Minutes of the meeting of the Colliers Wood Residents Association
held on 6th March 2018
The meeting was opened by the chair, Tom Searle.
Apologies were received from Nick Draper and Donna Rutherford
3. Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising
The minutes had been distributed. All matters arising would be covered in the agenda.
4, Crime Update
Dave Russell, Community Support Officer with the Colliers Wood NeighbourhoodPolicing Team, updated the meeting on the previous months’ crime figures for the area. In response to a question Mr Russell advised people to call the neighbourhood police if they were at all worried about cold callers- 0208 721 2743 - or if no one was in the neighbourhood office, 101.
Kenneth Green offered to obtain a supply of “no cold calling” stickers from the council.
A new model of policing was being rolled out by the Metropolitan Police. By May the changes should have been made in Merton. The Wimbledon police station was closing and the Mitcham police station would be open 24 hours a day. Reporting a crime in person at a police station would become more difficult but the Safer NeighbourhoodTeam would be advertising a time – one hour a week- when people can drop in. They need to find a base to offer this service from.
5. Financial Report
Donna had given her apologies for the meeting but the report would be sent out with the minutes.
Account Balance £8,157.67
due in, £50 from Co-op for Autumn Fair (they have been in touch and will pay this week)
to be paid £100 for donation to blue cross for Autumn Fair (emailed this week with reminder asking for their bank details)
Final balance £8,107.67
- Hyper Project £2,710
- Social Events £300.89
- Residents Assoc (main) £5,096.78
6. Colliers Wood Councillors’ update
Laxmi Attar reported that councillors had received and passed on suggestions for spending the 5k. These were
• Renewal of planters in the high street
• Removal of chewing gum from pavements
• Renovation of the Memorial Park in the Recreation Ground
• A bench for the paddling pool area in the Recreation Ground
A meeting had been held with Merton Clinical Commissioning Group about the proposed GP surgery/MertonVision rebuild. The CCG were planning to run aborough wide diabetic clinic there. MertonVision would be consulting on the temporary move. The chair of MV Trustees would attend the May CWRA meeting.
Following pressure from residents, councillors and the local MP Colliers Wood children would be included in the catchment area for the planned Harris Academy on the High Path estate. The school would open in a temporary building in Whatley Road in September 2018. The council has exchanged contracts with the Elim church and the Education Funding Agency have signed off the funds needed for the building. Merton Hall (where the church is moving) frontage is listed as a level two site. There was some discussion about whether there would be enough places for Colliers Wood children at the Harris Academy as the CW intake for the Academy was less than the numbers of children in their last year at Singlegate. Caroline Marbiah -Cooper was confident that there would be enough places for those children who wanted them.
The library had opened, as had both Co-ops. There were still two empty sites, one by the library and one in the Tower.
Work beside the bus stop, opposite the library, was to provide 3 low maintenance patches of grass with flowers. This would also stop the bus stop being flooded.
Paving stones were being replaced outside the Community Centre.
Building work had restarted on the Fortescue Road site. The entrance to the site was not being kept safe or clean. Councillors would follow up on this.
The funding to improve shop fronts in Colliers Wood had been spent. Shop owners had to make a contribution and could not be forced to make improvements.
This would be on next month’s agenda.
8. HYPER Project
Slawek Szczepanki reported that 100 people had visited the project. The last stage of the project was to publish the book after Easter. The project had met all targets. The children involved wanted to continue to explore the history of Colliers Wood in WW2, making a further bid for funding was being considered.
9. Singlegate catchment area
Helen Macauley provided an update. The leaflets had been printed. CWRA members would deliver them after the local elections. By the autumn a report could go to the council. The report would include the responses received to the leaflet, one or two case studies and possibly a petition.
10. Any Other Business
10.1 The area beside the bridge at the end of Lyveden Road continued to be problematic. Drinkers congregated there. An order prohibiting drinking was in placebut the drinkers go over the bridge to the Tooting side when police arrive. The area should be being cleaned twice a week. Laxmi and Caroline suggested that all the people in neighbouring properties should be encouraged to call 101, and to email councillors each time a party is held there.
10.2 A Myrna Close Work Day would take place on 18th March at 10am.
10.3 Nick Draper was standing down as a Colliers Wood councillor at this election. The Residents Association recorded their heartfelt thanks for his help and support over the years.
11, Date & Time of Next Meeting
Tuesday, 8th May 2018 at 7.30 in St Joseph’s Church Hall.