Good General Meeting 9 May 2016. Minutes below…

Alma St Fair:  See below: 3. “There have been offers of help from outside IARA, but no significant enthusiasm or commitment from within the Association. We have floated the idea of combining a Jumble Trail with local venues hosting music and some stalls, but had very little response – 4 or 5 people have expressed interest in having a stall and this is not enough to attract people to music venues. Following discussion it was agreed that it was better to have a fallow year than to have an event that doesn’t really take off, and the decision was made to do nothing this year. Diana told us that Michael Ptootch may be planning an event at Camden Gardens, and there are other festivals planned.”

Minutes of the General Meeting 9.5.16

Attendance: Alma St: Charles C, Hilary B, Lesley A, Debby H, David J, Poppy S, Patricia D, Alison L, John H, Brenda M
Willes Rd: Jeff B, Diana B, Jean H, Belinda L, Don H, Iris F,
Raglan St: Paul S, John N, Harriet C, Mary H, George L, Georgina L
Ryland Rd: Anne H, Martin P

Brinsmead: Chris C, Liz de K, Isabelle deM
Perren St: Laura F, Andrew S

Visitor – Tom Young
Councillor: Meric Apak

Neighbourhood Policing Team: PC Clare Hallifax

1. Welcome to everyone and particularly Meric, Clare and nearby resident Tom, and apologies from Francis and Wendy.

2. IARA Company status
Paul (Treasurer) outlined the reasons for IARA becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee. This means that the officers are no longer personally liable for any claims or losses, as long as IARA is run properly. We will now have to submit a return to Companies House, and to HMRC and we will be liable for Corporation Tax on any profits. We are not a charity, which would involve even more paperwork (and our aims are not charitable). The change requires the agreement of members to two matters:

  • The transfer of all assets (money, Fair equipment etc.) from the unincorporated association to the new limited company. Paul proposed a resolution to this effect, seconded by Debby and carried unanimously.

  • The current IARA constitution outlines the way we carry out business. Paul proposed that we adopt these rules in carrying out the business of IARA Ltd. Charles seconded this and it was carried unanimously (with one abstention).

3. NOT the Alma Street Fair
Debby went over the reasons there will be no Fair this year. In previous years planning meetings have attracted 10 – 15 people, but this year it has been 5 or 6. There have been offers of help from outside IARA, but no significant enthusiasm or commitment from within the Association. We have floated the idea of combining a Jumble Trail with local venues hosting music and some stalls, but had very little response – 4 or 5 people have expressed interest in having a stall and this is not enough to attract people to music venues. Following discussion it was agreed that it was better to have a fallow year than to have an event that doesn’t really take off, and the decision was made to do nothing this year. Diana told us that Michael Ptootch may be planning an event at Camden Gardens, and there are other festivals planned (see next item for details).

4. Alternative Festivals

Kentish Fleet Festival 14 – 15 May http://kentishfleetfestival.co.uk/
Kentish Town Festival 21 May
www.ktcc.org.uk/events/ktfestival16
Castlehaven Community Centre 16 July
http://www.castlehaven.org.uk/whats-on/event/1252

If you would like to run a stall, help, or just enjoy the day take a look at the websites.

5. Police Liaison
John N explained that he and Paul represent IARA at the Safer Neighbourhoods Panel, where issues of local concern raised by representatives from the local area are discussed and prioritised (see http://content.met.police.uk/Team/Camden/Kentishtown). PC Clare Hallifax stressed the importance of these meetings for giving the police information and intelligence about what is going on. This can be done directly to Clare (Clare.L.Hallifax@met.pnn.police.uk) or to John via IARA. Clare explained that calls to 101 or 999 will not necessarily be picked up by the Safer Neighbourhoods Team, so direct contact is important, particularly for recurring or persistent problems. If residents report problems, these can be posted anonymously and police officers can visit in plain clothes.

