Annual General Meeting and Party 8 December 2014

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 8.12.14


Alma St: Norma W, Brenda M, Charles C, Liz W, Jeremy L, Peter H, Anne F, Hilary B, Lesley A, Debby H, David J, Jenny R, Barbara D, Marion W,

Willes Rd: Jeff B, Diana B , Don H, Rosemary W, Jean H, Danny A, Julia F, Debbie K, Sarah M, Adam L, Michele L, David P,

Anglers Lane: Peter H.

Cathcart St: Kate V,

Raglan Street: Liz H, Robert L, Gregory M, Paul S, John N, Harriet C,

Ryland Rd: Anne H, Brinsmead: Chris C, Liz de K,

Inkerman Rd:, Rick E, Emer K, John C-N

Holmes Rd: Sue McN

Grafton Rd: Joel C, James L, Carly N, Felicia S, Ed McG, Sylvia McG, Jon C

Street not given ? Stephanie D’O, Tom C

Councillors: Meric Apak and Jenny Headlam Wells.

Apologies:  Cllr. Georgia Gould, PC Trina Fraser, PCSO Omar N’Jie, Dot G, Christine T, Iris F, Isabelle de M, Graeme C, Colin B, Wendy McK, John H, Mary H

  1. Welcome by Debby as chair

  1. Minutes of AGM 2013 were circulated and agreed, subject to correction of spelling of Meric and Jenny’s names.

  2. Election of officers – for the chair, secretary and treasurer, the only nominations had been for Debby, David and Paul respectively. No other person was nominated at the meeting and accordingly they were elected unanimously.

  1. Chair’s report. – Debby briefly spoke to the chair’s report which was tabled and is attached to these minutes.

  1. Treasurer’s report.

He reported a healthy balance but reminded us that this could be used up if we had one unsuccessful Alma St fair which was for example rained off.

Accounts agreed. Proposed Adam. Seconded Anne F

  1. Report backs

  • Street Fair See Chair’s report

  • Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum – Paul reported, explaining the purpose of the Forum, progress with drawing up a Draft Neighbourhood Plan and the process of consulting on that and having a referendum.

  • Police Liaison – John reported. Sgt Peter Ryan has been replaced by Sgt Stuart Harvey and we have PC Trina Fraser and PCSO Omar N’Jie. They have reduced resources. Priorities include antisocial behaviour, drink, drug dealing. There are more problems on Peckwater Estate and IARA area is low crime. Concern about dangerous cycling including through the No Entry sign at the top of Anglers Lane.

  • Other- We have pressed for a rubbish bin in Anglers lane where people currently leave litter on the BT box on the pavement. Plans to use the old GPO phone box on Prince of Wales Road which is no longer functioning but which is a listed building! Mini-art gallery? Plant it with flowers?

7. Current operation of IARA and standing orders. It was agreed that our current operation, mainly by email, was satisfactory especially as we have quite frequent meetings of the Independent Elders Group and the Street Fair Planning group. But it was also agreed that we should aim to have public meetings in Spring and Autumn.

Party then ensued….. with one free drink each and food paid for from IARA funds. During the party a raffle was held of some items not claimed at the street fair raffle.


IARA AGM 2014 – report from the Chair and Secretary

We have had no full meetings this year, but now have an email list of nearly 200 people which is growing all the time and through which we inform and consult members. Considering we comprise ten streets we think that is quite good coverage Not all are active, but a range of people respond to email consultations – for example, over 30 people let us know how they felt about Camden’s proposed Article 4 Direction to stop the automatic conversion of offices to flats.

We’d like to get more people involved – so if you know of people in the area who are not getting our mailings, encourage them to email us at and we’ll put them on the list.

We have also continued to operate through our subgroups, with a total of about 20 smaller meetings a year. These are some of the activities:

Independent Elders of IARA
We now have 22 members and held 6 meetings this year, plus a trip up to Kenwood for a very good tour of the newly refurbished house, organised by Harriet. Topics for meetings have ranged from managing retirement to issues of health and end of life, from rubbish collection to personal safety.

