Mile End Residents Association

Second Annual General Meeting

17 February 2011, 7pm - 8.45pm

held at Boheme London, 562 Mile End Road


Minutes



Attendance


24 people signed in



Welcome and introduction


Mark Taylor welcomed people and introduced the meeting and why we were having it.



Apologies for absence


Two received. Several people had got in touch to say they were coming.



Minutes of the last meetings


MERA General Meeting 1 February 2010 held at the East London Tabernacle:


Lene Milaa mentioned that the minutes had been available online for almost a year. Also hard copies were available in the room.


The minutes had aleady been signed off by chair, Mark Taylor, as a true record of events at the MERA Committee meeting held 20 April 2010 at the Soanes Centre but residents were given the opportunity for further comments (none).


Minutes of MERA committee meeting 20 April 2010 at the Soanes Centre:


These minutes had not been available to date but hard copies were available in the room and will become available online together with the minutes of tonight’s meeting. At that particular meeting the Core Strategy was discussed as well as the possibility of MERA and the Bede Residents Association holding a hustings meeting before the election in May last year (which we did) and the idea of MERA having regular surgeries (a location is still an issue due to lack of funds).

The minutes were then signed off by chair Mark Taylor as a true record of events.



Matters arising


None. Updates will be covered in the MERA committee report (next point on the Agenda).



MERA Committee report


Katherine Tyrrell had compiled a double sided sheet of MERA achievements which was handed out to attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Committee members went through the topics as listed.


Committee Report – What’s we’ve done in the last year


EASTENDHOMES / ERIC & TREBY ESTATE - Mark


Changes: MERA has liaised with and/or supported:

Same old, same old! MERA has also


PLANNING & REGENERATION - Katherine


Regeneration scheme (15 sites and 8 open spaces): MERA has liaised with

Council plans - Community Plan and Core Strategy: MERA has


SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD / ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR - Jonathan


MERA now a key contact in this area for SNT

Lobbied both EastendHomes and SNT re anti-social behaviour on Eric & Treby


WASTE MANAGEMENT AND FLYTIPPING - Lene


MERA reps have written, telephone and lobbied extensively







HIGHWAYS AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY - Katherine


Redevelopment – traffic access: liaised with Planning & HSE to challenge developer’s assumptions and highlight recorded breaches of planning conditions re:

Transport for London: lobbying plus Formal Letters re:

Metropolitan Police: blog posts highlighted issues re Mile End Road, including

Pavements


LICENSING: NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY / FAST FOOD - Mark


Broke Club / Night-time Economy:

Fast Food outlets

Consultation

Election of officers and committee


Jill Strudwick, vice chair of the Bede Residents Association, conducted the election of officers. MERA secretary Lene Milaa had received election forms from four people, one for each of the posts up for election.


Votes were unanimous and the four officers of the last term were re-elected as follows:


Chair: Mark Taylor

Vice chair: Jonathan Parry

Secretary: Lene Milaa

Treasurer: Faiz Rahman (in absentia)


Area reps


Lene Milaa went through all areas (streets and blocks) within MERA and a number of people volunteered to take on their own or a nearby area or to team up with a neighbour; they filled in forms accordingly. Lene will contact the current reps not present at the meeting for them to confirm their position (continue as reps or not) and other potential reps where there is no cover. Lene will also adjust the email distribution list accordingly.


Committee membership and area reps is still based on voluntary opt-in (i.e. no elections).


Agreed list of MERA Committee members and Area reps:


Area (block / street)

Name of area representative

Committee member (C)

Loweswater House

F

Treasurer, C

English Street

J

C

Beckley House

J


Treby Street

M


Ropery Street

K


Maritime Street / Lockhart Street

K


Bow Common Lane

K


Mossford Street

N/A


Eric Street / Hamlets Way (houses) i.e. south of Hamlets Way

R

C

Hamlets Way (flats) / Eric Street i.e. north of Hamlets Way

T



Burdett Road (above shops)

J


Wentworth Mews



Windermere House

T, T


Coniston House

A

C

Derwent House

S, P, U


Ennerdale House

Lene

Mark

Secretary, C

Chair, C

Buttermere House



Tracy House

K


Brokesley Street

G/A


Brokesley Street / Mile End Road

Katherine

C

Brokesley Street (small block)

S/S


Hannover Court

A


Rebecca House

A/G


Coopers Court

U



Jonathan

Vice chair, C


(Initials are used except for elected posts)


The option of setting up an EastendHomes residents association for the Eric and Treby estates was discussed. Tania from Windermere House to organise a meeting for the residents she has contacted and whom have shown interest. EastendHomes have already confirmed backing of such an association, financially and otherwise.



Local residents’ concerns


Mark Taylor and Katherine Tyrrell made notes of points raised by residents:


Not enough schools and doctors


Mile End Tube:




Brokesley Street turning into Mile End Road


Economic activity on Burdett Road


Cemetery Park


Groups of bored young teenagers are a problem



Any other business


Dante Aaron Willilams, the new manager of the Boheme night club, introduced himself to the residents and appealed to them to make use of the venue for community purposes, and explained his idea of organising a Ceroc dance event.


Lene thanked Ane from Brokesley Street for printing the leaflets for the meeting and asked for donations towards the MERA kitty which then collected £36.15 to be paid into the MERA bank account.



Date of the next meeting (in a year)



The meeting closed at 8.45pm.




Signed by:



Name ………………………………………………………………….



Signature ……………………………………………………………...



Date ……………………………………………………………………

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