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					 LEICESTER CITIZEN
                                    THE JOURNAL OF

            LEICESTER CIVIC SOCIETY
                               www.leicestercivicsociety.org.uk




Leicester’s historic riverside. View north from Soar Island. Spot the good things. Spot the bad things!
                                           Photo: Ben Ravilious


                                  No.7 AUGUST 2005
            LEICESTER’S NEW WATERSIDE. ABBEY PARK ROAD
       REDEVELOPMENT. CHAIRMAN’S PAGE SPECIAL - THE THREAT TO
         OUR LISTED BUILDINGS. GREAT MALVERN & THE MALVERN
             HILLS. ROMAN LEICESTER. THE LEICESTER QUIZ.
                  WHAT HAPPENED AT THE AGM. PLUS
                   REGULAR FEATURES & MUCH MORE.
   LEICESTER                                              CIVIC                           SOCIETY
                                                          Founded 1971

                                  President J.B. JOSEPHS MA (Oxon.)
            Vice-President The Very Reverend Alan Warren MA Provost Emeritus of Leicester
REGISTERED WITH THE CIVIC TRUST                                                REGISTERED CHARITY No. 502932
             MEMBER OF THE EAST MIDLANDS AMENITY SOCIETIES ASSOCIATION
CHAIRMAN:                    JOHN BURROWS, 4 Manor House Gardens, Humberstone, LE5 1AF
                                               0116-276-2843 j.w.burrows@btinternet.com
HON. SECRETARY: STUART BAILEY, 48 Meadow Avenue, Loughborough, LE11 1JT
                                    01509-520904 equanimity@simurg.co.uk
HON.TREASURER & MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY: GORDON GOODE
                             53 Cort Crescent Leicester, LE3 1QJ
ARCHIVIST:                   KEITH DICKENS, 13 Arreton Close, Leicester, LE2 3PP

EVENTS DIARY

Tuesday 9th August 7.00pm: General Meeting. Town Hall. Members welcome.

Saturday 20th August: Castle Park Festival. Special events at Jewry Wall Museum.
                      11.00am to 4.30pm.

Tuesday 13th September 7.00pm: General Meeting. Town Hall. Members welcome.

Saturday 17th September: COACH TOUR: GREAT MALVERN and THE MALVERN HILLS.
                         Big discounts for members. See Advertisement & Booking Form
                         on back page for full details.

Saturday 24th September: Guided Walk: ROMAN LEICESTER.
                         See Advertisement for full details and booking.

Tuesday 11th October 7.00pm: General Meeting. Town Hall. Members welcome.

Tuesday 25th October 7.30pm: THE LEICESTER QUIZ. Town Hall. See advertisement
                             for full details.

Tuesday 8th November 7.00pm: General Meeting. Town Hall. Members welcome.

Saturday 12th November: East Midlands Amenity Societies Association: Meeting in
                        Melton Mowbray. Members welcome. Contact Stuart Bailey for details
                        if you want to go.

Tuesday 13th December 7.00pm: General Meeting. Town Hall. Members welcome.

   THERE’S A LOT HAPPENING IN LEICESTER CIVIC SOCIETY
                 IT PAYS TO BE A MEMBER
                                       TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
CREDITS: Front cover Ben Ravilious. Cuttings on Abbey Park Road & Leicester’s New Waterside from Regeneration & Renewal.

The editors would like to thank Simon Harris, without whose considerable desktop publishing skills this Journal would have been
infinitely the poorer.

The opinions expressed in LEICESTER CITIZEN are not necessarily those of the editors or Leicester Civic Society.
                                 The Chairman’s Page

If the present legislation on the protection of listed buildings is anything to go by, as
far as Leicester is concerned it is by no means strong enough. The following
examples demonstrate the case.

150 Highcross Street

A grade 2 listed Georgian House purchased by the County Council pending widening
of Highcross Street that never took place. For years, this building was deliberately
allowed to fall into a state of dereliction. Eventually it was declared a dangerous
structure and Highcross Street was closed for some weeks whilst controlled
demolition took place.

