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

 

Annual Town Meeting

To all residents of Galley Hill, Fullers Slade and Stony Stratford Town
Your Annual Town Meeting will be held on
Wednesday, 26th April 2017
At Swinfen Harris Church Hall, London Road, Stony Stratford MK11 1JA
Starting at 7.30pm
Agenda
1. To present the Annual Community Award 2016
2. ‘Man’s Best Friend’ Presentation – Representatives from Canine Partners, Dogs For Good and Pets As Therapy charities will be presenting on how dogs make a difference to people’s lives and how they support them in their everyday living
3. To receive apologies for absence
4. To accept minutes of the Annual Town Meeting held on 12 April 2016 as a true record
5. To receive the Annual Report of the Chair of Stony Stratford Town Council, Cllr Joan Walker MBE
6. To question the Chair on points raised in her report and other matters
Please remember that this is not a meeting of the Town Council. This is your meeting so come along and have your say. Ask questions and we’ll try to answer them.
Convened by Joan Walker MBE, Chair
Stony Stratford Town Council, April 2017

Minutes: General Open Meeting #3 Thursday, 16th March, 2017

 

Held At The 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
See sign-up sheet for other attendees

Committee:

RA:  Roy Adams (Treasurer/Cottesloe)

DoT: Doug Titchmarsh

Order of Business

  1. Welcome and H&S – Done
  1. Apologies – Received from Roy Adams and Doug Titchmarsh
  1. Formal approval of previous minutes – Done
    1. Items for discussion

 

  • Problems
  • – Updates on problems that the committee are currently tackling are given below.  Other problems will be addressed as these are handled.

 

Problem Detail Update
Trees Issues relating to:

leaves

This has been raised with the council and discussions are on-going.
Estate maintenance Issues with slip/trip hazards and overgrown footpaths This has been raised with the council and discussions are on-going.
Antisocial parking Near to school and also in other locations making access difficult Bollards and double yellow lines are being investigated as are visits from ticket wardens.

To improve pedestrian safety near to the school, a possible crossing will be raised with MKC.

This will hopefully also affect the parking in the immediate area.

(Other solutions such as cameras, no-parking times etc were raised but will be left for the moment.)

Street lights Street lighting that it not working This has been raised with the highway agency (and, where relevant, the school)
Dog bins Problems with placement being away from the main footpaths, so that dog owners are not always using them 2 pre-existing bins may be moved closer into Galley Hill.

We will request an additional bin at the Galley Hill/Fullers Slade boundary where there is currently no bin.

 

        1. If there are (specific!) problems with trees, etc, please pass this on to the committee so that we can collect the data.
        2. Concerns were also raised that there may be possible future problems with Galley Hill being used as a ‘rat run’ as the Western Expansion develops.  However, this is not yet felt to be an issue.
        3. Litter bins as well as dog bins were requested.
        4. The round-about in the playground is broken.
      1. Local activities

 

  • Current activities:

 

Activity Detail
Coffee mornings For all Galley Hill citizens

Tuesday morning (10-12 a.m.) at the small meeting place above the shop.

2 sessions so far, with the kick-off morning on 7th March.

Looking for volunteers to get involved with running the sessions.

Interest was expressed in adding talks, trips, etc in the future.

 

  • Activities for the future:

 

Activity Detail
Open Garden/Courts Competition Summer?
Christmas event (singing/Santa) Looking into combined events with Fullers Slade
Picnic
Disco
Queen’s Anniversary Event
      1. Milton Keynes at 50 (2017)
        1. Update on Bench need to complete GHRA registration
        2. Party on GH School is interested in engaging, but needs permission.  This event would be held later in the year (possibly early September) to prevent clashes with other events in MK.
      2. Funding
        1. Sources?
        2. Bank Account At a vote, the residents unanimously agreed that 3 committee members are sufficient signatories for the bank account.  (Full list of committee members given in ‘people’ box at top of document)
        3. Insurance – insuremyevent.com was mentioned as having affordable cover for 1-5 events/year.  (Used by FSRA.)
      3. Communication
        1. “Noose” If you are interested in submitting an article, please get in contact via the website – email news using this link
        2. Facebook – “Friends of Galley Hill”
        3. Google drive

 

  • Email/paper notices – note that some courts are not getting all notices

 

        1. Notice board on-going
        2. Website – GHRA.uk – Residents are encouraged to use the website
      1. Neighbourhood watch

 

  • If you are interested in joining, there is an online form (on GHRA.uk)
  • PCSOs were also raised and it was suggested that they be invited to attend one of the coming GHRA meetings.

