This was a well-attended meeting, with a number of people attending especially to hear from the Salvation Army about their plans for redevelopment.
Ian McLaren, TSA Property Secretary and Guy Cleverley, Architect, talked about the plans and answered questions, with input from Mark Ashby, Planning Consultant. You will find a full account in the meeting minutes. It was emphasised that the plans are at a preliminary stage, with many details still to be worked through.
Following the discussion a motion was put to the meeting: That the NRA supports the concept in principle, subject to consultation going forwards and to neighbours’ concerns. Proposed Tom Law, seconded Evelyn Hopkins. This was countered by a proposal from the floor – That we do not support it until we have received all the documentation. A vote was taken for and against supporting the concept, with a majority in favour of support but a sizeable minority dissenting. We look forward to continuing consultation as the plans develop.
Keep Newtown Clean
This will be the subject of a separate post. In brief, the NRA has been asked to bring the Keep Newtown Clean project under the Association’s umbrella, and following discussion agreed to do this. The plan is to move from a monthly clean-up to events four times a year. We will be looking for a volunteer co-ordinator – or group of co-ordinators.
WCC Gambling Venues Policy Review
Submissions on this policy are due on Friday 22nd May. George Darroch from the Problem Gambling Foundation spoke to the meeting about the work of the Foundation and about their observations of the harm gambling is doing to local families. Following discussion the meeting agreed unanimously that the NRA
- Supports a ‘sinking lid’ for gaming machines
- Supports the money from gaming trusts coming back to the community where the gaming machines are located,
- Advocates for a gaming machine-free southern ward.
Following the meeting these resolutions formed the basis for the NRA submission to the WCC on the gambling venues policy.
The next NRA meeting will be on June 15th, 7.30pm – as usual, at the Newtown Community Hall in Daniell St.