Updates On This Weeks Meetings (SSTC & GHRA)

What a week for the GHRA and the people of Galley Hill, with two meetings in one week held in the small meeting place above the shop. The first meeting was of the Stony Stratford Town Council (SSTC) on 18th July 2017, and represented the first time the council have met at Galley Hill since the GHRA was formed. We asked for people from Galley Hill to attend to show the Councillors that we care what is happening to our area, and you did it! The public area of the meeting place was full, and mostly with residents of Galley Hill, so thank you all for turning up.

During the 15 minutes of public questions we had some Galley Hill residents ask some questions of the SSTC including the following

  • What is being done about the roads and Red routes around Galley Hill with regard to potholes and bumps from tree routes.
  • What can be done about the residents who are antisocial, and leave rubbish outside their properties for the whole week before collection day etc.
  • Speeding and parking around the area, and particularly the local school
  • What can they do to help with regard to overgrown trees and bushes.
  • Councillor for Galley Hill, Paul Bartlett, was asked by our Chairperson, Nyomie, to meet with herself and Mick Allsopp when he is in the area to discuss him getting more involved with the GHRA to liaise with them to discuss local concerns.

Unfortunately their answers were probably not what we would like to hear, with most being referred to the Milton Keynes Council or the MK Parks Trust. There was some hope though as they are looking at adding extra funds for path weeding (MK Council have cut this from 3 times yearly to once a year and SSTC are looking to fund an extra time) but that may incur an extra council tax hike. They are also looking to purchase a speed detecting and warning sign which can be moved around the areas under SSTC control, which could be used around Galley Hill at times.

I don’t think the SSTC Councillors were used to having so many people at a meeting, and didn’t take kindly to being interrupted during their portion of the meeting., which had to be stopped on more than one occasion to allow the public to speak, and when they were asked to speak up so their citizens could hear what they were discussing.

The GHRA public meeting on Thursday 20th July 2017 was also very well attended, as has become the norm for these meetings, and thanks go out once again to those who attended and raised the issues and possible solutions as appropriate.
Following the usual Health and Safety briefing and introductions we heard a report from Mick Allsopp on the SSTC meeting mentioned above. Mick was his usual passionate self, and gave a good account of what was discussed for anyone who hadn’t been there, and added his own positive outlook to the proceedings. Mick pointed out that the SSTC do work very hard for the area, but also get frustrated at how long some things take to deal with, and the reductions in funding which affect local services.

Also on the agenda were

  • Moving the noticeboard, which has been agreed in principal for a while but is awaiting the permit which requires funding.
  • The Vice Chair position which was due to be voted on has had to be put back to the next public meeting in September (21st Sept at the Small Meeting Place) this was because of a lack of volunteers and because some committee members were unable to attend
  • In a shock announcement Nyomie Flecknell announced her intention to step down as GHRA Chair, which also throws the vote into disarray as we will need both a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.

It was noted that the coffee mornings are going very well, and that a few Stony In Bloom awards were given out for gardens in Galley Hill, so well done to all who received an award, and let’s see if we can get even more next year.  The issue of speeding and parking was brought up and the SSTC sign (see above) was mentioned in response.

The GHRA Treasurer, Roy Adams, gave an update of the current funds held by the GHRA. The figures were encouraging and should be in the minutes which will be posted here as soon as we have them prepared. Roy has been working hard behind the scenes, and applied for grants from the Council of £400 to fund some events later on, and also another of £1,500 for the tree carving which has been discussed previously.

Events were discussed, with a previously proposed Gardens and Courts competition postponed until next year as we have missed the best part of the year for gardens. Due to funding issues and insurance requirements the proposed disco and picnics have been placed on hold possibly until next year too, with some feeling that maybe we were too ambitious in our first year (but ambition leaves us something to aim for too). A carol singing event is still on the cards for anyone wishing to help organise it, or sing for an evening or two in December around the courts of Galley Hill.

Overall both meetings were mainly positive, and well attended by GH residents. The GHRA needs your help to find new committee members to fill the Chair and Vice Chair roles, please get your nominations in by 21st August for a public vote to be held during the meeting on 21st September 2017.

Thank you if you managed to read this far, and a big thank you for all your support, GHRA would not exist without it.
The Galley Hill Residents Association committee members.

