We have posted some information and sent out a number of e-mails about the setting up of the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum.
Now the inaugural AGM is on Thursday 19 January at 7pm in Room 12, Kentish Town Community Centre, Greenwood Place, NW5 1LB.
This is not very easy to find. It is in the area opposite the Fire Station, behind the A&S Storage Depot. We will try and have people to guide you in.
(It is incidently where Camden plan to build their super-centre for disabled services – destroying many of the existing small, local centres to do so….of which more later – so if you come you can see if you think it is suitable.)
Caroline Hill. She has run Kentish Town Road Action with great dedication, energy and success for many years. She has also been the instigator of the setting up of the Localism – Neighbourhood Forum.
This adapts her message:
It would be good if you would confirm if you can attend this to us by email (and if anyone else will be coming with you) as soon as possible.
Please note, the meeting will begin sharp at 7pm because we have a lot to get through and our guest speaker, Hari Phillips Vice-Chair of the vanguard Bermondsey Neighbourhood Forum, will be with us at 7pm.
We are hoping that people will nominate themselves, or will nominate others, to stand for the Committee (see Draft Constitution 1.4 and 3.5).
It would be very helpful if nominations could be emailed to us well before the AGM.
It’s really important that a solid Committee is formed at this AGM so that we can get going with the vital business of formulating a Neighbourhood Plan. We can then ensure that our Area is developed in the way that we want, not in the way any outside developers would impose upon us.
We’ve achieved a recent great success, as a strong united local group, in defeating developers who wanted to demolish and redevelop the Pizza Express building. We need to build upon that and ensure nothing like that ever happens again.
We attach the Agenda, the Draft Statement of General Policies and Objectives, the Draft Constitution and the Map of the area of Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum
Please print out any of these you wish to take to the meeting because there will bring only a few spare copies.
If you have any comments about the Draft Constitution or the Draft Statement of General Policies and Objectives, please email them to us not later than Thursday 12 January. They will then be printed them out and available at the meeting for discussion.
Please pass these details and attachments on to anybody in the area who might be interested.
KentishTown Road Action
tel: 020 7485 2577
AGENDA KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM AGM
Thursday 19 January 2012, 7.00pm: Room 12, Greenwood Place Community Centre NW5 1LB
Contact: Caroline Hill: 020 7485 2577. firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Welcome to groups and individuals attending and thanks to Kentish Town Community Centre.
Apologies: Brenda Gardner – Castle Road Residents Association
Gillian Tindall – Bartholomew and Kentish Town Conservation Area
Denise Mathew (Boma Garden Centre)
Nick Mavrides (Kentish Town Business Association)
2. Introduction of our speaker Hari Phillips, Vice Chair of Bermondsey Neighbourhood Forum.
Hari has a great deal of experience of setting up a vanguard Neighbourhood Forum over the past year.
3. Talk – Hari Phillips
Followed by questions
4. Discussion and vote to approve the Constitution
5. Discussion and vote on General Policies and Objectives
6. Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum Committee
Nominations, seconds, vote by show of hands. The Forum Committee will consist of up to 15 members, elected from members of Representative Local Associations, Local Organisations and Individuals with the majority being from Representative Local Associations, ie. 8 members from RLAs and 7 members from LOs and Individuals (see 1.4 and 3.5 in the Draft Constitution). Officers will be selected by members of the Committee at a later date.
7. Funding: update
8. Website: offers of help with design
10. Date of first Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum Committee Meeting
KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
DRAFT STATEMENT OF GENERAL POLICIES AND OBJECTIVES
01. 01. 2012
To be put up for formal adoption at a General Meeting.
A. The Neighbourhood Plan will specify the preservation of existing heritage buildings and will identify vacant and underused sites such as areas for possible sensitive development that will, within the Local Development Framework, include affordable housing.
B. We will go into considerable detail about what we want and do not want. We will press for the preservation of land used for public purposes and services
C. Environmentally we will press for the council and others to improve the local street environment, to respect green issues, sustainability, the preservation and improvement of green open spaces and playgrounds.
D. Economically we wish the area and especially the High Street to flourish and maintain a good range of shops with the emphasis on smaller enterprises rather than branches of national or multinational firms.
E. We will support the efforts of Kentish Town Road Action in opposing change of planning use that will spoil Kentish Town Road within the Forum area and we will press for continuing environmental improvements to the High Street. We will support local groups in dealing with licensing applications.
F. We wish to maintain and generate greater employment in the area and will work with appropriate organisations to that end.
G. We wish to emphasise social benefit, community links, services for young people, reducing crime, generating neighbourliness and companionship especially for older people or housebound people.
1.2 A map of the area showing the boundaries is attached to this Constitution.
1.3 The Area of the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum is one that that local people traditionally consider Kentish Town. Kentish Town is an identifiable area with a sense of community that we would like to foster.
1.4 The Area has also been identified because Representative Residents Associations, Conservation Area Advisory Committees, Tenants Associations and amenity groups, such as individual local businesses, Kentish Town Community Centre, Transition Kentish Town and the Church and individuals are joining together, in addition with other Local Organisations, to create this Neighbourhood Forum and accordingly have some sort of mandate. They are described as Representative Local Associations (RLA), Local Organisations (LO) and Individuals in this Constitution (see Appendix A).
1.5 Membership of The Neighbourhood Forum shall be open to all residents living in the Area and all businesses operating in the Area and all people wanting to live in the Area.
