Notes from the 2019 Annual General Meeting of your residents’ Association
LWA AGM 2019 – Chair Steven Randall. 16 present. Meeting started 7.30 pm
- Welcome from Steve to all and Geoffrey Brighty apologies from – Keith, Paul and Di Maloney, Tim Ford, Chailin Tan and Neil Herlihy
- 2018 minutes read out by Shilipi. Matters arising – on agenda. Minutes unanimously approved.
- Councillor update – Councillor Brighty updated us on IKEA – traffic queues have been reported at weekends on Woolwich Rd but not as bad as expected but too early to say yet, Silvertown Tunnel approval -controversial and will be a charge to use both Silvertown and Blackwall Tunnels, Cruise Terminal not given go ahead, Crossrail delay, new developments – lots planned including council houses as well as on Kidbrooke estate and Woolwich and other empty sites. Transport not always considered by council as TFL is the provider – Geoff advised contacting TFL direct if concerns about bus routes and also linking with Blackheath Soc and Westcombe Soc about more general issues. Old peoples home – residents are gradually being offered alternative accommodation. Proposal is to have 8 general needs housing units and rest special needs units. Street lighting – proposal to upgrade Vicarage Ave lights. Shirley Gibbs asked about Nat West site – Geoff didn’t have any news. Cheryl (NWCoordinator) asked Geoff about a response to her email re funding from ward budget for ‘No Cold Calling’ zone and signage. He agreed to discuss with his 2 fellow ward councillors. Ward budget fund £30,000 – Geoff asked for ideas on what to use it for. There is also a larger development fund for Blackheath Westcombe and Peninsula for £250K.
- Cheryl Spruce (Greenwich NW Coordinator ). Gave us a burglary update – mentioned the video ‘Burglary Masterclass’ which will be circulated and is on their website, and gave us a pile of new signs. Being a member of NW gives you an entitlement to 10% discount on house insurance, £40 discount on Ring doorbells (video enhanced door bell). She also passed around a leaflet on keeping your home safe from burglary. Phone and internet scams are the most common types of crime. Info is available on NW website on how to protect yourself. There has been a significant rise in burglaries in Greenwich in last 6 months (up 17.8% this year) – many being much more blatant and occurring during the day, 3/10 burglaries don’t require forced entry because doors are unlocked. Some simple suggestions – fake TV, pac locks, looking out for your neighbours, programming Alexa to bark occasionally, ‘beware of the dog signs’ etc. Importance of reporting crime stressed and echoed by Alex. Info will be circulated and a link to the NW website put on the LWA website.
Last year’s balance – £1,823.
Subscriptions received to date – £440
Current balance as of AGM – £1,644.
Expenditure for previous year:
Website domain name renewal/Newsletter – £43.97
Standard Xmas lights contribution – £50
Donation to St John’s Church for AGM – £50
West end fence repair – £44.73
Website hosting – £71.86
BBQ food – £56.86
BBQ bouncy castle – £80
New signage for LW – £221.22
Suggestion made from the floor to do a mail out to encourage new subscriptions. Shirley Gibbs asked for consideration of a new resident pack. Agreed subscription year runs Jan to Jan. Suggestion made by Michael Freeman to consider funding NW ‘no cold calling zone’ if council fail to do so.
Social: Liz said how well received the Bouncy Castle was for the BBQ and proposed hiring them again. Other suggestions included face painting, circus entertainment (Tania will investigate). This years date confirmed as Sun 8.9.19.
Xmas – agreement that drinks in the Standard pub works well and repeat this for 2019.
Picnic in the Park – not much interest so far , so agreement to cancel.
Planning: Jane reported a quieter year in terms of objections by LWA . A detailed list of applications and their outcomes is on the LWA website.
Two applications awaiting approval – Blackheath Service Station, 1 Vicarage Ave.
Potholes – majority have been filled.
The committee are very grateful for Jane’s hard work monitoring planning applications on behalf of LWA
Communications: Steven asked for contributions and will update the website with the latest NW info , there are 62 members on the FB group, approximately 90 on email list. The photographic competition got much enthusiasm.
Election of new committee: Sanjeev and Aldous stood down during last year for personal reasons. Michael F proposed and Shirley G seconded that the current committee are re-elected. Two members of the committee – Howard and Ben (Ben co-opted during the year) were not present and it was not known whether they wished to remain on the committee. It was agreed they should be retained as co-opted members. Shirley G proposed a vote of thanks to all current committee members.
Meeting closed at 9.30 pm
Brief notes from the 2018 Annual General Meeting of your residents’ Association
The 5 June meeting was lively, with over 30+ attendees including our two new Councillors Mariam Lolavar & Leo Fletcher who have recently been elected to join Geoff Brighty as Blackheath-Westcombe Royal Greenwich Council ward representatives. There were a wide range of neighbours present; from those who’ve been members for many decades to families who’ve only just moved to Langton Way.
Discussion ranged over social events, planning, potholes, crime & CCTV, Stratheden Road junction & traffic safety, improving communications via emails, newsletter, website (especially the trades list), the Facebook group, and that a healthy Bank balance of almost £2k can cover repairs to the collapsed west gate.
Fuller minutes will appear on the website soon, with ideas for follow up action. Meanwhile contact details for our Councillors, as promised, are
Notes from 2017 AGM
This years AGM was held in St John’s Church and chaired by Steven Randall.
There were approx 15–20 attendees with 6 apologies.
Treasurers report was circulated and Ali Nonruddin reported a positive balance of £TBC with TBC paying subscribers (slightly up on last year).
Social report from Liz Lolavar highligted two main annual events – the summer BBQ and Christmas Carol singing. This year’s BBQ date was confirmed as Sunday 3 September. Other ideas for social events were welcomed including the annual Chriastmas carol and mince pie event to coincide with donkey parade, a Greenwich theatre trip and a picnic/rounders match. Please email in any other ideas you may have.
Planning report from Jane Carpenter gave a summary of the main outcomes this year:
8 LW approved, 97LW basement withdrawn, 65 SHR side extension and balcony approved, 57 LW approved, 37 LW approved, 174LW refused, 88 SJ park not objected to, 142 LW approved, 17 SHR being considered at planning meeting tonight, Vicarage Ave cycle way decision awaited, new signs over A2 mentioned. Most of these have been highlighted on the website. Jane also mentioned 2 sad deaths – Peter Gibbs and Nigel Ballentyne – both of whom have contributed greatly to LWA in past; Peter as past Chair and Nigel who used to edit newsletter.
Communications report from Steven Randall. The website was discussed. There was general approval of the traders list and new additions are welcomed so please email in any you think would be useful to LW residents. The offer to distribute LWA communications from 170 LW (who deliver Westcombe News) was gratefully noted. Alex’s regular email was thought to be helpful and most agreed the printed newsletter should also continue.
Neighbourhood watch – Steven read out Alex’s report. There was discussion regarding the proposed new barrier/gates on Langton Way and how they will work and there was general approval of concept. There was discussion of potholes – 106 are refurbishing thier property and they are getting quotes per sq m and will email Alex cost should anyone want to also have their pot holes sorted at the same time. There was a suggestion for Alex to inform householders of their responsibilities regarding potholes.
Election of next year’s committee – all current members agreed to continue in their roles. There was no opposition from those present. Anyone who wants to join the committee invited to email Alex.
AOB – annual clearing of Angerstein Lane, date proposed Sun July 2nd.