GHRA & Local Council Meetings

We just wanted to take a little time to remind you all that this coming week (commencing 17/7/17) we have two important meetings for the residents of Galley Hill, and we would like to see as many people as possible at both of them.

The first is a meeting of the Stony Stratford Town Council on Tuesday 18/7/17 at the Small Meeting Place (above the local shop) from 7pm. Please come to this meeting to have your say while the local Councillors who represent you are there to hear you.

The second meeting is our own Galley Hill Residents Association meeting on Thursday 20/7/17 at the small meeting place, at 7 pm. Again we would like to see as many of the residents of Galley Hill there as we will be voting on a new Vice Chairperson since Mick Allsopp has stepped down from the role.

Thanks
The Committee of the GHRA

Minutes of the GHRA Committee Meeting No. 5 15th June 2017

Minutes: Committee Meeting #5

15th June, 2017 (7pm)

Small Meeting Place

People

Present Absent
Committee:

NF: Nyomie Flecknell (Chair/Clailey)

JS: Joy Sumner (Secretary)

MA: Mick Allsopp

PF: Paul Flecknell

DoT: Doug Titchmarsh

RA: Roy Adams (Treasurer/Cottesloe)

DaT: David Tavener (Creslow)

Pete Barry

Anne Davis

Nora Reidy

Adam Elsworth

Committee:

Order of Business

  1. Welcome and H&S– done
  2. Apologies– done
  3. Formal approval of previous minutes – done
  1. Committee Reports/Update on Actions and Items for discussion
    1. New Items
      1. Licencing – license application being discussed
      2. Antisocial behaviour – Discussions ongoing with SSTC.
      3. Neighbourhood watch – General positive response. Signs have gone up. More members are always welcome. Coordinated by DaT.
      4. Local GH issues – GH and GHRA are keen to engage with SSTC and MKC on issues relating to GH.
      5. SSTC rate increase – Parish Council has raised rates 7.5% and yet no one has complained. JS/NF to write official note expressing concern and hoping it isn’t setting a precedent for following years.
      6. Attendance of Town Councillors linked to GH – Interest expressed in Councillor Paul Bartlett attending GHRA events.
      7. Procedure for discussing and agreeing actions between meetings – Email contact to set up meeting – 3 committee members are sufficient to make decisions. Decision must be reported by email to rest of committee.
      8. (Security) cameras on estate – Interest due to burglary. Depends on whether others object. If no objections, then cameras can go up. Notices are needed to identify this.
      9. Motorcycle noise – it has been noted that motorcycles have been riding back and forth on the estate is late afternoon/early evening. This has been reported to the police.
      10. Council Wall Repairs – DaT proposed a scheme which is currently being pursued by the SSTC Deputy Clerk on GHRA behalf.
    1. SSTC meeting
      1. Trees/leaves/landscaping – The last tree maintenance for the estate was a long time ago, and this will be raised at the next council meeting. (Adam to speak on this to the Parish Council)
      2. Pathway/road problems – This may be possible to tackle in the medium term if we act as a community. (Debbie to speak on this to the Parish Council)
      3. Other – Rubbish put outside at the wrong time (consistently). The fire-brigade has been contacted, but this isn’t currently considered a fire hazard. (Nyomie on behalf for Mrs Reidy to speak on this to the Parish Council)
      4. Want to encourage GH residents to attend.
    1. Local activities
      1. Discos & picnics – September Event (but the insurance is only for 100 people).
    1. Communication
      1. “Noose” newsletter- Next newssheet is ready for printing. Has been okayed by committee. Doug has volunteered to act as deputy editor; supporting Dave.
      2. School newsletter will carry a note about GHRA.
    1. Problems
      1. Speed limit and traffic control – New technique for recording speed will be trailed. Newsletter is asking for resident association. It is also noted that the signs for ‘30’ have gone from one of the GH entrances.
      2. Request for new road sign requesting ‘no ball games’ on Bunsty.
    1. Insurance/Funding
      1. Sources? Insurance is important now. Zurich is £80 and can be done (for one year, but for a max. of 100 people per event). Committee approved this use. Roy is going to sort it out.
      2. MK council has us on their residents’ association website and funding will be arranged. We are currently ‘white’ with them.
    1. Defining role of committee
      1. Progress with GHRA registration – Done
      2. Code of Conduct approval
  1. Confirmation of next meeting dates

