Present:

As identified on the Attendance List

Alma Road

  • Peter Wirgman
  • Dave Rounce

Avenue Road

  • Lynn Murphy
  • Des Hayward
  • Fiona Barnes
  • Helen Muscat
  • Allyson Hayes

Gordon Avenue

  • Dorothy Haslehurst
  • Maggie O’Connor

Other attendees

  • Cllr Barnes-Andrews
  • Cllr Rayment
  • Cllr Burke
  • Chris Nash, SUSU
  • Pat Oliver, Avenue St Andrews
  • Linda Pritchard, resident
  • Jason Evans, SCC
  • Graham Bartlett, Landlord
  • Julian Jenkinson, Landlord
  • Saeed Poswall, Landlord

OARA Committee

  • John Hayward (Chair)
  • Andy Haslehurst (Treasurer)
  • T Jacobs (Secretary)
  • Hilary Jackson (Committee Member)
  • Sue Swallow (Planning Officer)
  • Rosy Maguire (Committee Member)
  • Barbara Matcham (Committee Member)
  • Chris Jackson (Committee Member)
  • Gordon Gillies (Committee Member)
  • Barbro Fitzjohn (Committee Member)
  • Phine Dahle (Committee Member)

Apologies:

  • None

1. Welcome

John opened the meeting by welcoming all of the attendees.

2. Background to the Common Ground Meeting Theme

He said that at the April meeting, we had identified the need to reach out to all stakeholders in the area, and that at the following Committee meeting, we had assembled our ideas on how to move forward.

We have produced a Common Ground leaflet and have used it to approach stakeholders to gather their ideas.

2.1 Stakeholders

We have identified the following stakeholders in the OARA area:

  • Businesses
  • Councillors
  • Council Officers
  • Estate and letting agents
  • Landlords
  • OARA members
  • Places of worship
  • The police
  • Residents from our different communities eg: the Polish community
  • Residential homes
  • Students

2.2 The objective of the meeting

John stated that the purpose of the meeting is to produce and agree and Outer Avenue Community Charter by agreeing actions that we will discuss in the discussion groups planned for later on in the meeting.

3 Finding Common Ground

3.1 We are where we are

John then gave a presentation on where we are now. We are:

  • A mixed and vibrant community
  • Building a sense of neighbourhood
  • Living in a place of history and legacy
  • Close to good amenities
  • Changing over time so we need to keep a balance
  • At an important moment – are we at risk or on the up?

John believes that we are on the up.

3.2 Why we launched the Common Ground initiative

Hilary then went through why we have launched the Common Ground initiative:

  • We need to build relationships between our different communities
  • We need to reach out to all those who have a stake in the area
  • We may not always agree but must understand each other’s viewpoint
  • We need to protect what is good about the area and make it better
  • We will achieve more by working together
  • We realise that this might be a risk but one that we hope will pay off
  • We need to be honest but positive
  • We need to agree our common ground and agree what we need to do to achieve it.

3.3 What we have done already

We have:

  • Used our survey to find out what others think
  • Set up a Clean Streets Group and agreed actions with council officers
  • Held a street party (Big Lunch) for everyone
  • Made links with the Southern Landlords Association
  • Met with Polish community representatives
  • Met with other residents’ associations
  • Met with Councillors and student bodies
  • Identified what we like and what bugs us

3.4 Moving forward

Lynn Murphy then asked the attendees to divide themselves into four groups to address the following questions:

  • What do we want to see
  • What stops the area from being the best it could be
  • What are we going to do together to make it a good place for us all.

We broke up into groups with a Landlord and Councillor in each one and wrote our ideas on flipchart paper.

3.5 The results

The groups identified a lot of key themes which Hilary attempted to summarise. However, we soon realised that there were too many to consider at the meeting. We agreed that John and Hilary would draw the ideas together into a more coherent and organised list which would then be shared with the attendees for final sign-off.

Action: John and Hilary

Julian Jenkinson and Cllr Rayment suggested that we should focus on quick wins (for example, bins and letting boards) as a starting point and this was agreed.

4 Update on Waster and Recycling

Jason Evans, the Waste and Recycling Compliance Officer at the council gave the meeting a quick update on council activities:

  • From November, residents leaving their bins on the pavement three times will be fined £75
  • The bin crews are being asked to put bins back into front gardens
  • Because of the small frontages in Livingstone Road, the recycling bins are being removed. If Livingstone Roads residents wish to recycle, they can ask the council for clear sacks.

5 Conclusion

John thanked everyone for attending and for their ideas and reiterated that these would be circulated before the Charter was produced.

6 Dates for 2014 Meetings

OARA General Meetings

  • 7th October 14
  • AGM: 19th January 15

OARA Committee Meetings

  • 15th September 14
  • 16th December 14