Thursday 27th November 2003
Paul Gallagher, Mrs Margaret Ormonde, Mr David Miles, Mrs Anne
Ayres, Mrs Jill Verran, Mr Brian Warren, Mr Bill Harper, Mr Bob
Cruickshank, Mrs Vera Bodman
of the last meeting (11th September 2003) were approved.
at Highdown School
Despite offers from the Association to help with the supervision of litter
clearing, no response or acknowledgement had been received from Trevor Keable.
Unfortunately the extent of the problem was still the same and even more obvious
with the die back of vegetation. In addition to this the Council needed to
be reminded to do a further leaf clearance along Surley Row near the school.
Although the pavilion was still not cleared of graffiti, a promise had been
made that a team was on standby to paint over the offensive vandalism as a
soon as possible.
reassurance was requested that they would use anti graffiti paint
and not ignore the fact that they could be offering future perpetrators
a blank canvas. It was noted that the changing rooms at the Grove
Road recreation ground were heading in the same direction as far
as graffiti was concerned. This summer had generally seen an increase
in the problem and even if the Council fulfilled all their duties
there was a lot of private property just as badly affected. Recently
a team of volunteers had effectively cleaned up seats in Clayfield
Copse using special paint remover.
Jon Barclay of Chalgrove Way had taken on the responsibility of contacting
the planning department with any concerns about the forthcoming development
behind 54-74 Kidmore End Road. New plans were circulated showing the proposals
for 11 terraced dwellings land behind properties on Grove Road, near the primary
bungalow was to be demolished to provide access. Traffic and parking
were a major consideration here, as the junction was so close to
committee felt they must support infilling development in principle,
provided it was reasonable and traffic and parking issues were
considered. An unfortunate consequence was developers putting undue
pressure on those not wishing to sell land and subsequent disagreement
The new sign remained a focal point in Emmer Green. The Townswomen’s
Guild and Women’s Institute had decided to re-consider and ask for a
post carving on the sign to represent their respective organisations. They
were happy to pay for this and to liase with the carvers.
Berkshire Wood Carvers had been offered a room at Highdown School
to use as their new workshop. Both parties were highly delighted
and looked forward to new projects in the future.
Membership for 2003-04
Vacancies still remained on the committee and although there were still some
contenders, new blood and ideas would be most welcome.
Seventeen members still had not renewed their subscriptions. It was hoped that
more progress could be made to provide packs for residents who have recently
moved into the area. Possible inclusions to include details of the Association,
membership forms and details of the website. It was hoped this could be done
on an unofficial basis with committee members looking after a specific area.
local tradesman’s list created by the Caversham Safer Forum
several years ago and authenticated by the police was circulated
amongst the committee. Bob Cruickshank offered to phone and check
if all listed were still trading. Once checked it could be put
on the website, albeit with a disclaimer. If any Association members
wished to add to the list details and comments would be welcomed.
Red recycling boxes had
been delivered to new areas in Emmer Green, but anyone requiring a full sized
red wheelie bin should phone the Council and ask for their name to be added
to the waiting list.
The second and remaining litterbin in the vicinity of the Post Office had been
removed. There was concern about this area generally. The grass triangle
was neglected and the view across to the pond long since disappeared when
the trees were in leaf. Broken paving in front of the White Horse still
remained in a parlous state despite the fact that the proprietors had been
informed. Andy Gillespie was to be contacted about this and the fact that
a cast iron litterbin had been thrown into the pond.
The Association still awaited reimbursement from promised Council
funds. The current balance in the Association’s funds remained at £3000 and
it was suggested the committee and members might like to put forward ideas
as to how some of this might be spent on future projects. The Friends of Clayfield
Copse organised in the summer the second Clayfield Copse Woodlands Day, but
unfortunately were unsuccessful this time in winning a grant from the Millennium
Fund. It was agreed that the Association would donate £100 to FOCC to
help defray their costs of this worthy community project.
The draft copy was circulated and approved, with some minor amendments and
additions to the copy before printing for circulation.
6.Feedback from Committees
The decision to withdraw from attending local committees remained in force.
a) Lighting at the shopping precinct remained abysmal with
bulbs not being replaced, even when the landowners were reminded.
Jill Verran continues to chase.
at the doctors’ surgery was often difficult, particularly
in the early morning when the children were going to school. No
solution could be perceived for this problem.
traffic problems at Emmer Green Primary School remained at crisis
levels and every encouragement was to be given to children to walk
to school. However, concerns had been raised at the number of parents
requesting their children cycle to school and the traffic danger
provisional date for the AGM was agreed as Thursday, 15th April
2004 and a guest speaker was to be contacted. Bill Harper would
be asked to make a provisional booking for this date and the following
Thursday in case the speaker could not make the first date.
of next meeting
8:00 pm Thursday 12th February 2004 at 15 The Ridings.