GHRA Agenda For General Meeting on 19-8-2022

Agenda General Meeting

Thursday, 19th August 2021 (7pm) at the Galley Hill Small Meeting Place above the shop

we will also attempt to share this meeting via zoom https://tinyurl.com/7vsx5hwb 

  1. Welcome and H&S. (please turn off mobiles)
  1. Apologies: Roy A
  1. Formal approval of previous minutes  (online here https://tinyurl.com/2bkushkv  )
  1. Items for discussion
  1. GHRA Gardening Club (Anu)
  2. Rats & poison (follow manufacturer advice)
  3. Litter Picks (we need a volunteer to coordinate)
  4. Ideas For New Centre Needs (redeveloped Arts centre)
  5. discuss request to expand Caterpillar park for older children
  1. Local activities
  2. Galley Hill 50 update (Laura)
  1. Funding
  2. Update provided by Roy
  1. Events

      a)    Quiz night 

Note: MKC requires evidence in future minutes confirming decisions to approve funding events.

  1. Communications
  1. Galley Hill Newsletter
  2. Facebook, website etc.  
  1. AOB

Will the September meeting be a brainstorming special for Court reps?

  1. Date of next meeting 16th September  2021

Galley Hill Flats Roof Costs Waived

Thanks to a sterling effort by Stony Stratford Councillor, Roy Adams, the Milton Keynes Council have now agreed to waive the unfair costs of roof repairs to private residents. This will be a huge relief to those residents who have purchased the flats and had bills of over £10,000 from the Council for their proportion of the roof.

Huge thanks to Roy Adams for his tireless work in securing this retraction of the bills by the MK Council.

Over Priced Roof Repairs

At least four residents of Galley Hill have recently received invoices from Milton Keynes Council for £11,250 for the roof repairs that MKC carried out on some of the blocks of flats on the estate two years ago. Cllr Roy Adams was assured back in 2019 that those residents affected by this would be asked to pay a maximum of £10,000 and would be given easy terms on which to pay any such bills. He has now taken up the matter with MKC again and would like to hear from any other residents who have received similar invoices from MKC. If you have, please email him at roy.adams@stonystratford.gov.uk

Great News For Galley Hill Community Centre

Under pressure from GHRA Milton Keynes Council agree to spend £390,000 to renovate the Community Centre.
Following representations from residents on Galley Hill led by GHRA spokesman Paul Randall, Stony Stratford Town Councillor Roy Adams, GHRA chair David Taverner and GHRA committee member Sue Fitch, Pete Marland, Leader of Milton Kes Council announced at the full MK Council meeting on Wednesday 24th February that MKC will spend £390,000 to renovate the Community Centre on Galley Hill.It has been three years since the former Arts Centre part of the building was closed, and since then, the council had repeatedly said that they would look to renovate the building and bring it back to community use. Following complaints by residents in the recent MK budget consultation that the community centre renovation had been “missed out” from the budget numbers, Paul Randall  lobbied Stony Stratford Town Council sucessfully to write to Milton Keynes Council to ask for funding for the community centre.
Paul, Roy, David and Sue gave advance notice of “questions from members of the public” about the funding on  order paper of the MK Council’s meeting on Wednesday night. At the start of the debate on the budget , Peter Marland announced that funding would be made available.  
All GHRA’s hard work in this area has finally paid off!

Thank you to all involved and everyone who supported the GHRA by filling in the recent survey and helping apply pressure on MKC.

GHRA needs your help

Can we ask a couple of favours from everyone, please?
As you see from the newsletter, we are trying to persuade Milton Keynes Council to allocate money in this year’s budget to repair and renovate the Community Centre, so that can be used for community use.
First favour: Please can you email budget@milton-keynes.gov.uk to point out that their draft budget has forgotten to include any funds for the Galley Hill Community Centre, pointing out that it has just been left to deteriorate for the past three years since the Arts Centre was closed. Also can you encourage others to email, please? It might be an idea to copy in the leader of the Council – ( Peter.Marland@Milton-keynes.gov.uk) and the official in charge of budget scrutiny –  (Elizabeth.Richardson@milton-keynes.gov.uk) into the emails to add to the pressure.

2nd favour : On Tuesday night, the Stony Stratford Town Council meets (virtually) at 7 o’clock. The first 15 minutes are allocated to members of the public to raise any issues. Paul Randall is going to use this time to ask SSTC to write to Milton Keynes Council  to allocate funds for the community centre. It would be very helpful if as many people as possible  could also join the meeting to support what Paul has to say. You won’t have to stay for the whole meeting – you can click out after the first 15 minutes  once the matter has been discussed.

To arrange to join the meeting, as a member of the public, please contact office@stonystratford.gov.uk
Many thanks

The GHRA Committee