 

    1. Any other business

 

  • A new sign has been requested for Redborne as the current one is missing
  • Visitors will be invited to future GHRA meetings.  Currently Mick is talking to a member of YourMK.  Following the earlier discussion, the local PCSOs will be invited (on a different evening) as will members from MKC.  If you have any visitors that you would like invited to GHRA, please contact us using the GHRA.uk website.

 

 

  1. Date of next meeting:

Provisional dates for the next 2017 meetings (general and committee) are on Thursdays at 7pm.

 

General Meeting Committee Meeting
16th March 20th April
18th May 15th June
20th July 17th August
21st September 19th October
16th November 14th December

 

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
Date of GHRA’s next General Meeting to be set for 2 months Committee 26/01/2017 Done
Discuss route for solving problems/promoting activities in committee meeting to bring to next open meeting Committee 26/01/2017 Done – see noted in minutes
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
Look into getting additional litter bins. Committee 16/03/2017
Coffee morning (Tuesday 10-12) volunteers wanted. GH residents 16/03/2017
Investigate the possibility of advertising the coffee mornings in the shop window. Committee 16/03/2017
If you are interested in submitting an article for GH newsletter, Noose, , please get in contact via the website. GH residents 16/03/2017
Invite PCSOs to one of the coming meetings. Committee 16/03/2017

 

Actions: Committee Meeting #2 Monday, 12/12/2016 (7pm) Watling Way Centre

People

Present Absent
NF:  Nyomie Flecknell (Chair)

JS:  Joy Sumner (Secretary)

RA:  Roy Adams (Treasurer)

MA:  Mick Allsopp

DaT: David Tavener

DoT: Doug Titchmarsh

None

 

Actions

Action On? Date Set Update
Handover discussion for relevant communications Doug T/ Dave T 2016-11-30 Done
Update the constitution as noted in minutes Joy S 2016-11-30 Done
Discuss registering GHRA with the council Nyomie F 2016-11-30 On going
Investigate possibilities for a GHRA domain Doug T 2016-11-30 Done
Investigate options for a GHRA bank account Roy A 2016-11-30 On going
Find volunteers for court reps Dave T 2016-11-30 On going
Scan and circulate email with first copy of Noose Mick A 2016-11-30 Carried over
Send around date of next SSTC meeting Mick A 2016-11-30 Done: Jan 17th
For General Meeting of GHRA, make a list to see if there is interest in a children’s club Nyomie F 2016-11-30 Not before Jan ‘17
Talk to Sue about the potential for using the school in the summer Nyomie F 2016-11-30 Not before Jan ‘17
Investigate possible funding for a GH party for MK’s 50th. Mick A 2016-11-30 Carried over
Book venue for next meeting Mick A 2016-11-30 Done
Update on discussions with Council about making a bench for GH from the tree felled from GH. Mick A 2016-11-30 Done
Will send around brief details of Metro Bank Account Roy 2016-12-07
Will send details of online log in for email Doug 2016-12-07
Book meeting rooms Mick 2016-12-07
Circulate minutes Joy 2016-12-07
Circulate scan of Metro bank details provided by Roy Joy 2016-12-07
Document pack needed to be produced and provided to the Court Reps (inc. minutes/agenda of meetings) Dave 2016-12-07
Look into use of Mail Chimp Doug/Dave 2016-12-07

Actions: Committee Meeting #1 Wednesday, 30th November, 2016 (7pm)

People

Present Absent
NF:  Nyomie Flecknell (Chair)

JS:  Joy Sumner (Secretary)

RA:  Roy Adams (Treasurer)

MA:  Mick Allsopp

DaT: David Tavener

DoT: Doug Titchmarsh

No one

 

Actions

Action On? Date Set Update
Handover discussion for relevant communications Doug T/ Dave T 2016-11-30
Update the constitution as noted in minutes Joy S 2016-11-30
Discuss registering GHRA with the council Nyomie F 2016-11-30
Investigate possibilities for a GHRA domain Doug T 2016-11-30
Investigate options for a GHRA bank account Roy A 2016-11-30
Find volunteers for court reps Dave T 2016-11-30
Scan and circulate email with first copy of Noose Mike A 2016-11-30
Send around date of next SSTC meeting Mike A 2016-11-30
For General Meeting of GHRA, make a list to see if there is interest in a children’s club Nyomie F 2016-11-30
Talk to Sue about the potential for using the school in the summer Nyomie F 2016-11-30
Investigate possible funding for a GH party for MK’s 50th. Mike A 2016-11-30
Book venue for next meeting Mike A 2016-11-30
Update on discussions with Council about making a bench for GH from the tree felled from GH. Mike A 2016-11-30

GHRA Coffee Morning. Tuesday 14th March 2017

Coffee morning imageThank you to everyone who turned up to the GHRA’s second weekly coffee morning for a coffee and chat on Tuesday, we were again very pleased by the response. We are very lucky to have the support of Pastor Kumi and the facilities at the venue, he has confirmed our coffee morning and monthly meeting for the forthcoming year. We hope to develop more ideas that our community can adopt such as social evenings, bingo, whist drive, maybe a disco, anything is possible given time.

