price, a member's price and a cover price. A cash
flow and pricing structure would be prepared by Bill Harper. It was
agreed that a book launch should be held on either 17 or 24 November
2001. The next special meeting; to discuss progress would be held on
Wednesday 28 March at 20 Kidmore End Road.
Routes to Schools Project
A letter had been received in response to the EGRA view that waiting restrictions
should be part of the plans. However, this was a different pot of RBC money
and they seemed unable to bring the two aspects together! It was noted that
Emmer Green Primary School was to be extended and this would result in extra
vehicles of the construction company and ultimately more parents' vehicles.
It was recognised that the situation would only get worse.
EGRA had made a strong representation to the RBC Health committee and had received
a response that promised that the facility would not be closed until satisfactory
alternative respite premises were available and in use. It was noted that as
soon as Heathcroft is closed EGRA should ask RBC through their councillors
for information on any development proposals.
4 The Treasurer's Report: This was circulated and showed an increase in funds
to £2,298.75. It was agreed that the auditor's report on the Millennium
grant for the exhibition should be presented at the AGM as well as the Association's
annual accounts. The treasurer noted that income will be low in 2001 because
many subscriptions are paid up for several years ahead.
Reading Youth Project
The next meeting was not until 1 March and there had been no progress in resolving
the matter of the constitution and guidelines for the project.
The chairman reported that a letter had been received from the forum chairman
informing EGRA that none of their suggestions fell within their safety remit
and had not been supported. Suggestions from the ward councillors for additional
street lights between Knights Way and the Pond and between Stuart Close and
Surley Row had been supported. The next meeting was on 6 March.
North Area Consultative Committee
The next meeting was not until 8 March.
Any Other Business
Apart from the potholes having not been repaired it was noted that some of
the lights were still not repaired. A letter would be sent to the property
agents and the ward councillors.
development in Kidmore End Road
A proposal to demolish houses 74 & 76 and build a small estate
off Kidmore End Road had been received. The land belongs to the Ivens
family and previous
concern had been expressed by an adjacent householder about the trees on this
land. Concern was expressed about the additional traffic entering Kidmore End
Road, which is narrow and already congested. It was agreed that on these grounds
a letter of objection should be sent to RBC Planning.
Thursday 26 April 2001 and all office holders agreed to stand again.
The approach surface was very bad; a letter would be sent to RBC and would
also make note of the poor state of the Clayfield Copse car park.
at Grove Road and at Kiln Road
A letter would be sent to RBC.
around the perimeter of Highdown School
A letter would be sent to the headteacher.
Following a letter from RBC that the road would be inspected no further progress
had been made to make good the surface; a follow up letter would be sent to
It was agreed that thoughts on EGRA celebrating this event should be deferred
until next year and RBC and other residents' groups be approached to hold a
The secretary offered to look into setting up a site for the Association.
and venue of the next meeting
8:00 pm Thursday, 10 May 2001 at 37 Kidmore End Road.