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AGM 7th June 2017 – Chair’s Report

Egerton Park Residents’ Association

AGM     7th June 2017   –   Report of Committee Chair

At last year’s AGM you, as residents, set the following priorities for 2016/17.

  •       Develop a strategic approach to issues of empty & derelict properties in the park;
  •       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 newsletters and occasional emails;
  •       Consider holding a ‘Clear up Egerton Park Day’.

Derelict Properties & Sites

Throughout 2016 we met with Moira McLaughlin, Councillor for Rock Ferry ward; Councillor George Davies, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet member for Housing & Community Safety; and David Ball, Head of Regeneration at Wirral Borough Council.   All 3 of these met with the committee and visited all of the derelict sites in the park on a number of occasions.   Because all the derelict sites are privately owned there is no “quick fix” and the council has to work with potential developers to encourage action rather than imposing it.   However, on balance the lack of any proactive steps by the local authority on our behalf has been the single most disappointing aspect of this year.   We have invited a member of the local authority to the AGM and will continue to “plug away” but at the time of writing sadly we have nothing positive to report.

The Residents’ Association Funds

We have (again) carried out a regular and consistent campaign throughout 2016/17 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 2017/18.

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 particular you will know that we carried out a major repair at the Bebington Road entrance to the park at the end of last year which involved closing the entrance for 2 hours.   In the current year we have spent £4560 on road repairs and, at the time of writing, another set of road repairs is planned for the end of May 2017.

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.   We currently know of no major plans affecting the park.

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.   Graffiti has remained a feature but is less prominent than last year.   Another nuisance has been some limited fly-tipping and a number of groups of young people entering derelict properties, especially number 77.   In addition, spring saw the temporary return of our occasional travelling French man complete with his tent.   Residents are reminded that local homeless charities have done their utmost to rehome him and that feeding him or offering him money etc. only encourages him to stay here and stay homeless.   Residents who occupy the flats at number 45 seem to think that the drive and the road outside that property is a rubbish dump and permanently leave overflowing bins on the road.   We have sought assistance from the council and have written to the property owner and will continue to pursue this.   Eventually we hope our pressure will lead to a prosecution.

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.   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 with the relevant department when a concern arises.

One issue we are actively considering is whether or not to commission some CCTV cameras in the park to detect and deter anti-social and criminal behaviour as well as fly-tipping.   We have undertaken initial research and costings but need to discuss these at the AGM.

Keep Residents Informed via Newsletters and Occasional Emails

The committee has continued to produce newsletters 3 times a year and our website http://www.egertonpark.wordpress.com continues to have numerous visits 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 items from 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 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 using the comment box below.

Consider Holding a ‘Clear Up Egerton Park Day’

I think this issue slipped down our 2016/17 agenda so let us know your views at the AGM about resurrecting it.

The Committee’s Planned Priorities for 2017/18          (subject to residents’ agreement)

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

  •       Prioritise issues of empty & derelict properties in the park;
  •      Continue to pursue households that do not pay towards the residents’ association funds;
  •       Continue with road repair/resurfacing;
  •       Ongoing vigilance and surveillance of planning applications;
  •       Reporting of anti-social behaviour and other nuisance issues – maybe install CCTV;
  •       Keep residents informed via quarterly newsletters and occasional emails;
  •       Consider holding a ‘Clear up Egerton Park Day’.

Once again we all owe a debt of gratitude to residents who pay towards the upkeep of the park and to the residents’ committee for their work throughout the year.   After this year’s AGM our treasurer will be stepping down.   She has served the committee for 10 years so I thank her on your behalf for her hard work and ask that other residents think about standing or nominating someone to take her place.   We would welcome any new committee members to be nominated at the AGM.   We currently hold meetings about 6 times a year and it is not too onerous or time-consuming so if you are interested in joining the committee please let us know.

Chair, Egerton Park Residents’ Association  –         May 2017

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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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AGM 9th June 2015 – Chair’s Report

EGERTON PARK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

AGM   June 2015 –   Report of Committee Chair

At last year’s Annual General Meeting you, as residents, set the following priorities for 2014/15 

  • 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 

The Residents’ Association Funds

We have (again) carried out a regular and consistent campaign throughout 2014/15 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 and the majority now pay but there is still more work to do.   We propose that this remains a priority for 2015/16. 

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.   Most recently we spent £3,500 on repairs in May 2015.   Large sections of road repair have been undertaken but mainly we have focussed on lots of small irritating potholes that cluster and eventually form much larger holes.   We have retained the same, very reliable tarmac company who have never let us down, have never put up their prices in 4 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.   The top traffic island has been damaged, probably by the builder’s vehicles visiting the former Silverdale site, and we will look to repairing this during the summer.   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.   The former “Silverdale” Nursing Home has recently been 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.   The building itself, however, looks much better and at least it has not become derelict. 

