AGM 11th June 2014 – Chair’s Report

EGERTON PARK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

AGM   11th June 2014   –   Report of Committee Chair

At last year’s Annual General Meeting you, as residents, set the following priorities for 2013/14:

  •        Continue to pursue households that do not pay towards the residents’ association funds
  •        Continue with road repair/resurfacing issues
  •        Ongoing vigilance and surveillance of planning applications
  •        Reporting of anti-social behaviour and other nuisance issues
  •        Keep residents informed via regular newsletters and occasional emails

The Residents’ Association Funds

We have carried out a regular and consistent campaign to encourage those households that do not pay towards the work of the residents’ association that they should do so.   Every non-paying household has received invoices and reminder letters, we have produced facts sheets (these are available on our website) and we have responded to a range of individual queries and complaints from those who do not wish to pay.   We have developed an effective database of all households’ contribution history and can tell at a glance who has paid, who is in arrears and we have a complete history of contributions back to 2005.   The percentage of households paying their fees has gradually increased and the majority now pay but there is still more work to do.   This campaign has made your committee unpopular at times but there is no alternative if we want to keep our road and environment as attractive and safe as possible.   We propose that this remains a priority for 2014/15.

Road Repairs/Resurfacing Issues

This year has seen us carry out a significant number of road repairs to both the north and south drives in the park.   Large sections of road repair have been undertaken, most notably outside Roselands Court and Egerton Park Close as well as resurfacing work at the main entrance.   As you will see from the treasurer’s report this has amounted to nearly £8,000 and the association’s funds are now seriously depleted.   We are hoping that the mild winter we had and the relatively better state of the road will allow us to simply wait for our funds to replenish and that by autumn of this year we may be able to instigate any further necessary repairs.   We are also mindful that the entrance pillars need a makeover and as soon as funds and time allow we will address this.

Ongoing Vigilance and Surveillance of Planning Applications

The committee has continued to monitor any and all planning applications throughout the year although they have been few and far between.   The recession, deflated housing market and depressed construction industry appear to have led to a much calmer planning climate although this is starting to change.   We are aware that the derelict sites remain a source of distress to residents and, now that the market is beginning to lift we may see some movement in a positive direction.   Much of this is, of course, outside of the committee’s influence.   We are aware that the former Silverdale Nursing Home is currently being converted into 13 one bed-roomed flats and we will need to monitor the impact that this has on increased traffic and infrastructure of the park in due course.

Reporting of Anti-social Behaviour and Other Nuisance Issues

The committee remains vigilant about these issues and maintains regular contact with police community support officers and local councillors but there appears to have been a decrease in the amount of anti-social incidents this year.   We are aware of recent concerns about the occupancy of number 106 and have reported our concerns to the local authority and police.   We ask all residents to remain vigilant and to report any matters of concern to the relevant authorities as and when they arise including Wirral Council’s “Street Scene” department, your local councillors and the police.   The committee is happy to be kept informed of any issues but we have no special influence and rely on residents themselves to take appropriate action when a concern arises.

Keep Residents Informed via Regular Newsletters and Occasional Emails

The committee has continued to produce quarterly newsletters and our website http://www.egertonpark.wordpress.com has been a major success and has had numerous “hits” throughout the year.   In addition to hand delivering the newsletters, we have posted onto the website information about a whole host of issues as well as uploading our newsletters, articles and pictures about Egerton Park history.   Numerous residents have used the website and email to contact us to raise our awareness on everything from local crime concerns to nuisance issues and to ask general questions or make suggestions to the committee.   We hope that in the coming year we will be able to reach more residents via email.   Whilst we will still produce a printed newsletter and deliver it to households we want the opportunity to email as many of you as possible when other issues arise suddenly (such as knowledge of a spate of crimes which may affect you or an important local event that you may be interested in).   If we do not currently have your email address please send it to us with a note of what number you live at to egerton_parkch42@yahoo.co.uk

The Committee’s Planned Priorities for 2014/15   (subject to residents’ agreement)

We propose that these remain identical to the previous year’s priorities as follows:

  •        Continue to pursue households that do not pay towards the residents’ association funds
  •        Continue with road repair/resurfacing issues
  •        Ongoing vigilance and surveillance of planning applications
  •        Reporting of anti-social behaviour and other nuisance issues
  •        Keep residents informed via regular newsletters and occasional emails

 And finally,

Can I say a big Thank you to all residents, and especially to all committee members who have continued to meet on a regular basis throughout the year, for your continued support and hard work (much of it invisible to your neighbours).   We would welcome new committee members to be nominated at the AGM and we currently hold meetings about 6 times per year.   If you are interested please let us know.

Remember that, “Together We Can Make a Difference”.

Chair, Egerton Park Residents’ Association     –     June 2014

 

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