The Liberty Building, Eastern Boulevard

Another grade 2 listed property; this factory was, until a few years ago, a prominent
landmark on Eastern Boulevard. It boasted an enormous copy of the Statue of
Liberty on its most prominent corner.

After the last occupants moved out, and whilst in a reasonable condition, a planning
application was submitted to add an extra storey, and to convert the building into
student accommodation. This duly came before the Conservation Advisory Panel of
Leicester City Council who were assured that the structural condition of the property
would be strong enough to carry the extra floor. However, nothing ever came of this
and the application lapsed. Vandalism rapidly developed and the condition of the
building became ever more sad. The owner carried out no more than the minimum
required to avoid the structure being declared dangerous. Came the inevitable time
when the assertion was made that: “To repair and restore would not be economical”,
and Listed Building Consent was successfully sought to demolish in order to erect
the block of student flats that now occupies the site.

The statue was rescued for re-erection at a future date but has itself been declared
beyond economic repair and is now lost.

Leicester City Council Proposals

Leicester City Council has a portfolio of listed properties, some empty and some in
use. Notably these include The City Rooms a grade 1 listed Georgian Assembly
Rooms completed in 1801. Until Leicester achieved Unity Authority status this
important part of our heritage was safely in County Council hands being well used
and maintained. It is claimed by the City Council that the building is under used and
that the Council does not have the money to carry out repair and restoration needed
to bring it up to present day requirements. It has consequently been sold to a private
developer for conversion to a restaurant and hotel. If this doesn’t work in a few years
time there will be little to prevent further conversion into just another wine bar like all
the rest.

The Council’s proposals are that ALL Listed Properties presently owned by them be
advertised and marketed as long lease (i.e. at least 99 years) investments to the
private sector and this is already going ahead with the next victim, the former
Wyggeston House Costume Museum. This policy presumably includes The Castle!

Leicester Civic Society believes these actions are a betrayal of trust towards the
citizens of Leicester by its Council. Its leaders proudly hold to the claim that:
“Leicester is the First Environment City in the Country”. However they appear to be
motivated by a reckless desire to cut costs at all costs and unless stopped will ensure
that THE PAST OF LEICESTER HAS NO FUTURE AND THE LEICESTER OF THE
FUTURE HAS NO PAST.
Proposals of Leicester Civic Society

The Church of England enforces architectural inspections of all churches. Each
Church must have a qualified architect as its “custodian” and who must be consulted
in advance of any proposed changes. We believe that local planning authorities must
be empowered and obliged to enforce an inspection register of listed buildings, which
inspections must be carried out by independent architects, engineers and surveyors.
Owners must be obliged to keep the local planning authority advised of the name of
their “custodian architect”.

 Where a local planning authority is the owner of a listed property regular inspections
should be carried under the direct authority of English Heritage. As soon as a listed
building becomes vacant, or within no more than three months of vacancy, then a
complete inspection must be undertaken, regardless of how recent the last regular
inspection, or how close the due date for the next. The results should be submitted to
the local planning authority or English Heritage as appropriate. Upon reoccupation
the normal regime of inspections should restart.

Presently, the law obliges sellers of private residences to compile an “Information
Pack” for prospective buyers. Where transfer of title of listed buildings occurs, similar
Information on the listed status, current condition, inspection/survey reports,
restorations/repairs carried out or due, should be compiled.

Any costs of the above should be allowed against taxation liabilities. Especially we
plead for abolition or reduction of VAT on repair and maintenance of listed buildings.
The present VAT regime places an unfair burden on those tasked with the upkeep of
these buildings.

Naturally we hope that any penalties that are set will enforce protection both in letter
and spirit. As present legislation now stands it is more honoured in the breach than
the observance.
                                                                         John Burrows

EVENTS PAST & FUTURE
                                                  Thanks to Newark Civic Trust for organising a
LEEK & LITTLE MORETON HALL                        delightful day out.