Someone asked if they could bring along friends who are not resident on Galley Hill and this of course is most welcome, the more the merrier.

The committee are still seeking court reps and are grateful to Vicky for volunteering to support Redbourne Court, we just need a volunteer for Rovely and Stanbridge now if any of you are keen to help.

We would like to remind everyone that there is a general meeting this Thursday (16th March 2017) at 19:00 in the Galley Hill Small Meeting Place above the shop.

Thanks to everyone who helped out today, hope to see you at one of the Galley Hill coffee mornings soon.

Nyomie, Mick, Roy & David.

 

 

GHRA First Coffee Morning.

Tuesday 7th March 2017Coffee morning image

Thank you to everyone who turned up for a coffee and chat on Tuesday, we were overwhelmed by the response and the messages of support from those who were at work or who couldn’t make it on the day.  It was good to see support from the headmaster  of Saint Mary Saint & Giles School Mr. Salter who is hoping to get volunteers to provide labour to help him refurbish the school, more information to follow.

It was also good to have the Stony Stratford Town Clerk Lynne Compton in attendance giving her full backing to the GHRA project.

We did hear that some people did not come as they were struggling for one reason or another. The committee and Court reps are here to help so if anyone wants to come along on any Tuesday contact us and we will arrange to help you get here.

Our thanks to pastor Khumi for providing the venue free of charge in the interest of fostering good community relations, the coffee morning is FREE but some people wanted to donate hopefully Pastor Khumi will accept these donations. The Pastor & Nyomie also provide biscuits and cakes which were much appreciated. Roy our treasurer also did a good job serving tea & coffee and washing up afterwards.

Whilst having a coffee and chat you can tell us what you would like to see at the coffee mornings and for other events the GHRA could organise for the community e.g. bingo, whist, disco etc.

We hope to see you there soon for one of our regular Tuesday coffee mornings

Love & kisses Nyomie (Galley Hill Residents Association Chairperson and the committee of the GHRA)

Constituency Boundary Changes Affecting Galley Hill.

It has been noted by the GHRA that Wolverton and Stony Stratford (including Galley Hill) are two of the areas affected by the proposed boundary changes for 2018. These changes are part of a government process to equalise the number of constituents per area, which in the case of Stony Stratford and Galley Hill means we will be moving into a different area, namely that of Buckinghamshire. So far we in the GHRA committee are unsure exactly what that means as far as services and dealing with local issues, but we are delving into this to find out how it affects us all, if it actually does.

For the purposes of clarification we are linking to the following extract from The Boundary Commission for England review of Parliamentary Constituencies, which we hope might help.

“The Borough of Milton Keynes is currently divided into two constituencies, both of which have electorates above the 5% limit. Additionally, the local government ward boundaries in the borough have also been modified. In order to reduce the electorates of the two Milton Keynes constituencies it is necessary to cross the boundary between the Borough of Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire. We therefore propose to include the Wolverton and Stony Stratford wards of the Borough of Milton Keynes in our proposed Buckingham constituency.”

Full doc here http://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-07-11-Guide-to-2018-review-Final-Version.pdf

Here is the boundary information https://www.bce2018.org.uk/

Here are two map extracts which visually indicate the change to our boundaries (taken from a zoomed in view at  http://constituencyboundaries.uk/2016/south-east )

The Purple line shows our current boundary

 

The Blue line shows our new boundary

and here is where people can comment https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/add/informed-representation/6488

As we have already stated, we are delving into this issue more deeply, and will post any more information we can find right here as soon as we have any. If you are reading this and have any further insight, please contact us so we can share the information with everybody.

Thanks to David for his help in finding the appropriate links and extracts listed above.

UPDATE: From The FAQs at BCE consultation Portal (follow the link for more Frequently asked questions and answers)

No. The boundary changes only relate to parliamentary constituencies. Services and council tax charges in your local area are set by your local authority and these will not be affected. Insurance premium calculations are based on postcode so will not be affected.

Website for the Galley Hill Residents Association, Milton Keynes