Minutes of the Meeting and Annual General Meeting held at The Top Club on Monday  8th of November 2021

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Present:  Karen Hawden ( Chairperson ), Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), David Rhodes (Social Media and Liaison Officer), Alyson Barnes, David Foxcroft, Sean Surridge, Ken Iveson, Marie Hargreaves, Ann White, Michael Greenwood, Ken Ainsworth, Steve Glenholmes, Ian Booth, Frank Pikington, Jim Riley, Lewis Pearson, Barbara Gerken

Apologies: Bob Nicholas,David Pilling, Jean Pilling

1.         Opening of the Annual General Meeting

1.1       Karen welcomed all those attending and opened the meeting.

2.         Election of Meeting Chair

2.1       Karen chaired the meeting and welcomed all those attending the meeting.

2.2       The proposal was AGREED

Election of Officers for 2020-2021

            The Chairperson reported that whereas current officers had all indicated their willingness to serve for a further period of 12 months, no additional nominations had been received.

            All officers were re-elected, Ken Iveson proposed and Marie Hargreaves seconded; this was AGREED

            Officers for 2021-2022 will, therefore, be: Karen Hawden (Chair), Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), Bob Nicholas (Footpaths Officer), and David Rhodes (Liaison and Social Media Officer), The roll of Secretary remained vacant

3.         Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting held on 9th November 2020

3.1       Darryl proposed and Bob seconded acceptance of the Minutes.

3.2       The proposal was AGREED

4.         Matters arising

            There were no matter arising

4.1       Planning Matters

4.1.1     There were concerns about the infrastructure to support ongoing and future developments. This is an ongoing concern with no solution on sight.

4.1.2     The footpath from Goodhaw Avenue to Hameldon Avenue has been partly blocked. Since this is not a public footpath there is little which can be done. It was assumed that the owners of the neighbouring properties have place structures to prevent passage and preserve privacy.  Since no complaint has been received from the owner of this land there is no further action which can be taken.

4.1.3     There are still some concerns around the former Colebrand site in Goodshawfold. Concerns raised were about the application has been received by RBV together with a considerable number of objections for local residents. Councillors and RBC have concerns about flood plans and also that the new concrete retaining wall appears to have been erected on the remains of the previous old wall. RBC is considering requiring the owner to restore the flat area to the north of the site to its original state since it does not constitute a part of the old Colebrand complex. There would appear to be many other issues to be addressed before consent is given.

4.1.4     There was some concern about the temporary drop-curbs on the new houses on  Goodshawfold Road. We were assured that it is temporary and correct curbing will take place although a precise timescale wasn’t forthcoming.

4.1.5     Goodshaw Lane planning application 2021/0628 (land opposite Driving Gate) has been submitted to RBC although the developer has taken down trees in anticipation of approval. He has been asked to cease all operation pending a planning decision.

Ken expressed concern that this could set a precedent for future speculative developments.

4.2       Traffic on Burnley Road

            Speeding is still an issue on Burnley Road.  Alison advised that the extra police manpower can be used to monitor this. Also with the extra housing along the road, there could be a case for a reduction to 30mph. Alyson will speak with planning

4.3       Fundraising

Now the lockdown has been lifted the LVRA needs to concentrate on its wider role and the need to raise funds to support its activities. Some grants could be available to support various approved ventures. Hopefully 2022 will see a return to some form of normality.

4.4       Tree Planting

As part of RBC’s response to climate change there are plans to plant several thousand trees throughout the Borough. Some trees will be planted around the allotment site on land unused at present.

5.        Any other business

            Alyson thanked the Committee for their hard work over the last 12 months.

5.1       There exists an issue with the verges along Goodshaw Lane where the grass has encroached onto the highway. Sean will take this up with RBC

5.2       Alyson reported that Charles Edwards will look at the condition of fottpaths etc.

5.3       The calendar was discussed and a decision taken to proceed with a 2023 calendar. Barbara agreed to approach Bev Nuttall for permission to use some of her excellent wildlife photos of around the area.

5.4       There is still concern about the amount of soil left on Commercial Street. Alyson will endeavour to identify the perpetrator and see what action can be taken.

7.1       Future meetings: dates and location

It was AGREED the now usual pattern of utilising the 2nd Monday of each month should continue, so that meetings in 2021/22 would be on:  Monday the 13th of December 2021, the 10th of January 2022, the 7th of February 2022 and the 7th of March 2022. These will be held at the Top Club unless otherwise stated. 

8.         Close of the Meeting

8.1       Karen closed the Annual General Meeting at 21.10 hrs.