A brief report of matters discussed at the most recent committee meeting. Feedback on Society matters is welcomed on our online ‘Forum’.
1. The was no news to report on the Knowle Green Community Project. The planned steering group meeting due on 28th January was postponed to 25th February.
2. A subcommittee has met to consider cycle routes in Knowle and after careful deliberation, found that very little could be commended, however proposal for two routes will be reviewed by the Trustee Directors before submission to the Council.
3.Some improvements in bus timings have been noted but the story was not all good. The Society is still pushing Centro to come back on its concerns.
4. The Civic Societies Initiative (currently balloting on a new name) being the embryonic replacement of the defunct Civic Trust has still not addressed the Society’s concerns about proposed membership fees which would hit The Knowle Society especially hard, so it is looking unlikely that the Society will be able to afford to consider membership of this new body.
5.The St John’s Close Redevelopment project is uppermost in the concern of the Society at this time following the public meetings held by Kimberley Developments on 15/16 January. It is understood that Waitrose met SMBC on 11 February but no formal application has been submitted yet. The Knowle Society will be reviewing all the relevant material and then arranging its own public meeting in which members and others can express their opinions and explore further issues and concerns that they may have on this proposal.
6. 2012 sees the Golden Jubilee of The Knowle Society and also the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. Over the next few months the Society will consider how best it might celebrate these events and support special community activities. The History committee proposes publishing a history of the Society at that time. The Trustee Directors reviewed several ideas for celebrations and the leading role it might take in seeing that something significant is planned. Contact with SMBC will take place to ensure that there is good coordination.
7. Problems with distribution of the newsletter this quarter, partly attributable to the bad weather, were discussed, including how feedback on the receipt of copies by subscribers could be monitored.
8. The awarding of Life Membership to especially deserving members was considered further along with variations on the idea. Proposals will be presented to members at the next AGM.
9. At the request of the Village Hall and as a major user, the Society will be submitting its physical requirements in any possible new Village Hall that might arise from any redevelopment project.
10. The Knowle Councillors (A Rebeiro in attendance) provided an update on Arden School classrooms, Milverton Road/Arden School rights of way, Waitrose, the planned Lodge Road crossing, tree replacements around Knowle and youth use of the Village Hall.
11. Reports were received from all committee chairmen on the work of their committees.