21st May: A marvellous day out. We arrived in     GREAT MALVERN & THE MALVERN HILLS
Leek for the annual carnival and with plenty of
time to explore this ancient town and enjoy       17th September: This is it! The autumn tour
street markets and fun fair! Then on to Little    you’ve all been waiting for. Guided walk of this
Moreton Hall where the National Trust provided    historic Worcestershire town and a tour of the
a guided walk of this unspoilt Tudor mansion.     beautiful Malvern Hills. See booking form and
                                                  details on the back cover and book early to
NEW WALK & THE GEORGIAN NEW TOWN                  avoid disappointment.

28th May: Thanks to Leicestershire Rural          ROMAN LEICESTER
Community Council for helping to make this
walk a success. The walkers enjoyed the           24th September: Guided Walk. See
architectural and social history of Leicester’s   advertisement opposite for full details.
unique walkway. We gained two new members         Numbers are limited so once again book early
at this well attended event.                      to avoid disappointment.

NEWARK AWAYDAY                                    THE LEICESTER QUIZ

18th June: Civic Society members from all over    23rd October: An evening with a difference. See
the East Midlands converged on Newark for         what you think you know about Leicester and
tours, talks and walks on this beautiful town.    win a prize! See advertisement opposite for full
                                                  details
           LEICESTER CIVIC SOCIETY and
    LEICESTERSHIRE RURAL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2005
ROMAN LEICESTER
             A Guided Walk by Stuart Bailey
   From Jewry Wall Museum at 10.30am
            Duration 60 minutes. Followed by tour of the Museum.

                               Cost: £2.00
 ADVANCE BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. TO: STUART BAILEY, 48 MEADOW AVENUE,
LOUGHBOROUGH LE11 1JT. CHEQUES PAYABLE TO ‘LEICESTER CIVIC SOCIETY’
        ALTERNATIVELY SEND STAMPS OR FIX £2 COIN TO CARD.




    TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2005            TH




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                                PROUDLY PRESENTS



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               JOIN NOW – SHOW THAT YOU CARE!
          QUIZ ENTRY NOT AVAILABLE TO CURRENT OFFICERS OF LEICESTER CIVIC SOCIETY
We are grateful to Regeneration & Renewal Magazine for featuring Leicester prominently in their
 March and June issues. The informed and constructive criticism of their experts is given below
                                   LEICESTER’S NEW WATERSIDE

                                                 Stuart Bailey

Leicester Civic Society has commented as follows on these major development proposals by
Leicester Regeneration Company.

The marina originally proposed south of Soar Lane has been moved away from obvious
archaeology sensitive areas, though there could be important archaeology outside the town walls
as well as inside. Any emphasis on facilities for tourists visiting the City by water is to be keenly
encouraged and improved mooring facilities along the entire riverside in the regeneration area
would be welcomed. More boats moored-up mean a better used and safer riverside. Attract
tourists by water from Easter to September to create a vibrant and attractive waterside. But they
won’t come without lighting or safe mooring.

A ‘pilot project’ centred on Soar Island is proposed to ‘kick start’ the regeneration process. The
value of a pilot project with so many houses, flats and shops is questionable given the unattractive
location. However it is feasible that such a project could make the location attractive. The proposal
for a landmark public building on Soar Island is excellent, as is linking the island across the river
into the existing Victorian suburb of Woodgate. The island and its vicinity should be the subject of
large scale landscaping with a green ‘finger’ towards Abbey Park. This would be much to the
benefit of both new and established residential areas.

The success or failure of this regeneration scheme depends on the whole riverside, from at least
West Bridge to Northgate Street being frequently used and brightly lit by night and day. Soar
Island and Castle Gardens should be ‘nodes’ sending out fingers of green in all possible directions
to ensure people use the riverside as a means of journeying to and from the City centre, instead of
just crossing it as now. Opening up new and popular pedestrian and cycle routes is very important.
The success of the Narborough Road to Western Boulevard link is a classic example of what
should be aimed for.

We support retention of the Great Central railway viaduct, though the southern end would have to
be demolished if any new road crossing was to be made over the river. Retention of the Great
Central Station frontage is warmly welcomed. Opening a walkway through the splendid “Parcels
Office” arch towards the riverside is an excellent idea. Could the vandalism inflicted on the station
façade by the hideous 1950 brick wall be made good by restoration of the 1899 gable ends – and
even the clock tower?

