MEMBER OF NORA
OAKLEY GREEN & FIFIELD RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION ( OGFRA).
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT BRAYWOOD MEMORIAL HALL ON THURSDAY 22 JUNE 2017 AT 7.30 PM.
Committee Members Present: Rod Ball ( Chairman), Martin Allen, Martin Hall ( Treasurer), Pat Morrish, Ann Taylor, Elizabeth Mead, Nigel Borg-Cardona and Mark Lloyd.
There were 25 further Attendees.
Chairman Rod Ball opened the Meeting with a tribute to Paul Jennings who had been a member of the Committee for a number of years and specialised in aviation matters. Paul sadly passed away after a sudden illness.
MINUTES OF LAST AGM
These were accepted and the only Matter Arising related to the Oakley Green Traffic.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
All Committee Members re-elected. Rod Ball announced that he was standing down as Chairman after many years and that Martin Hall had kindly agreed to take over.
Martin reported that the Accounts were stable at £1600. No annual subscriptions but the Association would welcome donations from the 207 Members we have currently on email.
A copy of this Report available on each seat and was read out by the Chairman. So this is a resume:
Chairman opened by saying it had been a difficult and demanding year and next year was expected to be even busier due to the expected publication of the Borough Local Plan.
Organised an Open Evening on Jan 4th with over 200 attending. Concern over proposed housing in this area on our Green Belt including HA11. Up to potential 1000 dwellings on the A308 alone including the loss of the two garden centres.
RA has responded vigorously regarding this and the failure of the Council to consult properly and failure of not producing reports on infrastructure and a Green Belt Review.
Opening of Crossrail and possibility of third runway at Heathrow adding to concerns.
Asked members to consider joining the Committee to help preserve this valuable Green Belt which we treasure and will always fight for.
AOB ( including some questions from the floor ). Councillor David Coppinger RBWM was available to answer.
Q. Who will watch the development and who will be accountable?
A. This depends upon the demand, the Economy and the Government.
Q. What is the percentage of affordability?
A. 30% affordable housing and social housing mixed. Three of the proposed areas are owned by the Council and therefore have better influence on housing.
Q. Infrastructure already under strain in the area?
A. There is an Infrastructure Plan which identifies these areas and need to be considered taking into account the sustainability of any scheme which is viable.
Q. What happens if the BLP gets turned down?
A. Council would need to start again or the Govt would take over.
Meeting Closed at 2040 for refreshments