A brief report of matters discussed at the most recent committee meeting. Discussion on Society matters is welcomed on the ‘Forum’.
1. Update on Knowle Green Community Project – It is understood that SMBC has now been able to confirm its ownership of the land. The project meeting planned following this news has been postponed due to illness.
2. Borough cycling routes – The Society has been asked to contribute to a public consultation by SMBC which it is happy to do but will be objecting to the lack of sufficient/proper notice for response.
3. Christmas Lights event – Final details for running and stewarding this event were reviewed. The Society is responsible for writing to residents and businesses in Kenilworth Road that will be affected by the statutory closure notice.
4. AGM – Arrangements for the forthcoming AGM were finalised, including noting nominations for officers and Trustee Directors.
5. Civic Societies Initiative – Following the demise of the Civic Trust, with which the Society had been registered for many years, the emergent Civic Societies Initiative was discussed. This organisation seeks to pick up several of the key activities of the old Civic Trust. It was felt that the organisation, though commendable in its energy and relevance, was in danger of working top-down, whereas the regional efforts of WestMASA (an orphaned remnant of the Civic Trust) probably met our needs more effectively. For this reason there was concern that the very large subscription that was proposed for a Society of our large membership was unacceptable and perhaps less well directed for our needs. The Chairman would write outlining our concerns and suggesting an alternative charging structure that might be more acceptable. It was also voted to pay the sum of 60 pounds requested by WestMASA to keep it afloat this year.
6. Councillors’ reports – In the absence of the Councillors who were otherwise engaged on Council business, a written report was received from Councillor Alan Rebeiro.
7. Planning – Updates on the major applications for marinas at Knowle and the Sainsbury store at Dorridge were reported, the later will require a substantial review by the Society by virtue of the sheer volume of planning documents. It was reported that Sunnymount had now been sold and that Cornucopia hoped to open in the old Covent Garden shop by December.
8. Committees – Reports were received from each committee of the Society, ensuring that the Directors are kept abreast of the day-to-day activities of these committees. It was noted that there was a need for more reserve newsletter distributors as the ‘stock’ is becoming depleted. Concern was expressed that delays had arisen in delivering October newsletters to a small number of roads – this will be investigated and deliveries made.