General Meeting Committee Meeting
20th July 17th August
21st September 19th October
16th November 14th December

SSTC meeting on 18th July @ SMP

Abbreviations

AGM annual general meeting

AOB any other business

GH Galley Hill

H&S health and safety

SSTC Stony Stratford Town Council

TBC to be confirmed

 

Actions

Action On? Date Set Update
Request an additional dog bin at the Galley Hill/Fullers Slade boundary where there is currently no bin. If possible, this should be at a suitable height for wheelchair users. Committee 16/03/2017 On going
Look into getting additional litter bins. Committee 16/03/2017 Quote for bins has been given. Action currently closed until funds can be raised.
Coffee morning (Tuesday 10-12) volunteers wanted. GH residents 16/03/2017 On going
Investigate the possibility of advertising the coffee mornings in the shop window. Committee 16/03/2017 Carried over
If you are interested in submitting an article for GH newsletter, Noose, please get in contact via the website. GH residents 16/03/2017 This action repeats – our first newsletter has been successfully delivered
Invite PCSOs to one of the coming meetings. Committee 16/03/2017 Done.

PCSOs have attended GH coffee mornings

Discuss registering GHRA with the council Nyomie F 2016-11-30 Done
Find volunteers for court reps Dave T 2016-11-30 On going
For General Meeting of GHRA, make a list to see if there is interest in a children’s club Nyomie F 2016-11-30 Carried over
Talk to Sue about the potential for using the school in the summer Nyomie F 2016-11-30 Carried over
Investigate possible funding for a GH party for MK’s 50th. Mick A

And Paul F / Social Sub-Committee

2016-11-30 Carried over
Book meeting rooms Mick 2016-12-07 Done – standing action
Add actions of previous committee meetings to GHRA website Joy/Doug 2017-02-27 Done – standing action
Look into possibilities and application process for the national lottery Roy 2017-02-27 Carried over
Arrange a ‘social’ GHRA email address Doug/Paul 2017-02-27 Carried over
Add link to YourMK on the GHRA website Doug 20/04/2017
Get correct text from Roy to add to minutes Roy/Joy 20/04/2017 Done
Add details for Resident Involvement Meetings to website David 20/04/2017
Raise issue with parking/blocking access to houses with council clark Mick 20/04/2017
Need article for Town Crier – This one will be based on Coffee morning Roy/ Mick/ Nyomie 20/04/2017
Look into alcohol related issues around GH David 15/06/2017
Note to SSTC from GHRA regarding rate increases Nyomie/Joy 15/06/2017
Arrange Zurich insurance (depending on GHRA bank balance) Roy 15/06/2017

 

 

Appendix: Outstanding Points for Discussion at Later Meetings

    1. Local activities
      1. Coffee mornings
      2. Open Garden & Counts Competition
      3. Milton Keynes at 50
      4. Christmas Events (singing/Santa)
    1. Communication
      1. “Friends of Galley Hill” Facebook page
      2. Notice board
      3. Website – GHRA.uk
      4. Documents for SSTC website
      5. Documents for SSTC ‘Town Crier’
    1. Problems
      1. Trees/leaves/landscaping
      2. Antisocial parking
      3. Pathway/road problems
      4. Problems with local street lighting not working
      5. The state of the local park/playground area
      6. Blocked drains near to the shop leading to local flooding
      7. Need for more dog bins on the estate, especially near the footpaths
      8. Bins, in particular the problems with using bags that can be easily torn and early placement at the kerbside
      9. Abandoned cars on the estate
      10. Potholes
      11. Cleaning – Also linked to volunteer cleaning?
      12. Redbourn Road sign is missing
    1. Insurance/Funding
      1. Bank Account

 

GHRA Meeting Report Thursday 15th June 2017

The first thing to say about the meeting was that everyone was pleased to see Mick Allsopp there. For those who don’t know already, our local councillor and outgoing vice chair of Galley Hill Residents association, Mick, had another heart attack a couple of weeks ago and was hospitalised. He has once again bounced back and was in tremendous form for the meeting, so much so that at one point several of us were concerned at his level of enthusiasm and tried to get him to settle back for fear of further setbacks!

