Sunday, 6 April 2014

SRA and BUG exec meeting, Wednesday 12th of February

Annie, Claire, Bron, Phil, Diane, Rachel, Cristophe, Tora, Erayna, Geraldine

Pat, Ken, Maggie, Andy, Rajni

The January Minutes were approved.

BUG update
Annie will meet a representative of the East London Business Association to discuss opportunities for volunteers to help out in Butterfield Green. It is understood that they will fund materials needed and that they would be coming for a whole weekday. Annie to clarify with the organization and we’ll discuss further during the March meeting. 
Potential works that would need doing include the pathway through the orchard, which is very muddy now (woodchip gone) – we would like something natural but semi-permeable which would keep the path a bit less muddy. Phil volunteered to re-lay some woodchip; this could be done at a community gardening session.
We also discussed the issue of not getting enough people to come along to the communal gardening sessions. Annie will investigate whether it is possible to put an ad in Hackney Today.

MUGA: Nothing new.

Children’s Playground: No updates to report. It was decided that we would contact Niki to get an update of what has been done and review at the next meeting. Tora to follow up.

Film Night Planning
We decided to keep to the suggested date: April 26th. Andy has confirmed he can make it. We will hold a separate meeting to start the specific planning and sharing of duties. This was suggested for the 5th of March in the Shakespeare Pub. To be confirmed with Andy and then circulated to the full email list. In terms of film choices, we reviewed suggestions received but decided to postpone the decision for the separate meeting on the 5th. Geraldine confirmed that she can make a poster. Christophe volunteered to organize the renewal of the film license. 

Sainsbury’s update
No significant new developments; the third application has been approved by Hackney Council. Barristers are currently assessing whether it would be worth taking the case to judicial review. While this is likely to happen, it would most likely only delay (rather than stop) the development. Overall, however, it was emphasized that the campaign has brought the community together and drawn support to Abney Park and local shops. Rachel showed us her photography project, documenting local shop owners affected by the Sainsbury’s development. We discussed where best to broadcast this and how.

There are still prolonged issues with the change of signatories for the account. We discussed switching to a bank with a local branch. Christophe and Maggie to coordinate final steps to change the signatories, and then Christophe will look into switching. Furthermore, it was decided that we will donate £200 to Hackney Night Shelter.

Diane reported that the trees in Church Walk have been dealt with by the Council.

Annie reported that there has been an increase in burglaries in the local area recently. The police has distributed a leaflet with tips for how to prevent this.

Dates for Diaries
  • 5th March - Film Night planning meeting in the Shakespeare pub
  • 9th March – Community Gardening
  • 12th March – SRA/BUG meeting
  • 5th April - Tree Walk in Butterfield Green
  • 9th April – SRA/BUG meeting
  • 13th April – Community Gardening
  • 26th April – Film night

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

SRA and BUG exec meeting, Wednesday 8 January 2014 - Minutes

Claire, Bron, Cristophe, Pat, Ken, Tora

Maggie, Phil, Rachel, Andy, Geraldine

The November Minutes were approved.

BUG update
January and February Community Gardening cancelled, next date will be 9th of March.

MUGA: £80,000 of funding has been confirmed for the refurbishment of the MUGA. It was suggested that we should send out a short blurb about the MUGA and how funding has finally been secured to the email list, as well as write a post on facebook and the website. Maggie to coordinate this.
It is still unclear who did the resurfacing – potentially Hackney Homes.

The trees will be pruned in the coming couple of weeks. There was some discussion on how this should best be done. Bron to follow up with Maggie.

Butterfield Green Management Plan – Maggie coordinating response from BUG.

Film Night Planning
We will organize the next film night in April/May. Given that it needs to be early enough to be dark at or just after 8, but (hopefully) warm enough, end-April (26th?) was suggested. Final date, submissions of film license renewal and council forms, and film choice to be reviewed and coordinated at the February meeting.

Sainsbury’s update
Third application has passed. No further updates at this stage.

£160.33 earned on Apple Day.
The account signatories have still not been changed. Christophe and Maggie to follow up with the bank. Given that this has taken so long, it was discussed whether we should change bank to one with a local branch. The Credit Union was suggested; Tora to check possibilities of opening an account with them. It was decided that we would review the situation at the next meeting.
A potential charity donation from the funds was discussed. A final decision will be made at the next meeting.

Dates for Diaries
  • 12th February – SRA/BUG meeting
  • 9th March – Community Gardening
  • 14th March – SRA/BUG meeting
  • 10th April – SRA/BUG meeting
  • 13th April – Community Gardening
  • 26th April – Film night (TBC)

Monday, 24 February 2014

Guided Tree Walk - Butterfield Green - 5 April 2014

Tree Musketeers are organising a guided tree walk in Butterfield Green, led by Russell Miller, on 5 April 2014 from 2pm to approximately 3.30pm.  The walk is free and all are welcome!

For more information about Tree Musketeers, see

Sunday, 9 February 2014

SRA Meeting, Wednesday 13th of November 2013 - Minutes

Claire, Christophe, Rachel, Pat, Annie, Tora, Maggie, Phil

Bron, Diane, Ken, Geraldine

The October Minutes were approved.

BUG update
Maggie reported that a meeting has been held in Butterfield Green to address the tree situation, further to long discussions and email chains with Hackney Council and the Police in the summer and autumn. Paul Roberts, the Hackney Council Arborist, attended the meeting and provided very helpful comments. It was agreed that no trees should be taken down but that they should be trimmed.

MUGA: Niki has confirmed that it will be resurfaced next year. New fencing will also be put up.

Management Plan: Niki has sent out the Management plan for Butterfield Green, which had been reviewed prior to the meeting. Local user groups are invited to comment – any submissions due at the beginning of January. BUG feel that there is a poor prioritization of work and worry that there may not be adequate follow-ups to ambitious plans; for example, simple things such as emptying the bins is not being maintained and the park often looks messy. In general, maintenance is a key concern.
Please send any input to Maggie, who will collate suggestions and comments and send them on to Niki.

It was also decided that we would send the monthly minutes concerning BUG and the MUGA directly to Niki for her information. Tora to follow up on this.

Hogging needed for the paths in the orchard – they are very muddy. The raised beds still need mending. Redcurrant and gooseberry bushes have been pruned.

It was decided that the Community Gardening sessions would be taking a break in January and February, to meet again when it gets a bit warmer on the 9th of March.

Sainsbury’s update
Rachel reported that the developer’s third planning application will be decided by Hackney Council’s planning committee on Wednesday the 11th of December. There will be a protest organized by Stokey Local. It was agreed that we would send out information on this to the SRA mailing list. £3,000 has been raised for expert reports to strengthen the case to reject the application. Diane Abbott brought it up in the Commons but has not signed up to the campaign. A meeting will be held on the 19th of November to discuss further steps. Rachel will keep us updated on plans for next year, which include a possible fundraising event.
Suggestions for alternative uses of the space are welcome.
Rachel has initiated a photography project to document local shops and businesses to celebrate their existence on the high streets and encourage people to shop locally. It was suggested that Russell Miller’s tree photographs could be included in this. Any suggestions for recommended local traders are welcome!

Christmas Meeting
It was decided that we would hold the Christmas drinks on Thursday the 12th of December at 8pm. We will provide mulled wine and some Christmas decoration materials, and encourage everyone to bring some seasonal snacks to share. Phil to organize mulled wine.

We made over £100 from Apple Day cake and tea sales, despite the rain cutting the day short!
Christophe to organize signatories change.
Bron and Christophe to sort out invoice for the use of the RoOM during this year.
We discussed whether to make an annual charity donation this year, and if so to whom. The Night Shelter and St Mungo’s were suggested. We decided to collate some more suggestions and bring this up during the Christmas meeting.

- Leaflets: We discussed leafleting the area with the information leaflets Geraldine has made at the beginning of the new year, to raise awareness and get some new members. We decided to discuss this during the Christmas meeting
- Phil reported that he has heard that the Letterbox Library on Allen road is being done up and will be rented out as a commercial property towards April.
- Rachel reported that she has been using with great success and responsiveness from the Council. It was decided that we would spread the word on facebook.
- Rachel highlighted that Hackney Citizen is approaching its 50th issue. It was decided that we would send an email congratulating Keith and inviting him to the Christmas drinks.
- Tora reported on an email received from East London Business Alliance who organize corporate volounteering groups to come to help out on local projects. It was decided that this could be worth looking into in the new year. Annie and Maggie to respond.
- We decided to invite the Milton Gardens Residents’ Officer to the Christmas drinks and encourage her to come to our monthly meetings for increased cooperation. Tora to get hold of her email and send invitation.
- Claire to invite Jude at St Mungo’s, Richard from the Shakespeare Pub and Russell Miller to the Christmas drinks.

Dates for Diaries
·        8th December – Community Gardening
·        11th December – Anti-Sainsbury’s protest
·        12th December – SRA Christmas Drinks
·        8th January – SRA/BUG Meeting
·        12th February – SRA/BUG Meeting
·        9th March – Community Gardening

Thursday, 19 December 2013

SRA Meeting, Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - Minutes

Claire, Bron, Cristophe, Diane, Pat, Ken, Annie, Tora, Geraldine, Alex

Maggie, Phil, Rachel

The September Minutes were approved.

BUG update
Gardening this Sunday (13th October): planting in the orchard
It was reported that one of the raised beds in the orchard have been damaged.

MUGA: Alex has seen contractors coming to have a look at the MUGA and the playground. The cover has been replaced over the manhole and the Common Nightshade has been removed.
Alex to find out about the equalities assessment and report back to the group.

Apple Day planning:
We have asked for the grass in the orchard to be cut for Apple Day.
Set-up begins at 12.30 to be ready for 2pm: Gazebos and tables to be set up
Ken and Pat will be in charge of cakes. New tea bags needed.
Andy and Phil will be in charge of games for the kids
Rachel will organize a bird feeder-making stall
We will have two apple presses (four people needed to man these) – Bron will get the apples. Julie will donate paper cups.
Annie and Bron will be in charge of the stall for info about the SRA and BUG – also taking suggestions for what can be improved. We’ll also be collecting signatures for a petition to get the MUGA fixed.
Additional posters handed out to be put up.
Sainsbury’s update
Rachel has sent a detailed update from Stokey Local’s meeting. Further to the second planning application having been approved, and the subsequent judicial review initiated by Stokey Local, the developer has put in a new application so that the procedure cannot be legally challenged.
It was decided that:
-       We will write to Eric Pickles to urge him to call in the new (third) application
-       We will write to our local councillors to ask them to write to Eric Pickles urging him to call in the new application
-       We will also encourage our local councillors on the Planning Committee to come to the planning meeting on the 6th of November (date tbc) organised by Stokey Local, to hear what their constituents think about this. We will also urge them to update the Local Development Plan to avoid this situation happening again in the future
-       We will write to Hackney Council to urge them to reject the third planning application
-       We will email SRA members to inform them about the latest developments and encourage them to support Stokey Local’s campaign
We decided not to donate money from the SRA to the Stokey Local campaign.

Leaflet update
Geraldine to draft an informative leaflet by Saturday for Bron to print. We will then be handing these out during Apple Day.

- Diane updated the group on the overgrown tree in Church Walk which forced people to walk into the road to get around it. The council has informed the owner that the tree will be cut if nothing gets done.
- There has been a petition to move the parking bay at the crossing of Nevill/Wordsworth/Osterley roads which was rejected by the police because it is a thoroughfare for police cars to get to Albion road. It was suggested that we propose a new petition. Alex to work on a proposed wording and present to the wider group.
- There is an issue with cyclists going too fast on the cycle path at the end of Allen road. No actions were taken at this stage, but this should be discussed further.
- Alex informed the group that the council are updating the bylaws. It would be worth looking into this more in detail. Alex to follow up and report back.
- There have been rumours that Foxtons are opening an office on Church street. No actions were determined at this stage.

Dates for Diaries
·         13th October – Community Gardening
·         20th October – Apple Day
·         10th November – Community Gardening
·         13th November – SRA/BUG Meeting