Mill Street Residents Association

Mill Street Residents Association

AGM Minutes



Tessa thanked everyone for coming and introduced guests Jeanette Barry (Kingston uni), councillor Phil Doyle, and Kingston Town Neighbourhood manager Neville Rainford.

Apologies from Kathy, Cato, Jon Tolley (councillor), Rebekah Moll (councillor), Richard, Aranee (Kingston uni)

Annette proposed Adam and Sarah to join committee, seconded by Tony.
Roger proposed Cato and Shelena, Adrian seconded.
Amanda stated that she was standing down from the committee.  Tessa reiterated her wish to stand down as chairperson next year.

Minutes of last AGM were circulated and agreed without comment. 

A general overview was given in Kathy’s absence, stating rough balances of £248 cash float and £860 in bank account (as of 14 January 2016).

Tessa mentioned events — such as the Duck Race (which raised aprox £600 for St John’s regeneration fund), Bloomfields, Millfest, Hallowe’en quiz and party, Advent windows and Xmas party — and thanked organisers and everyone involved for their contributions.  She also noted how MSRA had continued to strengthen ties with the church, RBK, uni, developers, and police, and how important it is that MSRA has a voice within the community.

She mentioned the on-going dialogue with the university and stated the importance of residents using the MSRA noise log to note any disturbances.  


Jeanette hoped improvements had been seen and welcomed the positive remarks about the reduction of student-related ASB in Milll Street.  She stated she was happy to receive and investigate complaints and that residents should use the complaints form on the university’s website, adding that it is useful when people leave their names and contact details for follow-ups and updates.

Jeanette said extra security had been employed over recent periods and mobile units had been introduced between 11pm and 4am.  She also explained how KUSCO security’s accreditation (– in conjunction with the police) was expected imminently, and that new equipment — including body cameras and protective vests — had been purchased.  

She suggested a ‘meet and greet’ with security and residents.

It was acknowledged that the dispersal system at the KP bar was generally working well, with the exception of a few unexplained incidents (– Annette will follow up).

It was also acknowledged that the gate closure system seems to be working well too.

Jeanette went on to mention the success of a recent alcohol and drug awareness session for students.  She also agreed to follow-up meetings (concerning ASB) with MSRA ‘noise subcommittee’.

She finished by mentioning the Kingston Life Stories project, about how people have come to live in the area, and how residents can contact Aranee if they would like to take part.

Carol pointed out the unattractiveness of ‘cement mixing shelter’ outside the uni workshop and its negative impact on College Walk.

Phill thanked MSRA for the invitation, stating how organised MSRA was as a group, the importance of strength in numbers, and how RBK really does pay attention to us.

He said how he, along with Andy, had made positive changes to the crossing at Fairfield South and how pleased he was with Jeanette’s report and the uni’s improvements.

He said there were development worries all over town and how TOPO needs to be rethought.  He will urge development control for more low-cost housing.

He said there was a lack of enforcement regarding the Mill Place/Fairfield Place car parks, but would keep MSRA updated following RBK’s report.  He will also contact the housing officer.

Neville Rainford acknowledged the different departments responsible for the car parks and that he will work with Phil to get clarity on the situation.  

Roger explained how he had seen ‘dodgy dealings’ in the car park, and Sharon mentioned abandoned vehicles.  Neville said to report any suspicious behaviour to 101.

Julia voiced her concerns over the future of Greenleas.  Phil said he hoped to seek clarity and chase the housing officer on this matter.

Tessa relayed how Neighbourhood Watch chair, Nicola Duffy said there was a signifcant amount of police funds up for grabs, and how MSRA could get funding (towards a new marquee or similar) by accommodating police-related initiatives (including bike marking, or Community Roadshow) within Mill Street events (such as the street sale or Beer and Sausage festival).  Applications, however, had to be made in the following couple of days.  Tessa said she would follow-up.
Tessa also passed on thanks from the Kingston Residents Alliance for MSRA’s continued support and a financial contribution of £200.

Tessa said MSRA had supported local young journalist James Giles’ mayoral award nomination.  It was noted by Amanda that Tessa had been nominated too.

Mill Street has been registered the ‘Clean for the Queen’ initiative and litter picking equipment had been requested from Neville.  Neville pointed out there would be official celebrations in London on 12 June and suggested that Mill Street may wish to hold a similar event.  

Carol added that the bollards by the Fairfield were to be cleaned and repainted in due course.

If anyone had any comments regarding the Eden Walk development, they were asked to send them to Tessa by the end of the month for inclusion in an MSRA group comment.  Plans for the redevelopment of The Antoinette hotel were also mentioned.

Tony thanked everyone for their warmth and affection following the loss of Annita last summer and highlighted the wonderful tribute on the green.  He said he wanted to plant a tree in her memory.

Neville said there was a public consultation regarding the ‘mini Holland’ cycle scheme, now known as Go Development, between Wheatfield Way and the station.  He said he would sent Tessa a link for distribution.

He also mentioned the next Neighbourhood Conversation would focus on health matters, GPS, social care etc and will be held on 15 March.

Marguerite promoted the Kingston Society and how it had echoed the same concerns over town developments.

Carol expressed her disappointment that RBK doesn’t have a conservation officer and how the Conservation Area Action Committee has become a ‘toothless’ group that has to fight for everything.

With no further input or discussion, the meeting was called to a close at 9.10pm. 

Annette Hanford, Tessa Kind, Jeanette Barry, Marguerite Perkin, Amanda Shaw, Neville Rainford, Tony Barbieri, Julia Becker, Pat Marchant, Adam Wilden, Sarah Wilden, Yogesh Bhatti, Victoria Pope, Carol Bilney, Phil Doyle, Karina Ramnarain, Adrian Treloar, Andy Watters, Sharon Henriquez, Roger Chown.




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Mill Street AGM Minutes 2013

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