The meeting had an uncertain start as the small meeting place hall was filled with another group of people, eventually an executive decision was taken to use the kitchen area for our meeting as we weren’t expecting a huge number to attend as it was a committee meeting. That was also a bit of a misjudgement as several court reps also turned up, which despite the cramped conditions was very welcome as it shows the people of Galley Hill do care and the Residents Association does have strong support.

The meeting started with the usual H&S blurb about fire exits and evacuation etcetera, then moved swiftly to the Any Other Business portion of the proceedings to get that set aside quickly.  The items discussed were

  • the new application for a License to sell alcohol by the Peri Peri take away in Barford
  • Antisocial behaviour in several of the local courts and any action which could help to settle disputes
  • Neighbourhood watch scheme which has been enthusiastically received
  • Concerns over the possibility of Galley Hill becoming a listed area
  • Stony Stratford Town Council rate increase and if they go unchallenged does this pave the way for ever larger increases?
  • The possibility of other Councillors representing Galley Hill turning up to meetings and being more visible to the people they represent. (the point at which Mick Allsopp became worryingly vocal and passionate giving us all cause for concern)

The committee has also recognised that more could be done between meetings to speed up some decisions by using email and smaller meetings to discuss and action some of the more minor details. Motorcycle noise, vulnerable residents and security cameras were also briefly discussed with more in depth discussion to follow.

The reason it had been decided to move AOB to the front and get it put to bed as quickly as possible so the matter of raising issues at the upcoming SSTC meeting could be discussed. This is important as it is the residents chance to grab the attention of the local Council and get any problems aired with a view to getting some assurances of action from the Council. 3 people are to stand up and state the case for the following issues to be addressed:

  1. Adam to speak on the issue of trees needing cutting back and leaves being left on the ground creating a slip hazard in the Autumn.
  2. Debbie to bring up the poor maintenance of the pathways and Red Routes around GH
  3. Nyomie to speak on behalf of Mrs Reidy on poor waste management by neighbours in the area leaving rubbish bags out at the wrong times.

Following the organisation of these much appreciated volunteers we moved on to the possibility of a disco taking place in September. So far we are in agreement that this needs planning but we need funds to purchase the necessary public liability insurance to cover the event. Once again Dave has pulled together an issue of the Newsletter which will be printed and delivered soon. Speed limits and dealing with those who blatantly disregard them was also discussed along with some possible alternatives to speed bumps to slow down repeat offenders but not inconvenience everyone in the area.

Full details will be available in the minutes which will be posted soon but we did have a little time to discuss that the GHRA is now recognised by the MK Council and we have been added to the list of Residents Associations on their website. The next meeting will be on 20th July 2017, two days after the SSTC meeting, both of which will be held in the small meeting place above the shop and which we would like as many residents of Galley Hill to attend.

As always, thanks for your support.
The Committee Of The Galley Hill Residents Association.

Burglary In Galley Hill

We are sad to report that a resident of Essenden Court, Galley Hill has been burgled. Alongside the usual electronic items which these low life thieves target, the unfortunate victims lost an irreplaceable family heirloom, a bracelet left to the lady of the house by her late mother.

Bracelet stolen in burglary on Galley Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you see a bracelet matching this diamond and sapphire bracelet being offered around for sale, please contact Thames Valley Police or let us know so we can pass any information on to the relevant people.

The burglary occurred while the family was out, and the thieves gained access through an upstairs bedroom window. This is a sad reminder of how we all need to be vigilant and watch out for each other as a community. One of the ways this can be done is through the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme which is being coordinated in Galley Hill by the GHRA Committee’s David Tavener. You can register your interest in the scheme through our Neighbour Hood Watch Survey online form here.

Remember to lock all doors and windows securely before leaving home, and keep an eye out for people acting strangely in the area.

