Grays Central Community Forum
Attended: Geoffrey Nathan, Ross Bannister, Claire Bannister, Ursula Garwood, Vivienne Wright, Jean Dexter, PC Edore, Michael Peterson, Steve Veitch, B. Monk, Colin Baker, Sue Bloss, S Grover
1. Meeting opened at . All welcomed.
2. Apologies - none
3. Minutes read
Change minutes from ‘closed’ to
‘open and agreed for
4. Matters arising:
a) Grays Scout Group have received the funding that they requested fro their centenary badges and we have received a letter of thanks.
b) Pathway for
c) The change to most meetings being open, raised the issue of where the meetings are to be held. After discussion, it has been agreed with CB that all meetings will be held at the
5. Items for discussion
a) Graffiti Community Project
Bloss, the Be Smart Education Officer, came to speak
to the group about the community project that she is running. She looks after the Be Smart agenda and has a
school programme to run. Sue told the group about the Art Project at Tilbury
Riverside and the success of the project. Some photographs were supplied to
show the work . The plan is to refurbish the underpass
near the former Woolworths store. A group of 25 students will be undertaking a
12 week Duke of Edinburgh course to design and then produce a piece of ‘Urban
Art’. The theme will be – ‘Past, Present. Future’. The
students will be from the
GN mentioned that the forum has available an anti-graffiti kit. Sue informed us that there are no legal graffiti walls in Grays.
There was a discussion about issues of ‘smells’. Sue informed the group that these issues should be directed to Peter Reynolds/ Colin Promfitt at Environmental Health.
b) North Grays Proposed Plan – State Cinema and other implications.
RB informed the group of the exhibition being held at the library and encouraged everyone to go and look na dto also complete the survey about the plans.
c) Neighbourhood Action Plan
Ainsley discussed this plan with the group. It was suggested that 4 members from the group would meet monthly with other groups at Grays police station. This is to discuss police issues and them to try to tackle them and come up with some solutions. RB asked about the overlap of this group with TIAG. AK explained that the group he was proposing would tackle lower levels than that of TIAG. The group decided that, at this time, these issues are better dealt with through the group meetings but will revisit at a later date
6. Chairs Report
GN discussed the Playbuilders scheme. This scheme has money available of up
to £50,000. A questionnaire, in association with ngage,
has been sent to
a) Letter received from Mrs P Winter with request for funding for 3 tables and 12 chairs. This is for a group that meets at Stanley Lazell Hall. There is a possibility that there are some available at Oddfellows, tbc.
b) Letter of thanks received from Grays Scout Group.
c) Funding request received from Alison Baker to support the Arts and Craft Group held at the Church Hall. Funding agreed and to be paid from forum funds.
for funding at
8. Finance and Funding:
Report from RB. Report on financial situation.
£ 1,839.42 in current account
£ 4047.76 in savings account
£ 14.01 Petty Cash
£ 5,901.19 Total
£ 9,300.00 in council bank account
£ 15,201.19 Total
We need to spend the allocated funding on projects in our forum area, all funding needs to be agreed at an Open Meeting.
a) Clarification of money held by Grays Forum.
Two accounts held one current and one saving
One account held by TBC on our behalf
and decided on number of items for the Adult fitness equipment for
c) To investigate the condition of the children’s play equipment at the park. Report back next meeting.
d) Discussed pathways in the park.
e) Possible funding request arriving from The Piggs Corner Complex.
f) Discussed the situation of rats at bus stop no.1. It was recommended that all sightings and issues regarding these animals to be reported to environmental health.
g) Request to the community police to keep an eye on vunerable residents over the Christmas period. AK made note of specific addresses and informed the group that they would.
h) Crime stats to be discussed at the next meeting. Crime stats to be forwarded to SV from RB and to be included on the forum website.
Meeting closed at