Sorry I have not had time to update this website before now but that is because we have been very very busy.
Our bid for One Norbiton to become Commissioned to do some of the tasks of the Resident Participation Team was, after a three month wait, turned down by RBK. Although our offer was the most economic and did involve giving important work to our chronically disabled members, RBK saw fit to award the Contract to a company called Pinnacle owned by a Chinese Billionaire. We have just heard that Pinnacle has since been taken over by another (? larger) commercial concern. Even though it is now July and we have yet to meet any of its staff.
Our full plans to create a Community Hub at the foot of Madingley tower were also turned down by RBK but we are going ahead with a very much more limited scheme simply to enlarge our meeting room and create a Disabled toilet. We are at present awaiting a peppercorn lease from RBK.
Regeneration of the Cambridge Estate
This topic continues to dominate our plans. We have been working closely with CREst and CRERA to get fair treatment for all our members. Very recently we completed a survey/petition on the Estate which suggested that over 95% of the residents are not happy with RBK’s plans and want our three community groups to work together and negotiate the best outcome possible for them. We hope the present administration will respect their wishes. Download this PETITION POWERPOINT
to see all the latest results.
For over a year now, every Thursday afternoon in Queen Mary’s Hall from 1.00 pm to 3.00pm and every Tuesday from 12.00 to 2.00pm in Piper Hall, CREst and One Norbiton have been jointly helping run a service for the local homeless. For six months, we allocated most of our free hours to the group when RBK began requesting £450 rent for Queen Mary’s Hall.
The group was originally set by Angel Levick and the MOT (Moving on Together) recovery group and has been financially supported £30 a week by Kingston Wellbeing via the WDP (Westminster Drug Project). Recently Sainsbury’s (Sury Basin branch) has started donating food which is shared between the two days.
We are providing all-comers convivial encouragement with meals, music, hair dressing, First Aid and and helpful advice – particularly for those with addictive disease, and well over 160 people have attended so far (About 50 a week).
In all MOT members on Thursdays and Jill Preston (CREst) on Tuesdays have served over 1,178 meals. I will shortly be writing up a full report for publication.
One Norbiton has been told that for the next four weeks from 20th March,regular drop-in surgeries are being held in Piper Hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 2.30pm to 5.00pm and on Tuesdays from 12.30pm to 3.00pm to explain what is happening. Also late evening sessions can be booked by emailing CRERegen@kingston.gov.uk.
For on-line information visit www.kingston.gov.uk/CRERegen
People living in the area scheduled for regeneration who are interested in selling their property please register by emailing CRERegen@kingston.gov.uk
The One Norbiton Board have just sent a letter to RBK’s Residents Participation Team accepting their offer to have a peppercorn rental on the Madingley Community Shop and enlarge the office space to create a Community Hub and internet Cafe. This is the culmination of over three years planning.
We will be seeking help to raise funds for this project via crowd-funding and grants and welcome any ideas and help from our members.
Our Draft One Norbiton Area Plan was approved
Our One Norbiton Accounts for 2015/16 were approved
Jill Preston was unanimously elected as Vice Chair and Company Director
David Ryder-mills and Geraldine Burgess were both unanimously re-elected as Company Directors.
RBK’s offer of a Peppercorn Rent and approval to enlarge our Madingley Community Hub was referred to the Company Board meeting
Looking forward to seeing you all at our sixth AGM. Please see the
1. Apologies and introductions
2. To receive and agree the One Norbiton 2016 AGM Draft Minutes
3. Matters arising from these minutes:
4. Chairs Report & AGM Vision 2017
5. Our One Norbiton Area Plan Open Discussion
6. To receive and agree 2015/2016 Accounts
7. One Norbiton Officer Appointments:
A. To Re-elect RETIRING OFFICERS to ‘One Norbiton’ Board
Director: David Ryder-Mills Proposed……………Seconded……………
Director and Treasurer: Geraldine Burgess Proposed……………Seconded……………
B. To Elect as our new Vice Chair and Director
Jill Preston Proposed……………Seconded……………
8. Date and Time of next AGM
9. Any other business. Free hours for MOT
We would like to wish all our members a very happy Christmas. One Norbiton is anticipating a busy 2017 as we expand our plans to organise Postcode Parties.
On Thursday 15th December, the MOT (Moving on Together) rehabilitation group had a Christmas Party in Queen Mary’s Hall on Cambridge Gardens. Norbiton Councillor,Linsey Cottington, kindly supported this by contributing £200 from her discretionary funds. It was a very successful occasion and over 30 men and women attended. See Photo; (Councillor Cottington is in the orange sweater).
This Volunteer run Group was started by Angel Levick with some support from both the NHS and Social Services. It has now been going for over six months and provides a weekly meal, haircuts and convivial social contact for over 50 people recovering from addiction. One Norbiton and CREst allow the group to use some of our free Hall time and we provide a first aid service for any attendees in need of it.
Councillor Roberts the cabinet portfolio holder for Housing, Adult Social Services and Health has informed us that RBK is about to appoint a permanent employee to support this service. We are hoping that we can get agreement for the Group to continue to operate during the Christmas period.
This survey was done on the Cambridge Estate at the same time as one done by RBK to find out more about current resident views on Regeneration. Clearly there are mixed feelings and some of our residents still have not understood what is happening.
At our invitation Kevin Davies, the leader of the Council, is answering questions in Piper Hall (at 6.30pm 29th November).
For more information See RBK Regeneration Team: www.kingston.gov.uk/CRERegen
We are awaiting for final agreement to our plans to refurbish our Community Hub in Madingley.
Kevin Davies has responded to One Norbiton’s request to to speak at a public meeting on Tuesday 29th November, chaired by former Mayor Ed Naylor. He will talk about RBK’s plans for Regenerating the Cambridge Rd Estate and respond to questions from residents.
We are awaiting the result of a bid we have just made to RBK Housing Service to improve the capacity of Residents to engage with the Council in Co-Design and Co-production.(We will be printing the text of this bid on this site so that members can see its relevance to expanding the scope of Localism.)
Hopefully as many of you as possible will be able to find time to come to the One Norbiton AGM next Tuesday. A number of officers are up for election and we have quite a lot of news about what is happening.
In future AGMs will occur in early February each year. This will enable the membership to examine and criticise the accounts before they are submitted to HMRC.
The paperwork for this AGM will be sent round by email as usual but it will also be put on this site for those who want to access it on-line.
Agenda for AGM on 4th Oct 2016
Minutes of EGM
Annual Report of Accounts 2014/15
Chair’s Annual Report of Progress N.B.The Draft Community Plan referred to in this Report is the last item in Menu above
The Project Plan for Refurbishing the Community Hub submitted to Housing.
The plans for regenerating Norbiton’s Cambridge Rd Estate will shortly be out for discussion. In preparation for this RBK’s Website is publishing Draft Decant Policy on how it proposes to move residents and leaseholders during the rebuilding upheavals. All on the Estate are advised to read these policies and discuss them with their neighbours.Click here
Our One Norbiton e-Democracy forum exists to assist sharing views on this sort of issue and we hope you will use it.
RBK is surveying the opinions of Tenants and Leaseholder on this policy (click on link below) so please let them know what you think before midnight on the 9th of September 2016.