The GHRA Committee

Minutes Of Meeting 18th May 2017

Here are the minutes of the meeting of the GHRA held on 18th May 2017, compiled by GHRA Secretary Joy Sumner

Minutes:  General Open Meeting #5

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 (7pm)

Small Meeting Place Galley Hill

 

People

Present Absent
Committee:

NF:  Nyomie Flecknell (Chair/Clailey)

JS:  Joy Sumner (Secretary)

MA:  Mick Allsopp

PF: Paul Flecknell

DoT: Doug Titchmarsh

 

See sign-up sheet for other attendees

Committee:

RA:  Roy Adams (Treasurer/Cottesloe)

DaT: David Tavener (Creslow)

 

 

Order of Business

 

  1. Welcome and H&S – done

 

  1. Apologies– done

 

  1. Formal approval of previous minutes (available online at GHRA.uk) – done

 

  1. Items for discussion

 

    1. Local activities
      1. Coffee mornings – These are running and attendance is good
      2. Discos & picnics – This is being delayed until we have insurance, which the committee is currently investigating
      3. Open Garden & Counts Competition – Looking for signs of interest
      4. Milton Keynes at 50 – In June there will be many events taking place, however GH is 50 in five years’ time, which will be when we run events.  The local head teacher is keen to get engaged in different events.

We are also looking at getting a memorial bench.  There have been promising meetings with SSTC.  There are also questions about having local children in a competition to design the bench.

      1. Christmas Events (singing/Santa) – Carried over until next meeting.

 

    1. Funding – We now have a bank account, so we can officially apply for grants.

However, we need to apply for grants which require particular activities.

 

    1. Communication
      1. “Noose” newsletter – Attendees all said that they received this.  We received compliments in it.  We are hoping to build this up over time and are also keen to attract sponsorship.  Any events about local events or events that local people are volunteering will be gratefully received as short articles.
      2. “Friends of Galley Hill” Facebook page – About half of attendees have signed up.
      3. Notice board – This is being very slow to move – however the town clerk is looking into this.
      4. Website – GHRA.uk – This is kept up to date and also has a calendar with upcoming events.  It also has a web-form to contact the council.  Minutes are kept on the website.  (If you cannot access the webpage, copies of the minutes will be available at the meetings for you to look though.)

 

    1. Problems
      1. Trees/leaves/landscaping – The last tree maintenance for the estate was a long time ago, and this will be raised at the next council meeting.  (Adam to speak on this to the Parish Council)
      2. Antisocial parking – This is a long-standing problem and there may not be a quick fix, however the parking makes it difficult for people to access their homes, road-sweepers to remove leaves (preventing clogged drains), etc.
      3. Pathway/road problems – This may be possible to tackle in the medium term if we act as a community. (Debbie to speak on this to the Parish Council)
      4. Other – Rubbish put outside at the wrong time (consistently).  The fire-brigade has been contacted, but this isn’t currently considered a fire hazard. (Nyomie on behalf for Mrs? to speak on this to the Parish Council)

Loud music out of hours has also been raised by several people.

If you have problematic/anti-social issues, please keep a note.  This can then be raised with the parish council.

Speakers please come to the June committee meeting so that they can discuss this.

 

  1. Any other business

Mick has stepped down as vice-chair of GHRA (after 6 months of teething for GHRA), but will remain as our liaison officer to SSTC.

 

There will be an election for vice chair in 2 months’ time (July meeting).  Please stand!  The nominations will be open for the next month (until 15th June committee meeting).  Voting will then take place over the following month until the next open meeting (20th July).  Nominees statements will be posted on the GHRA.uk website.  Votes can either be made in person at the July meeting or via email to the committee before the July meeting.

 

Next parish council meeting will be at Galley Hill (on 18th July, 7pm at the small meeting place above the shop).  All local councillors will be here.  Please save the date and come along to meet them all.  However, for this to work, volunteers to speak for the whole estate on specific items will strengthen the case.  We would like volunteers to do this.  Ideally we will have 3 questions.

 

The 2017 street map of Milton Keynes now how Galley Hill back on the map.  Thanks to Mick and Mr Robert Gifford.

 

Garage on Lambert Court was broken into – if you have any information, please get in contact with the police.

 

Reminder to complete Neighbourhood Watch forms.

