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Joe Kilker

Barton Residents' Association (slight return)

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I've been thinking, since it appears that nothing ever gets done in this ward except through a community organisation - as that seems like the only way to secure a grant to fund any action - that the Barton Residents' Association needs to be revived. When I asked Gloucester City Homes a few years ago if they would fund such an initiative in the way they did the Tredworth Residents' Association, and currently TETRA, they replied that GCH didn't have enough properties in Barton to justify such spending (however much they think it costs to hire a room for two hours a month and let residents speak out on social issues they feel aren't being addressed by authorities. Ultimately, perhaps, quite a lot for their council colleagues, if it means those issues do have to be addressed).

In the absence of that funding source, the only other option seems to be enlisting the aid of local councillors/political parties, and challenging them to recognise or repudiate such a need. That means making a case for community-led intervention on long-standing issues, so here are a few:

 

Sainsbury's crossing - establish if Section 106 money should've been made available for public improvement such as this.

Police - Get answers about regular public meetings (at least twice a year) attended by officers. Establish if Barton & Tredworth Street Reps still exist, now the partnership is gone.

Napier Street Play Area - Get answers (and a firm date) about promised replacement of long damaged fence by Gloucester City Council.

Ayland Gardens - Get answers about how a (tentatively promised) new play area can be protected from vandalism, when a new picnic table has already been damaged.

Prostitution/other ASB - Get answers about how current police strategy is working, when same faces keep showing up on Widden St. Other solutions needed?

Sajid Patel's CCTV - See about getting some say in where the camera is placed (in Barton, at least).

Community garden at city farm (Tredworth?) - City farm is for all of the ward, if not city? Press Friendship Café/Gymnasian about two year old promise to replace vandalised/stolen benches. Seek grant for carved wooden bench, as at Barnwood Arboretum and most other wards?

Young people, activities - Explore ways to engage youths positively, for the benefit of the community.

Sinope car park noticeboard - refurbish noticeboard, and encourage its use by the community.

 

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I missed one...

Xmas lights on Barton St - Explore ways of funding this initiative, raised but then abandoned by partnership under Tony Ward.

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Hi

Actually I already asked about the crossing at Sainsbury's. The official answer it wasn't needed as there would only be the same amount of footfall to the supermarket as went to the India pub before. Political lies so they wouldn't have to spend money. Even kept the official answer email in case there was an accident. (Likely to be me now I'm disabled)

But all the points you raised are valid ones. Stuff that Community Counts would have addressed when it was about.

Good Luck!

Paul Harries

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Or that the partnership could have addressed instead of going down the Tony Ward route of finding residents to be detrimental to the smooth running of a residents' association.

The need for a crossing is as self-evident as the every day hazard posed by delivery lorries on the DYLs in front of Biedronki. That no-one chased the council up on Section 106 money, or persuaded one of our councillors to do so, is scandalous.

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Hi

I spoke about it in open council meeting 27th Sept 2012, item 31.9 on agenda:

31.9         Mr Paul Harries asked the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture the following questions:

 

1.  Now that the plans for India House to be demolished/rebuilt have gone ahead, what, if any plans has the Council taken to assess the Environmental Impact Statement and Risk Assessment whilst the demolition/rebuilding is going on? Thinking specifically of the debris & dust. Plus the security implications of the site.

2.  What, if any plans has the Council made re the major traffic disruption this development will cause whilst the work is going on. There is a blind junction, two bus stops and a police station adjacent to the site. All at risk from large commercial plant vehicles. Does the council plan to close this busy access road to Gloucester?

3.  Once the site has been developed, will the council build a pedestrian crossing by the supermarket, to allow young families, the elderly & disabled to cross safely? I remind members of the blind junction, two bus stops & police station.

4.  Whilst demolition/construction work is going on, will the pavement be affected? Specifically will the existing phone booth & letter box be removed to allow access for the large plant vehicles?

The answer to part 3 below (Couldn't cut'n paste it, sorry). When I rang up for clarification they said since there would be no increase in footfall there was no need for a crossing. (I think they just wanted to rush the application through and didn't want to delay it with a revised application).

Thanks

Paul Harries

 

letter_to_mr_harries_18102012.pdf

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I'm aware you spoke at the council meeting. I think I may even have been present. It's the council's claim, via Ismail Rhyman at a Street Reps meeting, that Section 106 funding didn't apply because [he claimed] the original building was not demolished, that needed to be challenged. Money should have been available to spend on something in the community, and we lost out, with councillors not lifting a finger to help.

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Hi

What was that all about?

How's the complaint re Sainsbury crossing going, JK? Think it might be coming to a time where another public question needs to be asked. If only to get it formally reported.

Good Luck!!

Paul Harries

 

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I'm not aware of stating an intention to make a complaint about the lack of a crossing, only that it needed to be raised as an issue. Perhaps you could jog my memory?

The current outstanding issue on that stretch of road is storm gulleys. Since the beginning of the year, there has been an almost permanent wide puddle outside Biedronki's. When I queried Usman Bhaimia (who you may recall used to be a Lib Dem, until he decided he had no chance of being re-elected unless he jumped ship to Labour) on Twitter, he said on March 13th that 'The clogged water had been reported to the highways long time ago', but wouldn't say if he was the one who reported it, or how long ago 'long time ago' was. He has refused to say anything about it since, and neither have either of our councils. The puddle finally evaporated, just about, during the recent hot spell, but I've noticed that the next two gulleys, starting from 250 Barton St, are also blocked. That's four gulleys in the space of 50 or so meters, a hundred max, that somehow got clogged up on a main street, and even with a police station just down the road, ignored for months. Disgrace is the only word for it.

But they will probably become magically clear about a week before the council elections, just as potholes that have also been ignored, or dismissed as not being 'serious defects', have also been filled in the last few weeks. Sajid Patel needs his election boost, he certainly hasn't been dropping leaflets on my street. And I know there's an argument to be made that elections are timed for warm weather, and so are street repairs, a well as funding becoming available at the start of the financial year, so nothing suspicious should be read into that, but there wasn't this springtime activity last year, and I doubt there will be next year, either...

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Great to have the boards back up. I have to admit that my pessimism when they went offline was misplaced, so apologies for that.

I found evidence, a few weeks back, of the demolition of the India House:

http://glcstrplnng12.co.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=M3R7D9HMC0000

Note the 2012 proposal is for ' Erection of convenience store (Class A1) and associated car park (demolition of existing building)'

I haven't quite persuaded the city council to address the issue of Section 106 money. I shouldn't be entirely surprised to find, in the end, that it was awarded to some project on the sly that almost nobody in the community was consulted about. That would be a fascinating revelation.

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As there is over 25 gig of data here posts like this may not make it through. I'm afraid I can't download the whole lot again

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On 17-10-2017 at 5:25 PM, Joe Kilker said:

I missed one...

Xmas lights on Barton St - Explore ways of funding this initiative, raised but then abandoned by partnership under Tony Ward.

That really is a great place! 

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As was the Victory Inn, but it closed a year ago, apparently (just a month after I tried to attend a TETRA meeting), to be replaced by a Secret Garden nursery. No idea where TETRA is holding meetings now, if it actually intends to hold any...

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