Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in March 2010

A brief report of matters discussed at the most recent committee meeting. Feedback on Society matters is welcomed on our online ‘Forum’.

1. Knowle Green Community Project. The steering group had met on 25th February and was very satisfied that progress was now being made. The architect has now been appointed and Groundwork will be the agent. There is an issue to be clarified on liability for costs before any planning application is approved.

2. An ad-hoc group of Trustee Directors (TDs) had considered possible cycle routes within Knowle. The outcome was not entirely satisfactory and it was agreed that the conclusions will be published in the July newsletter, seeking the opinion of members.

3. Plans for the public meeting on the planning application by Kimberley Developments for St Johns Close were discussed, including arrangements for a leaflet drop to all (or most) properties in Knowle and the subsequent considered submission to the Council by the Society on its findings.

4. The joint celebration in Knowle of the Golden Jubilee of the Society and Diamond Jubilee of the Queen is now a standing item for regular review.

5. A TD indicated that he would be making a proposal to the next meeting, allowed under clause 2.8.6. of the existing Articles of Association, for the nomination of one or more Honorary Members.

6. How to use the Society’s stand at the Knowle Park Festival was considered, with proposals to maintain an active and interesting presence at this important event.

7. A sound understanding of copyright in respect of the Society’s resources was required and the cost of taking formal advice is to be investigated.

8. Reports from committee chairmen were noted, most having been received electronically in advance of the meeting. Councillor Diana Holl-Allen gave a brief update on Council matters as they affected Knowle’s interests.

9. It was noted that the successor organisation to the Civic Trust, Civic Voice, which will be launched shortly, had now recognised our concern about subscriptions as they applied to very large societies like The Knowle Society and was offering a capped fee of 500 pounds, substantially less than previously would have applied to Knowle. It was agreed that the Chairman would provide TDs with a summary of the benefits which The Knowle Society might gain from membership, with a view to a decision being taken at the next meeting.