Thursday, 3 May 2012

Progress report from the committee

Thanks again for the great turnout at our first meeting. Since then we have been working hard to get our association off the ground. We are developing some great contacts in the community, local Councillors are very supportive of our association and will keep us informed about funding opportunities and issues which might affect our community. At our next meeting Tom Cass (Manchester City Council) and Phil Dodd (Cranswick Square Resident's Association) will come and share their experiences and expertise and provide us with some inspiration! By the time of the meeting we should also have our inital 'startup' grant from the council in our bank account and we can decide how best we can use this funding.

We are aware that we need to work hard to ensure that all members of the community have the opportunity to engage with the Residents' Association. Creating a community notice board is a priority, but in the meantime we have street representatives for Rosebery and Cowsby streets who will spread the word about the meeting to their neighbours. We are still in need of representatives from Hartington and Beresford streets - please let us know if you would like to volunteer!

From next month our Secretaries, Natalie and Adele, will take charge of the blog - thanks Ben for getting it set up. The blog is intended to spread the word about our activities but it is also a space where we can share and debate our ideas. We are bound to have some differences of opinion, however we hope that you can all find some common ground in the desire to make sure that this is a great place to live.

The next meeting is Tuesday 15th May, please send any items for the agenda as comments on the blog or email me at I'll circulate the agenda on the blog and via our representatives next week.