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MapRA AGM 2016. Tuesday 19th April from 7pm St Gabrielís Church. Attended by 116 members of MapRA plus 39 visitors (Council Officials, Councillors, London Assembly candidates, representatives of the church, local charities and other visitors)

MapRA Chair, Gerry Weston, thanked the Rev Jane Morris, and Sarah Broadbent the church manager and her team for the use once again of the church and thanked many people for their work during the year:  

  • the Planning and conservation sub-committee who have put in a lot of work and time working on behalf of residents;

  • the Open Gardens group who produced great day last year.

  • organisers and attendees of various MapRA clubs who help to improve the quality of life for the  community

  • the individuals and groups helping to improve the town centres of Cricklewood and Willesden

  • all the organisers and helpers  who organise this and other events the stall-holders for giving up their time to attend this evening and for all that they do for the community

  • People supplying food; esp O'Farrells butcher and Queensbury pub

  • the prospective london assembly for attending this evening

Jacob Sam presented the Treasurer's report highlighting changes since the previous year.

Election of Officers. Conducted by David Freedman, MapRA committee member:

  • Chair:                      Anthony Dunn

  • Organising Secretary: Gerry Weston

  • Treasurer:                Jacob Sam

Election of Committee. The existing committee were re-elected less 2 people standing down; and 1 new member (Anna  Benbow) joined the committee: See link to full committee

Resolution to increase membership for £2 / year to £5 / year. Gerry explained the reasons:

  • has been at current level for 30 years

  • increased funds would allow MapRA to do more

  • £5 is still on the low side of comparable associations

Some comments from the floor expressed support; other voiced concern that there were people for whom £5 would be too much. An amendment was proposed by the chair to allow unwaged people or those is financial difficulties to pay £2. This was carried and the resolution with this amendment was carried unanimously.

Questions from the floor:

  • how can we be sure that MapRA planning group is even-handed about applications? Sheelagh Putnam explained the background to MapRA's stance on 110 Walm Lane (which had given rise to the question).

London Assembly election (Brent Central) Hustings (after a break for information stalls and refreshments). David Freedman briefly explained the role of the London Assembly (see link)

Jim Coakes conducted the hustings:

Each of the six London assembly candidates present was given 2 minutes to present their candidature. Then each in turn answered three questions (composited from those submitted) and a further 30 seconds to sum up. The candidates were:

  • Rathy Alagaratnam:                        UKIP

  • Cllr Joel Davidson:                         Conservative

  • Anton Georgiou:                             Lib Dem

  • Jafar Hassan                                 Green

  • Akib Mahmood:                              Respect

  • Cllr Navin Shah:                             Labour

Link to candidates biographies


Before and after the AGM and Hustings, members and guest visited stalls staffed by Brent Council; MapRA and other organisations: Link to Stalls