Colliers Wood Residents Association
Annual General Meeting
Held on 9th January 2018
Kevin, Laxmi, Slaweck and Sabina.
2. Minutes of previous meeting & matters arising
The minutes had been posted on the CWRA website. All matters arising were on the agenda.
3. Crime report
Seven burglaries had been reported in the last month, occurring over a period of two – three days. The chair reminded the meeting that Merton was still the third safest borough in London. The most frequent crime was scamming. The police were considering having an office in the area, in the library or community centre. In future councillors will be asked to provide the crime report, although the community police officer will continue to be invited to the meeting.
4. Chair’s report
The chair reported on activity in the past year. He spoke about the investment in the high street, the new developments (which had met with some reservations on the part of residents), and the improvements to the parks. He informed the meeting that the application to become a charity had been turned down. While the aims of the CWRA were commendable, they were not necessarily charitable as they were for the benefit of the residents themselves.
5. Parks and open spaces
The recreation ground had received a green flag this year. Thanks to Tom Walsh and Mark Holmes for the bulbs, which have been planted. The children’s’ area had been tidied up thanks to Nick Draper and I Verde. The leader of council has said that he will do all he can to help the Little League with painting lines on the pitch. Wandle Park had been improved although there were still concerns about knotweed and the river needed to be cleared. Volunteers to help would be welcome.
The group was once again in need of a secretary. The next meeting would be held on Tuesday, 6th of February in Saint Joseph’s hall.
6. Councillors’ report
Nick Draper reflected that many years of work had come to fruition this year. Flats were being sold and rented in the block by the Tandem Centre. There was so far no sign of the Costa, the Co-op or TfL bike racks at the foot of Britannia Point. Nor was there any further news of Criterion’s proposal for a second tower (where the car park was), although they had purchased the Carphone Warehouse site.
Flats at Cavendish House were being sold and rented. The library would open on 18th January. The official launch was planned for 22 February with a Community day on 24th February when the choir would be singing.
The development of the former pub, the Provenance, was more problematic. A planning request for a minor alteration, an ATM, had included big changes to the facade of the building which the planner had not spotted when they granted permission.
The development by the railway bridge was moving ahead, the original building had been demolished.
Work has also commenced on the site on Fortescue Road.
2, Cavendish had requested permission for another storey which has been declined.
The proposed block on the Merton Abbey Mills site has been agreed but with reduced height. Nick expressed concern about the cycle route going through the area.
New managers at the National Trust are considering making something of the Pickle Ditch.
Work on the Priory Chapter House is underway, with the first stage of the museum to open in April.
Colliers Wood was now completely covered by Controlled Parking Zones. The council was looking at traffic calming measures in Park Road and a one way system for Valley Gardens, to aid safety when parents are dropping off and picking up children at Singlegate school.
Caroline Marbiah-Cooper explained that councillors were expecting an update from Merton CCG on progress with the new GP surgery on 29th January. Siobhan McDonagh had written to enquire about transport arrangements.
Caroline spoke about the problems being experienced with the contract with Veolia. A meeting had been held between the chair of Veolia and the Chief Executive, Leader and the Cabinet chair at the council. She explained that Veolia were being fined because they weren’t delivering on the contract. She urged people to continue to make councillors aware of problems.
Consultation on the Merton Local Plan had closed but there would be a second phase.
Caroline was chair of a Residents Association in the Crusoe Road, Myrna Close area. She would like to people there to feel part of Colliers Wood. She will be encouraging people to attend events in both areas.
7. Singlegate Catchment Area
The leaflets and posters for the local consultation on establishing a priority admissions area are ready. The distribution of leaflets would take place in May in order to avoid any confusion with the council’s annual consultation. If the response to the local consultation was positive that should persuade the council to consult officially the following year, for implementation in 2020.
8. Financial Report
The accounts have been audited by Gerald Dobbs. At the end of the year the fund had £12 691.
This broke down into approximately to £6 600 HYPER Project, £800 Autumn Fair, £5 100 CWRA.
After discussion it was decided to keep £300 of the Autumn Fair profits to fund the next one, to donate £400 to the Little League and £100 to the Blue Cross.
9. HYPER Project
A high tea was planned for the older people who took part in the project. Display panels were ready to go up in the new Library. The book was in production and the website up but not yet running.
10. Election of officers
Chair – Tom
Treasurer – Donna
Chair of Open Parks & Spaces – Sabina
Vice Chair – Kevin
Management Committee Members – Helen, Keith, Slawek, Kevin and Nick, once he is no longer a Colliers Wood Councillor.
There will be an Events Sub Group but it will be an ad hoc committee.
11. Any Other Business
11.1 It was noted that the former Car Phone Warehouse car park was still being used as a free car park, complete with vans for sale.
11.2 The former nursery in Cavendish Road had been left derelict since a planning application was turned down two years ago. The council could only take action if the building became insecure.
11.3 Nick promised to pursue better lighting for the path leading to the railway bridge at the end of Lyveden Road.
11.4 The council was giving £5 000 to each ward for minor one off improvements. The money is to be spent before the end of March. Councillors will email a list of the type of things which the money could be spent on and await suggestions.
11.5 A suggestion was made for a monthly Farmer’s Market to be held in the Piazza.
11.6 Suzanne is moving out of Colliers Wood. She kindly offered to continue to keep up the website for the short term but over time a new administrator would need to be identified.
12. Date & Time of Next Meeting
Tuesday, 6th March 2018 at 7.30pm, St Joseph’s Hall, Park Road.