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RIVERSIDE AREA RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONAnnual General MeetingMarch 29th 2012
Welcome & Introductions • Minutes of 2011 AGM • Chair’s report • Treasurer’s report • Committee elections • Discussion: priority issues/AOB • Plan for coming year AGENDA
Planning issues: ‘Eastern Gate’ Development brief Local ‘vision’ became a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in Oct 2011 after 27 months of review and consultation • Guidelines on height, tree planting etc will be ‘material’ factors in future decisions • Traffic goals- replace Elizabeth Way roundabout with lights- improve Coldham’s Lane junction - use additional lane for buses or cycles
Planning issues: ‘Eastern Gate’ Residential apartments 5 storey block of 75 flats consented in November 2010. Planning Committee permitted a ‘step forward’ to CRT building, precluding tree planting to Abbey Street (despite SPD guideline) Premier Inn hotel (Intercell House site) Application submitted in March 2011 for a 6 storey hotel with 121 bedrooms (formerly 128). Decision deferred due to flaws in traffic analysis which assumed future improvements from new ‘intelligent’ lights – which are already in place. RARA, PACT and BruNK have lodged a formal complaint with County about poor traffic analysis. City have appointed independent consultant to review data from new modelling work (just completed). Travelodge consent will be reviewed.
Moorings, railings, traffic & parking Moorings • City Council confirmed as freehold owner of riverbank. County owns wall and fence. • Consultation will take place in June-July on moorings. Work underway to cost and assess viable options. • City looking at planning position. Railings (see separate report) Traffic and parking • Money secured to repaint additional length of railings • In situ process may allow whole length to be repainted • Consultation on colour • Concerns raised at East Area committee re: parking problems east of cycle bridge • County looking at residents parking, yellow lines, pay & display options on Riverside and Stanley Road
Other activities since last AGM • Community Event • Abbey Action Community event held in May. RARA refreshment stall raised over £120. • Abbey Road/Riverside improvement works • Successfully lobbied for cycle and pedestrian routes to be separated, better signage and lower hedges around Abbey car park • Alley gates • Grant received to install 5 security gates in Beche Rd, Saxon Rd, River Lane; secures 66 properties • Looking into similar Stanley Road gates • Streetscape • Tesco agreed to bins and litter collection on access path, war memorial square and shrubbery. • Rubbish removed from Riverside and from outside Engineer’s House • Local Plan 2014 • Participated in first Local Plan workshop, Feb 2012 • Consulted with c400 residents re: Mercer’s Row
Other activities (continued) • Brunswick site • Three RAs talking to City Council about £443,259 in S106 money (Market ward site, but close to Abbey & Petersfield boundaries) • Request that Brunswick site development does not have a ‘Riverside’ postal address. • Local consultations • Responded to Conservation Area consultation and Suburbs & Approaches consultation (July 2011) • Jubilee hostel • Met with Cyrenians re: change in hostel tenancy policy (ex-offenders) • East Road • Watching brief on Atrium gym site (links Newmarket & East Roads) - BruNK leads
Accounts for year ending 31 March 2012 • Income increased from both direct donations and Community Day event • 2011/12 operating expenses lower than 2010/11 partly due to stationery bought in 2010/11 • Expense also offset by rebate on previously accounted costs • Repayment of surplus funds from one-off Council grant agreed at lower level than allowance made in last years accounts • Grant for security gates received from council as stand-alone fund
RARA committee 2011-12 • Lynette Gilbert • Tim Ensor • Suzi Shimwell (standing down as Secretary, willing to maintain website) • See next slide • Jubilee hostel liaison (Sheila von Rimscha); railings (David Catto); moorings (subgroup) • Chair • Treasurer • Secretary& Webmaster • Street/blockreps • Other roles
RARA area reps 2011-12 • VACANT • Philippa Danks, Caroline Wardle • Sarah Hundleby • Graham Garrett • Harry Goode & Huguette Chatterton • Phil Pollington • Alison Davies • Cathy Eaton plus one (VACANT) • Sheila von Rimscha • Tony Eva • Suzi Shimwell • Gordon Davies, David Catto • Rosie Ensor • Jim Hair plus one (VACANT) • Richard Fawcett • Abbey Road • Beche Road • Beche Court • Garlic Row • Godesdone Road • Oyster row/Regatta Court • Priory Road • River Lane • Riverside west of cycle bridge • Riverside east/Waterview • Riverside House • Riverside Place (Senses) • Saxon Road • Stanley Road • St Bartholomew’s Court
Priorities for 2012? • COMMUNITY • MORE NEWSLETTERS! • Community event? If yes, need organiser(s) and volunteers • Alley gates – Stanley Road grant application (if residents wish) • Boats and railings – work with City on consultation options and beyond • PLANNING/TRAFFIC • Lodge protest on residential block step forward that prevents tree planting? • Seek views on parking on Stanley Road and Riverside east • Stay involved on new Local Plan – next workshop in June • Review new traffic data on 3 Eastern Gate applications, progress complaint • Monitor Highways re: Coldham’s Lane junction and Newmarket Road widening • OTHER • Penny Ferry – support effort to retain building? (part of our conservation area) • Flooding/Cam2? Emergency coordination in power cuts? Graffiti?