Annual General Meeting
Over 50 residents attended the AGM on 21st May. This was preceded by a presentation from Ward Councillor Christian Holliday who considered how many of the issues within the Local Plan will impact on Burpham. He explained why a Local Plan was necessary and what will happen during the Public Examination commencing at Millmead on 5th June.
Burpham will be represented by the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum (BNF). They have submitted a statement to the Inspector (Jonathan Bore) conducting the Examination, and will attend the various meetings. This statement focuses on the proposals that will affect Burpham – 2,000 homes on Gosden Hill Farm, loss of Green Belt and infrastructure issues. It was emphasised that if the Gosden Hill development went forward as planned, with no major alterations to the A3, traffic volumes along the existing London Road would increase drastically.
The AGM followed and included:
- A revised Constitution approved unanimously with two amendments.
- The Financial Accounts (2017 /18) approved and the auditor thanked.
- The Annual Report outlining work carried out by the BCA over the past year was detailed. Copies of all these documents will be available on the website.
- The following officers were re-elected for 2018/19. Secretary – Liz Critchfield, Technical Officer -Jim Allen, Minutes Secretary – Catherine Hughes, Marketing Officer – Neil Langridge.
- Other post holders were unable to make a further long-term commitment for 2018/19 and with no new nominations coming forward, there currently exist vacancies for Chairman; Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Development Officer.
- Therefore new members of the Committee are urgently sought, both as officers and as coopted members so the BCA can continue to represent the interests and aspirations of Burpham effectively. The next couple of years are a critical phase and those willing to help should contact the Secretary. An Extraordinary General Meeting planned for early October hopefully will allow for a complete and fully functioning Committee to be established.
Burpham Neighbourhood Forum
The AGM of the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum also took place on 21st May. Councillor Christian Holliday was elected Chairman for 2018-2019, taking over from Ros Pollock who has stood down, having held the post for four years. Catherine Hughes was re-elected as Secretary and Jim Allen continues as co-ordinator.
Flood Forum Update
This group met at the Village Hall on Friday 25 May with Anne Milton MP chairing and with responsible agencies present.
Using Action Plan crafted by the Flood Action Group, it clarified and dealt with the many issues of surface water management afflicting Burpham. It was agreed the Environmental Agency will lead on riparian responsibilities on local watercourses while issues relating to concerns over culverts and sewage would also be investigated as a matter of urgency.
Dates for your Diary
17th September: Talk on Mental Health by Rachel Brennan from Action for Carers.
October (Date TBC), Extraordinary General Meeting
21st November: Presentation on the Guildford Time Bank, a way for local people and communities to come together and lend each other a helping hand. The presentation will be followed by seasonal drinks and nibbles.
All meetings will be at 8pm Sutherland Memorial Hall.
The Parks Department have changed the way they cut the grass: for safety, sightlines have to be kept clear but where possible cutting is now at the end of the season. This allows wildflowers to set seed for the following year – excellent news for the environment.
Pay your BCA Subs online! You can now pay for your BCA Subscriptions on line, through a simple Direct Debit form. Visit our website www.burphamca.org.uk and it only takes a minute!