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MapRA AGM 2018. Wednesday 25 April from 7pm St Gabrielís Church. Attended by 88 members of MapRA plus 44 visitors (Council Officials, Council candidates, representatives of the church, local charities and other visitors)

MapRA Chair, Anthony Dunn, 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 working on many issues. And conservation guide finally produced

  • the Gardens group promoting the Front Gardens this year

  • organisers and attendees of various MapRA clubs

  • people helping to improve the local town centre and especially the Dell and its events

  • the stall-holders, Council officers, local organisation and especially PC Jamie Daulby of Mapesbury SNT for giving up their time to attend this evening

  • People who donated refreshments and all those helping.

  • Judy Langley for collecting monies from film companies

  • Gerry Weston for all he does for MapRA

Anthony said that it is always good to have new people on the committee and hoped more would come forward with new ideas.

Jacob Sam presented the Treasurer's report highlighting changes since the previous year. There was deficit of £3.400 for the year because of substantial donations to organisations to improve the area, Net assets were £243 higher at £5,893. Despite the large deficit this is because some long term liabilities were extinguished. No questions were raised.

Gerry reported that during the year MapRA auditor Subhash Jaraswal had to step down because of serious ill health. He has helped us over many years. We are fortunate that Simon Judge has volunteered to step in and already has made some very useful suggestions of presentation. (no objections to this were raised)

Gerry Weston made a presentation to Sheelagh Putnam, chair of planning and conservation, who is leaving the area imminently. MapRA owed Sheelagh a great deal for many years leading the planning and conservation group and dealing with so many of minor and major planning and conservation issues. And we also recognise the massive contribution Tom Putnam has made to the Dell over last 15 years.

Election of Officers. Anthony Dunn, chairman stood down as MapRA chair and conducted the election of officers: The following were elected unopposed:

  • Chair:                      David Freedman

  • Organising Secretary: Gerry Weston

  • Treasurer:                Jacob Sam

Election of Committee. The existing committee were re-elected with the addition of Tom Cotton. See link to full committee

MapRA constitution. Committee proposed some changes to the MapRA constitution; to allow funds on projects that benefit the town areas that we are near; and also to tighten up the process by which such disbursement decisions are made. The proposed constitution with amendments in red has been available on website and to members not on email and in the hall.

Tom Putnam proposed an amendment to prevent Officers of the committee from taking payments for work in the local community. After much discussion this was put to the vote; received 14 votes for and 13 against but insufficient to be carried.

The main constitution amendment proposals were then carried almost unanimously (1 against).

Local election hustings (after a break for information stalls and refreshments). David Freedman conducted the hustings for Mapesbury ward of Brent Council:

Each candidates was given 1 minute to present their background and views on issues affecting this ward. The candidates were:

Tariq Dar:                  Labour

Lia Colacicco Evans:    Labour

Ahmad Shahzad:         Labour

George Currie:            Conservative

James Newhall:           Conservative

Poppy Simister:           Conservative

Anthony Dunn:           Liberal Democrat

Rosanne Gilbert:         Liberal Democrat

Charles Crabtree:        Liberal Democrat

Scott Bartle:              Green

Lenia Evans:              Green

Sophie Ogier:             Green (apologies)

The parties then answered questions from the floor (submitted in advance earlier in the meeting):

  • What is the parties view of the Barnet aggregate site?

  • What would parties do to reduce pollution?

  • What did they think about the proposed devt of Queensbury?

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