Clr.Robert McConnell, Jane Pickard, Bernie Bullbrook, Rod Brown, Richard Moore, James Slattery-Kavanagh, Jeff Avis, Guests / new members, Stephen Govier, Andrew Gibson
Apologies for absence.
Clr.Jeremy Baker, Clr. Geraldine Evans. Anne Orange, Chris Pointon, Pat Fisher.
James Slattery-Kavanagh agreed to take the chair.
One minute of silence was observed in memory of those who died in the recent terrorist bombings in London.
The minutes of the 14th June meeting were read and accepted
Planning application has been withdrawn for the ex Jack Stamp public house.
There was considerable discussion surrounding its future use.
A committee has been formed and we anticipate a report at the next NAG meeting.
In spite of assurances given to Councillor McConnell, Bernie Bullbrook reported that the safety issue with the wooden barrier in Lansdowne Hill has still not been properly addressed.
Tulse Hill Survey
Further discussion has been left in abeyance for the next meeting, but Chris Pointon had intimated that Councillor John Whelan and Town Centre Manager Khadiru Mahdi have been helpful in contacting residents and getting more copies printed.
A copy of the constitution was circulated along with some guidelines on a model constitution. It was felt that with the present difficulty securing officers and committee members, considering a change of status might not be appropriate. We will also consider how other groups have proceeded.
Lambeth Country Show
Richard Moore gave a comprehensive report on the arrangements that have been agreed for the Lambeth Crime Prevention Panel tent and how it will be a complete partnership undertaking between Police, Fire, Ambulance, Primary Care trust, Victim Support, Neighbourhood Watch and others.
It was suggested that NAG submit a block application to receive copes of planning applications to Lambeth and Richard Moore agreed to take the names of those interested at the next meeting.
St. Luke's Memorial Gardens
There is apparently some doubt, especially in the mind of one councillor, that the project will go ahead within the allotted time scale.
Crystal Palace Sports Centre will now probably be developed as a Community Sports Centre but consideration may be given to it becoming an Olympic 'training centre'
There was a proposal from Richard Moore that NAG send an open letter to Tessa Jowell, local newspapers and others that "We deplore the lack of sporting investment in South London but especially in Crystal Palace and the Herne Hill Velodrome, in connection with The Olympics."
There was disagreement on this: some felt that NAG should be arguing for sports facilities in West Norwood, rather than Upper Norwood, but others believed that residents of Norwood could benefit from investment in adjoining areas.
Rod Brown opposed the motion. It was passed by 4 to 1 with 2 abstentions.
Any Other Business
Tulse Hill Development
The main developers have now secured options on the site at the corner of Thurlow Park Road and Norwood Road (currently second hand car sales) and the property adjoining Browns Car Dealership. It was agreed that we invite Andy Bell, a representative of the developers to a future meeting.
A team will be set up at Crystal Palace comprising Lambeth, Bromley and Croydon to deal with cross border policing issues.
Message In a Bottle
Richard Moore advised that Liverpool had now adopted the 'Message In a Bottle' scheme and Jeff Avis reminded the meeting that NAG was the first group, along with Lambeth Crime Prevention Panel's offer of some funding, and Councillor Gerry Evans' involvement, to support him and the Lambeth Pensioners Action Group (LAMPAG) in introducing the scheme into Lambeth.
Brockwell Park Improvements.
Jeff Avis said that he had been contacted by a representative of Brockwell Park Management Advisory Committee (BPMAG) and Land Use Consultants, with an invitation for retired people to become involved in the proposals. He had agreed to make both LAMPAG and Lambeth Pensioners Forum aware of this
Date and venue of the next meeting.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 9th August 2005 at Lancasters Wine Bar basement, Norwood Road, commencing at 7.30pm