MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON THURSDAY 9 JUNE 2016 7.30 PM
BRAYWOOD MEMORIAL HALL
Chairman Rod Ball opened the meeting and welcomed approximately 38 attendees.
Martin Allen, Nigel Borg Cardona
MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM
There was a question from the last meeting about where the ward boundaries within Bray were positioned. RB brought a map, which was circulated, to answer to this question.
Legoland traffic had been on last year’s agenda. No update available this year, as there was no new information.
Minutes were accepted as a true record, by a show of hands.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS 2016/2017
Current committee members are willing to stand again and proposal was accepted by a show of hands: Rod Ball, Martin Hall, Martin Allen, Pat Morrish, Paul Jennings, Elizabeth Mead, Ann Taylor, Mark Lloyd, Nigel Borg Cardona.
The Chairman invited volunteers to join the Committee.
Martin Hall reported that our financial affairs are in good order. Finances are simple, costs are low. Members’ subscriptions were suspended 3 years ago but the matter will be reviewed and a proposal made at the at the next AGM, in order that minor costs can be covered (eg hire of hall for meetings). Current balance stands at £1,637.10.
The constitution will be reviewed and a proposal for any amendments brought to the next AGM.
See attached copy of report.
The Chairman reviewed current planning activity, in the climate of current Government Policy which is forcing councils to adopt unrealistic housing targets, and there being no Local Plan in place which could possibly limit activity by developers.
OGFRA have been promised a meeting with Borough Councillors, in order to get a better understanding of ‘Permitted Development Rights’ and ‘Lawful Development Certificates’, which appear to be a passport to bypassing planning rules. OGFRA awaiting a date for the meeting.
The Chairman thanked the Committee members for their support throughout the year.
LOCAL GREEN BELT ISSUES – QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR.
Q. What is the Borough’s target for number of houses?
A. 770/year. M’head Golf Course recently been released for development and is an ideal, large, site, close to transport links including Crossrail.
Q. Why is there no Local Plan available?
A. (Retrospective comment from Cllr D Coppinger – the final consultation on the Borough Local Plan will commence in July. This will involve publication of the final draft.)
Q. Where is the Bray Neighborhood Plan?
A. Awaiting input from the Borough.
Q. Closure of Holyport to heavy lorries has increased problems for Oakley Green. Lorries cause houses/windows to shake.
A. Actions recommended:
Affected residents should write to Borough and Parish Councillors to complain. Also to traffic enforcement officer for the Borough (contact details are on RBWM website).
OGFRA will put contact details for Borough and Parish Councillors on the OGFRA website.
OGFRA to write to RBWM to request a flashing 30 mph sign in Oakley Green.
C Yates – there is a Parish Council meeting coming up regarding a proposed roundabout near Braywood Memorial Hall. Will let OGFRA know of the date when agreed, so that OGFRA membership can be informed.
Q. Aircraft noise.
A. Number for complaints is 0800 344 844
Q. Development on either side of Manor Grove?
A. Refer to Parish Councillors with responsibility for Fifield (none in attendance).
Q. Sun and Stars activity?
A. It is now the entrance to a large property behind it.
Paul Jennings provided an update. Government prefers Heathrow subject to environmental issues being resolved. Major problem is nitrous oxide (N2O) levels which are already over the EU legal limit and which would increase if there were a third runway – not due to aircraft but to increased traffic trying to get to H’row. Traffic already at a standstill in the area.