Taking traffic away from Northgate Street is good - and in the case of Highcross Street vital to any
pedestrian link with the City centre - but to further load St. Margaret’s Way with traffic is not a
good idea. Great Central Street should be used but correcting the dreadful 1970’s mistake
whereby the underpass misses it altogether will not be easy. We need to look carefully at what
thoroughfares are important to the historic fabric of the City and are therefore most suitable for
pedestrianisation projects to reconnect the riverside to the City centre. Just as carefully we need to
look at those that are not, so that traffic flows can be adapted to the fabric of the built environment.
This is opposite to the disastrous 1970’s ‘predict-and-supply-regardless’ policy that damaged our
historic built environment and sundered the City centre from the riverside in the first place.

Leicester really needs to get serious about the urban design mess that is St. Nicholas Circle. We
need far less wide open space filled with traffic and far more good red brick buildings, trees, public
art and quality pedestrian surfaces. The entire area from Narborough Road North in the West to
Vaughan Way in the East is both an inner urban eyesore and a physical barrier.
 There is a proposal for a new road to the north of West Bridge; crossing the river and bypassing
 present main roads. This would need careful design given the existing historic settings of the
 Donisthorpe Mill and the Central Station. Any scheme to improve pedestrian access across the
 St. Nicholas Circle area is to be welcomed. We wish to see a scheme that would remove as
 much traffic as possible from St. Nicholas Circle. This should involve downgrading of the
 roadways and de-restricted ground level pedestrian flows in an environment of high quality urban
 design that respects and enhances the setting of the Saxon church of St. Nicholas, Roman
 Baths, Jewry Wall Museum and Vaughan College.

We wish to see pedestrian safe and pedestrian friendly urban design being used to reconnect the
Castle Park and the entire riverside to the City centre.

We want a Conservation Area for the River Soar through the City. And we want it before any
regeneration proposals are commenced.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

MINUTES OF THE 34rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF LEICESTER CIVIC SOCIETY held
on TUESDAY 17th MAY 2005 at LEICESTER TOWN HALL at 7.00PM.

Those present: Mr. John Burrows (Chair), Mr. Stuart Bailey, Mr. Keith Dickens, Mr. Gordon Goode,
Mr. Simon Harris, Mr. Ben Ravilious, Mr. Bill Waugh.

1. Apologies for absence: Mr. John Kerruish, Mrs. Jenny Westmoreland.

2. Minutes of the 33rd AGM held on Tuesday 18th May 2004 were issued in ‘Leicester Citizen’
   No.4 published on Tuesday 10th August 2004. Gordon Goode proposed that these be accepted
   as a true record. This was seconded by Keith Dickens and passed unanimously.

3. REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN & PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

3.1. I’ll start with the “Bad News” first. After 34 years graft, I’ve decided that since January 2006,
I’ll be a “Senior Citizen”, this coming year will be my last in harness as an active committee
member. It’s time for a new, fresh, approach and, let’s face it, a new face & voice.

3.2. So, what can I remember of the past year? Well over three hundred planning applications
checked, questions to Council, meetings of the Conservation Advisory Panel and the Friends of
the Riverside, continuing good relations with both the Mercury and Radio Leicester and last but by
no means least, the good-natured banter of our monthly committee meetings.

Three hundred applications may seem a lot. However, with something over 2,400 received each
year by the Planning Department, that puts it in context. The help given by the Customer Services
Team has been A1. The on-going snag has been the cramped space within which one is forced to
work. The noise level is a distraction and the foot traffic confusing. Frankly it is a disgrace. A
promise that “something will be done” depends upon the movement of Councillors’ Committee and
Business Rooms back to Town Hall. This will free up space for a re-vamped Customer Services
Section with more space in which to work. What will remain, however, is the journey from “A”
Block for Case Officers if their help is needed. The “Good Old Days” saw us in separate, private
rooms in “A” Block right next to the Officers’ rooms.

