A regular meeting which took forward the work of creating an effective group.
East Moor Village Residents Association has a minimum of one open meeting per year, which is the AGM in September. The committee now meet bimonthly, alternating residents only meetings with formal ones with the consortium and the council. We encourage all residents to attend the residents only meetings. Issues which crop up in between can be raised on the forums and/or by using the site contact form.
Minutes are posted up straight away, but not formally approved until the next meeting.
At this first meeting those committee members present elected their officers, and made progress identifying priority areas of work.
Raising awareness and promotion of the GPNA was top of the list.
You can read the full minutes below:
A good turnout and unanimous support for the larger GPNA at this meeting.
Agreed on the constitution, aims and objectives and priorities to take forward.
Volunteers for the committee recruited both at the meeting and subsequently from contact cards members filled in and left with the secretary.
This group will meet next and start to take forward the issues identified.
You can read the full minutes below:
In case you hadn't heard, David Abercrombie has left his role as the sole Great Park Project Director and agent for the Management Companies. He has a new role with Taylor Wimpey still related to managing delivery of the Great Park infrastructure. Day to day running of the Management Companies is now with Susan Cargill.
The existing officers of BGVRA and EMVRA have met with David Abercrombie and Susan Cargill who have explained some of the changes in how the GP management companies will be staffed and how this will impact on residents.
Just to make it clear for everyone, David Abercrombie's role was mainly as Infrastructure Project Director responsible for delivering the infrastructure and dealing with planning applications for the consortium. The secondary part of his role was as their appointed agent for the management companies and much of the day to day running of them. We are told that Susan Cargill is not a direct replacement for all of these functions. Her part time role will be confined to day to day running of the management companies, and infrastructure development will be divided between the builders, with David Abercrombie now working for Taylor Wimpey NE.
Susan Cargill is an ex council planner and has good knowledge of the site, but she will be responsible to a director from one of the builders who will be the Management Company agent as part of his role, expected to use one day a week of his time. It is expected that Susan Cargill will have an office at the GPCC, or failing that the town centre in order to be more accessible. The Brunton Lane office will be closed on grounds of cost and isolation. We are still to have the discussion with Susan, as to how she will engage with residents, but there are no plans for drop in sessions. We need to clarify if her role has anything to do with infrastructure delivery, as this is the basis for many residents' concerns, rather than purely management company issues. We also plan to set up a way of working with Newcastle City Council via the new GP co-ordinator. This is absolutely vital as the council are the only independent means of quality control across the whole GP site
All residents queries are now to be submitted via http://www.newcastlegreatpark.com/contact-3/
You can read the notes of the BGVRA meeting below. . ..
This meeting had to be adjourned as there were only 6 out of the required 10 members present. The new date is October 18th, 7:30pm at the GPCC
Only 2 out of the required 3 members were present, so the meeting was adjourned and the 2 members present worked through correspondence on ongoing issues to present to the rest of the group for ratification by email. The results of the ongoing work will be minuted at the next full meeting.
A productive meeting with the school head teacher, chair of governors, council officers for road safety and travel and the chair and secretary of EMVRA.
We had the opportunity to explain the reasons for the problems within the village - lack of parking on the estate and "home zone" design. Really there should be no school through traffic or parking within the village because of these planning constraints. Safety on the unmarked pedestrian crossing on Prendwick Avenue was highlighted.
It was agreed to push forward, before September, on encouraging parents to use the Park and Ride, which is not as far a initial plans showed, and walking distance could be further reduced by having a pedestrian gate in the SE corner of the car park. Council to ask consortium to do the work, which has ring fenced funding. It was felt it would be actually quicker for parents to use the Park and Ride than get caught up in traffic hold ups on EMV. Agreed to all think of a snappy name for the scheme. For various reasons, financial and practical (pupil adult ratios) walking bus/trains are not feasible. Nothing to stop parents doing informal arrangements.
EMVRA to provide an explanatory paragraph for the school newsletter so parents understand better the problems they can cause.
Full notes will be posted when available.
Regular business meeting with council and consortium representation.
A meeting without guests to spend time deciding the best way to carry forward EMVRA business.
Regular quarterly meeting