Minutes of the Meeting 5th May 2020
Present:- Simon Middlecote (Chair) , Ruth Kerry, Sue Andrew, Catherine Bailey, Chris Holmes, Councillor Penny Gowland.
Apologies: Rani Joshi, County Councillor Liz Plant
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting of the Association held on 25th February 2020 were noted.
BANK ACCOUNT AND FINANCE
A bank account for the Association had been set up at Barclays. There was £607.92 in the account. On-line banking was established and 2 out of the following signatories were needed:- Simon, Ruth or Sue.
DEPOT SITE AND PUMPING STATION
The building was now mostly demolished which was a great shame. The developer was not known but it was pointed out there was a need to be vigilant over the forthcoming planning application so that the Association could comment. Simon was to talk to Peter Hammond about the use and storage of the information about the Pumping Station. A book was one possibility. It was suggested the Pumping Station could be commemorated in the development in some way eg plaque or street naming.
It was agreed Simon would write to the Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council suggesting that the Pumping Station be commemorated in the new development.
Sue had received the crime prevention information from the police.
It was agreed:-
1. to publicise the availability of crime prevention material on the Facebook page and to see if there were any neighbourhood watch coordinators who wanted the info to distribute.
2. Sue to chase up the police about the CCTV cameras.
It was noted that some pot holes had been repaired not particularly well, but there was a need to be vigilant about the others.
Concern was expressed about the speed of traffic on Buckfast Way and Rufford Way and it was felt 30 mph should be installed.
It was agreed that Sue would contact the County Council about installing these signs.
The installation was still awaited.
NAME OF ASSOCIATION
It was suggested that the group’s name should be the Abbey Park Community Association which would be more inclusive and allow local businesses to participate.
It was agreed that the group be called the Abbey Park Community Association and that this be publicised on the Facebook page.
There was a need to clarify what was happening to the 22 and 23 bus service. The Community Centre Warden was doing some research to see if there was demand for a Saturday service. NCT had rejected the suggestion to alter the no7 route to include the bus turning circle.
YELLOW LINES BUCKFAST WAY/ ABBEY ROAD
It was reported that Councillor Liz Plant had indicated that the proposed yellow lines would need to go to the County Council’s Committee and this would be in 2021/22.
It was agreed that Simon would contact Councillor Liz Plant.
The verges had not been cut and Simon had not had a reply from Via about the tree which had been cut down at the end of Bisham Drive. The damaged trees on the park had been attended to.
Simon had been in contact with Tom Pettit an officer at Rushcliffe about the planting of trees on the park and having a community orchard there. Rushcliffe have apparently identified the park in their long term plans for planting trees. It was felt we should lobby Rushcliffe to help shape the proposal. Suggestions for wild flower areas on the estate were made.
It was agreed
1. Simon would seek volunteers on the Facebook group to help shape a proposal about a community orchard.
2. Simon would contact the Bramley Apple Association to see if they could provide any help.
3. Sue to pursue the establishment of wild flower areas on the estate.
It was thought unlikely that the summer party on the field could be held because of covid restrictions.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Community Centre Warden
It was suggested that Mary the Community Centre Warden should be invited to join the Association and be added to the minute distribution list.
It was agreed that Sue invite Mary to join the Association and be added to the distribution list.
It was suggested that a bench should be put on the path in the park.
It was agreed that Penny would discuss funding possibilities with Councillor Brian Buschman.
Meeting closed at 8.52pm.