The Quality of Applications has varied from five-star to back-of-the-fag-packet scribbles. Major
Development Proposals are in thick and wordy with graph & chart laden confusion. If I, with years
trying to decode this bulk find it hard, those new to the system such must be horrified!
3.3. Proposals for the Granby Halls site are being shelved, if not scrapped, as Home Office
objections that the tower block would overlook the prison were themselves “overlooked” by the
developers. It is unclear what is to happen to the “Tigers” ground, next door, should ground-share
plans with the Walkers’ Stadium go ahead.

3.4. The Shires Extension is proving a very mixed blessing. As part of the master plan for the City
Centre, it faces delays over compulsory purchase, the odd placing of the car park on the far side of
Vaughan Way, and general damnation for the poor quality and location of the residential units.

3.5.The exclusive high rise “Des res” going up along the Waterside is a cause for concern. There
is a distinct danger that the entire Riverside, especially to the North of West Bridge, will become a
concrete canyon.

3.6.The St George’s Conservation Area has seen more major housing conversions and new-build
proposals than any other in the City. The “bait” has been the proximity to the New Cultural
Quarter. This in turn raises the Question of the new theatre complex. It is a mite strange that this
is still nowhere near starting – whilst the former Odeon Cinema just over the road has been reborn
as the Athena. Has, I wonder, the small fact that the Athena was privately funded relevant to its
quick success?

3.7. At a Council Meeting on the 30th September 2004, I asked why Labour Members did not
attended meetings of CAP, when both Conservative and Lib-Dem Members were consistent in
their attendance. CAP is purely advisory and can only make recommendations. Councillors attend
voluntarily and their input is well informed. Councillor Kitterick replied that councillors attending
risked forming pre-judged opinions prior to formal decision making. For this reason Labour
members were advised not to attend. And there was little me thinking that it was a councillor’s
duty to be as fully informed as possible on planning matters before making decisions.

3.8. The new housing proposals I have seen will increase demand for gas, water and electricity.
They will place extra loads upon the City’s services, could over-stretch the emergency eervices
and place more strain on our hospitals and our schools. All this seems to be blissfully ignored by
the Council. I trust that they will wake up – and soon!

3.9. A third planning application is to be submitted for the listed bank on St. Martins.

3.10. I am actively pursuing closer ties with the Stoneygate Conservation Society and have been
asked to address their AGM on 25th May.

3.11.   Planning applications viewed over the last year were as follows:

All Saints CA                               2        Market Street CA                          6
Ashleigh Road CA                            2        New Walk CA                               21
Aylestone Village CA                        9        Old Humberstone CA                        3
Belgrave Hall CA                            0        St. George’s CA                           20
Braunstone Village CA                       2        South Highfields CA                       25
Castle Gardens CA                           3        Spinney Hill Park CA                      4
Cathedral/Guildhall CA                      6        Stoneygate CA                             49
Daneshill CA                                6        Town Hall square CA                       2
Evington Footpath CA                        2        Westcotes Drive CA                        2
Evington Village CA                         5        Listed Buildings outside CA’s             30
High Street CA                              9        TPO’s outside CA’s                        16
Knighton Village CA                         5        Advertisements                            1
Loughborough Road CA                        1        Other                                     122
Market Place CA                             14       TOTAL                                     363
3.12. Stoneygate tops the “League” again for Conservation Areas, with South Highfields in 2nd –
beating New Walk for the first time in some years.

3.13. The “Others” may seem a high figure but there have been many applications this year,
details of which have been picked up from the Public Notices in the Leicester Mercury every
Wednesday, whilst we had not received official notification letters.

3.14. The Leicester Regeneration Company, bold though its efforts are, could be at risk of
obliterating much of the character of man of our central conservation areas in its efforts to boost
the “image” of the City.

3.15. Finally, I could not have a better group with which to work than my committee friends. For
them no praise is too high.
                                                                                  John Burrows

Keith Dickens proposed acceptance of the Chairman’s Report. This was seconded by Gordon
Goode and passed unanimously.