 

  1. Dates of next meetings:

 

General Meeting Committee Meeting
15th June
20th July 17th August
21st September 19th October
16th November 14th December

 

Other Key Meetings

Event Date
Parish Council Meeting at GH! Tue, (18th) July at 7pm

(Galley Hill Small Meeting Place

 

 

Abbreviations

AGM annual general meeting

AIM added in meeting (not on original agenda)

AOB any other business

FSRA Fullers Slade Residents Association

GH Galley Hill

GHRA Galley Hill Residents Association

H&S health and safety

MKC Milton Keynes Council

SSTC Stony Stratford Town Council

 

Disclaimer:  Every attempt has been made to make this document a true and representative recording of events.  If you have a concern about the content, please contact the committee as soon as is reasonably practical.

Actions

Action On? Date Set Update
Request an additional dog bin at the Galley Hill/Fullers Slade boundary where there is currently no bin.  If possible, this should be at a suitable height for wheelchair users.

 

Committee 16/03/2017 On going
Look into getting additional litter bins.

 

Committee 16/03/2017 On going
Coffee morning (Tuesday 10-12) volunteers wanted.

 

GH residents 16/03/2017 On going
Investigate the possibility of advertising the coffee mornings in the shop window.

 

Committee 16/03/2017 Carried over
If you are interested in submitting an article for GH newsletter, Noose, please get in contact via the website.

 

GH residents 16/03/2017 This action repeats – our first newsletter has been successfully delivered
Invite PCSOs to one of the coming meetings.

 

Committee 16/03/2017 Carried over

 

 

 

Report: GHRA meeting 18th May 2017

The public meeting of the Galley Hill Residents Association (GHRA) on 18th May was once again well attended, with some now familiar faces attending once again.  While it is great to see those regular attendees who the committee would like to thank for their ongoing support, it would be even better to see more of the Galley Hill residents attend to offer their views (and any help they can give) so we know we are doing the right things.

On the way in people were asked to sign the register of attendees for fire safety reasons, and the minutes of the last meeting were made available by our secretary, Joy, who had once again done an excellent behind the scenes job of compiling and  bringing copies of the minutes and the agenda for the meeting along for all to see. The meeting was started by Chairperson Nyomie with the usual Health And Safety and welcome message. Then Vice Chairperson, Mick Allsopp spoke about the ongoing issues of the tree trunk bench for MK50 and the movement of the noticeboard for which permission has been granted but the Council have placed a fair way down on their list. Plans for the GHRA disco have had to be put on hold pending Public Liability Insurance being acquired, an unfortunate necessity in these modern times, but it is still very much on the cards for the future. It was decided that it was too early to make Christmas plans, and maybe a little late for the Milton Keynes 50 event to be organised, but we are all welcome to the event being organised by our neighbours at Fullers Slade RA – Back To The Future on 24th June 2017.

During the meeting it was also noted that our AGM was supposed to be arranged for May. It was agreed by all present that as the GHRA only really got started at the beginning of the year it would be a little soon to start changing the committee around and confuse matters. Following this, Mick Allsopp dropped the bombshell that he was to step down as the Vice Chairman to concentrate on his work as a Councillor for Galley Hill, and to better act as liaison between GHRA and the relevant Councils. We all thank Mick for his hard work and dedication to the GHRA, and for all he does for the residents as our local Councillor. He has also promised to still be there to help the GHRA as much as he can, and we all know he won’t be able to walk away that easily 🙂
This leaves the GHRA with an opening for a new Vice Chairperson, so we are looking for volunteers or nominations for the role. This mainly involves being back up for our Chairperson, Nyomie Flecknell, who is doing a great job at the head of the committee but needs a little support and cover for the times she isn’t available. If you would like to be involved in the committee, and can spare a little time then we need applicants before the next Committee meeting, Thursday, 15 June. All potential candidates will be posted on all of our communication platforms (here, the Friends Of Galley Hill Facebook group, and hopefully our next newsletter) and at the public meeting in July all people present will be able to vote on who they would like to see as the new vice chairperson.

A show of hands was requested to see who had seen the GHRA newsletter which had been distributed recently. Most of those present had seen it, and all who had read it gave positive feedback. A quick request for future sponsors for the newsletter was made (if you would like to sponsor an issue, please contact us for details).

