EGM – Single proposition on annual subscriptions

Extraordinary General Meeting – Monday 16 Jun 2014 – 8:00pm

One proposition will be presented by the Trustee Directors:
That this General Meeting approves the proposal that membership subscriptions shall be increased to £5 for a single member and £7 for joint membership from October 2014.

Members who wish to propose an Amendment to the Resolution may do so at the meeting. (This paragraph is an amendment made on 8 May 2014 to the original notice given on 20 April 2014.)

Update from recent AGM

  • Changes to Trustee Directors
  • Intended launch of a Forum for a Neighbourhood Plan for Knowle
  • Funds balance and proposed EGM for subscription increases

John Rowley has retired as a Trustee after eight years’ service, but will still monitor the new flight paths from the airport. He requests that you contact the airport on 0121 767 7433 to report any noisy planes that you are aware of, especially after April when the trial of the new flight paths will start.

Election of Trustees

The following Officers of the Society were re-elected:

Leighton Jones, Chairman;
Bill Bohanna, Deputy Chairman;
David Watson, Treasurer.

Kate Stables was elected as Secretary, having served as a co-opted member.

Trustee Director elections:

Cheryl Steventon was elected as a Trustee and will continue with her work as Publicity Officer.

Charles Robinson & Dave Pinwell were re-elected as Trustees of the Society.

There are two vacancies for Trustees of the Society, any member is eligible for appointment as a co-opted Trustee. We have a specific vacancy for a chairman to lead the very active Natural Environment Committee. Anyone interested in this position or joining the Board of Trustees without portfolio please contact the chairman – prefix with ‘chairman’ to learn more about what is on offer. [address disguised to avoid spam.]

The Society is to launch a Forum to lead the establishment of a Neighbourhood Plan for Knowle. Look out for details of the public meeting to elect the members of the forum. Anyone living or working in the Village is eligible to attend the meeting and to stand as a forum member. Come along and make your contribution to the future of Knowle.

The Society’s funds are healthy, but the major projects that are under way will require increased funding. The Trustees will be putting forward a motion to increase the subscriptions at an Extraordinary General Meeting in June.

3500th member

Leighton Jones (Chairman) presents 3500th member certificate to David Hofton (right)

The Knowle Society is proud to announce that it has now reached over 3,500 members, thanks largely to the sterling work done by our recruitment team and Martin Warr in particular.

Our 3,500th member is David Hofton, a Director of Hunters Estate Agents. David said: “Having worked for over 20 years at Hunters in Knowle, I felt it long overdue to join the Knowle Society who do such a sterling job in preserving the character of the Village and the local environment through such changing times.”

We have come a long way since the Society first started in 1962 with the aim of preserving the character of the village. We believe that we are the second largest Civic Society in terms of paying members in the country. Reaching 3,500 members is a fantastic achievement and will ensure that our voices continue to be heard on issues that matter to the residents and businesses of Knowle.

Membership as at August 2013 has now risen to 3600!

Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in February 2012

1. A meeting was expected shortly in which Kimberley Developments will explain to the Society’s Planning committee representatives what steps it is taking in response to the objections raised by the Society to its latest planning application for a Waitrose store

2. Yorkshire Tea was reported to have made a generous donation of teabags and decorative paraphernalia for use in the Village Tea Party to be held in celebration of the Society’s Golden Jubilee on 5th May.

3. Any Questions? – This event has been oversubscribed, the name of the fourth panellist has yet to be announced. All arrangements with Arden Academy are now in hand for this prestigious event.

4. AGM – Gary Masters announced that he will be retiring at this AGM and therefore there will be a further vacancy for a Trustee Director. The name of a possible new nominee was discussed. It was agreed to continue with previous practice and have a tea/coffee break after the formal business.

5. The two councillors present provided updates on the Solihull Local Plan (the final version to be submitted for approval by the Secretary of State is out for discussion – the Society will be making a submission on the intended advancing of plans to build housing in Four Ashes, Hampton Road and Grove Road); the removal of protection of the Relief Road Line (aka the by-pass land) [*see further detail below]; the Royal British Legion building will be used again for a polling station instead of Arden School; an area of the Borough (not Knowle) will try reducing street lighting hours on an experimental basis; the Conservation Advisory Committee (CAC) will be brought out of mothballs for consideration of the Kimberley/Waitrose planning application – SMBC decision on this application is expected in late March; a free parking period in Borough car parks will continue – the hours are subject to further discussion; Tilehouse Green Lane is due to be resurfaced in the Spring.

6. No 8 Wilsons Road (the last one in residential use in that block) has been approved for conversion to office use.

7. Copies of a report on an aircraft noise monitoring exercise in Knowle were circulated; the Society is pressing for further clarification on the data about flights made at the extreme edge of the allowed corridor where these pass closest to Knowle.

8. Planting of a tree, possibly in Jobs Close (Knowle) Park in commemoration of the Society’s Jubilee was discussed. Details of the Streamside Trust (land by Wychwood Avenue) were explained by one of the local councillors and the Society expressed its continued interest in being able to contribute to the future trusteeship/management of that land.

9, A very successful guided tour of Knowle for a local cub pack was reported. It was recognised that this sort of activity was important if youngsters were to be encouraged to take a future interest in civic matters; the Society being keen to develop a youth interest within its structure.

10. A new committee of the Trustee board was under consideration that would combine the current one-man-bands of publicity, membership, newsletter, distribution and the website.

11. A member had expressed an interest in moving forward the Knowle Green Community Project (the old toilet block) and the Society would be meeting with him to explore his interest.

[* Reasons given for removal of protection on Relief Road Line were: a) The Highways Agency says that it is no longer needed as the M40/M42 have proved to be effective in carrying traffic away from Knowle, b) a by-pass might prevent people from coming into Knowle to shop, c) the route would cut right between residential areas and cut them off from the village centre and d) a by-pass wouldn’t actually be put on that line today anyway.]