Grays Central Community Forum

Minutes of Meeting

(AGM) Tuesday 20th May 2008 

The first part of the evening was taken up with a presentation from Dave Lawrence, manager of the Thurrock Reuse Project (TRUP) who spoke about the Second Generation Furniture Store.  Dave explained that the project aims to provide good quality, low cost furniture that is donated by the general public and available to purchase from their warehouse in East Tilbury.  He further explained that the project offers training opportunities and volunteer opportunities for local residents and invited people to go along and take a look. 

The meeting was then officially opened by Moira Shaw (Chairperson). 

Apologies 

Councillors Yash Gupta, Peter Harris and John Kent.  Mr Colin Baker 

Minutes of Last Meeting 

Minutes were read and agreed by those present. 

Matters arising 

1. Allotments – Cllr. Gupta had been in contact with the council and they had not been able to provide a clear response with regard to ownership of the allotments in Dell Road.  G. Nathan explained that he had ascertained the land is currently owned by the Education Department and any development is likely to be of an educational nature, not housing. 

2. Dartford River Crossing – residents in Thurrock who wish to use the reduced tariff will need to apply for a £10 pass which will allow 50 crossings. 

Chairperson’s Report 

a) The play equipment in Hathaway Road Park has now been installed.  There has been some vandalism, which will be repaired. 

b) All previously submitted funding applications have been approved. 

c) Thurrock Play Network will be holding an Open Access Play session in Hathaway Road Park on Thursday 29th May between 12.30 and 3.30 pm.  All activities are free.  There will be a second one on 7th August at the same time. 

d) Civic Awards nomination forms are now available.  Deadline 27th June. 

e) Thurrock In Bloom competition entry forms also available. 

Chairperson finished report and announced her intention to stand down as Chairperson and not seek re-election. 

The meeting then moved to the business of the AGM.  Natalie Warren (Community Development Manager, Thurrock Council) officiated the election of new officers and committee. 

Colin Baker had already indicated his wish to stand for re-election for the committee. Nominations were invited from the floor for the committee and 7 persons stood.  All were elected by a majority vote. 

The following officer posts were also elected by a majority vote from those attending 

Chairperson – Mr Geoffrey Nathan

Treasurer – Mr Ross Bannister

Secretary – Mrs Claire Bannister 

There were no candidates for the position of Vice Chairperson. 

Natalie Warren handed the meeting over to the new Chairperson, Mr Geoffrey Nathan.  There was a vote of thanks for Moira Shaw and all her hard work over the past three years.  Moira accepted the invitation to attend the Making of the Mayor ceremony, on behalf of the forum. 

Police Report – Kingsley Edore, Neighbourhood Specialist Officer 

Update on neighbourhood policing, newsletter available for residents.  Residents were urged to visit the mobile police station in Hathaway Road.  The area is experiencing problems with parking outside schools and the team have now designed and are distributing a leaflet to be placed on windscreens of vehicles causing obstruction.  The PCSOs are also trying to carry out extra patrols of the areas. 

The residents of Theobalds Avenue raised the issue of vehicles from a gardening company causing problems by parking in the avenue.  The police will check this out and report back. 

Finance Report  

G Nathan (previously treasurer) explained that he had been unable to get the forum accounts audited for the AGM.  He explained that he had arranged with the bank to transfer £4K from the current account into a high interest account.  Those present questioned the legality of this and it was agreed that he (Geoffrey), Ross Bannister (new treasurer) and Natalie Warren would get together outside the meeting to clarify this. 

Forum Boundaries 

It was clarified that Clarence Road, Grays Town Centre (not Morrisons supermarket) and Grays Park all fall within the forum boundaries.  The boundary falls along Crown Road, Hogg Lane, Southend Road and the A1013.  Allenby Crescent marks the boundary between Grays Central and Orchards forum. 

 

Funding 

A letter of thanks had been received from the Duke of Edinburgh group for funds for the ‘memory map’. 

A bid for funding has been put forward for the Breathe Easy class held at the Oddfellows, they are requesting £500 towards their rent.  Those attending the meeting agreed by a majority to support the application. 

The Chairperson then asked for any other business, there being none, the meeting was closed at 8.30pm and the committee was requested to remain behind to plan a committee meeting.