Last Meetings Minutes
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LOCATION – Zoom (Virtual Meeting)

DATE – 5th August 2021

PRESENT – John Archer – Chairman, Mick Fitzpatrick – Treasurer, Councillor Mattie Heaven, Sheila Weare – Minutes Secretary.
Plus 8 members of the Association.
WELCOME – John welcomed members to the first meeting since ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July 2021 but acknowledged there were still Covid challenges ahead. He also recommended members visit the newly-opened Japanese Garden in the War Memorial Park.
APOLOGIES – Councillor John Blundell, Sylvia and David Cleaver, Babu Mistry, Jane Moxon, Glynis Ozcan, Anant Patel.
MINUTES – The minutes of the AGM held on 1st July 2021 were accepted. In future, the minutes will be attached to the agenda which is circulated prior to our meetings.
MATTERS ARISING – Speedwatch – two sessions have been carried out, in Mantilla Drive and Leamington Road, where several drivers were caught exceeding 33 mph. If the drivers subsequently re-offend, the Speedwatch incident will compound the offence. It is hoped to carry out more Speedwatch sessions in the future. Street Watch – all members were active, partaking in patrols in July and on one patrol were accompanied by two West Midlands Police representatives. New members are always welcome and the Street Watch co-ordinator can be contacted via SGRA.
Animal Pound – this, together with the adjoining paddock, has been cleared of vegetation to enable an assessment to be made. Unfortunately, the contractors also removed the whip hedge which had been planted around the fence. The apples have been ‘scrimped’ from the trees! Damage to Hedge in Meadow – no response has been received from either Street Pride or the Greenspaces team and Mick will follow this up. When the grass was last cut it was taken away, probably taking the wildflower seeds with it. More people are using the meadow as a thoroughfare to the park and residents in Mantilla whose properties back onto the field claim high, dry grass may become a fire risk.