Tuesday 18th November
Present: Margaret Ormonde,
Diana Hartrup, Barry Prior, Kate Manton, Jill Verran, Cathi Edwards,
1. Apologies Bill Harper, Carol Sutton, Tara Taylor
2. Minutes of the last meeting (Tuesday 30th September 2008) were
3. Matters arising:
Maintenance of signs and seats
Brian Verran suggests replacement
of Fletton bricks with engineering bricks and has kindly offered
his services, but would like an assistant. Agreed to appeal for help
via email and postpone the work until spring. No response from Coral
to letter re seat. Agreed to try to get help from membership and
try for other quotes. If no success by end January agreed to go ahead
with quote already to hand with work to commence in spring.
25th Anniversary Celebrations
BP now chairing sub committee.
BP has confirmed with the mayor’s office that the mayor can
only do 2-3 pm. BP looking into PLI to start in time for AGM. BP
requested another person for the AGM, MO said Carol Sutton had expressed
interest and VB offered help. JV suggested Bob Cruikshank, BP to
ask. TT has emailed entertainer but has had no response. Agreed other
options to be pursued if no response by end November. Discussion
re whether to have stalls; agreed it will depend on space available
and suitability. BP to visit school shortly with CE. CE showed examples
of pens - £95 to £150 for 250. Agreed to see keyring
samples before making decision. MO and BP to liaise re publicity.
JV informed the meeting that 94 renewals are due in
the new year. 4 left over from previous years. Membership stands
Emmer Green School safety
CE spoke at School Governors meeting
in October, but no progress since then. Agreed to leave for now as
a formal matter.
28th April 2009 at Grace Church Peppard Road. Speaker
Richard Bennett of Reading Civic Society. PLI required, BP dealing
No comments. Due for print 21st November.
Mapledurham Pavilion due to be demolished in 18
months time, changing rooms will be rebuilt and in the longer term
when and if funds available the hall. MO said that we do not have
the resources actively help WADRA but would continue to support.
(a) Planning Inspectorate dismissed appeal by developer
to build behind St Benets’ Way (9 Chalgrove Way). Jefferson
Close in planning list, await developments on this.
(b)Major Consultation from RBC about future development. EGRA will
be sharing opinions with CADRA and GLOBE. There is technically only
one potential development site within EGRA area (end Highdown Hill
Road, opposite golf club), but this is controversial. MO will respond
on behalf of EGRA, we need to encourage people to respond for themselves.
If possible we will distribute forms with newsletter, otherwise people
can access forms via RBC website or from RBC offices.
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Feedback from Committees
NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) Meeting
CE attended last meeting
and reported that the chairman has resigned to there will be a rolling
chairman for now. No minutes will be produced as no-one has the time
to do them. Venue will be PCSO office in Church Street, Caversham.
Next meeting 8th Dec, CE and BP to attend. NAG are discussing producing
a newsletter (cost c £285) – funding is being sought.
If no success, EGRA committee may consider a donation towards this.
MO reported that request for boost to street lighting at corner
Kidmore End Road and Grove Road was turned down as it was felt current
lighting was adequate and there has been no crime reported in the
TT attended last meeting. There is now a youth forum in Emmer
Green, giving young people a sense of ownership and ability to participate
in decisions on how to spend funds. Work to improve disabled and
ladies' toilets over Christmas break. Children’s Action Team
now based at Emmer Green with Youth Service at Amersham Road. Tina
Heaford keen to hear of any areas where young people causing concern
to EGRA members. Next meeting: 21st Jan, 25th March, 20th May and
6. Any other business
Reading 2020 Forum
MO attended 18th November.
Vandalised - advice is to wait for regrowth.
Email received re environmental project and asking
for ideas on where children could go carol singing. MO suggested
St Luke’s home and BBC.
7. Date and venue of next meeting
Tuesday 3rd February 2009 at BP house, 35 Kiln Road
at 7.30 pm.