2. The Purpose of the Neighbourhood Forum
2.1 The Neighbourhood Forum is set up under the provisions of the Localism Act. The main purpose in that Act is to produce a Neighbourhood Plan to further the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals and organisations in the Area. We may wish to be more ambitious and act in many other creative ways to support and improve the Area.
2.2 Our tasks and objectives are outlined in our General Policies and Objectives which will be developed in the months following our first Annual General Meeting.
2.3 We will support and coordinate the views and actions of our constituent groups – Local Representative Local Associations and Local Organisations and Individuals. We will work with Camden Council.
2.4 Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum will be run respecting all differences including gender, age, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability and income.
3. Membership and management
3.1 Representative Local Associations, Local Organisations and all residents living in the Area are automatically members and entitled to come to and vote at Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings. Local councillors will be honorary members who do not have a vote.
3.3 Annual General Meetings will be held in January to elect a Committee and to agree and lay down General Policies and Objectives.
3.4 Special General Meetings can be called by a majority of all committee members or by 30 members requesting one by e-mail or letter to the Secretary.
3.5 The Forum Committee, consisting of up to 15 members, will be elected at an Annual General Meeting from members of Representative Local Associations, Local Organisations and Individuals, with the majority being from Representative Local Associations, ie. 8 members from RLAs and 7 members from LOs and Individuals. The quorum for The Forum Committee meetings will be 9 representatives of Representative Local Associations, Local Organisations and Individuals with the majority being from Representative Local Associations. The Chair will hold a casting vote if necessary
3.6 Officers: The Forum Committee will elect a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer who will serve for one year and be subject to re-election at an Annual General Meeting.
3.7 The Forum Committee will meet at least quarterly to carry out the General Policies and Objectives decided at an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.
3.8 Sub-committees or working parties can be appointed by The Forum Committee to carry out specific tasks, consider policies and to advise The Forum Committee.
3.9 Co-option: The Forum Committee can co-opt up to three additional members per year. Co-opted members will have the same voting rights as all the other members of the Committee, in keeping with the RLA majority balance. They will be able to stand as officers.
3.10 Minutes of General and Forum Committee meetings will be taken by the Secretary and circulated by e-mail to registered members within 3 weeks of meetings. The Minutes will be available for anyone to read in Kentish Town Library and will be posted on the website.
3.11 Registered members: If people wish to be consulted, receive notices of meetings and Minutes they can register with the Secretary by e-mail.
3.12 In order to have and demonstrate authority to speak and vote for the area Representative Local Associations and Local Organisations will be required to submit to The Forum Committee, annually and in writing, proof that they are representative and have a mandate for the views of their members. This proof will consist of a description of their membership and in what way they have such a mandate or legitimacy to speak for their areas, whether by consulting their members or, for example Kentish Town Road Action or the Kentish Town Business Association, being demonstrably a voice for other organisations or businesses.
4.1 Notices about General Meetings will be circulated and published 14 days before the meeting by a posting on the Kentish Town Library notice board as well as by e-mail to all registered members. If we can afford it, or it can be run as editorial content, we will announce meetings in the local press.
5.1 The Forum Committee will open a bank account. Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will all be signatories for cheques that will require two signatures.
5.2 If it is possible that any liability could attach to members or officers of The Forum Committee we will investigate and arrange insurance or some sort of limited liability status.
6. Amendment of the Constitution including the Area of the Neighbourhood Forum
6.1 Amendment of the Constitution will be by a majority of The Forum Committee ratified by a majority at a General Meeting. This also applies to any winding up of Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum. Any balance left in any account held by The Forum Committee will, subject to statutory regulations, be distributed equally to the constituent local organisations.
6.2 If local people or organisations wish to change the Constitution, or General Policies and Objectives they should give due notice of this to the Secretary 21 days before the General Meeting so this proposal can be circulated.
6.3 The law as drafted says that Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum will be valid for five years. We will take whatever steps are needed to renew our existence.
7. Register of Committee Members’ Interests
There will be a Register of Committee Members’ Interests kept by the Secretary and open to inspection detailing any financial involvement or interests paid or unpaid in the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum Area.
Representative Local Associations as at 01.01.2012
(Description: Within the Neighbourhood Forum Area: Residents Associations, Tenants Associations, Business Associations, Conservation Area Advisory Committees)
Kentish Town Road Action – KTRA
Kentish Town Business Association – KTBA
Highgate Road Residents Association
Leighton Road Neighbourhood Association – LRNA
Bartholomew Area Residents Association – BARA
Bartholomew and Kentish Town CAAC (Conservation Area Advisory Committee)
Inkerman Area Residents Association – IARA
Prince of Wales Residents Association – POWRA
Kelly Street Residents Association – KSRA
Castle Road Residents Association
South Kentish Town CAAC
Hadley Street Residents Association
Torriano Cottages Residents Association
Kennistoun & Willingham Tenants and Residents Association
Clarence Way Estate Tenants and Residents Association
Local Organisations as at 01.01.2012
(Description: Within the Neighbourhood Forum Area: Individual local residents, community centres, environmental groups, individual local businesses, schools, churches, GP surgeries, Police, Fire Services etc)
St Luke’s Church, Oseney Crescent
Transition Kentish Town
Kentish Town Community Centre
55 Holmes Road
Boma Garden Centre
Earth Natural Foods
Individuals as at 01.01.2012
Website: We aim to establish a website on which the Constitution, notices of meetings and Minutes will be posted and discussions can take place.
Footnote: Rationale for the Constitution of the Forum Committee.
The Constitution has been drafted to ensure that control of the Forum cannot be taken over by unrepresentative groups: eg. one particular interest group.