Minutes of the Meeting 27th August 2020
Present:-Simon Middlecote (Chair), Ruth Kerry, Sue Andrew, Lesley Morris, Chris Holmes, Councillor Penny Gowland, County Councillor Liz Plant.
Apologies: Rani Joshi, Catherine Bailey
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting of the Association held on 5th May 2020 were noted.
It was reported that Priscilla Bailey had resigned as Vice-Chair and it was agreed that Lesley Morris be appointed in her place.
BANK ACCOUNT AND FINANCE
No transactions had taken place since the last meeting
DEPOT SITE AND PUMPING STATION
The site was now cleared and was secured with fencing. No detailed planning application had been submitted yet but there was a need to be vigilant so that the Association could comment in due course. When the application was submitted this would be publicised through the Facebook Group. It had been suggested the Pumping Station could be commemorated in the development in some way eg plaque or street naming and Simon had emailed the Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council about this.
Comments had been made on the Facebook Group about anti-social behaviour on the field and the use of swings in the trees on the green. The general consensus was that everyone was relatively relaxed about this.
It was agreed that Sue would chase up the police about the CCTV cameras.
It was reported that Stamford Road down to the Willow Tree was to be resurfaced in September. This news was welcomed.
The installation was still awaited within the next 8 – 10 weeks. Copies of the notes of future meetings would be displayed along with other information.
It was understood that the 22 and 23 bus service was still making a loss. There were proposals to use electric vehicles from April 2021 but that this could now be delayed. Sue Andrew was to contact the new Community Centre Warden about usage of the bus service.
It was agreed
That Councillor Liz Plant would keep in contact with the operator about the bus service and report back.
That Sue Andrew would contact the new Community Centre Warden about usage of the bus service.
YELLOW LINES BUCKFAST WAY/ ABBEY ROAD
It was reported that that the proposed yellow lines were on the County Council’s list to be done in 2021/22.
The Abbey Park estate had been planned to have green spaces. There was an issue as to who owned these bits of land and was responsible for maintaining them. Some people had enclosed parts of these bits of land into their gardens sometimes without consulting neighbours.. In some cases the Council were selling land to residents. The impact of this is it could change the nature of the estate It was felt there was a need to see a plan of who owns what land on the estate.
It was agreed
That Councillors Liz Plant and Penny Gowland would contact their respective to obtain a copy of the land ownership map.
That when the map had been obtained arrangements be made for officers from Rushcliffe and the County to walk around the estate to look in detail at these issues.
Simon Middlecote was awaiting a response from Tom Pettit an officer at Rushcliffe about the planting of trees on the park and having a community orchard there. No progress had been made on the proposed bench with the suggested position being on the path between Hexham and Waltham by the lighting column.
It was agreed
Simon would chase up Tom Pettit for a response.
Councillor Penny Gowland would pursue the bench proposal.
The book club had held another successful meeting on the green and the next meeting was to be held on 14th September.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
It was felt there was a perception that the Abbey Park Facebook Group was the mouthpiece of the Community Association. There was a need to consider how the Association communicated with residents and it was thought that the Association should have a separate page. Rani Joshi had been involved in setting up the Abbey Park Facebook Group
It was agreed that Ruth Kerry would contact Rani Joshi to look at setting a separate Website.
The meeting closed at 8.30pm.