Economy Place and Skills Alt Steering Group Open Evening Monday 19th May 2009 Alt Primary School, Alt Lane, Alt 6.30 – 8.00pm Present: Robert Goodinson Cherry Avenue J Davies Thorn Road A and S Fletcher Lawn Closes C Leech Gorse Avenue S Coupe Cherry Avenue V Leicester Cherry Avenue S Cheetham Cherry Avenue J Kerr Cherry Avenue M Kerr Cherry Avenue S Hession Thorn Road Z Rigby Clover Crescent B Slinger Clover Crescent L Senior Clover Crescent T Novac Thorn Road P Gethings Age Croft L Marshall Alt Lane E Marshall Lawn Closes K Deaden Cherry Avenue Marta Lowe Furness Avenue Hazel Lowe Apple Close Laurie MacDonald Cherry Avenue C Widdowson Furness Avenue Cllr M Dinoff Alexandra Ward Councillor Kevin Clarke Alt and Sholver Partnership Zerg Raja Alt and Sholver Partnership 1 Welcomes and Introductions KC welcomed those in attendance and asked everyone to introduce themselves. 2 Ground Rules ZR referred to the letter issued to all residents of Alt and restated the aim of the Open Evening as establishing a resident lead steering group for the area to monitor the development of the regeneration proposals for Alt. Economy Place and Skills Agreed: The group agreed with the need to allow everyone to speak and focus the discussions on the development of the Alt Steering Group. 3 Context of the Open Evening Widening Involvement KC reviewed the Alt and Sholver Partnerships (ASP) commitment to involving residents and confirmed that Alt Tenants and Residents Association (Alt TRA) has been the main source of local representation in the Partnership structure to date. KC confirmed that Alt TRA would continue to have some representation on the Partnership Board, with the opportunity for residents to also self nominate to take a place on the Board through the Alt Steering Group. Agreed: Representatives of Alt TRA agreed that they would hold two seats at the board with a further 2 representatives attending from the Alt Steering Group. The Alt and Sholver partnership Structure KC handed out copies of the ASP structure and gave an overview of the stakeholders involved at each and level as well as the monitoring, influencing and decision making powers within the structure. The Role of the ASP Board KC detailed membership of the ASP Board and the limits of its decision making powers. KC confirmed that the Oldham Council Cabinet is the ultimate decision making body as to the scale of change finally agreed. The Role of the Alt Steering Group KC explained the remit of the ASG members as exerting an influence in the regeneration of Alt through the Alt and Sholver partnership structure. The meeting clarified that ASG members would not be making any decisions on the demolition of properties and should not be held to account for this. The remit of the ASG members is defined within the Terms of reference. Economy Place and Skills Open Discussion on ASP Proposals The group wished to highlight a variety of issues around the regeneration proposals and a discussion took place around these. The overarching points raised included; • The current stage of the Neighbourhood Plan • Timescales for the regeneration • Residents ability to plan investment in their homes given the uncertainty of the timescales and scale of change proposed • How the Stock Transfer will influence the regeneration plans for Alt • Why building on ‘the tip’ (open land to the north of Cherry Avenue) cant start before demolition and rehousing of occupied properties begins 4 Terms of Reference for the ASG ZR read out the Draft Terms of Reference issued to the group and asked for comments on the sections contained within it. The group discussed the terms and suggested that the ASG should require a Councillor in attendance at all meetings requiring a vote, in order to make them quorate. ZR highlighted the fact that the Sholver Steering Group’s terms of reference do not require attendance by a Councillor to make their meetings quorate. Proposed: ASG meetings should require a minimum of 4 residents and 1 Councillor to be quorate. 5 Expressions of Interest ZR circulated the Expression of Interest forms and asked anyone wishing to join the Steering Group to complete one, giving the information requested. It was agreed that anyone wishing to take the forms away should return them within the week to the TRA building at 50/54 Cherry Avenue or directly to ZR at FCHO Head Office at Medtia Square. 6 Next Steps ZR advised that those who expressed an interest to join the ASG would be notified of there position on the group by letter before the first meeting of the ASG on the date agreed. The next meeting of the ASG was agreed as Monday 15th June 2009 from 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Alt School.