Meetings are open to anyone who wants to be on the mailing list – and are sometimes just for a coffee in the daytime, other times an evening social, sometimes with a speaker (thank you David Turner). Email to find out more and/or join the mailing list.

Play Street
Originally an initiative by one of the Elders (thanks Don!), this has taken off with good support from Camden Council and a very dynamic group of younger families who now have regular play days on the last Sunday in each month, in Ryland Road. to find out more and/or to volunteer with organising and stewarding.

Alma Street Fair
A core group of about 15 people – two thirds of them IARA residents and the others local artists and business people – met 10 times to put together this year’s Street Fair. It’s a huge amount of work – and will be easier if more people get involved. After the previous fair and before we started planning for 2014, we had canvassed opinion about the Fair. Most residents are extremely enthusiastic but some want to keep it smaller, quieter and more local – so this year we tried to do that, with no stalls or performers that don’t have a local connection, preferential rates for IARA stallholders and tight control over the sale of alcohol and the end time of the Fair.

We had some serious wobbles at the start of the planning process, with our new organisers facing serious health issues, but it did come together and the feedback has been great. We decided against having any commercial sponsors this year, and made less money – but still enough to pay for the AGM party! Accounts available if you’re interested – and email if you want to get involved or to give feedback.

Trees and gardens
Some good gardening days involving a number of residents, and some great individual efforts. Dilip’s garden in Holmes Road continues to look wonderful, and Robert maintains the lovely garden in Raglan Street , much admired by residents and passers by. We also organised a group walk around the area with Camden’s tree officer Cameron Brown, when we were able to point out problem trees and places where new trees might be planted.

CFBL (The French School)
Don, Jean and Adam continue to act as our liaison committee with the school, raising any problems we have as neighbours and acting as a channel for communication (including occasional opportunities for paid work). If you are aware of any problems with the school, please email IARA.

Police Liaison
John and Paul attend the Safer Neighbourhoods Panel meetings and give us regular feedback. We are able to raise local concerns through them, and we have also been able to put out crime warnings through the email list and through word of mouth.

Planning and licensing
We scrutinise all the planning and licensing notifications that come in and consult on commercial developments that affect the neighbourhood. Where we see applications from residents, in line with IARA policy we don’t comment but do try to alert affected neighbours.

We were involved in the planning consultations for the old Pizza Express building, and also attended site meetings and discussions that influenced getting improved plans for the Bird and Davis site on Holmes Road.

We are grateful to the few other people who keep an eye on the lists and would welcome more help on spotting relevant applications. It’s worth exploring the Camden website if you know or are concerned about an application, or go to this address to get the regular planning and licensing alerts:

Traffic Management
Our local councillors alerted us proposals to close off traffic access to streets to the East of Kentish Town Road. We consulted you, and following that wrote to Camden to ask them to drop the proposals as they were likely to have an adverse effect on the rest of the area, sending additional traffic through alternative residential streets and restricting access to currently well used businesses and essential services. We are currently waiting to hear the outcome.

Kentish Town Liaison
We have been very involved in two active local organisations: Kentish Town Road Action which has tirelessly and successfully campaigned for years to preserve shops in the High St (and get the pavements upgraded) and Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum which has had a lot of public meetings to raise issues and consult on what people want for the future of Kentish Town. This is in order to prepare the Local Neighbourhood Plan (under the Localism Act), which will play a part in future planning applications.


Accounts for the period 1.1.14 to 31.12.14


Bank interest 5.53

Street Fair Bar Profit 2014 684.09

Bank compensation 75.00

Other 31.10


Total 795.72


2013 AGM 593.40

Street Fair 2013 costs 168.20

Gardening 50.83


Total 812.43


Carried forward from 2013 8492.49 –

minus Income less Expenditure 16.71


Balance in a/c 08.12.14 8475.78