Minutes: Committee Meeting #6
Thursday, 17th august, 2017 (7pm)
Small Meeting Place Galley Hill
Welcome and H&S
Nyomie welcomed our two visitors PCSO Tina Lewington and SSTC Chairman Joan Walker MBE
Attendees: Nyomie Flecknell, Roy Adams, Douglas Titchmarsh, David Tavener, Paul Randall, Gill Millar, Janet Randall, Debbie Styles, Mick Allsopp, May Gray, V Harrison, Tina Lewington, Joan Walker MBE.
Apologies: Vicky Wiginton, Joy Sumner
Formal approval of previous minutes (available online at GHRA.uk)
There were no issues raised and the minutes were approved.
We deviated from the posted agenda to hear from our two guests.
The meeting started with Nyomie asking Tina four questions which had been submitted in advance. abbreviated replies in italics
- are we going to have more police presence on GH?
Tina replied that unfortunately that would not be the case
- what is being done about crime taking place on GH?
Tina replied that this was just a spike and that Police were reliant on community cooperation to resolve.
- what can we do to reassure people worried about the rise in crime
Police do their best to attend events like this to reassure people by increased contact
- what is causing the crime wave on GH?
as stated earlier it’s just a typical spike and we need to be vigilant and report crime
Nyomie and attendees thanked Tina for her time and providing the feedback and reassurance we sought. Tina then left the meeting to resume her duties.
David T requested the meeting adopt GHRA proposal for individuals to use CCTV and speed camera software as there had been no objections from the newsletter survey. With no objections from the meeting we will proceed.
Mick introduced SSTC Chairman Joan Walker MBE and invited her to address the meeting. Joan wanted to return to clear up some misunderstandings that had taken place during the previous Council meeting held at the SMP. Joan described how the council works, what they can and cannot do and how their hands are tied by strict procedures.
Nyomie thanked Joan for attending and clarifying the Council’s position and everyone looks forward to working with SSTC in the spirit of mutual appreciation & goodwill
We then returned our attention to the formal agenda.
Discuss up-coming committee position changes (Chair, vice-chair, events)
Nyomie mentioned that there were two nominations to date but that we did need people from the estate to seriously consider volunteering to help their friends and neighbours. The pay is lousy but job satisfaction is high.
Set dates for coming meetings
Mick was asked to contact Pastor Kumi and try to arrange a further year of the third Thursday every month in 2018 with the meeting starting earlier at 18:30.
Roy has had funding confirmed, some final paperwork to complete and get the school children involved in design with artist/carver.
Coffee mornings. Proceeding well and to be mentioned in next SSTC Newsletter with open invitation.
Discos & picnics
Open Garden & Counts Competition
Milton Keynes at 50
Christmas Events (singing/Santa)
Roy is pursuing other sources, all donations welcome, our bank details are on the web site.
“Noose” newsletter: Please let us have articles or items you would like included
“Friends of Galley Hill” Facebook page
Notice board: this will apparently require an £80 license to relocate!
Website – GHRA.uk
David T mentioned that several initiatives had been blocked by MK Council without reasonable explanation. The outcome of the brief discussion was to invite the council leader Peter Marland to our next meeting to explain why. David was tasked with producing a letter inviting Mr Marland to the meeting.
Any other business: none
Dates of next meetings: