Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Shakespeare Residents' Association & BUG meeting 11th March 2015



Meeting:        Shakespeare Residents' Association & BUG meeting
Time:              Wednesday 11th March, 2015
Venue:           The RoOM, 62 Allen Road

Present:
Pat, Maggie, Rachel, Christophe, Pat, Tora, Jawad, Bron, Annie, Alex, Ned, Sylvia

Apologies:
Ken, Phil, Katie, Pete,

Minutes
The Minutes of our February meeting were approved

BUG/MUGA
Work on the MUGA is delayed due to unsafe supports for lights.
Money has been put aside for it, and there will be some money left over: not sure if it can be used for other works, such as the path in the orchard.
The pump will be switched on before Easter.
Next gardening day: Friday (not Sunday) April 17th at 10.30 to plant up the prairie beds by the Allen Road entrance.

Cycle Superhighway consultation
While we support efforts to make London more cycle-friendly – many of us commute by bike – we have serious concerns about safety on Section 11 of the proposed CS1 that runs down Nevill Road, onto Wordsworth Road, and past Butterfield Green. Specifically:

·         The Walford Road/ Nevill Road junction – by Rainbow Nursery – is already dangerous because of poor visibility due to parked cars, the Council cycle store and a pillar box – particularly when parents are dropping/ collecting children. Cars regularly speed on this stretch of Nevill Road too. It needs additional traffic calming measures, a pedestrian crossing. Instead, TFL proposes to remove/ reduce speed bumps. But it’s a police emergency route, so is difficult to manage.

·         The pedestrian/ cycle lane joining Palatine and Nevill Roads are heavily used by families with young children, staff and children at Garden School, and elderly and disabled people. Many of these find crossing the existing cycle lane difficult and unsafe, and fear the greater volume and speed of bikes using CS1.
Shakespeare Residents’ Association and Butterfield Green Users’ Group www.shakespeareresidents.org.uk

While we have ideas on how to improve safety, we are not traffic experts. So we suggest

All SRA members please comment on the TFL proposals before the March 29th deadline at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/0b4eebbe,
and
Sylvia and Alex will write to TFL requesting an on-site meeting to outline our concerns and request additional measures. Deadline: March 29th

Film Night – Saturday 25th April
Pete has secured equipment for £260.
Alex and Rachel will collect and return to save £120 delivery charge.
Katie has applied for film license for The Incredibles, Back To The Future and Chicken Run; will report on final choice next week.
Rachel will contact and brief volunteers. Ken will be head steward.
Bron/ Pat will invite local bands and report to Tora asap.
Tora will coordinate cake donations.
Bron and Tora will make popcorn.
Geraldine will make a poster (before 20th March).
Tora will ask Edel McGrath at Hackney Council events – again – to produce a list of good hire companies and a discounted rate card for community events.
Tora will submit the council application forms by 13th of March.
Pete will contact Bhavesh who run community film nights on Millfields Park for tips for local hire options for future events.

Former Letterbox Library site, 71 Allen Road
Hackney is offering a 5 year lease. Deadline for expressions of interest Friday 13th March, and for applications, Friday 20th March.

Finance
Our charitable donation for 2014 is for £100 to the Mary Wollstonecraft statue at Newington Green. Alex received the cheque on behalf of the campaign.
Our thanks to Andy for his generous donation of the outstanding hire costs for the Jungle Book film night.
Current balance: £1,846.23

AOB
The Co-Housing Project on Shakspeare Walk is willing to show interested neighbours around.
The Hackney Citizen is hosting two free election debates simultaneously at the Arcola theatre in Dalston on Sunday 26 April from 2 to 4pm. To suggest questions, offer help, and/or request a free ticket, office@hackneycitizen.co.uk

Dates for diaries
20th March – applications to Hackney for 71 Allen Road
23rd March – Education Question Time at Stoke Newington School (7.30pm)
8th April – SRA meeting
17th April – Gardening, 10.30am (yes, really!!)
25th April – SRA/BUG Film night in the park
26th April – Election debates at the Arcola, Ashwin St. 2-4pm

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