AGM 8th June 2016 – Chair’s Report

Egerton Park Residents’ Association

AGM     8th June 2016     Report of Committee Chair

At last year’s Annual General Meeting you, as residents, set the following priorities for 2015/16.

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

The Residents’ Association Funds

We have (again) carried out a regular and consistent campaign throughout 2015/16 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 and we have responded to a range of individual queries and complaints from those who do not wish to pay.   We have continued to develop an effective database of all households’ contribution history and can tell at a glance who has paid, who is in arrears, and have a complete history of contributions back to 2005.   The percentage of households paying their fees has gradually increased again this year and the majority now pay but there is still more work to do.   We propose that this remains a priority for 2016/17.

Road Repairs/Resurfacing Issues

Once again we have carried out a significant number of road repairs to both the north and south drives in the park.   In the current year we have spent £6650 on road repairs and, at the time of writing, another set of road repairs is planned for the end of May 2016.   We have retained the same, very reliable tarmac company who have never let us down, have never put up their prices in 5 years and whose work is standing the test of time.   None of the work they have undertaken has broken up at any point in the park so we will continue to use them.

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 continues to have led to a much calmer planning climate although this is likely to change.   We are aware that 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.   Sadly, this is outside of the committee’s influence although we have maintained regular contact with the planning department about the eyesore that is 108 Egerton Park.  

Reporting of Anti-Social Behaviour and Other Nuisance Issues

The committee remains vigilant about these issues and maintain 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.   The biggest irritation this year has been a number of graffiti attacks on the entrance pillars complete with anti-nazi slogans and swastikas.   We decided that our best policy was zero tolerance and as soon as graffiti has appeared we have tried to remove or paint over it within hours.   This seems to have worked and the vandals have got fed up before we have but the paint and paint brush are on 24/7 standby.

Another nuisance has been some limited fly-tipping and a number of abandoned cars.   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.   We have recently registered with Mersey Now, a police crime awareness initiative which means that we receive regular email updates about local crime or crime prevention initiatives.   We always pass these on to you when we think they are relevant to Egerton Park.   As always, 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 Quarterly Newsletters and Occasional Emails

The committee has continued to produce quarterly newsletters and our website http://www.egertonpark.wordpress.com continues to be a success and has numerous “hits” throughout the year.   In addition to hand delivering the newsletters, we have posted onto the site information about a whole host of issues as well as uploading our newsletters, articles and pictures about Egerton Park history.   This seems to be very popular and we will continue to do this.   Numerous residents have used the site to contact us via email to raise our awareness on everything from local crime concerns to nuisance issues, and to ask general questions or make suggestions to the committee.   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 2015/16            (subject to resident’s agreement)

We propose that these remain almost 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 quarterly newsletters and occasional emails.

Once again we all owe a debt of gratitude to all residents who pay towards the upkeep of the park and to the residents’ committee who have continued to meet on a regular basis throughout the year.   Thank you for your continued support and hard work.   We would welcome any new committee members to be nominated at the AGM and we currently hold meetings about   6 times a year.   If you are interested in joining the committee, please let us know.

Chair,

Egerton Park Residents’ Association       –      May 2016

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