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 ongoing concerns about number 77, occasional squatters and vandals and the general decline of what was clearly once a beautiful Victorian villa.   We have had a few requests to do something about this but, of course it is outside our control.   We were asked by a non-resident of Egerton Park to apply to have the building listed by English Heritage.   The view of the committee was that this could make the building even less viable to renovate and that it may therefore remain derelict for decades rather than years.   We did not feel that was in the best interests of the park.   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 quarterly newsletters and occasional emails

The committee has continued to produce quarterly newsletters and our website 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 E. 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 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 quarterly newsletters and occasional emails 

In June last year we were sorry to hear the news of the death of Alan Jones, one of the founder members of your committee, after a long battle against cancer.   We all miss his contribution and commitment to the interests of Egerton Park residents. 

Can I say another 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.   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 2015

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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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Messages via Email and the Website – Eg Pk News (Summer 2013)

Our email address is checked daily and we always respond to any messages, even if it’s only to acknowledge them.   If you have sent us an email but you haven’t had a reply and you think that the message might have gone astray, then you can also contact us using the ‘Leave a comment’ link in any of the posts on the website.

Whenever you contact us via email or the website, please always give us your name and address (house number, flat number) along with your message.

Also, please don’t just forward any email (that you might have received from elsewhere) without your own message attached.   Sometimes we receive messages that appear either to be spam or that the owner’s email account has been hacked – in these cases, because we have to be extremely careful, we delete the emails.

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Keeping You Informed – Eg Pk News (Summer 2011)

A member of the committee goes to a Residents Together Partnership meeting each month and represents Egerton Park residents.   Sometimes we are given useful or important information that we are asked to pass on to our groups e.g. Wirral Council’s questionnaire ‘Wirral’s Future…be a part of it’ (your say in how council services are shaped in Wirral), details about grants for central heating and home energy efficiency.   Unfortunately the information and our newsletters rarely coincide.   At our AGM we discussed a proposal to set up a register of residents’ email addresses.   We could then relay details to you easily and quickly.   The register could also be used as a means by which you too could pass on information which you believe other residents ought to know, e.g. bogus charity collections, crime awareness and planning applications.   If you would like to be included in our register please use the ‘Leave a comment’ link and we will get back to you.

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Report of the Committee Chair at the AGM – Eg Pk News (Summer 2011)

The following is taken from the report of the committee chair which was presented to residents at the AGM on 4th May and they are his comments on the priorities for 2010/2011.   It is included here for those residents who were unable to come to the meeting.   The full report is available from the chair and it is also on our website.

Road Repairs – As you may remember we informed residents via the newsletters that we had had such poor experiences of tarmacing contractors that we would use a local handyman and experiment with some concrete patching.   This was carried out last summer and at least 170 potholes including some of the worst we had seen for years were filled in.   This work was hampered by impatient motorists who drove on wet concrete and by a few children but, by and large went well.   As you know we then experienced one of the coldest winters on record.   We always accepted that the concrete (much cheaper than tarmac) was an experiment and on balance, although it has cracked in many places all the potholes filled with concrete remain intact.   New potholes have emerged and now that the weather is improving the time is right to commence some patching.   Whatever your views on the materials we use the committee will seek to commence repairs of one kind or another as soon as the AGM agrees.

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 have led to a much calmer planning climate and property development in the park has not been an issue.   However, that is likely to change over the next 12 – 24 months and we will remain vigilant.   There is currently a planning application to convert the former “Silverdale” Nursing Home into 13 one bed-roomed flats.   There may also in due course be planning applications in relation to number 46 and 48 and in relation to an extension to Salisbury House residential home which may or may not also include proposals affecting the development of number 77.   The Highways Department of Wirral Council opposes any further residential development in Egerton Park because it believes that the current entrance is (a) an unfit junction and (b) as the only entrance and exit to the park has already reached saturation point.   Regardless of our views, any new planning applications which raise the prospect of more daily car journeys via that junction are likely to be rejected by the council.   This includes the current application by Silverdale’s owners to convert it to flats.

Finish the Byrne Avenue Island – At last year’s AGM it was agreed that we would conduct a survey of residents about the future of this traffic island which we did.   Fewer than 20 households responded (mainly in the vicinity of the island) and the majority were in favour of it being upgraded.

Better Engagement with Residents via Newsletters and Website – Shortly after last year’s AGM we launched our website.   This has been a major success and has had numerous “hits” throughout the year.   In addition we have been able to post onto the site information about a whole host of issues as well as uploading our newsletters, articles and pictures about Egerton Park history and so on.   Several residents have also used the site to contact us via email to raise our awareness on everything from local crime concerns to nuisance issues, unauthorised building work and to ask general questions or make suggestions to the committee.   In addition to the website we have continued to produce 4 newsletters per year and we have improved our layout, the frequency of these being distributed and we have managed to get one to every household including all the flats in all the houses in multiple occupation.   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 distribute it amongst residents every quarter 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).

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