Update from the 2016 HRA AGM held on 19th May

By | June 14, 2016

Chair’s Report

The Chair gave a report on the main activity from the previous year (available here) and votes of thanks were made for the committee, the Chairman, Hersham Councillors and all those involved in the HRA and all the various community works and events which take place in Hersham.

During the year there had been much discussion about the recent changes in ward boundaries which would be likely to redefine people’s perception of Hersham as covering a much smaller area. The committee had discussed responding to this by creating a community (parish) council for Hersham. It was explained that Hersham Community Council Committee Chaired by Chris Chauncy had been established as a separate group to take this forward in an inclusive way and to avoid these discussions dominating HRA business.

There was an update from Chris Chauncy Chair of the Community Council Committee who set out some of the advantages of a community council with reference to a draft leaflet circulated at the meeting.

Rydens School Update – Guest Speaker

There was an update on the Rydens School development from Mark Voules, Assistant Head Teacher – and some of the detailed pictures and plans show at the meeting are due to be provided for posting here in due course. Questions were raised about the future ‘enterprise status’ of the school and how adequate arrangements will be made for the increase in traffic associated with a larger school and the housing which will be built in place of the current school.

Treasurers report and membership

The Treasurer gave and update on current funds and membership. It was decided to keep the membership the same for 2016/7 at £5 a year per household/ family with a reduction for a five-year membership of £20. It was decided for the time being that a membership option should remain available for individuals who choose to pay a lower rate of £2.50 per year with a reduction to £10 for 5 years.

Election of officers

The following officers were re-elected:
Andrew Sturgis President
Derek Williamson Vice President
David Lock Chair
Jean Campbell Treasurer
And the following members of the committee
Peter Terry, Edward Meryon, Karl Attard, Chris Allen and David Allen.

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