The meeting was opened up to the public, and anti-social parking, rubbish, overgrown trees and falling leaves were discussed. It was agreed that to take these complaints forward they need to be put to the Council at a public meeting to be held on Galley Hill in June (date TBC) and 3 volunteers have agreed to stand up and push three of these issues into the limelight at the meeting on behalf of all of us.

All too soon time had run out, and the meeting was closed. A big thank you to all who attended, volunteered, and to Pastor Kumi for the use of the facilities once again.

Thank you all,
The Galley Hill Residents Association Committee.

GHRA – What’s Happening

Hello,
No we haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth, it’s just been quiet here because things have been happening behind the scenes. Things like:-

We have been working on making it even easier to contact us at your Residents Association and we now have a new telephone number (thanks Dave) .
Just call on 01908 973073  leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. This is also on our Contacts Page along with all of the other ways for you to get in touch.

Also some of you may have received the GHRA newsletter through your letterbox by now, if not it should be delivered very soon.  GHRA newsletter can be downloaded here if you haven’t received it.  Please take a little time out of your busy days to read it and let us know if there’s anything you liked, or didn’t like about it.  It would be great to hear from people if they have anything they would like to see in the next newsletter, or from any local companies who would like to sponsor a newsletter in the future as they cost money to print. Thanks to the sponsors of this newsletter, AW Diesel Services who paid for the newsletter to be printed for all the  houses in Galley Hill.

We have also finally got the bank account opened after much hard work by our treasurer, Roy who has been trying to get the rest of us to sign forms, which has been like herding cats for him. He has managed it though, and we now need to start filling it with money to spend on local community projects and events, if you feel like donating a little to help with the community events we will shortly have details posted on how you can donate (there is some information on making a donation contained in the newsletter, see the link above).

Plans are in progress for a disco and other events for the local community, but we need to set up insurances before any events can be organised, which again costs money. Hopefully we can get some local government help, but once again donations would help speed things up.
The coffee mornings are still being organised at the small meeting place above the shop every Tuesday morning from 10 am to 12 and all are welcome.

Finally, there is a public meeting of the Galley Hill Residents Association on Thursday 18th May. All Galley Hill Residents are invited to attend to have their say on matters concerning the area.

Thanks for reading this far, The GHRA committee hopes to hear from you soon.

GHRA Meeting 20th April 2017

The GHRA committee held another of its monthly meetings on 20th April, this one being for the benefit of the committee and the Court Representatives. These are held bi-monthly between the fully open public meetings to give the reps and committee a chance to discuss matters brought up in open meetings and to clarify what is being done and by whom to take things forward and improve Galley Hill.

During this meeting we heard from a representative of YOURMK to advise us of the regeneration plans for Fullers Slade, which are in the primary consultation phases. They are holding an open discussion at the Rowans Family Centre, Moorfoot, Fullers Slade MK11 2BD on 26/4/2017 for the communities the proposed regenerations will affect to open the discussions. There will be a year long ongoing discussion with residents in affected areas before any decisions are taken, so no firm plans are currently available.
We will have some more information available here soon, but much more is available at YOURMK.CO.UK.

The meeting was then moved along to the matters affecting Galley Hill directly, many of which are still being discussed with the council with no firm commitment from the MKC Council. Among the problems discussed were leaves (cleared now that Spring is here anyway), dog bins (more required on Galley Hill), and the playground areas. On a positive note the Redbourne sign which went missing has been found in Bletchley so should be back in place sometime soon, street lights around the estate seem to be working now, and the GHRA bank account has been agreed, and Roy the treasurer can begin sourcing funding from various bodies for the association to use for the good of Galley Hill.

The coffee mornings on Tuesday mornings (every Tuesday 10 am till 12 at the small meeting place above the shop) have been well received, so a sub committee has been set up to run them more efficiently. There is also some initial planning for more social events to be organised by the GHRA, including possibly a disco, and a celebration of 50 years of Milton Keynes to be held later in the year.

A hot topic of debate was discussed towards the end of the meeting, that of potholes in the roads around Galley Hill. There is a scheme being used in other parts of the UK where quieter areas which have potholes are being repaired by local volunteers. The volunteers are trained, and supplied equipment by the council to do minor pothole repairs on quieter roads. This can be seen as a way of getting the holes filled, or a way for councils to sidestep their responsibilities for which we all pay our rates. There was some very passionate debate on the issue, which looks like it is going to require more input from the residents of Galley Hill to decide.