4. REPORT OF THE HON. SECRETARY

I am happy to report on another eventful year:

4.1.   May 2004: Coach tour to the splendid National Trust Gardens at Hidcote Manor. This was
       a considerable success for which we enjoyed perfect weather. Many voted Hidcote the
       loveliest gardens they had ever seen. Unfortunately bookings were down and the tour
       made a loss as a result.

4.2.   June 2004: We played host to the annual ‘Awayday’ of the East Midlands Amenity
       Societies Association for which Civic Societies came from all over the East Midlands. Our
       “Ancient Leicester” guided walk was the centrepiece of the morning with an itinerary that
       included Bow Bridge, Castle Gardens, The Newarkes, Jewry Wall, Jewry Wall Museum, St.
       Nicholas Church and the Guildhall. Lunch was then taken at the Globe Inn. The afternoon
       featured a coach tour with the Abbey Ruins, Belgrave Hall and Bradgate Park all visited.
       Our guests were suitably impressed with what Leicester had to offer. This day was a big
       success being over subscribed and with a disappointed waiting list for coach cancellations.
       We shall be doing this tour again at the right moment.

4.3.   July 2004: East MASA meeting in Sleaford. The guest speaker was Sleaford’s Town
       Centre Manager and there was an excellent guided walk after lunch.

4.4.   August 2004: Publication of “Leicester Citizen” No.4 with lead articles on the English
       Heritage “Historic Environment – Local Management (HELM) Project” and the threat to the
       Jewry Wall Museum. Our Journal is now well established as the flagship publication of the
       Society. Now is a very appropriate time to thank our treasurer Gordon Goode for his
       Herculean labours in distribution. I assure you it would not be possible without his hard
       work.

4.5.   August 2004: “Victorian Leicester” Guided walk. Jointly organised with Leicestershire Rural
       Community Council. This was a successful event with fifteen walkers.

4.6.   September 2004: The late summer tour to Leek and Little Moreton Hall was cancelled at
       the last minute due to theft and vandalism at the coach company garage. We were all very
       disappointed. But this tour is to be held on 21st May this year.
4.7.    September 2004: We supported the formation of the “Friends of Jewry Wall Museum”
        organised to fight the City Council imposed reduction of opening hours to only one day a
        week and to promote a healthier future for this important local museum. The Friends have
        proven extremely effective with a well-supported programme of events at the museum and
        a campaign that has already seen some relaxation in the initial draconian cuts.

4.8.    October 2004: East MASA meeting at Uppingham. A well attended meeting and a welcome
        return to Rutland with a visit to Lyddington Bede House in the afternoon.

4.9.    November 2004: Talk “Leicester’s Necropolis”. A wonderful evening with the “Friends of
        Welford Road Cemetery”. However the turnout was embarrassingly small.

4.10    December 2004: Publication of “Leicester Citizen” No.5 with lead articles on Regeneration
        & Buildings at Risk, and Leicestershire & Rutland Blue Badge Guides.

4.11.   January 2005: Christmas and New Year Dinner at the Stoneycroft Hotel. Twelve members
        and friends attended. Thanks to John Burrows for organising this popular social event. But
        once again it was sad that so many members did not bother to attend.

4.12.   January 2005: East MASA meeting at Greasley, Nottinghamshire. Another well attended
        meeting. The pub grub at the “Nelson & Railway” afterwards was wonderful!

4.13.   March 2005: Talk “A Leicester Miscellany” by our treasurer Gordon Goode. A splendid
        evening during which Gordon led us at breakneck speed through the byways of Leicester’s
        history, interrupted by an elderly thespian in the guise of Richard III, an old crone, Charles
        Dickens and sundry other characters. Voted a success by all, we gained two new
        members. Many thanks to the technical team, Simon and Phil, without whose efforts this
        would not have been possible. However - yet again - the turnout was poor.

4.14.   April 2005: Publication of “Leicester Citizen” No.6 with lead articles on Leicester’s Lost
        Loos and Regeneration of the Magazine Gateway.

4.15.   April 2005: East MASA 4rd AGM at Melbourne, Derbyshire. Lunch was followed by one of
        the best guided walks I have ever been on.

