The meeting was held virtually via Zoom because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic restrictions
Dianne Adams; Hilary Cox; Paddy Deeley; Andy Gibbs; Helen Hehir; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Rona Taylor; Mary Webb.
1. Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting
Apologies had been received from Faith Ward and Bron Putnam.
|Summary of actions following the meeting||Responsible|
|Contact HS2 about the well on Cromwell Lane bridge||Rona|
|Report back on progress with metal Christmas tree||Mary and Hilary|
|Increase Bugle print run||Mary|
|Arrange Zoom meeting for AGM||Judi|
|Submit Chair’s Report etc. for distribution via the email loop||Rona|
|Liaison with school regarding Christmas card competition||Faith|
|Further ideas for chosen charity to be supported at Christmas||All to Judi by September 25th|
|Community Fund item to remain on agenda||Judi|
|Maintain list of suggestions for funding requests||Judi|
- Community Fund item to remain on agenda – confirmed
- Children in Need item to remain on agenda – confirmed
- Maintain list of suggestions for funding requests – confirmed
- Compile and submit final list of dates for BGRA bookings – completed
- Ask Paddy to add all committee members to BGRA What’s App group – this was actually a Facebook group and members can request to join if already a Facebook user.
- Report overgrown footpath on Red Lane – completed. Task carried out by residents. Rona had not had responses from Peter Hallam.
- Drone footage of VE Day celebrations to be made available – completed
- Discussion of precept spending to be added to next agenda (agenda item)
- Next edition of the Bugle – completed
- Preparations for the AGM via Zoom (agenda item)
- Investigate metal outline of Christmas tree (agenda item)
- Liaison re VJ Day – completed. Thanks to Mary and Hillary
- Suggestions for charity/ies to benefit from Santa Sleigh 2020 (agenda item)
- Access to and use of Greenway- many concerns had been expressed regarding closure of the Greenway and footpaths at various points with no prior warning. There was now a great deal of security around the Greenway. One resident had expressed concern about access to the well by the Cromwell Lane Bridge and was interested to know if details could be recorded. Rona agreed to contact HS2 about this. Action: Rona
- Residents had complained about HS2 staff parking overnight and causing a disturbance by running car engines, talking loudly and dropping litter.
- Cala Homes Update. Paddy reported that approximately 37 houses were now occupied. Residents were not happy about people trying to take a diversion between Red Lane and Hob Lane via the Cala Homes development. Some drivers had even driven over people’s front lawns in a bid to find a way through.
- VJ Day display. Thanks were extended to Mary and Hilary for decorating the verge for this occasion. The result created a community statement which was particularly welcome at the time. Thanks were also given to Peter Stanworth for his article in the Bugle.
- Road closure, oak tree. The sudden closure of the vital junction at the top of Red Lane had elicited much anger. Again, there had been no communication with the community and the school had been affected at a time when there was already a great deal of anxiety about returning after six months during the pandemic. The Parish Council and the Residents’ Association had taken a lead on this and a meeting had been held including Jeremy Wright MP who had raised the situation during Prime Minister’s Question Time. HS2 said it had “reached out” to the school but the Head Teacher had heard nothing from them. Parents were having to take a substantial detour via Hodgett’s Lane and Hob Lane to reach the school. It was hoped that the parking of vehicles would be carried out in a way respectful of the community. HS2 had now responded promising to extend its working week to include Saturdays and Sunday mornings to try to complete the work earlier than planned.
- Children in Need ramble. This was to be postponed to coincide with the opening of the new Greenway.
- HS2 fund- what should we ask for?
Trees around the village
Top of the tunnel ideas
Village hall signage recycling
Added to this list was the reclamation of sandstone blocks from the bridges but where to store these remained a problem.
- It was thought that someone had stolen one of the artefacts in the form of a gradient marker but Paddy reported that it had been re-sited on the Greenway nearer to Kenilworth to avoid its destruction.
- Priorities for precept money- ideas so far
Iron frame for Xmas tree - Mary and Hilary had an appointment with a manufacturer on September 20th and would report back.
Action: Mary and Hilary
- Charity collection at Christmas: it was not yet clear whether the Santa Sleigh Activity by Balsall Common Lions supported by the Residents Association would be able to go ahead. Suggestions for a charity to support were the Coventry Boot Fund and a local food bank. Any further ideas should be submitted to Judi by Friday September 25th for inclusion at the AGM. Action: all
- Bugle. Thanks were given to Mary for all her hard work in producing the Bugle, especially during the lockdown period. It was agreed to increase the number of copies ordered to accommodate new entrants to the village. Action: Mary
- The next edition of the Bugle would be printed on December 4th with articles to be submitted to Mary by November 27th.
- AGM Sept 28th It was agreed the AGM would be held via Zoom. Judi agreed to set this up. Action: Judi
Rona would send a report to be circulated via the village email loop. This would contain the information that all current committee members were willing to continue their membership but that new members would be welcome, in particular new entrants to the village. Any objections should be submitted by email. In addition, the accounts would be circulated in the same way along with a request for any questions to be raised. Action: Rona