As is always the case, time ran away, and the meeting was closed leaving some topics for the next meetings. Hopefully speeding cars, parking problems and abandoned cars around the area among other issues can be discussed in the next meeting.

Click for the minutes of this meeting 

As always we are keen to hear from anyone in the area through emails to the reps in the contacts page, our feedback forms, or by commenting here in the comments section.

Minutes of the GHRA Meeting 20/4/2017

Galley Hill Residents Association

Minutes:  Committee Meeting #4

20th April, 2017 (7pm)

Small Meeting Place, Galley Hill

People

Present Absent
Committee:

NF:  Nyomie Flecknell (Chair/Clailey)

JS:  Joy Sumner (Secretary)

MA:  Mick Allsopp

DaT: David Tavener (Creslow)

PF: Paul Flecknell

DoT: Doug Titchmarsh

RA:  Roy Adams (Treasurer/Cottesloe)

Sue Fitch (Essenden Court Rep)

Henry Suppiah (Cottesloe Court Rep)

Paul Randall (Flitton Court Rep)

MayGray (Mursley Court Rep)

Pastor Kuomi (PK)

Charlie Davies (yourMK)

Committee:

None

Key Dates

Town Council Meeting 7:30 Swinthin Hall 26th April 2017 (Wednesday)

YourMK redevelopment plans 2-6pm at Rowans Family Centre, 26th April (Wednesday)


Actions

Action On? Date Set Update
Discuss registering GHRA with the council Nyomie F 2016-11-30 On going:
Investigate options for a GHRA bank account Roy A 2016-11-30 Done
Find volunteers for court reps Dave T 2016-11-30 On going
For General Meeting of GHRA, make a list to see if there is interest in a children’s club Nyomie F 2016-11-30 Carried over
Talk to Sue about the potential for using the school in the summer Nyomie F 2016-11-30 Carried over
Investigate possible funding for a GH party for MK’s 50th. Mick A

And Paul F / Social Sub-Committee

2016-11-30 Carried over

23-24June2017 around MK 60s day street parties

Need to register by April 2017

MK50.com website

Book meeting rooms Mick 2016-12-07 Done – standing action
Add actions of previous committee meetings to GHRA website Joy/Doug 2017-02-27 Done – standing action
Confirm date of next MKC meeting Mick 2017-02-27 Done
Kick off coffee morning on 7th March, 10. Mick, Nyomie, Pastor Kuomi and Roy 2017-02-27 Done
Print adverts for coffee morning David 2017-02-27 Done
Distribute fliers for coffee morning Court reps 2017-02-27 Done but may need reminder fliers sending around
Look into possibilities and application process for the national lottery Roy 2017-02-27 Carried over
Set up a webform for people interested in joining a GH neighbourhood watch scheme Doug 2017-02-27 Done
To take the scanned version of Noose and put on the GHRA website. Doug 2017-02-27 Done
Arrange a ‘social’ GHRA email address Doug/Paul 2017-02-27 Carried over
Request an additional dog bin at the Galley Hill/Fullers Slade boundary where there is currently no bin.  If possible, this should be at a suitable height for wheelchair users. Committee 16/03/2017 Carried over
Look into getting additional litter bins. Committee 16/03/2017 Carrier over
Coffee morning (Tuesday 10-12) volunteers wanted. GH residents 16/03/2017 On going
Investigate the possibility of advertising the coffee mornings in the shop window. Committee 16/03/2017 Carried over
If you are interested in submitting an article for GH newsletter, Noose, please get in contact via the website. GH residents 16/03/2017 Carried over
Invite PCSOs to one of the coming meetings. Committee 16/03/2017 In progress
Add link to YourMK on the GHRA website Doug 20/04/2017
Get correct text from Roy to add to minutes Roy/Joy 20/04/2017
Add details for Resident Involvement Meetings to website David 20/04/2017
Raise issue with parking/blocking access to houses with council clark Mick 20/04/2017
Need article for Town Crier – This one will be based on Coffee morning Roy/ Mick/ Nyomie 20/04/2017