BA March 2004 Executive Committee Meeting

Backdated from previous BA website

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MINUTES OF THE BLOOMSBURY ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING 9TH MARCH 2004

Attendees: Jim Murray, Paul Clerkin, Pat Glynn, Stephen Heath, Albert Beale, Gita Sootarsing


1.0    APOLOGIES

Sean Glynn, Perry Butler, Anthony Cumming

2.0    MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

The minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

3.0    ST GILES REDEVELOPMENT PLANS

The response from the GLA was generally welcomed and has now been posted on our website.

SH prepared comprehensive documents commenting on all Camden’s framework briefs and these have been forwarded to Camden and the other community groups.

CGCA, the Soho Society and the Charlotte Street Association have produced a document commenting on the plans. The document was thought to a bit on the negative side, although it was very well written. There are specific concerns about A3 use in the plans. We have decided to sign up to this document, appending SH’s specific concerns. It was agreed that St Giles should have a distinct identity.

All the community groups are agreed that it is unwise to include the Dominion Theatre complex in the plans for St Giles.

It was noted that for the first time developers, the council, businesses and local community groups have all got together in a positive way at the very beginning of such a development.

It was agreed that, in addition to the St Giles redevelopment, we need to speak with the CGCA regarding the Supplementary Planning Guidance for London. It was suggested we issue a joint response to this.


4.0    PLANNING

Our planning officer reported that he had commented on five planning application and there were another five that he was still looking at. Of the five commented on one was approved, two were refused and two are still pending.

He also reported that BT had applied to convert a telephone kiosk outside the Dominion into a cash point machine. He strongly objected on behalf of the BA using the grounds that this would attract beggars and anti-social behaviour. The application was refused on these grounds. We believe we have set a precedent here.

4.0    CAMDEN ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR SURVEY

Camden has produced an anti-social behaviour survey which everyone is urged to fill in. Camden is now producing crime statistics by ward. No-one was surprised to find that we are top.

5.0    WEST END DRUG PARTNERSHIP – Report from JM

Professor John Foreman has been appointed as the new WEDP chair.

The Met police have agreed to fund Community Alert. This is an online crime reporting system to flag anti-social behaviour and quality of life issues. This covers all non-urgent crime such as fly tipping, graffiti etc. JM will be co-ordinating the scheme.

The WEDP will now ask Camden DAT to produce the Health Impact Assessment or give reasons why is can not be produced.

6.0    COMMUNITY CHEST FUND

The BA applied for £5,000 from the Community Chest Fund and we were awarded £4,200. This money will be used to purchase a laptop, a digital camera and a projector. We are still waiting for the cheque from the fund.

7.0    BLOOMSBURY FAIR

JM canvassed Museum Street traders and found very little enthusiasm for the fair. Due to other commitments PC is unable to assist much this year.

It was agreed that, due to lack of volunteers and general lack of interest from local people and businesses, as well as a severe lack of funds we cannot hold the fair this year. We cannot commit to funding an event that we do not have available funds for.

JM will look into other possibilities including integrating it with the European Car Free Day. It was also suggested we may hold the fair bi-annually.

8.0    AOB

The BA have been approached to make a contribution towards a memorial in memory George Wagner, the founder of the Bloomsbury Association.  It was agreed that we will contribute.  Suggestions are either a tree or a bench with a plaque in Bloomsbury Square, the preservation of this square being the catalyst for the formation of the association.



    Bloomsbury Association
    March 2004

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