News Sheet Spring 2015
Goring & Streatley Amenity Association
News Sheet Spring 2015
Welcome to our Spring News Sheet ! It comes accompanied by the formal notice of the AGM on Tuesday the 21st of April and by two pages introducing our draft Manifesto.
Housing in Goring
We have responded on behalf of the Association to the recent SODC consultation on this profoundly important topic. Our thanks to many of you who sent us your comments and copies of your own contributions. In brief. our response said that:
- we reject the suggestion that any of the additional housing proposed by SODC for 2031 should be located in the larger villages in the AONB;
- the housing allocated to Goring in the Local Plan for 2026 should be
divided between three of the short-listed locations (sites 1,2 & 4 on the map we sent you earlier) but none on site 11; and that
- we are deeply concerned that the infrastructure of the village (Primary School, Medical Centre, car parking space, etc, etc) is at its capacity, and that any new building should be accompanied by corresponding expansion of essential services.
The talk following the formal business will further develop the theme of Housing in Goring. The Oxfordshire branches of the Campaign to Protect Rural England have made important contributions to the consultation on the matter by showing that SODC have misrepresented some aspects in their explanatory notes. Come along and hear more for yourselves !
Whither GSAA ?
Since the debate at our AGM a year ago, your committee has thoroughly reviewed our objectives and methods of working in the light of changing needs and communication. We have now drafted a new Manifesto, of which a summary appears below together with explanatory notes. Please digest this and let us have your views either at the AGM or by e-mail to the address below.
One of the most important features of the draft Manifesto is its stress on the need for communication from you, the members, to the committee. We are handicapped in developing this and other services by an acute shortage of volunteers. Two long-serving members of the committee are resigning their office this year, and the Association will struggle to continue its regular work, let alone open up new fields unless some of you, the members, come forward now with offers of assistance, which need not necessarily include membership of the committee. Communication and IT skills would be particularly valuable.
Please send your offers and/or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Goring & Streatley Amenity Association
- to improve the quality of life in the Goring Gap
- to conserve the beauty and character of our villages
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Members and Friends are invited to attend
on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 7.30 pm
in the Goring Village Hall
After the formal business:
The Housing Dilemma
A talk by Prof. Richard Harding, Centre for Ecology and
Hydrology, and Chairman, CPRE Wallingford
1 To agree the Minutes of the 2014 AGM
2 To consider any matter arising from the Minutes
3 To receive the Annual Report
4 To approve the Statement of Account as at 31.12.14
5 To elect up to six Committee members
6 To elect an Independent Financial Examiner
7 Any other business
Candidates for election as members of the Committee are invited to submit their nominations in writing, supported by two members of the Association. These, together with notice of any matter to be raised as formal business, should be sent to: GSAA, Cleeve Court Cottage, RG8 9PR to arrive by 14th April 2015
Copies of the 2014 AGM Minutes and Accounts will be available at the meeting.
GORING & STREATLEY AMENITY ASSOCIATION
PROPOSED AMENDED ORGANISATION
At the 2014 AGM the GSAA committee requested the members present to form discussion groups to give their views on the GSAA organisation on the following areas:-
• Purpose of GSAA / how does it need to change?
• What topics/concerns should it be addressing?
• Obstacles to greater involvement of members?
• Membership & communication issues.
Following this feedback the GSAA committee considered the results and decided that whilst its Aims were accepted amendments to the organisation were necessary to be more effective. In particular the GSAA needed to address the following points :-
• Identify and focus on key issues and their consequences
• Aim to act in the best interests of its members
• Be more responsive to proposals by others
• Be more proactive in making proposals on future issues
• Establish the views of its members by better communication
• Create synergy by consulting with other village organisations
• Be more efficient in its operations
• Attract more and younger committee members
In the Winter 2014-5 News Sheet members were advised that the committee recognised the need for changes in the way GSAA operates and proposed to consult the membership on a manifesto which sets out the aims and activities of the Association as they seem relevant today and for the future.
A one page summary of the manifesto is attached and is designed to address the above points. A few changes have already been implemented.
Once the feedback from members has been received and reviewed, any adjustments will be made and the manifesto formalised. Actions necessary to fully implement it will then be identified.
SUMMARY of MANIFESTO
AIMS – To enhance the quality of life of residents in Goring and Streatley and to conserve the beauty and character of the villages in the Goring Gap.
WHAT DOES IT DO? – It acts as a members’ sounding-board and mouthpiece on matters relevant to its aims. It presents a considered view and supports positive initiatives and sympathetic change. Where possible it endeavours to anticipate events and influence outcomes e.g. by maintaining good relationships with the parish councils and others.
1. It monitors and responds in a timely manner to proposals made by others which impinge upon its aims, in particular SODC & WBC planning policies, GPC & SPC Parish Plans & Village Design Statements, planning applications, future developments and other events (e.g. Tesco).
2. Its focus is on key issues and it is proactive in making proposals of its own which further its aims. Main challenges faced are new developments, in particular the amount and location of new housing including its quality and style and the infrastructure and facilities needed to support it.
Other issues include public services, traffic, commercial services, tourism, environment, public safety and recreation.
ORGANISATION – The committee has up to 12 members who have allocated responsibilities and ideally is representative of all ages and gender. It has links to other village organisations with similar aims.
MEETINGS – It holds two formal meetings per year, one of which is the AGM. A speaker is also invited to talk on a subject of relevant interest.
FORUMS– Forums will be used to exchange ideas and information and reach conclusions on issues relevant to GSAA aims. Subjects can be raised by the committee or the membership. Attendees can include other village organisations where their input would be seen to be relevant.
COMMUNICATION – It keeps its membership and others informed on vital issues and seeks their feedback via several methods i.e., the website, newsletters, email, social media, GGN, meetings and forums. The principal method of communication will be initially by email.
SUBSCRIPTIONS – Collection of subscriptions will be made more efficient by the use of cheques, standing orders or bank transfers only.