Minutes of AGM, 22nd April 2013

With guest speaker Rose Collis

By Lyn Turpin, NLCA Secretary

Welcome to all, particularly new residents. 51 attended. Apologies from Paddy Baker, Christine Clark-Lowes, Ian Davey, Jane Griffiths, Wendy Hemsley, Simon Rawson, David Sewell, Bruce Smith.

The Chair opened the meeting with a few words about Billy Pollard who died on 26 March. Billy, who lived in Tidy Street, had been a great supporter of the NLCA, lived life to the full but also found time to help the less advantaged. Peter asked that any reminiscences about Billy should be passed to Jackie Fuller for possible inclusion in the next issue of the Runner.

Minutes of the AGM, 23 April 2012

The minutes were approved.

Adoption of Officers’ reports

The reports of the Chair and Secretary and of the Treasurer were considered together and adopted nem con. Their adoption was proposed by Barry Leigh and seconded by Jackie Fuller.

Adoption of Coordinators’ reports

The reports on Planning and Environment, Licensing, and the Newsletter were considered together and adopted nem con. Their adoption was proposed by Ruth Goodall and seconded by Clifford Jaques.

Adoption of reports from NLCA Representatives on other Groups

The reports from representatives on the Brighton Society,Living Streets and City in Bloom were considered together and adopted nem con. Their adoption was proposed by Roy Skam and seconded by Mitch Egan.

Election of Officers

Chair: Peter Crowhurst – proposed by Sandy Crowhurst and seconded by Bobbie Cheesman. Elected nem.con.

Vice-Chair: Paley O’Connor – proposed by Sandy Crowhurst and seconded by Ruth Goodall. Elected nem.con. The Chair thanked Paley for coming forward and Louise Simmons for her contribution in the past year.

Secretary: Lyn Turpin – proposed by Jackie Fuller and seconded by Beefy King. Elected nem.con.

Treasurer: Donald Simmons – proposed by Sarah Dunsmure and seconded by Beefy King. Elected nem.con.

Ratification of Coordinators

The Coordinators, NLCA Representatives on other groups, and Street Representatives for the coming year (as listed in the March/April 2013 Runner) were considered together – proposed by Kim Curran and seconded by Linda Reid-Lobatto. Ratified nem.con.

Any other business

Summer walks: Geoffrey Mead and Peter Crowhurst recommended the guided walks around the historic North Laine area that they would be offering this summer on Sundays at 11am and Wednesdays at 6pm. See website for dates. Geoff also mentioned that he was leading walks around the North Laine area and around the Montpelier & Clifton area as part of the Brighton Fringe – both starting from St Nicholas Church. He and David Sewell were also leading a history tour of the Pavilion Gardens Café, ending with tea and cake! See Fringe programme for dates.

Communal recycling: The Chair urged residents to complete the consultation document (deadline 29 April) as he sensed that the proposal for the North Laine area was generally not supported because of the proximity of bins to residential properties. Cllr Pete West assured residents that the Council would take note of comments about badly sited bins and offered to walk around the area with concerned residents.

City in Bloom: Gabrielle Villermet announced the launch of the Brighton and Hove City in Bloom community group at the Jubilee Library on 27 April. Application forms for the new gardening competitions are now available in libraries or online at http://brightonandhovecityinbloom.co.uk/entry-forms/. Closing date 21 June.

Station Gateway: The Chair informed the meeting that the report from Jim Mayor going to the Transport Committee on 30 April would be recommending that the taxi rank remains in its current location but with better management and that a decision on the future of the station canopy be deferred. Phil Lobatto expressed concern that the Frederick Place option might be resurrected in the future but Cllr Pete West assured those present that the Green Party councillors had no intention of revisiting the option.

Knitting the map: Mar Arranz announced that the ‘Knitting the map’ project would be publicised in the University of Brighton Grand Parade building on Thursday 25 April 12.30-1.30pm. The organisers were looking for knitters interested in contributing to the North Laine part of the map (a knitted reproduction of the 1792 Terrier map of Brighton).

Biosphere Reserve Bid: Cllr Pete West announced that the deadline for the Biosphere consultation had been extended until 22 May, following the addition of Shoreham and Southwick to the bid. Over 1500 signatures had been received so far but more were wanted.

Nightlife survey: Clifford Jaques asked if there had been any outcomes from the University of Kent survey on nightlife mentioned at the last AGM. The Chair and Secretary reported that they had both contributed but had received no written report although there had been a seminar (in Kent) where the results were discussed.

Brighthelm street food market: Lizzie Deane reported that a new weekly street food market was being launched in the Brighthelm Garden on Friday 26 April, 11am – 3pm. Paley O’Connor added that anyone interested in helping to develop the garden should contact her.

Guest speaker            

After the formal meeting, Rose Collis gave an entertaining talk on the colourful history of the North Laine’s 23 public houses.

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