4.16.   April 2005: Historic decision to launch our own web site following a convincing presentation
        by Ben Ravilious. This major initiative is aimed at attracting a whole new generation of
        members.
                                                                                       Stuart Bailey

Acceptance of the Secretary’s report was proposed by Bill Waugh, seconded by Keith Dickens and
carried unanimously.

5. REPORT OF THE HON. TREASURER & MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

5.1. Gentlemen I present the audited accounts for the 2004 – 2005 financial year.

(Enclosed separately for members – Ed)

5.2. In the past year expenditure for the second year running slightly exceeded income, which was
the result of the cancelled excursion. Notwithstanding this our accounts are in a reasonably
healthy state. In particular subscriptions increased by some 15% over the previous year, income
from walks, talks and speaking fees was up by 23% but the income from excursions fell by 34%
causing the loss. Our overall expenditure for the year fell by 9% from 2003/2004.
5.3. The level of subscriptions is such that we break even on our discounted membership and
make a slight profit on others, taking into account three of our journals a year. In view of this we
are pleased to be able to keep the level of subscriptions at the current rate for next year.

5.4. Your committee has however decided that some measure of fund raising is required - don’t
worry, I’m not going to ask for money - and has decided as follows.

       5.4.1. We are looking to sell second hand books and with this in mind can I ask for
       donations of your unwanted books.

       5.4.2. We are looking at publishing either new works or selected reprints of older books
       and possibly a calendar and postcards. This is to be funded from half of the income from
       old book sales, the other half of the income being used for general purposes.

       5.4.3. We are looking to establish a small tabletop display we can take around exhibitions
       etc to publicise our work, obtain new members and hopefully raise some money.

5.5. Turning now to membership. In the past year membership has increased by 5%. This is the
second year running that membership has increased by 5% despite the loss of some members
due to the activities of the Grim Reaper, and I don’t mean the Tax Inspector. (Pause in vain for
laughter) This increase was over both ordinary and discounted members with patrons remaining
the same.
                                                                                 Gordon Goode

There were no questions on the accounts.

Stuart Bailey proposed that the Treasurer’s report and audited accounts be accepted. This was
seconded by Simon Harris and carried unanimously. The auditor was thanked.

6. REPORT OF THE SOCIETY ARCHIVIST

6.1. I have commented on four out of five of Leicester Regeneration Company proposals.

6.2. I have commented on the Churchgate Conservation Area proposals.

6.3. I have made additions to the recommendations for the Buildings of Local Interest List
previously submitted to the City Council Urban Design Team.

6.4. The research for “Leicester’s Lost Loos” has been completed and an article published in
“Leicester Citizen” No.6. A full list of the loos with accompanying map is also available on request.

6.5. I am now working on a list of the lost houses of Stoneygate.

6.6. A photographic record of the City’s art deco buildings is being compiled and I have
commented on the proposals for the former Bentley Engineering and Murphy Bros. Factories.

                                                                                   Keith Dickens

Gordon Goode proposed acceptance of the Archivist’s report. This was seconded by Bill Waugh
and carried unanimously.
7. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

7.1.   The Chairman and Publicity Officer, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Society Archivist and
       Mrs. J. Westmoreland are all willing to stand and are unopposed. It was therefore moved
       that they be re-elected enbloc. This was proposed by Simon Harris, seconded by Ben
       Ravilious and carried unanimously.

7.2.   Vice-Chairman: There were no nominations for this position which will therefore remain
       vacant. The committee reserves the right to co-opt.

8. ELECTION OF OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS

8.1.   Stuart Bailey proposed Mr Ben Ravilious. Gordon Goode seconded Ben and his election
       was carried unanimously.

8.2.   There are six other vacancies for which there were no nominations. These will therefore
       remain vacant. The committee reserves the right to co-opt.

9. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

9.1.   Stuart Bailey drew the attention of the meeting to the leaflets on the side table advertising
       our excursion on 21st and the guided walk on 28th May.

9.2.   John Burrows reported that the excursion had had widespread Internet circulation.

9.3.   There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 7.55PM.
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