Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From? – Eg Pk News (Spring 2018)

Historians believe that the Easter bunny originated from the ancient pagan goddess “Eostra”, who was symbolised by a hare.   Pagans celebrated Eostra during the springtime because the goddess symbolised fertility and the Easter egg was a symbol of new life.   This became closely related to rabbits, which were known for their bountiful reproduction!   Christianity eventually assimilated many of these pagan traditions into the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ at or around Easter.

In our spring newsletter 2017 we told you about the tradition of painting or colouring Easter eggs which began as early as the 13th century.   This tradition combined with the hare as a symbol of fertility to create the Easter bunny.   The Easter bunny first appeared in a German written text in the 15th century and was called Osterhase, the egg-laying hare.   Children celebrated Easter by making nests for the rabbit where it could deliver its coloured, chocolate eggs [who said children were stupid?].

German migrants took this tradition to the USA in the 1700s when they settled in Pennsylvania.   Eventually the egg-bringing Easter bunny expanded throughout the USA and back to Europe but, instead of just bringing eggs, the bunny also brought sweets and gifts.   Since around the 1870s this tradition has expanded to Easter egg hunts and Easter egg rolling competitions, even at the White House in Washington DC.

Closer to home the Wirral Egg Run took place on 18th March 2018.   This is an annual bikers’ charity event which takes place along the west coast of the Wirral, starting at New Brighton, through Wallasey, Moreton, Hoylake, West Kirby, Thurstaston, Heswall, Thornton Hough and Clatterbridge ending at Claremont Farm.   We know of at least one of our residents who regularly takes part in a motor cycle and side car.

Whether you take part in an Easter egg hunt or just enjoy some chocolate whilst relaxing at home, or engage in any other events, we wish you all a very happy Easter.   This spring, let’s all commit to making Egerton Park a safer and nicer place to live in 2018 and beyond.

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Treewatch – Eg Pk News (Spring 2018)

Now that spring it is on its way, we thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that Egerton Park is covered by a Tree Preservation Order.   This order was made in the 1970s and covers most of the trees in Egerton Park that were mature at that time.   The order was made because the council at the time considered that the trees in Egerton Park made ‘a significant contribution to the amenity of the area’.   Trees provide shelter and habitat and filter pollution, benefitting wildlife and improving air quality; the trees in the park are one of the reasons why people choose to live here.   It is an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot or damage, or destroy any tree in the park without the agreement of the council’s Tree Preservation Officer.   If you see work being undertaken on a tree that you suspect may be unauthorised, you should always politely challenge those carrying out the work to check it has been authorised.   Once the work has been carried out is too late!

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Road Repairs – Eg Pk News (Spring 2018)

We have recently commissioned approximately £5,000 worth of road repairs.   These should have commenced 2 weeks before the newsletter delivery but the contractor’s availability had been slightly delayed by the cold weather.   Whilst we cannot give you an exact date, road repairs are imminent.   We work on the principle that we all need the road to be maintained in a good state as we all use it.   Even if we do not own cars, we all benefit wherever repairs take place and it is crucial that the road remains passable for the emergency services, pedestrians, refuse collections, deliveries and visitors.   As mentioned in our Christmas newsletter, if you contribute to our fund and see a patch of road that needs repair, do contact the committee and we will take this into account when considering our next round of repairs later in the year.

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Non-Payer Campaign – Eg Pk News (Spring 2018)

There is a decreasing number of householders who still do not pay towards our maintenance fund.   At the time of printing 85% of houses, 42% of flats, and 100% of residential homes had contributed this financial year.   This is a significant improvement since we started our campaign and our patience, persistence, and what we consider to be a reasonable approach, is continuing to be effective.   We delivered a reminder invoice to all non-payers on 9th February and this included letters to all absentee owners of multiple occupancy properties; a copy of this letter can be found on our website.   Using the Land Registry website, we continue in our work of establishing details of owners of properties who do not pay, and we have a comprehensive database which is updated weekly with details of all residents’ payment histories.

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Empty Properties Update – Eg Pk News (Spring 2018)

In accordance with decisions taken at our 2017 AGM the residents’ association has continued to treat the eradication of derelict properties and sites as our number one priority.   We have made numerous representations to owners of derelict properties and undeveloped land, we have met with Wirral Council officials and we have lobbied local councillors and the council’s cabinet member for housing.   At our most recent meeting with councillors and council officials, we were keen to express the view that all the sites are a blight on the lives of residents and urged the council to take advantage of new planning powers that will be coming into force soon.   It was agreed that legal advice will be sought to ascertain whether or not enforcement action can be started against any developer who sits on land without any intention of developing it, despite the detrimental impact on all of our lives.   We will update residents on any news as we receive it.

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Residents’ Association AGM – Eg Pk News (Spring 2018)

We are already starting to plan our Annual General Meeting which will take place on Wednesday 20th June 2018 at the Lauries Centre, Birkenhead from 7pm to 8.30pm.   Please keep this date free.   Our AGM is your chance to discuss the work that the committee undertake on your behalf and to have your say about what should be next year’s priorities.

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Overdue Maintenance Fees Letter and Invoice – 09/02/2018

The following letter was delivered or posted on Friday 9th February to all those households which, so far this financial year (01/04/2017 to 31/03/2018) have not contributed to the road maintenance fund.   Where indicated in red, personal details were used as relevant to the property and owner.   Slightly modified letters were sent to commercial properties.

Dear ………………………,

ROAD MAINTENANCE INVOICE REMINDER – nn Egerton Park

Although we delivered an invoice to you dated dd/mm/2017, you have not yet made any contribution to the upkeep of the road for the financial year 01/04/17 to 31/03/18, and your payment is now overdue.   This is set annually at the Egerton Park Residents’ Association AGM and has remained the same since 2006.   Overleaf is a duplicate invoice for this financial year with details of how to pay.   If you think we are mistaken, please contact us to correct our records.

The road in Egerton Park is unadopted by the council, and the owner of each property is legally responsible for its upkeep along their frontage.   For this reason Egerton Park Residents’ Association was established in 2005, and it was agreed that each individual household should pay £60 a year, or £5 a month, towards maintaining the road and other items of infrastructure.   However, we are reliant on property owners paying their fees when due in order to continue to maintain the road.   Most owners are happy to contribute what amounts to only £1.15 a week – less than the price of a cup of coffee – to make the park safer for all of us.   Those who do not pay towards the maintenance fund would not be covered by our public liability insurance if an accident were to occur outside their property.

The majority of Egerton Park residents and owners contribute to the road repairs.   This means that you are leaving your neighbours to pay for road works on your behalf.   The road needs to be maintained in a good state or property values will fall, and there must be good access for refuse collections, deliveries, pedestrians and the emergency services.

Householders who have contributed £5 a month/£60 a year since the fund was established have paid a total of £720, though there are others who have paid much more.   Since you bought your property in year, we have received £…………….., most recently £……..…..… on ………..…………….… for ………………………………….…………………………………….

Your payments are in arrears and overdue.   However, we will waive your outstanding arrears if you start to make and continue regular contributions, whether it be by yearly payment or monthly standing order.   If this happens we will treat your account as up to date.

In the last 3 years we have spent £15,470 in order to maintain the road in a reasonable state.   Together we can make a difference but without your support we cannot.

Yours sincerely,

The Committee,

Egerton Park Residents’ Association

 

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