Members raised a number of these:

  • Drug dealing from a house in Ryland Road where there has been frequent police intervention but no cessation of activity, and consequent drug use nearby in Perren Street. Clare later took details and will follow up. It would be helpful to have as much information as possible – eg car registration numbers, times dealing is taking place etc.

  • Street begging. Clare said that from her perspective the persistent beggars have been offered help and support by Camden but prefer to beg. This is illegal (street sleeping is not) and the police are trying to clamp down where it is a nuisance – for example if people feel pressured to give money or where donated food is left on the street. Paul added that the Camden Safer Streets Team are generally very efficient in offering help where there is real need.

  • Flytipping. This should be dealt with by Camden Council, not the police. http://camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/transport-and-streets/road-and-pathway-maintenance/twocolumn/Report-a-problem-on-the-street-in-camden/

  • Inkerman Road alleyway, where there is reported drug dealing and, recently, armed robbery. Debby agreed to encourage the victim’s mother to report this formally so that there is a proper record. Some residents have requested CCTV at this location. This is a matter for the Council and Meric explained that there is a high bar for it to be given priority.

6. Inkerman Area Walkabout
Jenny Rossiter is still happy to offer this, and a lot of people would be interested. Debby will contact her for possible dates (weekend preferred). A small charge (£3 – £5 per person) would be acceptable.

7. Elders
The Independent Elders of Inkerman Area meet about once a month for a coffee, a drink, a catch-up on local issues. Sometimes we have invited speakers and have had some very successful outings. All are welcome – contact inkermanara@hotmail.com to ask to be added to the mailing list.

8. Play Street
Isabelle outlined the history of the Ryland Road Play Street (usually the last Sunday in the month) which was initiated via the Elders Group and has proved very successful. It is a chance for children to play freely and safely in the street and for families to meet each other. All are welcome, and Stewards (any age group!) are always needed. (playstreetsnw5@gmail.com)

9. Kentish Town Neighbourhood Plan (http://ktnf.org/plan/)
Paul explained the background to the Plan, and summarised some of its key points. If adopted, it will have significant influence on local planning decisions. Developers are already interested in opportunities for building housing in the area, and this would generate a substantial levy for Camden – 25% of which would be spent locally. Plans for expenditure include providing step-free access at both stations and improvements at the Leighton Road junction area.

The plan goes to a referendum on 9 June, and all eligible to vote will receive polling cards shortly. Postal and proxy voting will be available. We are all encouraged to spread the word and encourage neighbours to turn out to vote (the vote is basically to accept or not accept the plan, not on individual details). Paul is willing to talk to any group that would like more information.

10. AOB

  • Pizza Express building update Work is now starting, and includes a small Art cinema.

  • Castle Pub Development Ringleys have sent out an invitation to a Public Meeting that is being held on May 16th, 7 pm at Kelly Street Congregational Church regarding the construction works at the former Castle public house.

    The meeting is to discuss how the contractors involved with the project will take steps to mitigate the impact of the works on their neighbours. We will also be talking about the ongoing community liaison process and would like to get your views on how best to take this forward. The meeting will take the form of a short presentation on the Construction Management Plan followed by a question and answer session.”

  • Beardsmore Gallery David read out an email from Amanda at the Gallery:

    We would like to thank the members of the Inkerman Area Resident Association for 
    all the support the Gallery has received since we opened in 1992 and in particular the dogged work by Adam and Debbie seeking the asset of community value status. This has been a wonderful place in which to have a business and we will miss all the friendly waves and visits. We do hope to continue somewhere in this area.”
	A discussion followed about the importance of maintaining the premises for retail, 	and the hope that any future application for change of use will raise many 	objections.  Tom pointed out that there is a duty on the owner of the premises to find 	a retailer to take the premises, and to negotiate on what is a reasonable rent – ie 	not to ask for an excessive amount and then claim that the premises cannot be let 	for retail purposes.
  • Martin proposed a vote of thanks to the officers.