MINUTES OF THE 22nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
OF THE EMMER GREEN RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION, HELD AT ST BARNABAS HALL,
EMMER GREEN ON 19th APRIL 2006.
The meeting was chaired by Mr Paul Gallagher, and
54 others were present, including local ward Councillors Bob Green, Annette
Hendry and Mark Ralph.
Vera Bodman, Susie Downer, Eddy & Noreen Hooper, Joy Lowther, Patricia
Walker, Peter and Janice Halter, Sadie Cooke, Mr and Mrs Kendrick.
2. THE MINUTES OF THE 21st AGM held on
the 20th April 2005 had been
circulated and it was agreed they were an accurate record of the proceedings.
They were signed by the Chairman.
3. MATTERS ARISING
Topics other than those covered in the Chairman's report were raised
The success of the graffiti clean-up campaign were evident and particular
thanks were given to Bob Cruickshank who did a regular litter pick too.
It was hoped the Clayfield Copse wood sculpting would eventually proceed
with the project being undertaken by Andy Noyes. It was also hoped
Andy would also take on a regular contract to maintain both the village
and the community notice board. It was noted that EGRA had received
funding from Reading Borough Council towards the construction of
The Highdown Hill Road Development had been allowed on the second appeal,
but at least the density of housing was reduced. As building work progressed
there had been infringements by the developers to the planning constraints,
but following complaints from local residents the builder had made
a positive response to the problem.
The School Admissions problem of last year had not had a satisfactory
outcome and some of the affected parents had opted for South Oxfordshire
4. CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
Copies of his report had already been circulated to all members and they
were also available on the Association’s website www.map-reading.co.uk/egra
. The following lists the topics where additional comments were noted:
North Area Access Study:
The full report on the consultation on transport issues north of the
river can be found on the RBC website. There were no firm proposals
as yet, but it was encouraging to see that local concerns had been
considered. Dramatic changes to Reading’s IDR were also at the
forefront and would have a big knock-on effect and impact on surrounding
Pub licensing hours
Due to the team efforts from EGRA and local councillors there had been
a very positive outcome to the new licenses granted for all three pubs
in Emmer Green.
Inner Distribution Road (IDR):
It is projected that over the next house building period as defined by
SEERA there would be an 18% increase in private motor vehicles in the
town (equivalent to school term-time traffic in non-term times), so
something needs to be done. But the one-way proposals remain controversial
and a lot of consultation and consideration will still be needed.
Local Tradesmen’s list
This has been updated, and would shortly be available electronically,
with the rest being distributed with the summer newsletter.
St Barnabas Church Garden Party:
A reminder that EGRA would be having a stand at this year’s event
from 2-4pm on Saturday 8th July.
North Area Youth Project (NRYP)
Committee member Tara Taylor was thanked for attending these meetings
and giving regular feedback. One update was that as well as the improved
skateboard facilities at Clayfield Copse, the youngsters had a new
lighted shelter as a meeting place.
Caversham Safer Community Forum (CSCF)
Thanks to Bob Cruickshank for attending these meetings on behalf of EGRA.
Leaflets were distributed highlighting attempts to combat underage
drinking, and giving other tips and contact telephone numbers. And
of course the Police Surgery is available now in Church House, Caversham,
on the first Monday in the month 5pm – 8pm.
Thames Crossing Councils Group (TCCG)
EGRA has already hosted one of these meetings in St Barnabas Church Hall
(EGRA representative Brenda Deller was thanked for organising that
meeting). South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) now have reference
for a third Thames bridge in their new Transport Plan.
The closure (hopefully only temporary) of the Post Office is imminent
(June) and one possibility of an alternative location is Cherry Thompson’s
florist’s shop. Although there was a financial obstacle, in as
much as whoever took on the Post Office would need to provide a substantial
initial outlay, it was thought this could be resolved by a number of
means, including grant aid through the Council. The real stumbling
block was that the host shop would also be required to be responsible
for providing the Sub-postmaster. It was hoped in due course someone
would come forward.
Julian Pearce (auditor) and Clive Ormonde (webmaster) were singled out
for thanks and the local ward councilors were also thanked for their
invaluable support. Jill Verran encouraged more members to register
on to the EGRA e-mail list in order to receive urgent updates and current